‘Indonesia won’t be military base for any country’, Retno says, dismissing Pentagon report

first_imgForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has asserted that Indonesia will not be the military base for any foreign country, including China, following a report from the United States’ Department of Defense that states China is planning to build an overseas military logistics facility in Indonesia.“I want to emphasize that, in accordance with the lines and principles of Indonesian foreign policy, Indonesian territory cannot and will not be used as a military facility base for any country,” Retno said during a press briefing on Friday.“I repeat, Indonesian territory cannot and will not be used as a military facility base for any country.” Previously, the US Department of Defense released its annual report titled Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2020.The report was mandated to US Congress as an authoritative assessment on military and security developments involving China.Read also: Thawing out Cold War declaration, ASEAN sets stance in great powers rivalryIt analyzes the contours of China’s national strategy, its approach to security and military affairs and potential changes in China’s armed forces over the next 20 years.“Beyond its current base in Djibouti, the PRC [People’s Liberation Army] is very likely already considering and planning for additional overseas military logistics facilities to support naval, air and ground forces,” the report says.“The PRC has likely considered locations for PLA military logistics facilities in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan.”China, according to the report, is seeking to establish a more robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure to allow the PLA to project and sustain military power at greater distances.Topics :last_img read more

Homes selling fast in popular Brisbane street

first_imgThe McCormack family, Mick and Kelly with children, Ruby, 4 Ava, 2 and Lachlan (11 weeks) outside their home at 27 Main Ave Wilston. Picture: Mark Cranitch.MAYBE it’s the convenience of having Wilston Village just around the corner.Maybe it’s the friendly neighbours, the wide, welcoming street or the walking distance to schools.Whatever it is, there’s something about Main Avenue in the usually tightly-held, inner northern suburb of Wilston that’s whipping up a buying frenzy.One agent in the area has sold four homes in the street in just the past four months – all for over $1 million.Garry Jones of McGrath Estate Agents said there had been a surge of interest in the street since Spring.“Wilston Village is literally at the end of the street and it’s walking distance to local schools, which is a huge drawcard for the Wilston catchment,” he said.“It’s a bit of a coincidence, but it’s not uncommon when one property has sold for a great result for it to generate further activity in a street. “It becomes a hotspot of attention and other local property owners often capitalise on the momentum.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE One of those property owners is Kelly McCormack, who admits she and her husband are reluctant to say goodbye to their home at 27 Main Avenue after five years.The four bedroom, two-storey Queenslander was snapped up just six days after listing.The house was originally put up for auction early last year but didn’t attract anywhere near the same level of interest.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“We only had two open homes before it sold and 34 couples came for the first one,” she said. “The area seems to be really hot and lots of people are trying to get into it.”Marian Thomas says she will also miss living in the street.“It’s a beautiful wide street and it’s handy, so close to everything,” she said.“We had the best neighbours.“I reckon people only leave because of work or lifestyle commitments.”She recently sold her five bedroom house at 30 Main Avenue for $1.75 million as she and her family are moving interstate.“We’d just come to a point in our lives when it was time to move on,” she said.Mr Jones said there had been a lot of interest from buyers in Sydney and Melbourne.“Brisbane represents much better value for long-term family lifestyles,” he said.last_img read more

Survey: Colorado leads nation in youth marijuana use

first_imgKRDO.com 18 December 2015For the first time, Colorado ranks first across the country for marijuana use by youths, according to a new federal survey released Friday.The survey, released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.Colorado ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the previous two surveys.The survey gathered responses from 70,000 people between the ages of 12 and 20.  Each participant earned $30.Experts said the survey results make sense because youths in states with legalized marijuana are exposed to it more and have a greater possibility of using it.Kimble Gingrich, a senior deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and a school resource officer, said he’s not surprised by the results because it bears out what he hears from students every day.“I believe that marijuana gets in the way of kids being successful at school,” he said.  “But they don’t tell me specifically where they use it, when they use it.  They don’t give me the information I need to get in the way of it.  Because it’s legal, we have desensitized our kids to the dangers of it.”http://www.krdo.com/news/Survey-Colorado-leads-nation-in-youth-marijuana-use/37031852Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Canine influenza notice issued in Indiana

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is warning residents about the possibility of canine influenza. Although Indiana has only reported a handful of cases, neighboring states have reported many more.The highly contagious disease can be transmitted by respiratory secretions from other dogs. The first sign of infection is typically a cough followed by fatigue, eye discharge and decreased appetite. Immediate treatment is recommended.The sickness is not known to have any effect on humans.last_img read more

Oscar not leaving Blues

first_imgOscar has told French media that he has had contact with Paris St Germain this summer but has no plans to leave Chelsea. The 22-year-old Brazilian is the latest Stamford Bridge star to be linked to PSG, with Eden Hazard heavily rumoured to have been high on Laurent Blanc’s summer wishlist before he confirmed his commitment to Chelsea. Fellow Brazilian David Luiz also recently sealed a big-money move to the French capital. Press Associationcenter_img Oscar, who has played a key role for the hosts in the World Cup so far, has now followed in the footsteps of Hazard in publicly declaring he wants to stay at the London club. “I had contact with PSG, it’s true but it did not go further,” he is quoted as saying by L’Equipe. “The next season, I will stay at Chelsea.” last_img read more

Allardyce wants full stadiums

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes filling your home ground is paramount to Premier League clubs – with the Hammers announcing their new season-ticket structure ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium. Press Association And Allardyce believes performing in front of a sold-out crowd is something that should not go unappreciated as the other 19 Premier League clubs are now being pushed to follow West Ham’s lead. “The most important thing at a football club is to fill the stadium,” he said. “I think filling the stadium is the ultimate for the success of the team. Obviously it’s not from a revenue base like it used to be. “The revenue base for a football club used to be the sustainability of the football club in my years before the Premier League and before Sky made it a worldwide brand. “It’s about creating the atmosphere in a stadium that thrills not only the fans there enjoying the atmosphere, but the players who respond to that “To make sure everywhere you go in the Premier League maintains a high level of attendance and selling out your stadium has to be the ultimate goal for any Premier League football club, for me. “What we’ve announced has to be the best piece of business, for me, seen in the Premier League for a long, long time. “Hopefully everybody at West Ham football club, particularly the fan, will come and enjoy, as Karren says, a fantastic facility for less. That will only encourage future young West Ham supporters to be West Ham supporters.” center_img Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham, announced during the week that the club would be making significant cuts to their current pricing as the move is being offset against increased television revenue. The cheapest season ticket at Upton Park is £620 but there will be £289 seats on offer from the 2016/17 season – the club’s first in the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium. last_img read more

Manchester United in contract talks with David de Gea, according to reports

first_imgManchester United are in talks with goalkeeper David de Gea about a new contract, according to reports. The BBC and a number of national newspapers said on Thursday night that the Spain goalkeeper was talking about a new deal, just 10 days after a move to Real Madrid collapsed. De Gea looked set to join Madrid on deadline day in a long-mooted move, only for administration errors to scupper a deal. Press Associationcenter_img Pictures carried by the Daily Mail showed De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in Manchester on Thursday afternoon, giving rise to talk of negotiations. De Gea has not played for United this season as a result of the uncertainty surrounding him, but could be in line to return against Liverpool this weekend. United manager Louis van Gaal is set for his first club media commitments since deadline day on Friday. There was no comment from the club on Thursday night. last_img read more

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho not content with just finishing above Arsenal

first_imgLONDON: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho stated he isn’t content with just finishing over Arsenal in the Premier League table and reiterated his desire to help the club secure a place in next season’s Europa League. Spurs got the better of Arsenal in the London Derby 2-1 on Sunday and courtesy of that win, they now have two points more than Mikel Arteta’s troops and are placed at eighth spot compared to Gunners’ ninth. Mourinho said that finishing above Arsenal will hand bragging rights only to the fans. Historically, Arsenal have finished above Spurs more times in the league but in the last three years, the latter have turned out be the London club who have been on top at the end of the season. “That is a fan’s view. I have to be more ambitious than that,” Mourinho said during a news conference as per Goal.com. “I know I could look at in a selfish point of view and say since I arrived, if the championship started in that moment, even with all the problems we had I think we would now be fourth or fifth in the table. “I don’t want to be selfish, I don’t want to look at it just as a fan that is happy to finish above Arsenal,” he added. Mourinho also urged his players to continue the form and secure a place in next year’s Europa League. The last time Mourinho was part of a team in the Europa League, he took Manchester United to the title and thus helped them gain a position in the Champions League. “I would love to play Europa League. It is not a competition I am in love with, it is not a competition I would like very much to play, but when you cannot play Champions League you play Europa League,” Mourinho said. IANS Also Watch: High Court Rejects BPF Plea Against Governor’s Ruled In BTADlast_img read more

The Latest: French soccer clubs can play friendlies in July

first_img___The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19.The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back.The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___ Associated Press ___Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro.Rodgers says he fell ill “a week or so” after the English season was suspended on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the effects of it for three weeks.Rodgers says “the strangest thing was losing your smell and the taste. You lose your strength. You could hardly walk 10 yards. I felt it was similar to the time I was climbing Kilimanjaro. When you get to a certain point at altitude, you walk and really suffer.”The former Liverpool manager is still being tested twice a week according to the Premier League’s coronavirus protocols. ___Arizona will begin allowing student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15.The phased re-entry will begin with football players, followed by athletes in fall sports and select athletics staff.All student-athletes and staff members will follow elevated safety protocols for testing, tracing and treatment.The Pac-12 Conference announced earlier this week it would allow member schools to begin holding on-campus voluntary workouts on June 15. The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel.A new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27.___The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17. The plan announced begins with facilities staffers arriving Monday to prepare for the first athletes and coaches to arrive June 12. That group will consist of coaches and staff for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, along with the first group of football players.The schedule runs through early August.The plan calls for athletes to follow measures such as self-quarantining or wearing a mask in public for at least a week before returning. It outlines testing protocols while requiring athletes and employees to wear masks inside facilities when it’s difficult to follow social-distancing practices.“We’re in lockstep with the campus plan,” athletics director Bubba Cunningham told The Associated Press. “We are hopeful that we’ll have spectators in the fall but we don’t have a home game — at least a home football game — for 3½ months. So while we’re scenario-planning for those events, we’ll have to roll that out at a later date.“This is just to give some clarity to our staff, our coaches and our students of, ‘Here’s a timetable that you can count on to come back.’” The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii. May 29, 2020 Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands.Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues.Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___ Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19.Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9.The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French soccer league says teams can play friendlies in July with a view to starting the new season in August. The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums.J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference.The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”center_img The Latest: French soccer clubs can play friendlies in July ___Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.” The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention.The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points.Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass. Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men’s events. Two more players will be announced later.Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the women’s events. Two places are still to be confirmed.Matches will have a super tiebreaker replacing the third set. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.The event replaces a WTA tournament in Berlin which was set for June but called off.___ The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12.The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later.The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month. Rodgers says “it’s not the case that now I’ve had it, I wouldn’t test. You just never know.”___Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic.One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.Each tournament will feature six men and six women and there will be 200,000 euros ($222,000) in total prize money available. The remaining matches in men’s and women’s soccer this season were canceled.The French league said in a statement on Friday it expects the new season “will be able to start as anticipated in August with friendly games to prepare in July.”The league added it was working on how to allow fans back into stadiums when the season starts.___North Carolina has issued a timeline for athletes, coaches and athletics staffers to return to campus in stages through June and later into the summer. The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.___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 move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders.Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches. French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts.Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call.Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected.___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.last_img read more

‘Do it your way’ – Joe Root’s message for Ben Stokes

first_imgBy     Matt RollerJOE Root has told Ben Stokes to “do it your way” as he captains England for the first time against West Indies today.Root will miss a Test match this week for the first time since 2014 to attend the birth of his second child, with Stokes taking the reins instead. In his pre-match press conference, Stokes said that he would be “silly not to” tap into the experience around him in the side, and revealed that Root had left him a note on the hanger of the captain’s blazer encouraging him to be himself.“The best message that I’ve received was when I got my photos done yesterday with the blazer,” Stokes said. “Rooty just left a message on the hanger which said: ‘Do it your way.’“When I first got asked I said I’d be open to opinions. Just because Joe’s not here, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to use him. Joe’s always been very open and willing (to listen) to advice from players, so I think I’d be stupid to go away from that. We’ve got so much experience in this team that it would be silly not to lean on that if I feel like I need some advice.“With Joe and his personal situation it’s been a case of letting him deal with that. I haven’t been on him too much but I know as soon as the Test match starts, he’ll be at home watching and I know that his phone will always be available for me to get in contact with him if I need to.”Stokes has previously pledged to take “the positive route” as captain, and said that he thought England have more of an identity as a side now than during their 2-1 series defeat in the Caribbean last year.Since Chris Silverwood replaced Trevor Bayliss as head coach following last summer’s Ashes series, the Test team has played a more familiar style of cricket, with a particular emphasis on the top order batting for long periods of time. While England’s top six in the first Test will be short on experience, with just 109 caps between them, Stokes said that there is now a much clearer blueprint than has been the case in recent years.“I think there’s a lot more clarity with everybody,” he said. “We have an identity as a Test team. Whereas in times gone past, a few lads might have felt under pressure with guys knocking the door down in a negative way, now we look at that in a positive way where there’s competition for places in the team.“If you’re not performing well as a player, there’s someone right behind you ready to come in. That’s a great place to be in, especially as an international side. We have an identity now as a Test team. For us going forward, it’s about building on that identity. We have a goal of becoming the best team in the world so we’re building towards that.”England will name their side for the first Test, with the question of which fast bowlers to leave out being the only decision that needs to be taken following the announcement of a 13-man squad on Saturday.James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are competing for three spots in the playing XI, with Stokes and off-spinner Dom Bess rounding off the bowling attack, and the selectors have made clear over the course of the past two weeks that the side picked for the first Test will be the best one available to them, despite plans to rotate later in the summer.“It’s not very often that we’ve been in a situation where we’ve got six or seven bowlers to choose from,” Stokes said. “It’s a real head-scratcher as somebody who’s got to choose the side but as a bigger picture it’s a great place to be in as a team.“I feel as if we’re in a position now as a Test team like we were with the one-day team in 2015 and building for that World Cup. I feel as if we’re building towards the Ashes in Australia and also India. To have the crop of fast bowlers that we now possess especially is a great place to be in as a Test team.“I’ve been dreading it the last three days, having to deliver bad news to some lads. It’s obviously not a nice thing to have to do, but that comes with being the captain and with being in a leadership role. It’s got to be done. With the schedule that we have, with six Test matches in seven weeks, there’s going to have to be a lot considered going forward. We’ll have to wait and see what the future brings in terms of the Test matches after this.” (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more