‘We are dying’: No new shopping center openings, leasing grinds to halt

first_imgThe market was projected to see a total of 205,000 square meters of new projects being developed this year, according to a quarterly report released on April 20 by Cushman & Wakefield, which operates in 60 countries. But Arief expected no new openings of shopping centers in the second quarter.“If the pandemic does not abate soon, then the occupancy rate of shopping centers in Jakarta is projected to decline,” Arief told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “It was because there were no tenants opening new stores in shopping centers, and many tenants that failed due to COVID-19 were forced to close their stores.”Cushman & Wakefield noted at least seven key lease transactions in the first quarter of the year — excluding lease renewal.The largest transaction in terms of area was by movie theater chain FLIX Cinema with 7,500 sq m of space at Mall of Indonesia, followed by clothing retail company H&M with 6,000 sq m of space at Mall Kelapa Gading, both in North Jakarta.“Many tenants are temporarily suspending their business expansion and postponing their fit-out work,” said Arief.Prior to the social restrictions in Jakarta, the national epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the occupancy rate of shopping centers remained relatively stable at 80.8 percent in the January to March period, a decline of 0.3 percentage points from the previous quarter.Wendy Haryanto, the executive director of Jakarta Property Institute (JPI), a non-profit organization advising developers, said on May 15 that owners of retail property needed an elimination of the minimum utility bill to cut costs in order to survive the pandemic.For example, Grand Indonesia, a 17.5-hectare shopping center in Central Jakarta, may have to face a minimum monthly utility bill of Rp 4 billion, although its electricity consumption is estimated to be drastically lower because temporary closure is in place.“This is very difficult,” Wendy said in an online talk on May 15. “Eliminating the minimum utility bill for the property is a must.”Read also: Concerns mount over reopening of offices, malls as Indonesia steps into ‘new normal’Naomi Santosa, the head of property and asset management at real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), expected shopping centers to see shorter customer visits of between 2 and 3 hours a day as they mainly come for basic shopping needs in the early days after the restriction is lifted.“So people may not hang out with their friends for an entire day,” Naomi said in an online talk on May 15. “I do not see that happening in this particular time.”Topics : The retail property market recorded no new openings of shopping centers or leasing activities in April and May in Jakarta as shopping malls across the country temporarily closed to prevent further spread of COVID-19.Data compiled by the Indonesian Shopping Center Association (APPBI) show that 190 shopping malls across the country temporarily closed.Stefanus Ridwan, the chairman of the association, said Tuesday that some shopping malls had negotiated a one-month rent deferment deal with tenants to ease the financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Some also offered large discounts on rent or service charge. “We are dying, much less able to survive,” Stefanus, who also serves as president director of publicly listed real estate developer PT Pakuwon Jati, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “We had hoped to make a profit during Idul Fitri, but in these conditions, we did not.”The government has planned to gradually reopen the economy under health protocols to establish a “new normal” amid the continued rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited Summarecon Mall in Bekasi, West Java, on Tuesday to take a look at the mall’s preparations for its upcoming reopening.Read also: ‘I don’t think we can wait’: Business groups ready for ‘new normal’ despite risksArief Rahardjo, the director of research and strategic consulting at real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, said the coronavirus restrictions in Jakarta, which were extended to June 4, forced newly developed shopping centers to delay their opening longer.last_img read more

Virus deaths reach 375,000 as Latin America struggles

first_img‘Framework’ for flying Businesses have been under immense pressure as lockdowns keep consumers and employees at home, with the global airline industry among the hardest hit after tourism dried up.As the sector seeks to forge a future amid the continued threat from the virus, the International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday released a “framework” for assuring the safety of passengers and workers.Travellers should be forced to present health certificates at airports and undergo temperature checks, the ICAO said.There were also snippets of inspiration however among the reams of bad news.Hundreds of bands took their music to the streets of Lithuania to lift people’s spirits as the Baltic nation allowed public gatherings again.”Our orchestra is extremely happy to meet and make music again,” said Modestas Barkauskas, chief conductor of the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra in the capital Vilnius.”We want to share our joy with you because music is medicine for the soul.” Topics : Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico are suffering the highest daily increases, but numbers are also on the rise in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Haiti.The region has logged one million cases and recorded more than 50,000 deaths, with Brazil accounting for more than half of those cases and close to 60 percent of the fatalities.The mayor of Rio de Janeiro said Monday, however, that the popular tourist city would start gradually easing lockdown measures from Tuesday, beginning with the re-opening of places of worship, and water sports.Mexico also began re-opening on Monday, reactivating the automotive industry, mining and construction even as the country recorded more than 10,000 virus deaths.Ryan warned that the region faces a tough battle in the weeks ahead.”I don’t believe we have reached the peak in that transmission and, at this point, I cannot predict when we will,” he said. The march of the illness across the Americas comes as other parts of the world return to relative normality after weeks of restrictions on daily life that have wrecked economies and left millions jobless.Schools, swimming pools, pubs and tourist sites have begun to open again in Europe as the continent continues easing lockdowns despite the threat of a second wave of infections.The pandemic has now infected at least 6.2 million since erupting in China in late 2019.Four of the 10 countries across the globe with the greatest number of new coronavirus infections on Monday were in Latin America, WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said. The global death toll from the coronavirus topped 375,000 on Tuesday as the disease continued to tear through Latin America, but in Europe the return to normality gathered pace with the French heading back to their beloved cafes and restaurants.Healthcare systems across Latin America risk being overwhelmed by the illness, the World Health Organization said, as fatalities from the disease in hard-hit Brazil neared 30,000.The warning from the global health body came as a sister UN agency issued new guidelines for pandemic-hit airlines that reveal what flying might look like when passenger planes take to the skies again in earnest. Gatherings hit Much of East Asia, meanwhile, has seen infections slow to a trickle in recent weeks, but restrictions on mass gatherings remain.Hong Kong’s annual candlelight vigil for those killed in China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has been banned for the first time due to COVID-19 concerns. And in New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticized Black Lives Matter protesters for flouting social distancing rules when the country is on the verge of eliminating the virus.Pupils wearing face masks returned to schools in Singapore and some workplaces re-opened as restrictions were eased Tuesday in the Asian city-state.But there was alarm from Bangladesh, where an official said a 71-year-old became the first Rohingya refugee to die of the virus in camps for those fleeing Myanmar.The man was among at least 29 Rohingya to test positive in the shelters, which are home to nearly one million people. ‘Light at the end’ In Europe however, countries have started to emerge from lockdowns — cautiously adopting a post-pandemic version of normal. Bars resumed service in Finland and Norway — with social distancing restrictions or shortened hours in place — while some schools in Britain and Greece opened their doors. Britain reported 111 more virus deaths on Monday, the lowest daily toll since its lockdown started on March 23.London’s Camden Market cautiously opened for the first time in 10 weeks, with stallholders excited to welcome customers.”We are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Mario Warner, owner of a nearby clothing store that has been given the green light to open in two weeks.Greece opened some hotels, schools, pools and tattoo parlors, while Italy re-opened the Colosseum, although only to Italians.There was also good news from Spain, which on Monday recorded its first 24-hour period without a COVID-19 death since March 3.France registered 31 deaths over the last 24 hours and on Tuesday re-opened cafes, restaurants and bistros that have been closed since its lockdown began in mid-March.”Optimism reigns today,” said Herve Becam of the country’s UMIH hospitality union.The unshackling of eateries came as finance minister Bruno Le Maire said the French economy is set to shrink 11 percent this year, a contraction he called a “brutal” shock.last_img read more

PSG sure of new deal for Mbappe, Neymar

first_img Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Mysterious Discoveries Archaeologists Still Can’t Explain10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Best Tarantino Movie Yet10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do “There’s no need to overthink it. We have to take advantage of having them because they’re something huge. We have to find a solution to continue together.” Leonardo, meanwhile, says Neymar has put last summer, when he wanted to join Barcelona, behind him. “We’ve not talked about it anymore,” he said. “He’s been very happy, he’s had a great season and he’s been very involved with the3 squad.” Leonardo, who indicated that PSG will have a “summer of transition without any bling-bling transfers”, also confirmed that record scorer Edinson Cavani will leave the club in the summer, when his contract expires, with long-time servant Thiago Silva and right-back Thomas Meunier also departing on free transfers.CIES – PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe rated at €259m read also:CIES – PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe rated at €259m Although the Ligue 1 season was aborted early due to the coronavirus pandemic, PSG are set to complete their two domestic cup campaigns, in which they will face Lyon (in the Coupe de la Ligue) and Rennes (in the Coupe de France) finals, while their Champions League quest is expected to be concluded in August. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has affirmed his intention to tie Kylian Mbappe and Neymar down to the club on a long-term basis. Will Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both be fully fit While both attackers have been linked with moves away in recent months, Mbappe to Liverpool and Real Madrid, and Neymar with a switch to either Los Blancos or Barcelona, the Ligue 1 champions are not planning for life without their star duo. Nevertheless, if they fail to negotiate contract extensions with the pair, whose deals are up in 2022, they may be forced into difficult decisions next summer and that is not something that Leonardo wishes to consider. “There’s nothing that tells us they’ll leave this summer,” Leonardo told Journal du Dimanche . “They both still have two years left on their contracts and we’re thinking about what we can do next with them. We want to move forward. “Mbappe is the future of PSG. This is what everyone wants. The ideal scenario would be for him to extend his contract. He’s already among the best five players in the word. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are 32 and 35, Neymar and Mbappe are 28 and 21 and they are with us.center_img Loading… last_img read more

UWF Volleyball Defeats North Alabama 3-0 to Improve to 9-0 in the Conference

first_img Share UWF Volleyball Defeats North Alabama 3-0 to Improve to 9-0 in the Conference Oct. 26, 2007 Box Score  FLORENCE, Ala. – The North Alabama Lions have had a stranglehold on the East Division of the Gulf South Conference for the last few years, but the torch may have been handed over to West Florida tonight, as the Argos swept the Lions 3-0 on their home court. Not many teams have gone into Flowers Gymnasium and defeated the Lions, and the Argos did it for the first time ever in convincing fashion, with a 30-27, 30-20, 30-19 victory.”To go into their place, and play real well, and stop their big hitters, is a great accomplishment for us,” exclaimed Coach Melissa Wolter. “We had several players step up at different times and play very well. We served very aggressively and tried to minimize (Danielle) Palasak and (Whitney) Sanders, since they have the ability to take over a match. We did that very well by playing great defense.”The first game was closely contested, as the Argos maintained a slight lead throughout most of the game, until an Alison Jacobs kill for the Lions tied the score at 19. The Argos then scored on an error, and followed that with Kills from Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) to regain the momentum. However, moments later, a big block by Whitney Sanders and an Argo hitting error, tied the score at 27. Then the Argos scored what turned out to be the key points of the match, on a kill by Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil), and a service ace from Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.), to close out game one by a 30-27 score.Game two was controlled by the defense of West Florida, as Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.) repeatedly came up with big digs to set up the Argo offense. Coach Wolter thought Wilhoite’s play was crucial to the match. “There was great defense by both teams tonight, and Chelsea (Wilhoite) played some outstanding defense for us. We were very efficient and won the long rallies, which is a credit to our defense.” The Argos won game two by a 30-20 score, and Wilhoite was on her way to a match high 18 digs.The third game was a continuation of the Argo momentum, as they coasted to a 30-19 win. West Florida spread the offense around, as Rapach, Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.), and Wilhoite all hit above .300, while Clark added 15 kills at a .290 clip. Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) spread the Argo offense around to the tune of 38 assists. Jacobs lead the Lions with 32 assists, while Jessica Hansen contributed 13 digs. Sanders and Palasak had 11 kills for the Lions, while Clark (15) and Rapach (13) paced the Argo attack. Meanwhile, Gualberto added five blocks for UWF, and Carter chipped in with 10 digs and two service aces.The Argos improved to 26-4 on the season, and 9-0 in the GSC, while North Alabama dropped to 17-14 overall, and 7-3 in the conference. West Florida stays on the road, and plays again tomorrow against Alabama-Huntsville in a 1:00 pm match, with a chance to officially clinch first place in the East Division of the GSC. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

AG announces victory over Planned Parenthood in lawsuit regarding Indiana’s 18-hour ultrasound law

first_imgStatewide — Attorney General Curtis Hill announced that Planned Parenthood has conceded defeat in a lawsuit that challenged an Indiana law requiring ultrasounds at least 18 hours before women undergo abortions.The concession was the result of Planned Parenthood’s opening of a new clinic in Fort Wayne that will provide the ultrasounds required by the law. Planned Parenthood has agreed to drop its lawsuit against the ultrasound requirement provided that Indiana refrains from enforcing it until Jan. 1, 2021, giving Planned Parenthood time to train staff at its Fort Wayne clinic to operate ultrasound equipment. The concession makes clear that if anything threatened women’s ability to obtain abortions, it was Planned Parenthood’s own business decisions, not the challenged law, an argument made by the State.After the federal district court and the court of appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against Indiana’s law, the U.S. Supreme Court on July 2 vacated the federal appeals court’s decision and sent the case back for further consideration in light of another recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent, June Medical LLC v. Russo.last_img read more

Other Sports Brock Lesnar Wins WWE Championship In Five Seconds, Shane McMahon Fired But MMA Star Makes Impact

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: SmackDown and the WWE have entered a new era. For the first time, SmackDown was telecast on FOX Network and on Friday at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, the first ever episode of Friday Night SmackDown on Fox was telecast. There was a title change, a firing but stars outside of the WWE, mostly in MMA and Boxing, stole the attention on what was a magnificent debut for WWE SmackDown on Fox. The major change was Brock Lesnar once again becoming the WWE Champion and that too in just five seconds against Kofi Kingston, who was the champion since Wrestlemania in April 2019.This was Lesnar’s first match on Smackdown after 15 years but the match lasted all of five seconds. Kingston charged but Lesnar, nicknamed ‘The Beast’, hit Kingston with an F5 and earned the three count to be crowned the new WWE Champion. However, there was a surprise waiting for Lesnar. Rey Mysterio’s music blared out in the arena but he was attacked by UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez.Velasquez and Lesnar have a history that goes back to 2010 when Velasquez, 37, defeated Lesnar in dominant fashion at UFC 121 in October that year via first-round TKO to end the latter’s heavyweight championship reign after just two successful title defenses. Mysterio raised Velasquez’s hand and there might be a new storyline brewing and it could involve Lesnar and Velasquez. Mysterio and his son Dominique were brutally attacked by Lesnar on Monday Night Raw and the former champion might still be in the fray to challenge Lesnar in the near future. Also Read | WWE Clash Of Champions 2019 Results: Winners, Title Changes And Big ReturnsIn other major events, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson made an appearnace and mocked King of the Ring winner Baron Corbin. Braun Strowman, the ‘Monster Among Men’ was involved in a lumberjack match but there was some tense moments between Strowman and Tyson Fury, the WBC Boxing Champion who was at ringside. Strowman and Fury indulged in a punch off and after the match, Fury wanted to target Strownman but was restrained by security.Also Read | Ranveer Singh gets legal notice from WWE superstar Brock Lesnar’s advocateKevin Owens’ long-standing feud with Shane McMahon ended when Owens won the ladder match and fired McMahon. In episodes leading to this contest, Owens was fired and he had a million-dollar suit against him but all that ended when Owens won the contest and was reinstated back in the WWE. After the match, Owens grabbed a mike and shouted “Shane, You’re fired” and proceeded to deliver the stunner. last_img read more

Newly independent UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

first_img August 5, 2020 Associated Press Newly independent UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronaviruscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSTORRS, Conn. (AP) — Newly independent UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus.last_img

Former SU basketball C Amber Witherspoon switches to SU volleyball; Van Dyke’s career ends with medical disqualification

first_imgThe 6-foot-4 former center averaged five minutes per game during her one season with the Orange and tallied 12 blocks, 10 points and four assists. Witherspoon was a three-star basketball recruit coming out of high school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Amber is no longer a member of the women’s basketball program,” SU women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman said in a statement. “She will continue to be a student-athlete at Syracuse University, joining the volleyball team. We wish her the best.”Also, 6-foot-6 junior center Michelle Van Dyke is medically disqualified and won’t continue her career, per SU Athletics.Van Dyke originally planned to play volleyball at Syracuse but decided to switch to basketball before her freshman season. Since she was still on a volleyball scholarship she had to sit out her freshman season, she told The Daily Orange in an interview last year.As a sophomore, Van Dyke played in just three games before missing a large part of the season due to injury. She played a total of three minutes and recorded one rebound. Comments Sophomore Amber Witherspoon, who played center for the Syracuse women’s basketball team in the 2014-15 season, will be playing volleyball for the Orange in the fall, SU Athletics rep Anthony Prisco confirmed.“I talked with Amber briefly and she indicated that she just wanted to change sports,” Witherspoon’s high school basketball coach, Larry Washington said. “Amber played volleyball all four years in high school but I never knew she had a passion to play the sport. I guess as long as she is happy and doing well in school that’s all that matters. I wish her well.”No information is currently listed as to what position Witherspoon will be playing for the volleyball team. She is the 15th player on the 2015 roster. Published on August 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm Contact Kevin: kjpacell@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fan reactions from Syracuse’s blowout loss against Notre Dame

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3 things Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said before the Sweet 16

first_img Published on March 22, 2018 at 6:49 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 OMAHA, Neb. — One day before 11th-seeded Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) faces No. 2 seed Duke (28-7, 13-5), Orange head coach Jim Boeheim discussed the Sweet 16 matchup from the CenturyLink Center. Here are three notable things he said.Down-low duoDuke’s Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter, Jr. are leading the show. The freshmen clean up boards inside, collecting easy put-back points. They back down fellow bigs. And they dunk. Bagley III, a probable lottery pick in June, averages a team-high 21.2 points and 11.3 boards per game. Carter Jr. averages 13.6 points and 9.2 boards per game. Against Syracuse on Feb. 24, a 60-44 Duke win, Bagley III had a game-high 19 points. Carter Jr. added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Whether SU can prevent both from similar production on Friday night could dictate who goes home and who keeps dancing. “They’re a problem inside for everybody,” Boeheim said. “They’ve averaged right around that for the year. What they did against us wasn’t unusual. I think they averaged pretty close to that, 34, someplace in that area.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our center got in foul trouble down there. We did a good job on the perimeter shooters. That’s important. But we played against three pretty good man-to-man defensive teams, and seeing that Duke does play some man-to-man, it wouldn’t surprise me if they played man-to-man in some cases against us. I think we’ve overall played pretty well against zones this year.”The beauty in low-scoring, defensive battlesSyracuse arguably is playing the best defense in the country right now, holding three-straight opponents who averaged 80-plus points per game to under 60. First was Arizona State last Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio, for the Sun Devils were once ranked in the AP Top 5 and proved capable of efficient offense. Then SU held TCU to just 52 points, and only 24 in the second half. On Sunday, Syracuse played perhaps its best defense all season. The Michigan State Spartans boasted a deep, high-powered offense that had powered them to 30 wins and only four losses. Yet SU held them to 53 points in front of a mostly MSU-backed crowd in Detroit. “Everybody says defense wins games, but then when they see it they don’t like it,” Boeheim said. “I think there’s a beauty in that or 90 to 95 or 100. And you can do that; you can watch the NBA and see that anytime you want to. College basketball is different. It’s always been different. You can control the game a little bit more with your defense and with your offense a little bit, too.“We just aren’t good on that end (offense) of the court,” he added. “Where we struggle is on that end. On defense, if you like defense, it’s good to watch. But our offense has struggled and that gets difficult sometimes. I don’t like to watch it sometimes.”Appreciating Big Dance expansionBoeheim said he’s an advocate of an expanded NCAA Tournament. For years, the field consisted of 64 teams. But in 2011, the NCAA expanded that number to 68, including four additional teams that would compete in “play-in games,” such as the game in which Syracuse played last week against Arizona State. The First Four is a series of play-in games contested between teams holding the four lowest-seeded automatic bids and the four lowest-seeded at-large bids. In 2011, VCU most famously made a run from the First Four as a No. 11 seed out to the Final Four. La Salle (2013) and Tennessee (2014) each made the Sweet 16 as First Four teams, and Syracuse has this March. For that reason, Boeheim said, more bubble teams should be allowed in. “It used to be, if you were on a bubble, you probably couldn’t win anyway,” Boeheim said. “But now those teams can win. And there’s more than a couple of teams that are on the bubble. But I’ve always advocated for more teams from when it was 64 to 68. And the playoff system that we have this year, when we go and play, I think you could duplicate that in another regional and get a couple more teams in or four more teams in, whatever the number is.“And I just think that when you give fan bases and players that opportunity to go play, even if you don’t win, you had that opportunity,” he added. “And I just think it’s a great thing, because if it hadn’t gone from 64 to 68 we wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t be here now.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more