PREMIUMInflation to jump to 3 percent in 2020 amid administered price hikes: Economists

first_imgLog in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Google Topics : Linkedin Forgot Password ? inflation consumer-prices Statistics-Indonesia BPS bank-indonesia monetary-policy BPJS-Kesehatan tobacco-excise Indonesia will see its inflation rate jump to more than 3 percent this year due to hikes in government-regulated prices, economists have said.The country recorded an annual inflation rate of 2.68 percent in January, as chili, fish and tobacco prices increased, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) revealed on Monday. Meanwhile, lower prices of air tickets and fuel contributed to the month’s deflation.“Going forward, we predict inflation in 2020 will remain stable within Bank Indonesia’s [BI] 2020 target range and reach 3.25 percent by the end of the year,” state-owned Bank Mandiri chief economist Andry Asmoro wrote in a research note on Monday.“This relatively high inflation forecast compared to last year’s realization is mainly due to the possibility of some adjustments in administered prices,” he added.The government sharply increased nati…last_img read more

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Boeing to resume Max production before flight ban is lifted

first_imgBoeing will resume production of the 737 Max before the best-selling plane is allowed back in the air as the company attempts to recover from one of the worst crises in its 104-year history.The Chicago-based manufacturer halted production in January, 10 months after the jet was grounded worldwide following two crashes that killed 346 people. Boeing failed to sell any commercial planes in January, the second month with no orders since the flying ban was imposed.Boeing expects global regulators to start clearing the aircraft to fly in the middle of this year, though senior sales executive Ihssane Mounir said Wednesday at the Singapore Airshow that the timings of their decisions may be different. Vice president of commercial marketing, Randy Tinseth, outlined the timetable to restart manufacturing and said any resumption would begin slowly. Topics : The timing is a balancing act for Boeing. A prolonged suspension of manufacturing would put extra stress on jobs, supply chains and future airplane orders. At the same time, prematurely restarting production would only add to the 700 Max jets already on the tarmac, a backlog that Boeing says will take several quarters to clear.Mounir said no customers were scrapping 737 Max fleet plans. Boeing is also in talks over widebody aircraft and expects to secure some orders soon, he said.Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, a maker of fuselage, engine pylons and wing components that depends on the Max for half of its sales, has slashed its dividend to preserve cash and laid off 2,800 employees.Tinseth mapped out some of the other elements of Boeing’s plan to get the Max flying again. He reiterated the manufacturer will help train Max pilots on simulators as part of the compensation packages for airline customers.While Boeing expects the Max to fly again mid-2020, regulators that are reviewing a fix to the jet’s flight-control software — implicated in both crashes — will have the final word. In Singapore on Tuesday, Federal Aviation Administration head Steve Dickson said there’s no schedule for the Max’s recertification flight.The 737 is a workhorse for airlines globally plying short- to medium-haul routes on fast turnarounds. The importance of getting the Max back in the air was underscored by Boeing’s market forecast for Southeast Asia, a region it said will need 4,500 new aircraft worth $710 billion over the next two decades to meet demand from a growing middle class.At a briefing in Singapore on Wednesday, Mounir said the coronavirus hasn’t had an impact on supply chains yet, but some deliveries for Chinese customers have been held up in Seattle. He also said Boeing is a little over a year away from entering the 777X into service. The long-range widebody aircraft, which is so big that its wings are hinged, completed its first successful test flight last month.last_img read more

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BI injects $18.19b liquidity into financial markets, banks as rupiah slides

first_imgThe central bank slashed its benchmark interest rate, the BI seven-day reverse repo rate, by 25 basis points to 4.5 percent after a cut of the same size last month. It also started offering term repos with maturities ranging from one week to 12 months from Monday, in addition to extending foreign-exchange swap facilities of one-, three-, six- and 12-month tenors, to ensure ample rupiah liquidity.BI has also announced that it has expanded the scope of underlying transactions for domestic non-deliverable forwards by including rupiah accounts of foreign parties such as savings accounts, demand and term deposits.Separately, Bank Permata chief economist Josua Pardede said that while currencies in emerging markets including the rupiah weakened against the US dollar, the current economic fundamentals were much better compared with the 1998 crisis.“Even though the rupiah has almost reached the 1998 crisis level, the current depreciation rate of 19 percent year-to-date is much lower compared with the depreciation rate of 600 percent during the 1998 crisis,” Josua told The Jakarta Post. “This means that Indonesia’s economic fundamentals are much stronger compared with the situation in 1998.”As of Tuesday, Indonesia had 686 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 55 deaths. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected over 381,000 people and has claimed at least 16,500 lives. The central bank has recorded a Rp 125.2 trillion capital outflow from government bonds, the stock market and BI certificates so far this year. Foreign investors sold Rp 112 trillion of government bonds and Rp 9.2 trillion of Indonesian shares, with most of the sell-offs recorded this month.The rupiah has weakened almost 20 percent against the greenback this year, to 16,500 per US dollar as of 4 p.m. in Jakarta. It reached the lowest level of 16,625 on Monday, a level unseen since the 1998 financial crisis. The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), meanwhile, has lost more than a third of its value.“We are currently re-assessing macroeconomic assumptions and we will communicate the results in time,” said Perry. “We are working very hard to contain the COVID-19 effects on the economy.”Read also: Rupiah at 1998 crisis level pressures reserves, foreign-denominated debt Bank Indonesia (BI) has continued to inject liquidity of up to Rp 300 trillion (US$18.19 billion) into the financial markets and banks to help support the country’s crashing currency as foreign investors sell off Indonesian assets over COVID-19 fears.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said the central bank had bought back government bonds worth Rp 168.2 trillion this year, with bank repurchase agreements (repos) to provide another Rp 55 trillion. The central bank’s policy of lowering the reserve requirement ratio will also free up another Rp 75 trillion for banks to finance businesses, he added.“We are injecting liquidity to make sure the rupiah is able to meet banks’ needs and foreign exchange is adequate in the money market,” Perry told reporters on Tuesday. “The central bank will continue to intervene through the spot market, domestic non-deliverables forward and bonds if needed.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Children of mixed marriages struggle to return home during pandemic

first_imgIndonesian Mixed-Marriage Society (PerCa) chairwoman Juliani W. Luthan said families in Indonesia like Lucy’s had struggled to meet up with their children abroad because of rules on renouncing dual citizenship and they lacked stay permits.The 2006 law on citizenship stipulates that mixed-marriage children have limited dual citizenship until they turn 18 or are married. They then have until 21 to choose one citizenship, otherwise they automatically lose the right to choose and the government will only recognize their foreign citizenship.She said those who opted to renounce their Indonesian citizenship usually did so to receive an education abroad. They also often prefer to not apply for stay permits because they live outside Indonesia and use only visitor visas to visit their family members in Indonesia.Read also: Indonesia to offer exemptions from temporary ban on foreigners Jakarta resident Lucy had hoped that she and her French husband would reunite with their firstborn son by June this year in Indonesia after last seeing him last Christmas. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has foiled their plan.Their 24-year-old son, now a French citizen, cannot visit his family with a visa on arrival due to current Indonesian immigration rules. Meanwhile, Lucy is unable to apply for a temporary stay permit for him because the application process requires that foreigners be physically present in Indonesia.“Honestly, I am always worried about the kids but I never show it, or else they will be even more worried,” said Lucy, who hopes that the immigration authorities will ease procedures for mixed-marriage children. The latest regulation issued by the Law and Human Rights Ministry to respond to the pandemic generally bars foreigners from entering Indonesia unless they have a temporary stay permit (ITAS) or permanent stay permit (ITAP) with a valid entry permit.As a result, children of mixed marriages who have relied on visitor visas to get to Indonesia now face challenges visiting their families.“The children then have no choice but to stay in their respective countries,” Juliani told The Jakarta Post.She recommended that the government ease procedures for mixed-marriage couples, especially if they had documents that proved they had family in Indonesia.“They are not tourists. They are people who want to meet their family,” said Juliani.Children with dual citizenship have long been dealing with citizenship or immigration problems, even before the pandemic hit, experts said in a webinar on Monday.Ike Farida, a lawyer familiar with the issue, said children were losing their Indonesian citizenship because they were late to process it, with some families making the incorrect assumption that applications could be fully processed shortly before their children turn 21 years old.Children who study abroad also often faced the dilemma of whether or not to drop their citizenship halfway through their education, Ike said.Mixed-marriage families who fail to obtain an affidavit risk having their child lose their Indonesian citizenship. The affidavit is used to prove that their children have the right to dual citizenship and are thus allowed to enter Indonesia with two passports.Ike suggested that authorities revise the Citizenship Law to give children more time to choose one citizenship. The amendment, she said, should also treat children who lost their Indonesian citizenship as “ex-Indonesian citizens” when they want to reapply for it instead of foreign nationals, who must go through a complicated naturalization process.Read also: Mixed-marriage families struggle to stay together during pandemicLaw and Human Ministry director for state administration Baroto said he was striving to revise certain regulations to provide quick fixes for problems faced by children with dual citizenship who have not registered their Indonesian citizenship.The ministry, he said, had been developing an application called SAKE that allowed children with two citizenships to apply for an Indonesian citizenship online.The immigration’s head of stay permits, Burhanuddin, said in a recent public discussion that his team was currently formulating a circular that would lay down the basis to process online stay permit applications, although no dates have been announced as of Wednesday.Mixed-marriage families are not alone in raising such concerns. Indian citizen and ITAS holder Aruna said her 18-year-old son could not go back to Indonesia since the country had closed its borders to foreigners in March because her son usually used a visa on arrival for short stays and a visa for social visits for longer ones.Aruna’s son is now left stranded in London. His university has been closed throughout the pandemic and his accommodation contract has expired.He now spends much of his time outside looking for accommodation, despite the dangers of being exposed to the virus, according to Aruna.“I cannot eat or sleep peacefully. Any parent who is separated from their kid will understand this pain. I feel terrible as a parent when I think that I did not protect my kid. I do not know when I am going to see my son again and hence I choke with sadness as I write this,” Aruna wrote to the Post on Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

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A first for Caricom – Region now has two serving women prime ministers

first_img Tweet Share 10 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional A first for Caricom – Region now has two serving women prime ministers by: – January 6, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — When Portia Simpson Miller took the ceremonial oath yesterday afternoon from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen as Jamaica’s new prime minister, it was a history-making event for the rest of the Caribbean Community (Caricom).For, along with her Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, it would mean that for the first time in Caricom’s 38-year history two women prime ministers will now be among the heads of Government in the 15-member Community.Of quite different cultural and political background, what the 66-year-old Simpson-Miller, leader of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Persad-Bissessar, leader of the United National Congress and dominant partner in her People’s Partnership Government, would have in common is an evident commitment to expedite the process of ending all forms of discrimination, and most certainly elevate the rights of women.They have triumphed over male colleagues of recognised political expertise and long history in multi-party parliamentary democracy to reach the zenith in leadership of party and government. Now it would be most instructive to follow how, separately and together whenever possible, they make their impact on regional policies and programmes of immediate and longterm interests to Caricom.The popular ‘Sister P’ in Jamaican politics had her baptism as prime minister in March 2006, after she succeeded the retired PJ Patterson, by defeating all her male challengers for the PNP’s leadership. By September 2007, her PNP was defeated by the Jamaica Labour Party, then under the leadership of Bruce Golding who chose to walk away from the challenge to lead it into a new general election before last year end.And with Golding’s successor, 39-year-old Andrew Holness as new JLP leader and prime minister for some two months, Simpson-Miller triumphantly took the PNP to the ‘mountain top’ by capturing 42 of the now 63-member House of Representatives. Following her official appointment as prime minister yesterday afternoon, it would be reasonable to expect the initial shape of her Cabinet, if not the complete composition before weekend.At the same time, in the last internal election of Trinidad and Tobago’s UNC, prior to the national poll that took place within months of each other in 2010, the result was the historic emergence of a woman for the first time in the history of electoral politics in that twin-island state.The woman of such fame was Persad-Bissessar, first female attorney general under the Government of Basdeo Panday, her former political guru who she had convincingly defeated for the party’s leadership and went on to secure, some three months later, a stunning national victory when her coalition of parties swept to State power with 29 of the 41 parliamentary seats.Before the rise and fall (at different election periods) of Simpson Miller and Persad-Bissessar, party politics and governance within Caricom had the opportunity to assess and benefit from the separate leadership provided by the indomitable Janet Jagan of Guyana and Dame Eugenia Charles of Dominica — both now deceased.CCJ among challengesAmong current political challenges facing both Prime Ministers Simpson Miller and Persad-Bissessar would be how they deal with an issue of regionwide interest that cannot be expediently brushed under the carpet — accessing the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the institution of last resort in their respective jurisdictions.When the UNC was in power, and Persad-Bissessar was in Panday’s Cabinet, the government of Trinidad and Tobago was quite supportive of arrangements to operationalise the CCJ with headquarters in Port-of-Spain. During last year, the Persad-Bissessar PPG administration did nothing to encourage hope for accessing the CCJ as the country’s final court. Instead, it had raised more uneasiness about an improved relationship with the CCJ, beyond a current original jurisdiction on settlement of disputes.In Jamaica, on the other hand, the then opposition JLP kept frustrating efforts by the PNP to cut the constitutional apron string with the London-based Privy Council and access instead the CCJ — both as the court of original jurisdiction and as a final appellate institution.Now, within days of the PNP’s landslide victory, former attorney general A J Nicholson, chose to signal the determination of the Simpson Miller-led administration to push ahead with plans to access the CCJ as Jamaica’s final Court of Appeal.Nicholson has since also dismissed a call for a national referendum on the issue, pointing out that there were no precedent of a former British colony having to first secure a referendum mandate to sever ties with the Privy Council. He has stressed that as Jamaica proceeds with arrangements to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year as an independent nation, the Government would be advancing plans to have legislation in place to end the relationship with the Privy Council.As citizens of our Community wait to assess the commonality and differences in leadership styles of Prime Ministers Simpson Miller and Persad-Bissessar and, of more relevance, their policies and programmes on regional developments, there are reasons to think that both of these women leaders can be assured of much political goodwill across the region, even as they face domestic challenges.They would meet for their first encounter in regional politics when they participate in Caricom’s forthcoming scheduled Inter-Sessional Meeting in Suriname, which will be hosted by new chairman of the Community, President Dési Bouterse.BY RICKEY SINGHJamaica Observerlast_img read more

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Dominica lions represented at Lions Convention in Trinidad

first_imgLocalNews Dominica lions represented at Lions Convention in Trinidad by: – June 1, 2012 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 100 Views   no discussions Members of the Lions & Leo Clubs of Dominica at Lions Convention in Trinidad.A contingent of 14 members represented the Lions and Leo Clubs of Dominica at the recently concluded 32nd Multiple District 60 Convention hosted by the Lions Clubs of Trinidad and Tobago from May 23-27, 2012.The group comprising of seven (7) Lions, five (5) Leos and two (2) guests participated in a number of activities which saw Lions and Leos from the two (2) Sub Districts which make up Multiple District 60 – (Sub-district 60A: – clubs in Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname and Sub-District 60B: – clubs from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the north to Grenada in the south). These activities included a Cocktail reception, Parade of Clubs in the streets of Port of Spain, Leo Forum, Pre Cabinet andCabinet Meetings, District Convention and the highlight of the event – the Multiple District Convention. A number of clubs were also awarded for their work in their various communities and the Dominica Lions returned home with their fair share of awards, namely President of the Zone – Diana Angol, Secretary of the Zone – Janice Hypolite and Lion of the Zone –Louisiana Dubique (tied with Eural Baptiste of the Antigua Lions Club). Dominica is part of Zone 2C which includes clubs in Antigua, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis.Another activity which also highlights the Convention is the election of the District Governor who will lead the clubs in the upcoming Lionistic year which runs from July 01 to June 30. The District Governor elect is Lion Claudius “Tony” Buncamper, MJF, of the St. Maarten Lions Club. Two local club members were also appointed to serve on the District Governor’s Cabinet in the persons of Diana Angol as Associate Chair – Literacy Campaign and Louisiana Dubique as Zone 2C Chairperson.The Lions and Leos were also pleasantly surprised to have their photo while on Parade featured in the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday weekly?/daily? newspaper on May 25, 2012. The Dominica Lions Club is a member of the International Association of Lions Club, a nonprofit service organization with approximately 1.3 million members in 207 geographical locations.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Brian William Stemann

first_imgBrian W. Stemann 68, of Dillsboro passed away Tuesday June 6, 2017 at Christ Hospital at Cincinnati, Ohio.  Brian was born Monday September 13, 1948 in Cincinnati, OH the son of Donald and Colleen (Smith) Stemann. He married Cindy (Hankins) Stemann December 7, 1968 and she survives. Brian was a Navy and Army veteran.  He worked for the public telephone, Osgood and Versailles police station, and he retired from Crum trucking after 18 years.  He enjoyed photography, amateur radios and spending time with his family.His survivors include wife: Cindy Stemann of Dillsboro; son: Jeff Stemann of Dillsboro; daughters: Julie (Eric) Mullins of Osgood; Crystal (E.J.) Davidson of Milan; mother: Colleen Stemann of Port Orange, FL; sisters: Denise (Rick) Hollins and Angela (Rob) Hatton of Cincinnati, brother-in-law: Jim (Bev) Hankins of Dillsboro, Randy Hankins of Holton; sister-in-law: Karen (Rod) Elswick of Madison.  5 Grandchildren: Johnathon Stemann, Desirae and Dustin Mullins, Emily and Stacy Davidson. He was preceded in death by his father: Donald Stemann.Funeral services will be 7PM Friday June 9, 2017 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Miller officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Milan American Legion Post #235 after the service. Visitation will be 5-7PM Friday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s’ Children Hospital, Shriner’s Burn Institution or Wounded Warrior Project. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street Box 243 Milan, In 47031 (812)654-2141.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

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Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19

first_img… says ‘extremely sorry’ to othersBy Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Serbia (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic, the men’s world number one tennis player, tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday and then apologised to all individuals who contracted the virus after playing in an exhibition tournament he organised in Serbia and Croatia.Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, Croatia’s Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki have previously tested positive after playing in Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition tournament in the Balkan region.Djokovic’s fitness coach Marco Panichi and Dimitrov’s coach Christian Groh have also tested positive.“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested,” Djokovic said in a statement yesterday, adding that he was not showing any symptoms. “My result is positive, just as Jelena’s (wife), while the results of our children are negative.“I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.” The organisers said that the remainder of the Adria Tour had been cancelled; the two-day event on July 3-4 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and the planned exhibition match with Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo on July 5.Serbia has 13 092 registered cases and 263 dead due to the pandemic but both Serbia and Croatia eased lockdown measures weeks before the tournament and players were not obliged to observe social-distancing rules in either country. The tournament witnessed packed stands during the opening leg in Belgrade, players hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures and attending press conferences together.Djokovic, 33, organised nights out in Belgrade for the players. Pictures and videos of him dancing with the other participants at his event were posted on social media. “Prayers up to all the players that have contracted COVID-19,” said Nick Kyrgios, retweeting a video of the players dancing shirtless in Belgrade.“Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ – this takes the cake,” said the temperamental Australian, who was placed on probation by the men’s ATP Tour over his behaviour last year.PROFESSIONAL CIRCUIT The professional circuit was halted in early March as nations closed borders and imposed lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus.Last week the ATP and the women’s WTA issued revised calendars for the resumption of the circuit from August while organisers of the U.S. Open said the Grand Slam will be staged without fans as scheduled from August 31 to September 13 in New York. The ATP said on Monday that “it continued to urge strict adherence to responsible social distancing and health and safety guidelines to contain the spread of the virus”.“In planning for the resumption … ATP and other stakeholders have made exhaustive plans to mitigate risks through a variety of precautions and protocols to be implemented at ATP events,” the men’s governing body said, adding they will adjust protocols aligning with latest health guidelines.Djokovic, who earlier said he faces a dilemma if a vaccine becomes compulsory for players to compete when tennis resumes, insisted that the idea behind his tournament was to raise funds for players in need.“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions,” said Djokovic, who is also the head of the players council of the men’s ATP Tour. “Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.”last_img read more

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Despite loss of key players, Syracuse confident it can make another deep postseason run

first_img Published on October 13, 2012 at 12:51 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Syracuse lost four key players from a team that established itself as the class of the Big East and went to the Elite Eight in 2012. The group included three of its top four scorers, the conference’s defensive player of the year and veterans who had been a part of 91 wins in their final three seasons.Losing that distinguished group won’t be easy for SU, but forward C.J. Fair said he’s confident this year’s Orange can make another deep NCAA tournament run.“You can say we reloaded from the players we did lose,” Fair said. “And the players we got now, I’m very confident in this team and every player on our team can really step up at any moment.”Fair is among five returning players who earned minutes and showed they could step up to help SU win games. That group will form the core of a new-look Orange team in 2012-13, one that saw Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph, Fab Melo and Dion Waiters all move on after the team’s loss to Ohio State in the Elite Eight. It’s a group that expressed having high expectations at the team’s annual media day at the Carmelo K. Anthony Center on Friday.“We’ve never had a team that I can remember lose this many guys who were such important parts of what we did,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “And if we had a team that lost even close to what this team did, we certainly weren’t picked in the Top 20 the next year so it’s really a credit to the returning players.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFair, Brandon Triche, James Southerland, Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams are the talented returning players who will be tasked with the challenge of filling the voids left by the departures. They all had their moments last season, but it remains to be seen if they can handle the burden of leading roles to continue the program’s streak of four straight seasons with at least 27 wins.Boeheim said he expects Triche, a three-year starter, to make the leap from “very good” to “great” in his senior season. Carter-Williams showed flashes of his potential and performed well in big games a year ago, and the head coach thinks that experience and the ones he had going against Waiters and Jardine in practice will pay off and allow him to hit the ground running in the backcourt.Fair started nine games and averaged more than 26 minutes per game. Southerland was an effective option off the bench, shining during the NCAA Tournament. And Christmas gained invaluable experience in place of the suspended Melo during that postseason run.Boeheim said this team is as advanced as any he’s ever had at this stage of the season, but he tempered expectations.“I think these guys have worked as hard as they can and are as ready individually as they can be,” Boeheim said. “As far as what kind of team they can be, there’s no way of knowing that at this stage.”At this stage, Triche said the team is better prepared than it has been his previous three years. Carter-Williams said preseason workouts were more intense and included more running. As a result of the workouts, Triche said he and his teammates are in better shape going into the 2012-13 season.And though the Orange is still nearly a month away from its season opener against San Diego State, the senior guard’s mind is already on the postseason.After coming up short in the Elite Eight after a 34-win campaign in 2011-12, Triche and this year’s group is aiming higher.“Our expectation is to win the national championship,” Triche said. “And no matter how we get there, all that counts is you winning it.”And though losing three starters and an explosive scorer off the bench hurts, Fair is convinced SU has the talent to continue the program’s run of success. The players have put in the work during the offseason.Now, they just need to show it when they step on the court in November.“A lot of people sleep on this year, but that’s something we use in our favor because I’m very confident in this team,” Fair said. “I think we can go deep in the tournament with this team and maybe even take it all the way, so I’m very excited for the season to start.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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What we read is a picture of who we are

first_imgBooks are all about learning and escaping to alternate realities — past or future, real or imaginary, possible or impossible. So what do the books that we are reading say about the state of our reality? More importantly, what do they say about us?Best-sellers lists, in a way, could be reflections of the national mood or the mindset of a certain period. They clearly represent some of the most popular books of the time, but certainly not all. Many would say that the Nora Robertses and Danielle Steels of the world are best-sellers, but not literary greats. There is a difference.What seems to be eternally popular are exactly those kinds of fiction novels, in which thrill, murder, intrigue, love and drama dominate the pages. These might be referred to as the junk food of the book world, but everyone needs a little indulgence every once in a while.No matter the era, historical novels will also always be a literary staple. We seem to nurture an abiding obsession with returning to the past and escaping our present, no matter if it is leaving the 1960s for the Italian Renaissance — as readers apparently did in droves with Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy — or forgetting 2012 for the era of Vincent van Gogh in Sacré Bleu. We continually return to our pasts, determined to re-explore and re-appreciate.How much can one really say, however, about the significance of a list of books that is somewhat arbitrarily created — The New York Times has a secret formula used to derive their best-sellers lists, and not even the Book Review staff know how it fully operates — and is driven by so many uncorrelated factors? There are so many books, so many genres, so many different kinds of tastes and people that it becomes more conjecture than accurate analysis.It is interesting to think about best-sellers as a representation of the culture and people of a certain time. One hundred years from now, social scientists might look at The New York Times’ 2012 Best-sellers List to gain insight into what we and our world were like. Though it might give clues, it will never give the whole picture.The New York Times Best-Sellers List: A Glorified Sales Report, or  a Snapshot of Shifting Literary Tastes?50 years ago… 19621. Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger2. The Bull from the Sea, Mary Renault3. The Fox in the Attic, Richard Hughes4. The Agony and the Ecstasy,Irving Stone5. Ship of Fools, Katherine Anne PorterApril 22, 1962: Just as hippiedom and the civil rights movement were beginning to sweep through America, 1962’s best-selling fiction made a return to magical eras of the past — to early 20th-century New York in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey to classical Athens in Mary Renault’s The Bull From the Sea to the Italian Renaissance via Irving Stone’s pseudo-biographical novel about Michelangelo, The Agony and the Ecstasy. But the list also reflects the darker times lurking beneath the magic, through the personal predicaments of a boy coming of age after World War I in Richard Hughes’ The Fox in the Attic.25 years ago… 19871. Fine Things,Danielle Steel2. Windmills of the Gods, Sidney  Sheldon3. Bolt, Dick Francis4. Destiny, Sally Beauman5. The Eyes of the Dragon, Stephen KingApril 19, 1987: Two authors who are still household names today graced the top five fiction best-sellers in 1987, Danielle Steel and Stephen King. Such thrilling, emotionally charged and intriguing novels took their place on the best-selling list quickly, but it was the authors who proved they were there to stay.10 years ago… 20021.Three Fates, Nora Roberts2. Everything’s Eventual, Stephen King3. The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus4. The Summons, John Grisham5. 2nd Chance, James Patterson with Andrew GrossApril 21, 2002: The 2002 list of best-selling fiction again bore witness to some of the most popular, best-known names in the literary world claiming their spots on the list, with Nora Roberts, Stephen King, John Grisham and James Patterson all placing among the top five. The only authors not sold in your local grocery store? Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, co-authors of The Nanny Diaries, a satirical take on the culture of the rich and powerful in New York City through the eyes of a nanny in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.5 years ago… 20071. I Heard That Song Before, Mary Higgins Clark2. Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult3. Kingdom Come, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins4. Obsession,Jonathan Kellerman5. White Night,Jim ButcherApril 22, 2007: A focus on the dark underbellies of society is reflected in the 2007 list, with four out of the top five best-sellers relating to murder. In Mary Higgins Clark’s I Heard That Song Before, Clark’s protagonist marries a murder suspect; a New Hampshire town reels in the aftermath of a high school shooting in Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes; Jonathan Kellerman’s Obsession details an investigation of a deathbed murder confession; and in Jim Butcher’s White Night, a supernatural murderer preys on wizards in Chicago.Today… 20121. The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark2. Guilty Wives, James Patterson and David Ellis3. Sacré Bleu, Christopher Moore4. The Limpopo Academy ofPrivate Detection, Alexander McCall Smith5. The Shoemaker’s Wife, Adriana TrigianiApril 20, 2012: This year’s fiction best-sellers are all about investigation. Mary Higgins Clark’s protagonist in The Lost Years searches for her father’s killer and missing biblical documents. In Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis, four friends on a harmless girls’ vacation to Monte Carlo find themselves in prison, falsely accused of murder. In his novel Sacré Bleu, Christopher Moore sets out to answer a historical question: Did Vincent van Gogh really kill himself?last_img read more

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