19 Oct

Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explained

first_imgBudget deficit relaxationThe Perppu relaxes the state budget deficit legal limit from the current 3 percent of GDP, a cap introduced after the 1998 Asian financial crisis that has never been exceeded by the government.Article 2 section 1 (a) of the Perppu stipulates that the government has the authority to set a budget deficit limit beyond 3 percent of GDP during the COVID-19 response period and/or to face threats to the national economy and/or financial stability until the end of 2022.Furthermore, the government will gradually lower the budget deficit until eventually in 2023 the limit would return to 3 percent of GDP.The decision to widen the deficit is the first in history as the country declared a public health emergency involving large-scale social restrictions that disrupt businesses and hit informal workers and vulnerable people. Indonesia’s 2020 state budget originally planned for Rp 2.54 quadrillion in state expenditure with a budget deficit of 1.76 percent of GDP, equal to Rp 307.2 trillion.Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic moveLifeline from Bank Indonesia through direct government bond purchasesArticle 2 section 1 (f) of the Perppu states that the government has the authority to issue state bonds or sharia sovereign bonds with a specific purpose, specifically to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the bonds might be purchased by the central bank, state-owned companies, corporate investors and/or retail investors.Article 16 section 1 (c) allows Bank Indonesia (BI) to purchase the bonds in the primary market to resolve the problems in the financial system that put the national economy in peril.The law on BI prohibits the central bank from buying government bonds except in the secondary market.Article 19 sections 1 and 2 stipulate that the central bank might purchase the bonds in a primary market.Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo (center), Senior Deputy Governor Destry Damayanti (left) and Deputy Governor Erwin Rijanto give press statement in Jakarta on March 2. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso )The proceeds from the bonds sales are to be used by the government for national economic recovery, including to ensure the sustainability of the state financial management, to provide loans and capital injection for the Deposit Insurance Corporation [LPS] and to finance banks’ restructuring during the crisis.Further regulations on the scheme and the mechanism for bond purchase are to be jointly regulated by the finance minister and the central bank governor.Read also: Explainer: BI to throw lifeline to Indonesia’s economy to fight COVID-19The secretary to the coordinating economic affairs minister, Susiwijono Moegiarso, said previously that the so-called recovery bond can be bought by BI, as well as by exporters and importers.”The government will handle the proceeds of the funds to finance all businesses. This is to awaken business activities,” Susiwijono said during a media briefing on Thursday.Liquidity loans from BI to systemic banksArticle 16 of the Perppu gives BI the authority to disburse sharia short-term liquidity loans or financing for systemic or non-systemic banks that face liquidity problems. The central bank is also allowed to give special liquidity loans to systemic banks that face liquidity issues but are not eligible for the sharia short-term liquidity loans.In the event a systemic bank still faces liquidity problems after getting the short-term loan, it can ask for a special liquidity loan from the BI. The central bank would then coordinate with the Financial Services Authority (OJK) to hold a Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) meeting to decide whether the special loan will be granted.Further schemes and mechanisms for disbursing the special liquidity loans will be jointly regulated by the finance minister and the BI governor.Reduction of capital injections for state companiesArticle 2 section 1 (e) (5) of the Perppu stipulates that the government has the authority to use the funds sourced from a reduction of state capital injections (PMN) for state-owned companies to meet the state budget needs.The 2020 state budget allocated Rp 17.73 trillion worth of PMN to several state-owned enterprises (SOEs), including electricity company PT PLN and construction company PT Hutama Karya.Corporate income taxThe Perppu cuts permanent establishment (BUT) and corporate income tax to 22 percent this year and in 2021 and to 20 percent in 2022 from the current 25 percent, according to the Article 5 section 1.Listed companies that sell more than 40 percent of their shares to the public and meet certain requirements will be eligible for an additional 3 percent cut.The reduction of the corporate income tax was initially proposed in the omnibus bill on taxation, which had been submitted to the House of Representatives for deliberation, in a bid to improve the business climate in the country and attract more investment.Read also: ‘File your tax returns’: Tax office intensifies efforts to collect taxes as budget burdens multiplyFinance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati estimated in February that the cut would lower tax revenues by up to Rp 86 trillion annually but the government would widen the tax base and maximize spending to avoid economic shock. The gradual cut, she added, would allow companies to have more room for expansion.Digital economy taxThe government will be able to charge value added tax (VAT) on taxable intangible goods and/or services sold through e-commerce platforms and charge income tax or electronic transaction tax on e-commerce done by foreign individuals or digital companies that have a significant economic presence, according to Article 6.The significant economic presence will be determined through the companies’ gross circulated product, sales and/or active users in Indonesia. Those with a significant economic presence will be declared permanent establishments and, thus, would be subject to domestic tax regulations.If the government cannot declare a digital company a permanent establishment because of the existence of a tax treaty with a certain country, it will then charge an electronic transaction tax on the company’s sales in Indonesia.Further provisions on the rate, object and calculation of the income tax and the electronic transactions tax will be regulated in a government regulation (PP).A banner shows a message to “file your tax returns” attached to a footbridge in Bumi Serpong Damai, South Tangerang, Banten, on March 11, 2020. (JP/R Berto Wedhatama)Article 7 regulates that digital companies that fail to comply with the rules will face administrative sanctions in accordance to the General Taxation Law’s regulations. Furthermore, the communications minister can cut the companies’ access if they refuse to pay the taxes.The regulations are also mentioned in the omnibus bill on taxation as the government struggles to tax digital giants operating in the country, such as Netflix and Spotify.Crisis protocolThe Perppu’s Article 27 regulates that the funds that have been spent by the government and/or the KSSK’s members in order to implement the state budget policies, including the policies on taxation, on state spending, on regional finance sector, on financial system stability and on the national economic recovery program, are parts of the economic cost intended to save the economy from crisis and not regarded as state losses.The KSSK’s members are the officials of BI, the Finance Ministry, the OJK and the LPS.Officials of the KSSK, the Finance Ministry, the central bank, the OJK and the LPS and other officials related to the implementation of the Perppu cannot be sued in civil proceedings or face criminal charges, if they are conducting their tasks with good intentions and in accordance with the prevailing laws.Furthermore, the Perppu also states that all of the actions, including the decisions taken based on the Perppu, are not objects for disputes in administration courts.The government realized that it had to be extra careful in implementing the Perppu to avoid moral hazards, Sri Mulyani told a teleconferenced press briefing on Wednesday.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (left) and Deputy Finance Minister Suahasil Nazara (center) gesture during a press briefing on the realization of the 2020 State Budget and Expenditure (APBN) in Jakarta on Feb. 19. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)“We will compose the safeguard rules of the game so that the efforts made by the officials who are working to improve the people’s health, welfare and social economy will not be tainted by some people’s moral hazards that will result in the prosecution of policymakers,” she said. “The implementation still takes into account good corporate governance and transparency.”Regional treasuryThe Perppu gives regional administrations the authority to refocus the use of their budgets on certain activities, alter the allocation and use the regional budget income and spending during the pandemic with further provisions regulated by a home ministerial regulation.Home Minister Tito Karnavian said earlier this month that regional leaders should focus on sustaining the economy and containing COVID-19 when spending their budgets.Read also: Minister gives village, local leaders pep talk on using budget to cushion COVID-19 effects“For village heads, focus on labor-intensive programs. District heads should also streamline the review process,” he said in Bandung, West Java. “Please wrap up the process soon so the village funds could be quickly proposed to the Finance Ministry and immediately transferred.”The government has allocated Rp 72 trillion for village funds and Rp 784.9 trillion for regional transfers in the 2020 state budget.Topics : The government projected the country’s economy could grow significantly slower by 2.3 percent this year and could even contract by 0.4 percent in its worst-case scenario from 5.3 percent stipulated in the 2020 state budget. The World Bank also slashed its projection of Indonesia’s economic growth to a baseline 2.1 percent if the situation starts to normalize by June.Read also: World Bank calls for safety net, drastic action in Indonesia’s fight to contain COVID-19“It is deemed necessary to conduct extraordinary policies and steps regarding the state’s finances, including taxes and regional spending, and the finance sector, which need to be immediately taken by the government and relevant institutions in order to overcome pressing matters, to ensure health aid, national economy,’ reads the Perppu. ‘The focus will be on health spending, the social safety net and recovery of the affected businesses.”Here are some key takeaways to navigate through the new rule. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed on Tuesday a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to legitimize much more state spending and financial relief efforts as Indonesia’s COVID-19 emergency response to cushion the battered economy.The Perppu, which takes effect on Tuesday, gives leeway for the government to afford the COVID-19 battle, which Jokowi said would catapult the state budget deficit to 5.07 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), beyond the legal limit of 3 percent for the first time in history.Indonesia will spend an extra Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion) from the 2020 state budget for medical needs, the social safety net and relief for small and medium businesses as the pneumonia-like illness has infected more than 1,500 people and killed 136 as of Tuesday afternoon while disrupting business activities nationwide.last_img read more

19 Oct

PREMIUMFears of repression as police move to repurpose civil security apparatus

first_imgpolicy community-development pam-swakarsa National-Police satpam satkamling YLBHI Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Facebook Google The National Police recently moved to regulate the civil security apparatus by issuing National Police Chief Regulation No. 4/2020 on private security (Pam Swakarsa), which critics decry for creating the potential for abuse of power and repression.National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis signed the regulation last month, stipulating that civilian security actors such as private security guards (Satpam) and members of the community watch (Satkamling) can be called upon to help the police maintain security and public order.They are not to be confused with the homonymous paramilitary groups that operated in the last years of the New Order.Private security guards, who previously wore white uniforms for day shifts and navy blue uniforms for night shifts, will also be required to wear brown uniforms with rank badges, bringing them more in line with police officers.According to the… Topics : Linkedinlast_img read more

29 Sep

AAE wants discussions with IFoA to cover MRA legal challenge

first_imgThe AAE’s Valkenburg said the outcome of its recent extraordinary general meeting was positive, as members of the AAE had indicated they wanted the IFoA to remain a full member, and had given the AAE board a formal mandate to have further discussions about the terms and conditions of that membership. The chair of the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) has indicated the organisation, which is in discussions with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) about it remaining a full member, “needs to look into” questions of arbitrage surrounding actuarial qualifications.Falco Valkenburg was speaking to IPE following an extraordinary general meeting held earlier this month to discuss the IFoA’s proposal for a new approach to subscriptions to the AAE.The IFoA is seeking a revised relationship with the AAE for reasons including to do with the UK no longer being in the European Union, and a legal challenge in the UK that, according to the IFoA, would mean it could not participate in a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) with the AAE.An MRA is a reciprocal agreement that recognises the participating actuarial bodies’ professional qualifications. The legal challenge in question is that the IFoA is awarding its UK fellowship qualification to European actuaries who in some cases qualified up to a lower level via their domestic qualification. “If there is any form of discrimination then we need to solve that”Falco Valkenburg, chair of AAEThe AAE would want those discussions to address the legal challenge the IFoA faces in relation to the MRA, said Valkenburg.“If there is any form of discrimination then we need to solve that,” he said. “The IFoA would like to have that solved and if there are any issues on our end we need to solve that as well of course.”All AAE member associations have to meet the education standards set by the AAE core syllabus, but individual associations are able to do require more.Valkenburg said: “What we need to prevent is that people would go to the country with the lowest bar but still meeting our requirements, and then apply in another country to become a full member there.” Subscriptions discussionThe IFoA wants to remain a full member of the AAE, but would also like to pay less. It has so far not paid the AAE subscription fees for 2020/21 that were due in April, and has asked the AAE to waive any late charge.The Institute has proposed that the AAE’s statutes be amended to introduce a cap on the number of a member association’s individual members that subscription fees can be based on – this was the focus of the extraordinary general meeting.AAE’s Valkenburg said the IFoA had been very “straightforward” in proposing a cap based on a fixed number – 5,500 members – and that AAE would prefer something “more dynamic” although the monetary outcome would be similar.“We are entering into constructive and friendly discussions and hope to find a solution together,” he said.Valkenburg also said the discussions between the AAE and the IFoA would also be about how the organisations could work together, and what roles the IFoA could fill in light of the UK no longer being in the European Union.The IFoA has said that it would not be appropriate for it to comment further until the outcome of discussions with the AAE was reached.last_img read more

24 Sep

Ribeiro: Real Madrid still dream of signing Neymar

first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone40 Child Actors Who Turned Into Gorgeous AdultsTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Ribeiro worked alongside Neymar in his early years and helped with his move to Barcelona. He told ESPN: “Real Madrid called me on a number of occasions because Florentino dreamed about signing Neymar. I was with him last year, in May, in his office, and he told me then he still dreamed about signing Neymar.” Ribeiro also revealed that PSG have put a price on Neymar’s head.Advertisement “It will cost you €164m to sign Neymar today. That price didn’t exist a year ago.” Although the agent admits there won’t be many deals above €50m due to the current coronavirus outbreak. read also:Neymar desperately longs for football actions “He’s a lot better than Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I’ve never seen Neymar play badly. He always made the difference at Santos, despite getting kicked, as he either scored or assisted. We saw that at both Barcelona and PSG.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Brazilian super-agent, Wagner Ribeiro, has insisted that  Real Madrid remain keen on PSG ace, Neymar.last_img read more

23 Sep

Kay wins second straight Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature, Dubuque has 40 IMCA Modifieds for county fair show

first_imgJustin Kay won his second Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature in just five days, topping the Tuesday night main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Dubuque Speedway. (Photo by Ryan Broderson)DUBUQUE, Iowa (July 26) – The storyline behind Justin Kay’s career second Hawkeye Dirt Tour victory reads a lot like that of his first.Like he did last week at Knoxville, Kay started Tuesday’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event at Dubuque Speedway from the pole.And as was the case both nights, tour point leader Chris Abelson was briefly ahead before Kay charged back in front, this time earning $1,200 and a berth on the ballot for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Forty IMCA Modifieds were on hand for the county fair show, the first tour event held at Dubuque and the seventh of 10 events on the 2016 series schedule.“It was fun,” said Kay. “Racing a Modified is relaxing and I’m getting to do it at tracks I really like. It’s fun to race with different people, guys like Abelson, (Darin) Duffy and (Ryan) DeShaw.”Kay was scored first cross the line on each of the 30 laps. He ran three-wide with Abelson and Duffy down the backstretch on lap 18, then saw Abelson eke ahead in the first set of turns on lap 22 before passing him back in three and four.He’d pull away from that point to win by more than a straightaway and had just gotten into lapped traffic when the checkers flew.Making another long tow to race at an HDT track for the first time, Abelson had started sixth.“I had one shot to get by him on a restart and I took a chance,” he said. “Justin’s car was just better. He’s pretty tough.”Duffy and DeShaw completed the top four while hard charger Kelly Shryock advanced 18 positions to fifth.Kay is the two-time defending IMCA Late Model track champion at Dubuque and agreed that all those laps helped put him in the winner’s circle Tuesday night.“This was the first time I’d ever raced here in a Modified,” he said. “It definitely helped to have raced a Late Model here the last two or three years. I kind of knew what the track was going to do.”He’ll have the chance to race for an unprecedented third straight HDT feature win and another Deery Brothers Summer Series trophy when those two tours are at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton for a Tuesday, Aug. 2 twinbill.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Average car count for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour going into the event at Tipton is better than 38 and that number will likely be topped Tuesday night.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 3. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 4. Ryan DeShaw, Dyersville; 5. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 6. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 7. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 8. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 9. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 10. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 11. Jed Freiburger, Dubuque; 12. J.D. Auringer, Evansdale; 13. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 14. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 15. Kenny Kostenbader, Freeport, Ill.; 16. Austin Moyer, Dubuque; 17. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 18. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 19. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 20. Derek Thompson, Monroe, Wis.; 21. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill.; 22. Tony Von Dresky, Long Grove; 23. Jason Schueller, Dubuque; 24. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.1st heat (top two) – 1. Thompson; 2. Freiburger; 3. Rust; 4. Schulte; 5. Schueller; 6. Elliott; 7. Kaleb Bentley, Fairbank; 8. John Campbell, Dubuque.2nd heat – 1. Abelson; 2. Von Dresky; 3. Larson; 4. Logan Rogers, German Valley, Ill.; 5. Lauritzen; 6. Rod McDonald, Manchester; 7. Shryock; 8. Auringer.3rd heat – 1. Kostenbader; 2. Hurst; 3. Cordes; 4. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo; 5. Irvine; 6. Brandon Maitland, Waterloo; 7. David McClain, Potosi, Wis.; 8. Keith Pittman, Waterloo.4th heat – 1. Duffy; 2. DeShaw; 3. Dotson; 4. Moyer; 5. Jacob Waterman, Milan, Ill.; 6. Tyler Madigan, Dubuque; 7. Steve Johnson; 8. Dave Hammond, DeWitt.5th heat – 1. Kay; 2. Gansen; 3. Garnhart; 4. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center; 6. Sean Rupp, Cuba City, Wis.; 7. David Brown, Kellogg; 8. Dripps.1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Irvine; 2. Rust; 3. Dotson; 4. Elliott; 5. Laney; 6. David Brown; 7. Madigan; 8. Rogers; 9. Hammond; 10. McDonald.2nd “B” feature – 1. Larson; 2. Garnhart; 3. Schueller; 4. Auringer; 5. Waterman; 6. Dripps; 7. Ryan Maitland; 8. McClain; 9. Rupp; 10. Campbell.3rd “B” feature ­– 1. Schulte; 2. Cordes; 3. Lauritzen; 4. Moyer; 5. Shryock; 6. Kyle Brown; 7. Johnson; 8. Pittman; 9. Bentley; 10. Brandon Maitland.last_img read more

19 Sep

Golden Jaguars look to topple Martinique’s unbeaten streak

first_imgBy Santokie NagulendranIN keeping with their promise to arrange games every FIFA International window, it was announced earlier this month by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) that Guyana will face Martinique in a friendly game to be held on the 28th March 2017,at the MSC ground in Linden.This is the first International game to be played in Linden in six years and the mining town will surely welcome the return.While this is a friendly game, it is a valuable and critical test for Guyana.Their opponents Martinique, a French territory not affiliated to FIFA, maintained a 100% record in the 2017 Caribbean Cup qualifiers last year;a remarkable feat made all the more impressive when you consider they defeated Trinidad and Tobago, arguably the strongest team in the Caribbean, during that momentous run.Notably, they only conceded two goals in their six qualifying games, a stark contrast to Guyana: in Guyana’s six qualifying games they conceded twelve goals. This game will therefore be a challenge for Guyana;can they infiltrate the strongest defense in Caribbean football whilst preventing their opponents from scoring?Martinique have qualified for the 2017 Caribbean Cup and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup;a remarkable feat for such a small island.They have qualified for five Gold Cups in total, and will use the game against Guyana as preparation for their important tournaments later this year. It is a significant coup for Guyana to have managed to attract such a high-calibre side to Guyana to compete.The last time these sides met was in 2012, and the game finished 2-2, with Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams and Dwight Peters netting the goals for Guyana. Fast-forward to 2017 and Martinique have an abundance of talent in their squad, spear-headed by former Real Madrid midfield player Julian Faubert, supported by prolific striker Kevin Parsemain, whilst winger Langill, who plays for Legia Warsaw in Poland, compliments the fearsome attack. Martinique have yet to confirm their squad, but it will likely be made up predominantly of local-based players from leading clubs ‘’Golden Lion’’ and ‘’Colonial’’.Striker Kevin Parsemain, who plays for Golden Lions, has had stints abroad, playing in France and later on at Seattle Sounders in USA. Now back to playing football in Martinique, he has a terrific scoring record for his country, netting 24 goals in 38 games. He is the player Guyana needs to contain to have any hopes of victory in this battle.The Martiniue national team will face the Guyana team next Sunday at the MSC ground.Since Jamaal Shabazz resigned in November 2016, no replacement Head Coach has been announced yet for Guyana, although that decision must be made imminently.Wayne Dover, who has been Assistant Coach for the national team with Jamaal Shabazz, must surely be the favourite to take over. Due to the withdrawal of four clubs from the Stag Elite League, there was an exodus of players from the league into association football, and thus, the likes of Colin Nelson, Trayon Bobb, Devon Millington, Delon Lanferman, Kester Jacobs and Hubert Pedro will all be in contention for call-ups despite not featuring in the Elite League.Players from GDF, Fruta Conquerors and Victoria Kings will also be strong contenders to be called up to the squad based on their team’s respective performances in the first half of the Elite League. 17-year-old Jeremy Garrett of Fruta Conquerors could come into the team due to his strong performances in the League Leaders competition which concluded last week, while veteran Anthony Abrams also could play to add experience. GDF’s Delwyn Fraser has been exceptional as central midfielder for the undefeated club side this season, and has therefore also pressed a strong claim to make the side.It will also be interesting to see what the overseas composition of the team will be .Will overseas-based players be called up? Vurlon Mills has had recent success for Trinidad and Tobago side San Juan Jabloteh in the CFU Club Championships, while Daniel Wilson and Quincy Adams are currently enjoying stints in Suriname.With finances usually restricting the recruitment of USA and European-based players for friendly games in the Caribbean, it seems unlikely that the likes of Neil Danns, Sam Cox, Brandon Beresford and Kai Mckenzie-Lyle will feature, meaning it is an opportunity for local players to step up and pose a significant challenge to one of the strongest teams in the region.The game is also a significant milestone for the town of Linden, Martinique are the first international side to visit since Barbados came and lost 1-0 in 2011, while it also presents an opportunity to once again play in a town which has such a rich footballing history. Just as importantly, it will also be a big game for Guyana’s Golden Jaguars, who will be looking to roar back to life against a rampant Martinique side.last_img read more

17 Sep

All streaks are not lost for USC in its home opener

first_imgDespite entering the weekend under unfamiliar circumstances, the No. 3 USC men’s water polo team ended its weekend doubleheader with a much more familiar result.The Trojans defeated Pepperdine 14-8 in the first match of the day, pleasing a packed crowd in their home debut at McDonald’s Swim Stadium. Despite having had their 36-game winning streak snapped last weekend against UCLA, this victory was the Trojans’ 34th consecutive win at home.Home cooking · Senior driver Matt Sagehorn’s two goals helped the Trojans win their 34th consecutive match at McDonald’s Swim Stadium. – Manat Saini | Daily Trojan“It’s always fun to come back home and beat an opponent, especially Pepperdine,” said senior two-meter Shea Buckner. “It felt good to play at home. The atmosphere was good, and the crowd was fun.”USC also beat Long Beach City College 15-6 in a scrimmage following the first match, with the Trojans using reserve players to earn the victory.The Trojans commanded play for the majority of the Pepperdine contest, relying on their unrelenting offensive attacks to seal the victory. Senior driver Justin Rappel and redshirt junior driver Kyle Sterling scored three goals each, while senior driver Matt Sagehorn and senior two-meter J.W. Krumpholz added two more each. USC managed to spread out its goals equally, scoring seven goals in each half between eight different players.“We played well today,” Rappel said. “[We] made a couple mistakes, but overall it was a good game. [We] came out focused and ready to play.”USC jumped out to an early lead on a goal from Krumpholz in the Trojans’ first 6-on-5 of the game, and then Sagehorn and Sterling each found the back of the net to go up 3-0. Pepperdine responded with a strike from Taylor Watson, but goals from sophomore driver Peter Kurzeka and Krumpholz put the Trojans up 5-1 after the first period.Pepperdine responded in the second period with two fast goals, but USC was able to keep its advantage behind scores from Sterling and Buckner, and went into the half with a comfortable four-goal advantage.The third period featured a flurry of offensive action, as the Trojans posted five goals and the Waves scored four. Rappel found the net three times in the frame, and Sagehorn and fellow senior driver Anthony Artukovich each added one more to silence a Waves’ attack that was threatening a comeback.Two additional scores from Sagehorn and Sterling in the fourth period capped the 14-8 final for the Trojans.Sophomore goalkeeper Joel Dennerley recorded eight saves in the match, but the Trojans’ defense was shaky at times against a strong Waves team that scored 75 goals in their first eight games. Pepperdine center Clayton Snyder had three goals, and was able to score on two occasions as part of the Waves’ four-goal third period, forcing the Trojans to make some defensive adjustments in the second half.“It comes down to defense,” Rappel said. “We’re not really worried about scoring goals. If we play defense, the goals are going to come.”last_img read more

17 Sep

Women’s golf looks to take first place

first_imgAfter two days of play, the     No. 6-ranked USC women’s golf team looks to improve its place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, California. The Women of Troy sit at third place, behind only Baylor, as they enter the final day of competition. This is the first event for the Women of Troy since they tied for fifth place in the Pac-12 Preview in Hawaii.For the first event of the team’s spring schedule, the Women of Troy tied for third after the opening round of the match.Freshman Amy Lee debuted for the Women of Troy with a 3-under 68 to tie for first. Lee graduated a semester early from Brea Olinda High in Brea, California. Lee joins a team that is predominantly comprised of veteran golfers. She is the       fifth-ranked golfer in the class of 2015, according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Her many golfing accolades include representing the West in the Wyndham Cup in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and helping America win the 2014 Jr. Ryder Cup.On her collegiate golfing debut, Lee started off strong, going even on the front nine. On the back nine, Lee notched in three-straight birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes putting her 3-under to secure her tie for first. If Lee continues to perform at this level, she will quickly become an asset to the team’s success on the course.Absent from USC’s lineup were senior Doris Chen and junior Annie Park. Chen is a three-time All American and won the 2014 individual title. In the fall, Chen earned three top-11 finishes, even tying for second in the Stanford Intercollegiate. Park is one of the best golfers in USC history. She is a two-time All American and she is tied for the most wins in school history with five. Despite the absence of the veterans, the Women of Troy still finished 3-over 287 on the first round of play.Along with Lee, the Women of Troy were led by junior Kyung Kim — two-time winner in the fall —tied for 13th with 1-over 72 as a two-birdie day and sophomore Gabriella Then tied for 18th with a 2-over 73 day.For the rest of the Women of Troy, sophomore Karen Chung tied for 28th with 74 and sophomore Elizabeth Doty opened at 79 and tied for 75th.Junior Victoria Morgan — playing individually — tied for 43rd with 5-over 76.Other teams in the tournament consist of Baylor, in first place with 3-under 281 and No. 28 Arizona State, in second place with 1-over 285.On the second day of the tournament, the Women of Troy improved on their play and finished second with an 8-over 292. Baylor still clinches the top spot after a 5-over 289. Arizona State is just behind the Women of Troy after a 15-over 299.Lee finished a 1-over 72, but is now tied for third (golfers from UCLA and Baylor are tied for first). Kim jumped up three spots and is now tied for 10th with a 1-over 72. Then dropped three spots after golfing a 3-over 74 and Chung jumped four spots to 24th with a 3-over 74. Both Doty and Morgan are tied for 61st; Doty — with the team’s largest jump — moved up 14 spots with a 4-over 75 and Morgan fell 18 spots with a 7-over 78.Heading into the final day of play, the Women of Troy look to build upon their performance from the first and second rounds of play. The Women of Troy will have to focus on their drives if they want to catch Baylor and take over first place on the third day of play.The Women of Troy will look to start their final day of play determined from the first hole.last_img read more

16 Sep

Tipp football boss praises performances of centrefielders

first_imgThe county panel has been without many regulars for most of this year but have been particularly badly hit by absences in this sector of the team.Tipp seemed to have secured all the points from yesterday’s game in Kilmallock but a last-gasp score earned the home side a share of the spoils.Liam Kearns says he saw much that pleased him ahead of his team’s next outing against Clare in Tipperary Town next Sunday.last_img

9 Sep

Cummins believes Wexford clash will benefit Tipp play

first_imgPhoto © Garland Consultancy Tipperary hurling great Brendan Cummins is confident the senior side will keep their feet on the ground despite being widely tipped to win the league.Michael Ryan’s side head to Nowlan Park this weekend to take on Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford with a cracker of a game expected.The last time the sides met at league stage was in 2011 and that encounter ended in a draw Cummins says The Premier can learn a great deal from this clash.Throw in at Nowlan Park on Sunday is at 4 and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with the Donal Ryan Motor Group – Nenagh, Thurles & Roscrea and Arrabawn Store, Tyone, Nenagh.last_img read more