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Indonesia’s exports of horticultural products such as fruit, vegetables and spices to Japan remain uncompetitive because of high prices, officials have said.Japanese food products importer Nanyang Trading Co.’s president Katsunari Kasugai on Tuesday said that Indonesian frozen horticultural product prices were 40 percent higher than those from neighboring countries like Thailand and Vietnam, because of high production costs and small production scale.“I believe Indonesian exports [of frozen fruit and vegetables] could increase if we could push down the production costs, as [Indonesian products] are more reliable and are of better quality than products from Thailand and Vietnam,” Kasugai said during an online discussion held by The Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) Osaka. Indonesia has been struggling to capture a larger horticultural market share in Japan despite having a bilateral trade deal in the form of the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJEPA), which exempts fruit products including bananas and pineapples from tariffs, within determined quotas.Indonesia exported US$30 million worth of horticultural products to Japan in 2019, accounting for only 0.46 percent of Japan’s $5.79 billion horticultural product imports, according to Indonesia’s Trade Ministry data.The largest supplier of horticultural products to Japan is China with 27.2 percent of the import market share, or around $1.58 billion worth of products, followed by the Philippines with $920 million and the US with $680 million.While the market share of Indonesian horticultural products remains low, it has the potential to grow amid rising numbers of migrant workers in Japan who are the main consumers of the products, according to Kasugai. “Indonesian green peppers are usually marketed toward Southeast Asian migrants, while banana blossoms are widely consumed by migrants from the Philippines and South America,” he said.However, Kasugai fears that demand for frozen food and horticultural products will flatline over the next years, as the COVID-19 pandemic batters Japan’s economy and sends foreign workers back to their home countries following waves of layoffs.“I think there will be no import growth for frozen food products in the next two to three years because of the pandemic. Currently, we are focusing on maintaining our current import rates rather than increasing them,” he said.Japan’s economy may contract by 4.7 percent in the year to March 2021, according to a Bank of Japan projection on July 15 as quoted by AFP. The contraction would be Japan’s worst economic result since the global economic recession in 2008.Some firms in Japan have reduced their workforce by laying off non-regular workers to cope with the deteriorating business conditions, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) senior research fellow Jun Saito wrote in an analysis in June.“The [workforce] reduction is currently taking place only among non-regular workers. Regular workers, on the other hand, are still kept on owing to the lifetime employment system,” the analysis reads.The number of non-regular workers dropped by almost 100,000 in April compared with the same period last year, according to JCER data. Simultaneously, the number of new job offers for part-time and regular workers in April dropped by around 30 percent year-on-year.Despite the oncoming challenges of recession, the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo’s trade attaché Arif Wibisono said that Japan’s market remained crucial for Indonesian products as the country served as a hub for other countries.“If you can get your product into Japan’s market, it is easier to market your product in other countries as it already meets Japan’s high standards,” he said during the discussion.Arif said the government was also vying to ensure better market access for Indonesian products by negotiating trade barriers and quotas between the two countries, including those stipulated under the IJEPA.Topics :
Pinnacle Views.STAGE TWO of large-lot estate Pinnacle Views will be launched to the public next weekend.Four lots have already been sold in stage one at the Kelso estate while another three are on hold and two are under negotiation.Stage two will include 24 lots and be the final stage of the boutique, 52-lot development.Lots at the estate start at 2000sq m and go up to9899sq m.Pinnacle Views sales agent Craig Currie said the estate offered big blocks at affordable prices with easy access to major employment hubs such as Townsville Hospital via the Ring Rd.“It would suit second or third homebuyers that want a bit of distance between them and their neighbour,” he said.“We’ve had a big emphasis on family buyers but not necessarily investors.“It’s only 6km to Willows and 3km to the Ring Rd so it’s very close to the army, hospital and everything else.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Pinnacle Views began in late 2014 after the Markwell group bought the land as a way of using excess equipment and staff busy between jobs.Three homes have already been built with several more on the way,The estate has wide roads and quiet avenues with the aim of creating quality family living.The large sewered blocks are near native bushland and only minutes away from waterways, creating an open-space living feel.Mr Currie said recycled materials had been used where possible and many established trees were still left standing.“We’ve had very positive feedback about the layout of the estate and we have left every possible tree that we could so you’re not walking into a bare paddock,” he said.“The environmental aspect was very important to the developer.”Stage two will be launched on Saturday, September 16, at the sales office on the corner Dunlop and Harness streets between 10am and 12pm with a sausage sizzle.For more information, call Craig Currie on 0428 149 000.
NewsHub 31 May 2016Health experts are supporting a proposal to vaccinate boys against human papillomavirus (HPV), saying it will help save lives.The HPV vaccine has been available free to girls in New Zealand since 2008 and now Pharmac is calling for public feedback on its proposal to widen funding.“Boys are definitely at risk of HPV-related cancers, hence the importance of extending the vaccine to everybody in the community,” says Dr Nikki Turner from the Immunisation Advisory Centre.While the human papillomavirus is commonly associated with cervical cancer, about a third of all HPV-related cancers occur in men and surgeon John Chaplin says rates are on the rise.“Recently what we’ve seen is an increase in the rate of throat cancer — oropharyngeal cancer — the rates of that have been recognised to double over the past 20 years,” he says.Ninety percent of oropharyngeal cancers are HPV-related and the virus is also linked to a number of others.HPV is estimated to be responsible for:•35 percent of all oral cancers•50 percent of all penile cancers•85 percent of all anal cancersREAD MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/support-for-male-hpv-vaccination-grows-2016053117#axzz4AHMfm44O
Berahino told Sky Sports News: “I’m taking care of my short-terms right now and if I keep scoring the goals and if I keep doing well for West Bromwich Albion, I know the future will be bright for me and I know that I’ll go a long way. “I need to stay focused on what I’m doing right now which is scoring the goals and keeping West Bromwich in the Premier League. “If I can keep them in the Premier League and score as much goals as I can, I’m pretty sure the fans wouldn’t mind me pushing on and moving on to bigger things. So I want to ensure that I keep them first in the Premier League and score as much goals as I can for them.” Berahino admitted he was pleased to be linked with other teams, but reiterated that that his main focus was West Brom, who have won just one of their last seven league matches. He added: ” I’m just flattered to be linked to all these sort of teams, but I stay focused. This is my second season in the Premier League and I still have a long way to go. “I’m learning a lot from all sorts of different players. For me I just look forward to each game and try to enjoy as much as possible.” Tony Pulis’ side are currently 15th in the Premier League standings and only three points above the relegation zone ahead of Sunday’s match at Burnley. The 21-year-old has scored 14 goals for his side so far this term – with four of them coming in the 7-0 thrashing of Conference outfit Gateshead in the FA Cup last month – and his goalscoring form has seen him l inked with a move away from The Hawthorns. The Burundi-born forward, who has made 13 appearances for England Under-21s since making his debut in 2013 and scored 10 goals, is committed to West Brom until 2017, but is confident he can continue to get the goals that will see him eventually move to a bigger club. Press Association West Brom striker Saido Berahino hopes to move “on to bigger things” in the future but insists his number one priority is helping the Baggies avoid relegation this season.
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chris_iseman Minutes after his team fell just short for its third straight loss, all Quentin Hillsman could do was shake his head and admit he doesn’t know the cause of Syracuse’s cold shooting. Somewhere between practice and games, SU’s ability to knock down shots is lost.And it’s causing the Orange to be one dimensional and easily beatable.‘We shoot a lot every day in practice,’ Hillsman said. ‘We shoot a ton. And we shoot for competition. What I do know is that we have to keep taking shots because, if not, they’re going to sink deeper and deeper into Kayla (Alexander) and Iasia (Hemingway’s) lap, and we’ll never be able to get the ball inside.’West Virginia exploited Syracuse’s shooting weakness by focusing its defense on the Orange’s inside presence, and it rode that game plan to a 76-72 win over Syracuse (6-3, 0-1 Big East) on Wednesday night in front of 778 in the Carrier Dome. The Orange put together a late comeback attempt, but its first-half shooting woes dug a hole that SU could never claw its way out of as it dropped its conference opener to the Mountaineers (6-2, 1-0).Syracuse went just 20-for-58 — 34.5 percent — from the field and a paltry 1-for-17 from beyond the arc. The Orange jumped out to an early 10-6 lead, but that would be the only time it would hold the advantage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Mountaineers went on an 11-2 scoring run during which Syracuse missed four shots, including two 3-pointers that, if drained, could have kept the momentum on SU’s side. The run put WVU in control for the rest of the game and forced Syracuse into a game of catch-up.Neither Hillsman nor any of the players could place their finger on what’s plaguing the offense.‘It may stem from a lack of focus and how the game is going, trying to get the ball inside too much. We’ve got to be ready to shoot,’ Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘It’s more about us as shooters not being ready to shoot and being ready to knock down shots and make plays.’Syracuse found out what happens when it only has one consistent way to score. As the Orange struggled from the outside, West Virginia’s defense collapsed on SU center Kayla Alexander to remove Syracuse’s most consistent scorer. Alexander still managed to go 6-for-6 for 14 points, but that’s a far cry from the 20-plus points she notched in recent games.So while Alexander was handcuffed in the low post, Hemingway had to look elsewhere to dish the ball off to from the high post. But when the ball was placed into the hands of one of the Orange’s guards, it rarely led to points.Syracuse managed to stay within reach because of West Virginia’s high number of fouls. The Mountaineers committed 12 fouls in the first half, and the Orange shot 13-for-14 from the line.‘After the first half, when we went back into the locker room, we really don’t focus on what went wrong,’ Hemingway said. ‘We focus on what we need to do in the second half. …We were down by 15, we came back and we lost by four. ‘Syracuse did begin a comeback. By then, though, it was too little, too late.Tyson-Thomas went 6-for-16 from the field. Elashier Hall finished 3-for-10. Shanee Williams went 2-for-8.Williams missed what could’ve been a pivotal 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining that would’ve put Syracuse up by one. Wide open in the left corner, she had the perfect opportunity to complete the comeback, but the guard’s shot clanked off the rim and into hands of Mountaineers’ center Asya Bussie for the rebound.It was an exact representation of SU’s shooting woes on Wednesday and during its losing streak.After the game, West Virginia head coach Mike Carey said his defense didn’t do anything special, or anything out of the ordinary to stifle Syracuse’s shooters. All of the Orange’s problems rested solely its own shoulders, he said.‘They were just missing,’ Carey said. ‘A lot of them they were wide open. …We went to the 2-3, and they missed some wide open shots, which is why we were able to stay in it.’Three straight losses. Three straight poor shooting performances. And no surefire way to climb out of the slump.Right now, SU has one way to score with consistency, and that’s to get the ball down low to Alexander. But that only works for so long, until teams start taking that option away.As Syracuse saw on Wednesday night, that’ll usually lead the Orange to fall on the wrong side of the ledger.‘We do have to make shots,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘It is important for us to do that. …We have to step up.’email@example.com
Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanUSC students demonstrated in the Parkside International Residential College dining hall Wednesday about low wages for USC employees. The protestors sang a song to the tune of “Jingle Bell Rock” and held a sign comparing the salaries of USG administrators to the salary of an average USC dining hall worker.
Parts of the BC bench emptied. Players had to be restrained. At the end of it all, there were no ejections and only fouls on Dungey for the late hit and both benches for leaving the sideline.“His job is to get the guy down, not to hit him like a middle linebacker,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said he told Dungey immediately afterward, “because he needs to preserve himself. It was a great job of him stopping the touchdown. That’s what he was supposed to do. And then after that he needs to protect himself. You get into scuffles like that (and) somebody steps on your hand or something.”Babers didn’t further discuss the play on the sideline because he said he would be fined.MORE COVERAGE:Graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s win over Boston CollegeSyracuse hangs on to beat Boston College, 28-20SU fans take to social media after the Orange’s fourth win of the season Yooo #Syracuse’s QB has marbles! Savage tackle after he throws a pick and then gets up ready to rumble. #Cuse #BC #CollegeFootball pic.twitter.com/UnIAeU7C5x— The PUP List (@ThePUPListBlog) October 22, 2016AdvertisementThis is placeholder text CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Eric Dungey dragged Boston College’s William Harris out of bounds to prevent a touchdown on an interception return on SU’s first drive of the game, but then proceeded to spin and throw Harris head first into the ground well beyond the boundary line.Eagles linebacker Matt Milano stood over Dungey on the sideline before Dungey shoved him into Harris and to the ground. Harris got up and Dungey charged forward with an SU staff member beside him, both combining to knock Harris over a table and to the ground again.“It wasn’t frustration,” Dungey said after Syracuse’s (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) 28-20 win over Boston College (3-4, 0-4) on the road. “I was trying to finish the tackle. I get tackled all the time so when I get a chance to tackle, I’m just trying to tackle him. Some guy’s standing over me talking smack and I just try to get him off me and one thing led to another.” In the loss to Wake Forest two weeks ago, Wake Forest linebacker Demetrius Kemp stood over Dungey after driving him to the ground on a fumble return. SU wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for shoving Kemp off Dungey.“Everybody is going to take a shot at him if they get a chance,” Orange linebacker Parris Bennett said before also complimenting Dungey’s tackle. “It was pretty good. He got him down. He beat a block and everything. … He definitely stopped a touchdown.”Boston College head coach Steve Addazio said he saw “some stuff went down over there” that needs to be addressed, referring to officials reviewing the film and dealing out fines or suspensions.“Someone else gets thrown to the ground, someone else gets punched,” he elaborated later. Comments Published on October 22, 2016 at 5:13 pm Contact Jon: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+
Head baseball coach Dan Hubbs will have to wait a little longer for his 100th collegiate win as the Trojans stumbled to an 8-0 defeat to Loyola Marymount on Tuesday.At 11-12, the team falls below .500 after a sloppy five-hit performance in a single-game matchup against LMU.USC batters watched helplessly from the dugout as their teammates failed to score against LMU junior pitcher Blake Redman, who pitched eight strong innings and recorded seven strikeouts.“You have got to give credit to [Redman],” Hubbs said. “He came off of seven scoreless innings against Irvine last week and then pitched eight scoreless today, that is a pretty good two weeks. I think he is tough to see.”Oppositely, USC starting pitcher freshman CJ Stubbs could not manage to stop the bleeding after first allowing a triple to LMU designated hitter Sean Watkins in the second inning, which gave the Lions the first lead of the contest. Watkins scored on a ground out and an error to extend the lead to 2-0, and USC gave the third run of the inning away when junior catcher Jeremy Martinez overthrew his toss in an attempt to pick off an LMU base stealer.LMU hitters kept the pressure on Stubbs during their next opportunity, opening the third inning with a lead-off single and adding 2 more runs with a home run from junior Cassidy Brown the following at-bat to extend the lead to 5-0 and end Stubbs’ night on the mound.The Trojans had an opportunity to jump ahead in the first inning, putting two runners in scoring position with two out, but Martinez was picked off to end the inning. Hubbs noted how LMU seized the subsequent momentum.“It hurt us right after because CJ did not have it in the second inning,” Hubbs said. “He mislocated his pitches a couple times with two strikes and allowed a big inning. And then the next inning, he gave up two more.”Sophomore pitcher Mason Perryman posted a strong no-run, three-inning performance, only allowing two hits. But senior Marc Huberman struggled as soon as he was put into the game in the seventh inning when he walked his first batter and eventually give up 3 runs after Brown singled to right field to score 2 runs give the Lions an 8-run lead.Hubbs will not get his milestone, and the Trojans fall below .500. They will head to Stanford for a three-game series starting Friday.“The thing that is disappointing is that when you are battling to win those games and trying to separate your record, it just magnifies when you have those days when you can’t do anything against the pitcher,” Hubbs said. “But I’m sure we are going to get better this weekend.”
Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on August 19, 2019 at 12:15 pm Contact Eric: email@example.com | @esblack34 After winning 10 games for the first time in nearly two decades in 2018, Syracuse was ranked No. 22 in the preseason AP Poll, released Monday. This is the first time Syracuse will begin the season ranked since 1998. The Orange finished last season at No. 15, their first time in the Top 25 since 2001. The only opponent on Syracuse’s schedule that was also on the Top 25 list is Clemson, at No. 1. The defending national champions will travel to the Carrier Dome to play the Orange on Sept. 14 in a matchup that’s been decided by four points or fewer in each of the last two contests.SU returns 17 starters from the 10-3 team last season that defeated West Virginia, 34-18, in the 2018 Camping World Bowl. Among the players who graduated include starting quarterback Eric Dungey, leading receiver Jamal Custis and SU’s top two leading tacklers in Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner. The Orange kick off their season against Liberty on Aug. 31 in Lynchburg, Va. Facebook Twitter Google+