Livable housing essential for all, Jokowi says

first_img“We continue to develop financing innovations to increase the poor’s access to housing,” the President said.The Scroll of Honor Award Ceremony in Surabaya was attended by representatives from Mexico and Colombia, who received this year’s award. Other awardees, namely Uganda, Malaysia and Nepal, chose not to attend the event due to the pandemic.The awards are given to acknowledge initiatives that have made outstanding contributions in the field of human settlements, the provision of housing and improvement of human settlements, among other categories.Surabaya was chosen to host the event in acknowledgement of the accomplishments of its mayor, Tri Rismaharini, who was given the award during the 2018 WHD commemoration in Nairobi.She was honored for implementing people-centered and inclusive city regeneration programs as well as developing initiatives that prioritize low-income residents.Topics : Livable housing is essential for every human being as it serves as “a fortress against various risks, including health risks like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic”, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday during a commemoration of World Habitat Day.The President expressed his appreciation to the United Nations for promoting the theme “Housing for All: A better Urban Future” for this year’s celebration, which falls annually on the first Monday of October. The virtual event brought together stakeholders on sustainable urbanization and settlement development. Indonesia’s second largest city of Surabaya in East Java received the honor of hosting the Scroll of Honor Award ceremony on Monday.  In his speech, Jokowi said that Indonesia had put extra effort into providing livable houses for its poor citizens through various programs, including the so-called “one million houses program” launched in 2015 during his first term in office, as well as the recently introduced public housing savings program (Tapera).The first housing program aimed to reduce the country’s housing backlog from 7.6 million in 2015 to 5.4 million in 2019, especially for lower income families. In the three years since its launch, the program built 3.45 million housing units.Read also: Additional stimulus needed to boost property industry: AssociationTapera, meanwhile, aims to provide funds for first-time homebuyers with monthly salaries equal to or lower than the local minimum wage.last_img read more

BSO: Suspect in police chase may be linked to double murder in Lauderdale Beach

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – BSO Detectives are trying to determine whether a man who led officers on a chase along Interstate 95 is also responsible for a double homicide in Fort Lauderdale.A few hours after detectives found the two stabbed to death in Lauderdale Beach, Michael Jones told police officers he found an intruder nearby with “crazy in his eyes” who threatened to kill him.Jones said the man was camping on his property and told police he was driving a white Jeep Wrangler with a Pennsylvania tag.Jones said when he asked the man to leave he threw him to the ground then smashed his Jeep into a golf cart driven by Jones’ business partner.“He continued in reverse and he backed up, full-speed, into my Porsche Turbo S and destroyed the entire side of it,” Jones said.Officers chased the intruder northbound on I-95 until a Florida Highway Patrol trooper’s maneuver caused him to crash.“The incidents occurred within close proximity and timeframe to one another and as result detectives are looking into the possibility that the two incidents may be related,” said Detective Ali Adamson, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.Officers responded to the double murder shortly after 6:00 a.m. at 3054 North Ocean Blvd where two people were found on the beach stabbed to death.Then they were dispatched to the aggravated battery on Jones about three hours later at 2613 Center Ave.Jones said officers told him the man was armed with two hunting knives.Adamson is asking anyone with information about the crime scenes to call detectives at 954-828-5534 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.last_img read more

Badgers fall behind early; drop 5th straight game

first_imgMEGAN CONLIN/Herald PhotoThe Badger women’s basketball team continued its struggles as it lost a close contest, 68-59, to the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Kohl Center Thursday night.The Badgers have now lost 12 of their last 14 after beginning the year 4-0. Wisconsin had its chances in this game that saw Iowa push the lead to 11 early in the second half, only to have the Badgers battle their way back into it.After a Jolene Anderson jumper cut the lead to four with 3:22 left in the game, the Badgers had four consecutive trips down the floor end unsuccessfully. Iowa then hit a couple of free throws, and Wisconsin never got closer than six.The Badgers were unable to take advantage of the Hawkeyes’ lackluster offensive performance in the second half, where Iowa made more points off of free throws than from the field.”I give credit to Wisconsin because we were very stagnant with our offense tonight. That was probably the worst that our offense has really executed during the course of this year,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. “We didn’t have movement, we weren’t making good passes — it’s evident. Nine assists. For us, that’s very low in the assist column. Our offense relies on good passing and they took a lot of that away from us tonight.”As much as Iowa was able to take advantage of the free-throw line, it proved to be the Badgers’ downfall. Wisconsin was only able to convert 4-of-14 attempts on the night, including just 2-of-11 in the second half.Jolene Anderson led the Badgers with 20 points but could not connect on a couple of late free throws.”You just have to think that your legs aren’t tired and you can’t let it bother you. It goes along with the mental thing that coach Stone says, you know, just go out there and play,” Anderson said.Wisconsin was able to hold Crystal Smith, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, in check for most of the game. She was held to just 3-of-7 shooting on the night and did not even attempt a shot from the field in the second half. But the senior was able to knock in all eight of her shots from the charity stripe.Iowa was led by 6-foot-6 freshman Megan Skouby, who had 23 points and six rebounds. The Badgers switched up their defense early on to a zone to try to limit the touches of the taller Skouby, after she had eight points in just more than five minutes.The UW starting forwards — senior Kjersten Bakke and freshman Caitlin Gibson — did not seem to have an answer for Iowa’s frontcourt, as they were outscored by the duo of Skouby and forward Tiffany Reedy 48-9. Reedy’s 15 was a season high for the senior.”I am not usually a penetrator, and tonight that is pretty much all I did,” Reedy said. “I just stayed focus and I knew this game was important, so my mindset was just doing whatever it took to win.”The first half saw the Badgers outplay the Hawkeyes in nearly every way but turnovers.”The story of the game was points off turnovers in the first half,” said UW head coach Lisa Stone. “We had 14 turnovers in the first half. It looked as if we had not seen the press, but that’s all we’ve worked on the last three years I’ve been here. We certainly need to improve in those areas.”Wisconsin gets a short break from conference action as it looks to rebound against Eastern Illinois on Monday. The Badgers hope to rebuild their spirits as they prepare for the stretch run in the Big Ten.”Mentally, it’s tough. You gain confidence from working hard and getting success,” Bakke said. “There has never been a lack of focus at the ultimate goal, and I think we stick to the game plan.”We’ve all been in hard times. Everyone experiences it through their life, and we will step out on the floor tomorrow just as ready to work as the day before.”last_img read more

Ladies semi finals day at Wimbledon.

first_imgFirst up on Centre Court the Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza faces 2012 finalist, Agnieszka Radwanska.That will be followed by the meeting of five-time champ Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.last_img

Don Mattingly introduced as Miami Marlins manager

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mattingly parted last month with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and with the change in jobs, he’ll face a big adjustment regarding resources. The Dodgers led the majors by far this year with a payroll of $289.6 million at the end of the regular season; Miami ranked last at $64.9 million, and the Marlins plan only a small increase in 2016.Mattingly said the tight budget doesn’t bother him.“The consensus around baseball is that this is a talented club with a good core that has a chance to grow and develop,” he said. “For me, that was the single biggest thing the chance to develop, teach and mold a young club and build toward winning the division and winning the championship.”The Marlins went 71-91 this year, their sixth consecutive losing season, but were riddled by injuries. The roster is led by slugger Giancarlo Stanton, ace Jose Fernandez and NL batting champion Dee Gordon.Mattingly went 446-363 in five years with the Dodgers and won the NL West the past three years, but he went 8-11 in the postseason and did not reach the World Series. He becomes owner Jeffrey Loria’s first high-profile managerial hire since Ozzie Guillen four years ago. Guillen was fired after one troubled season, and his four-year contract just came off the books.Mattingly was a six-time All-Star and a .307 hitter with the New York Yankees from 1982 to 1995. Loria is a New Yorker and Yankees fan.center_img MIAMI — Don Mattingly wants to end to the Miami Marlins’ managerial merry-go-round.“I signed a four-year deal,” he said at a news conference Monday. “I plan on being here at least 10.”That would be a big change for the Marlins, who introduced Mattingly as their seventh manager since June 2010. He was hired last week, and the announcement was delayed until after the World Series. “We committed that we wanted this to be the last manager’s press conference we ever did,” team president David Samson said. “We’ve done too many.”last_img read more