Mandiri property expo goes online as homebuyers turn to digital marketplaces

first_imgSingapore-based property startup 99 Group, which owns 99.co and rumah123.com, is working with state-owned Bank Mandiri to take the bank’s annual property expo online at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has seen consumers look to digital marketplaces.99 Group Indonesia’s CEO Chong Ming Hwee said on Wednesday that the Mandiri Festival Properti Indonesia 2020 would feature 131 development projects managed by 39 developers.“Unlike in previous years, this year’s festival will take place online over the course of a month from Sept. 9 to Oct. 10,” Hwee said during the broadcast of the launch ceremony. “I think this is the right time to buy property as prices are dropping. Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, I think the price will start to rebound,” he said.Bank Indonesia’s quarterly Property Prices Index (IHPR) projects a further decline in residential property prices in 2020.According to the IHPR, growth in residential property prices slowed during this year’s second quarter to 1.59 percent year-on-year (yoy) from 1.68 percent yoy in the previous quarter. The central bank has projected price growth to decline to 1.19 percent during the third quarter.The combined sales of small, medium and large houses also contracted 25.6 percent yoy in the second quarter, although the contraction was less than the 43.19 percent yoy recorded in the previous quarter.Topics : More and more consumers are shifting to online shopping as the coronavirus outbreak forces people to limit their activities outside their homes, prompting businesses to expand their online operations.Developer Ciputra Group, for instance, reported in late-May that it booked Rp 130 billion (US$8.85 million) in sales for houses marketed via its newly developed online platform from April 18 to 26. The houses have an average price of Rp 250 million and are located in its Citra Maja Raya project in Lebak regency, Banten. Management consulting company Redseer has projected Indonesia’s online retail gross merchandise value (GMV), which indicates overall sales value, to surpass India’s this year, driven by a rise in e-commerce users amid the pandemic.Meanwhile, property developer AKR Land Development’s CEO Thomas Go urged the public to purchase properties now as prices were dropping with potential for a rebound in the second half of 2021.last_img read more

The lasting lessons that helped LSU’s Ed Orgeron become Louisiana’s favorite son

NEW ORLEANS — When LSU coach Ed Orgeron accepted Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award on Saturday — presented by the Football Writers Association of America — he was quick to point out the lasting lesson he learned from the Grambling coaching icon.”You try to mold yourself to emulate guys like this,” Orgeron said while motioning to the Robinson bust at a presentation at the Sazerac House. “In order for you to have success, your players have to know that you love them. You have to treat them like your sons. That’s our No. 1 philosophy — the No. 1 philosophy at LSU.” Before Orgeron held up Robinson’s bust, he shared a promise he made to his family:”I promised my mama one thing,” he said. “I was going to go to college. I was the first in my family to get an education. It allowed me to do what I love to do, and that’s coaching.”Football and family. In Louisiana, that’s all you need to know. That explains how the native of Larose, La., has emerged as the state’s favorite son this season. He leads No. 1 LSU (14-0) into a matchup with No. 3 Clemson (14-0) in a battle of undefeated teams in the College Football Playoff championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday. It’s a big game, but for Orgeron it is more than that.MORE: LSU-Clemson odds, predictions and betting trendsHe played at Northwestern State. He coaches at LSU. Eddie Robinson III, the grandson of the coach who won 408 games at Grambling from 1941-97, pointed out a long line of coaching and family ties among the three schools that exist at LSU today. That is Orgeron’s doing.”From the top of the state to the bottom to the middle, his success at LSU speaks volumes,” Robinson III said. “He’s not only touching lives with his student-athletes; in a sense, he’s unifying the state.”At College Football Playoff Championship Media Day, Orgeron was asked what winning a national championship for LSU would mean. He used the same word three times.”Everything. Everything,” he said. “Everything that we’ve done up until now is good, but it’s not great. We want to be great. To finish the season strong with a win is our goal, and that’s going to be a tough task. But we didn’t look at it as, ‘Hey, man, we’ve got to go down there and win the national championship; it’s going to be bigger than ever.’ We’ve got to play well enough to beat Clemson, and that’s been our focus.”Orgeron represents all things Louisiana. He’s a college football Popeye with an unmistakable voice that emanates a culture only those who live in the Bayou can truly understand. Take Orgeron’s assessment of his success with in-state recruiting:”It’s not an official home visit, it’s a party,” he said. “There’s 30, 40 people there, there’s jambalaya, there’s gumbo, food, music and it’s just a festivity. That’s the great part about being in Louisiana.”Orgeron isn’t the first LSU coach to enjoy high-level success. Nick Saban and Les Miles won national championships with the Tigers in 2003 and 2007, respectively, in the Bowl Championship Series era. But it was Saban who kept Miles from tacking on more in a one-sided rivalry between the Alabama and LSU, which spilled into the College Football Playoff era. The Crimson Tide won eight straight games against the Tigers starting with the 2012 BCS championship game in New Orleans.Orgeron took over in 2016 as the interim coach with a 16-27 career record after a head coaching stint at Ole Miss and an interim stint at USC. What was perceived as a questionable hire turned out to be the perfect fit over time. After all, this is a sport where fit means everything, too.MORE: Sporting News’ expert picks for CFP title gameHe set the tone for that after a 24-10 loss to Alabama on Nov. 4, 2017. Orgeron simply said, “We’re coming. We’re coming, and we aren’t backing down.”It’s the message LSU players — such as All-American safety Grant Delpit, himself a New Orleans native — have absorbed and parroted.”I tend to start repeating stuff he says,” Delpit said. “Just stuff that he always says during practice, the meetings, stuff like that. Block out the noise and stuff that he preaches. It’s definitely huge.”That brevity is the soul of the GIFs Orgeron generates, even if he’s the first to admit he won’t be on social media. They are the mantras that helped LSU pile up six victories against top-10 teams this season — none bigger than the 46-41 shootout win over Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 9. That came with a viral postgame speech Orgeron needlessly had to address afterward.For Orgeron, that was a “family moment at the dinner table.”It wasn’t the moment that defined this season, however. Orgeron repeatedly pointed out one play — a 61-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to Justin Jefferson — that clinched LSU’s 45-38 victory over Texas on Sept. 7. Offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger told Orgeron the Tigers were going to throw the ball on third-and-17. Orgeron said, “Have at it.””That third-and-17 against Texas was the defining play in my mind in our season,” Orgeron said. “It goes to show you that we have some big-time players, especially at the quarterback position and the receiver position, along with the protection that can make plays in tight quarters, in a tight spot in the game. … If they get the ball back, no telling what happens.”Instead, everything happened.Ensminger and Joe Brady crafted an offense that has averaged an FBS-best 48.9 points per game. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy and a host of other postseason awards, including Sporting News’ Player of the Year. “It seemed like we got every award in the country,” Orgeron said.And while Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Ohio State’s Ryan Day stumped for which of their undefeated teams should be No. 1 in the final Playoff rankings, Orgeron said simply, “We’ll be ready. Any place, anytime.”That’s what championship teams do.MORE: LSU leads SEC as biggest bowl season winnersLSU scored 100 points combined in blowouts of Georgia in the SEC championship game and Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl semifinal. Now, Orgeron is on the big stage with a no-frills philosophy that contrasts the always-quotable Swinney, who turned to the standard “Rocky IV” analogy complete with Clemson being Rocky and LSU being Ivan Drago.Orgeron’s response?”I couldn’t even tell you who those two guys are, to be honest with you, but I just know this: that it’s going to be an emotional night when we do run out of the tunnel. I believe it’s going to be a home-field advantage, but we have to take care of it. We have to use it to our advantage, and as you know, those fans are going to be fired up.”So will Northwestern State fans. And Grambling fans. That is what Orgeron has accomplished. Robinson III assured that his grandfather is “up in heaven smiling down.””It comes full circle Monday,” Robinson III said. “Coach O and this LSU Tiger program; it’s the best. I like them to bring home the win.”That opportunity was made possible by Orgeron, who spent the weekend in his natural habitat. He will have a chance to join that exclusive club of active coaches with a national championship. That group consists of Saban, Swinney, Miles, Jimbo Fisher and Mack Brown. Saban and Swinney are the only ones at their current schools, but Orgeron is the only one who is coaching in his native state. read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Team Wolfpack

first_imgTeam Wolfpack overcame a 3-1 deficit to dump The Steelers 7-4 in the final of the Christmas Classic Indoor Tournament held last week at the Soccer Quest Facility. Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, Jules Chopin, Luke Mori, Dylan Zaitsoff, Kevin Lewis and Titouan Chopin. Front, Sonja Poole, Sarah Fuhr, Bryn Forsty, Danica Long and goalkeeper Ryan Lewis.last_img

Groundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

first_imgGeocachers from around the world celebrated ten years of geocaching at Groundspeak Headquarters in Seattle, Washington on July 4th, 2010.  The Lost & Found Celebration brought together thousands of geocachers, dozens of Lackeys, Groundspeak’s mascot Signal the Frog, the Bubbleman, a dunk tank and The Founders of Geocaching.com.Geocachers were also able to explore the Fremont neighborhood and earn a trackable HQ tag by completing a scavenger hunt.Groundspeak CEO, President and Co-Founder Jeremy Irish gets dunked.There’s more celebrating to come. Stay tuned for additional plans to commemorate ten years of geocaching.Tell us, how have you celebrated a decade of geocaching?You can see even more geocaching adventures by watching our Lost & Found video series here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – 6/3/2010May 22, 2010In “News”Geocaching Caption Contest 9 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJuly 21, 2010In “Community”last_img read more

Man accused of killing Tina Fontaine told police it wasnt him

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG – The man accused of killing an Indigenous teenager and dumping her body in the Red River told police he didn’t do it, and urged them to search for a suspect who looked like the lead singer of rock group Led Zeppelin.“Don’t focus on me,” Raymond Cormier told police during a 90-minute videotaped interview from Oct. 1, 2014, part of which was played in court Wednesday.“What happened to Tina was wrong.”Cormier has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine, a petite 15-year-old girl whose body was found in the Red River, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, on Aug 17, 2014.She had spent most of her life on the Sagkeeng First Nation and travelled to Winnipeg in late June of 2014 to reconnect with her birth mother. Court was told she became a sexually exploited youth.Cormier, 55, said he met Tina several times that summer and sometimes provided her and her boyfriend a place to stay overnight.In the video interview, Cormier told police he last saw Tina sometime in August after her boyfriend had left the city to return to a northern First Nations community.Tina had come to a home where Cormier was staying with friends, he said, and got upset when Cormier took a bicycle she had and sold it for marijuana. The two argued outside, he said, and he followed Tina as she walked away down the street.“She’s just yelling and screaming and I’m yelling and screaming and … I got pissed off and threw her weed at her feet and – gone, see you later,” Cormier sajd in the video.“And then I went back to (the house).”Cormier told the two officers interviewing him that there was a man walking in the same direction as Tina on the other side of the street, a little bit behind her.Cormier told police they should seek the man out as a person of interest, and then gave a description – a white skin, middle-aged man with shoulder-length dirty blonde hair who looked like a famous singer.“Robert Plant,” Cormier said.“Led Zeppelin?,” one of the officers asks.“Yeah.”The man had not said anything, Cormier added.Cormier said he couldn’t recall the date, but felt it was on a weekend just before Tina’s body was found.Court has already been told Tina’s boyfriend flew to St. Theresa Point on Aug. 6 – a Wednesday two days before she was last seen by social workers.Earlier in the day, court heard from Sgt. Shauna Neufeld of the Winnipeg Police Service’s missing person’s unit. She said Child and Family Services got involved with Tina after her great aunt, who raised the girl in Sagkeeng, couldn’t find her and asked for help.Tina ran away from hotels and a youth shelter four times in the summer of 2014. The last time was on Aug. 8.Tina had fallen asleep that morning in a parkade and was taken to hospital. The doctor who treated her said Tina had told paramedics she had taken the prescription drug Gabapentin, along with marijuana and alcohol.A urine test found evidence of amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and alcohol. The doctor was concerned Tina might have been sexually exploited and offered a gynecological exam which Tina refused, she said.Tina was released into the custody of social worker Kim Chute, who took her to a downtown hotel.On the way, Chute said, Tina described having an older male friend who was going to give her a bicycle.“She said she was hanging out with a 62-year-old man named Sebastian who was a meth user,” Chute testified.Tina’s boyfriend, Cody Mason, has testified Cormier went by the name Sebastian at the time.Chute dropped off Tina at the hotel under the care of a private company employee who monitored Child and Family Services kids housed there.But Tina immediately left for a nearby shopping centre, saying she wanted to meet up with friends.“Did she tell you who those friends were?,” Cormier’s lawyer asked Chute under cross-examination.“No, she didn’t,” Chute replied.The next day, Tina was reported missing. Eight days after that, Tina’s body was found.last_img read more