40 million new internet users in 2020, report finds

first_imgSINGAPORE — Southeast Asia saw a surge in the use of digital services like e-commerce, food delivery and online payment due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from Google, Temasek Holdings and Bain & Company.As many as 40 million people in six countries across the region — Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand — came online for the first time in 2020, the report said. That pushed the total number of internet users in Southeast Asia to 400 million. It added that many of the new users came from non-metropolitan areas in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.Global growth is facing an unprecedented challenge this year due to stringent lockdown measures that have affected businesses and employment across the world.- Advertisement – “When we ask consumers why they chose to use e-commerce, as just one example, during coronavirus, they share with us that yes, it was to avoid potential exposure to coronavirus. But really importantly, near the same percentage of people state it is because it is efficient and they found it to be helpful,” Davis said.Some of the main findings from this year’s report includes:1. Digital financial services are gaining momentum as more small-and-medium-sized businesses have become receptive to accepting online payments. Digital payments are set to grow from $600 billion in 2019 to $620 billion in 2020 as the average number of cash transactions fall and could reach $1.2 trillion by 2025.2. Health technology and education technology sectors received a boost from the pandemic as many people turned to online health consultations while schools shifted to remote learning. Investments into those sectors are growing.3. Online travel and transport sectors were hit the hardest as the pandemic ground international travel to a halt while many people began to work from home. Still, the report predicts online travel to rebound to $60 billion by 2025.4. Regional technology investments rose 17% in the number of deals between the first half of 2019 and first half of 2020 but total deal value fell from $7.7 billion to $6.3 billion. Investors put more money into the financial technology space where deal value rose from $475 million to $835 million in the first half of 2020. Customers and drivers for Grab Holdings Inc.’s GrabFood line up to collect orders at a Pisang Goreng Bu Nanik store in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, July 15, 2019. Globally, the online food order industry has grown into a hyper-competitive field, which has led to consolidation as companies claw for a bigger slice of more than $300 billion in restaurant deliveries. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Still, the report predicted Southeast Asia’s internet sectors could witness strong growth and hit $100 billion in 2020, with e-commerce registering a 63% growth while the online travel segment contracted 58%. Overall, the region’s internet sectors remain on track to cross $300 billion by 2025.“We’ve been profoundly impacted by the global coronavirus but it has been heartening and encouraging to see that the resilience still exists in Southeast Asia’s digital economy,” Stephanie Davis, vice president for Southeast Asia at Google, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Tuesday before the report was officially released.Davis explained that Covid-19, which has infected more than 50 million people worldwide, drove a lot of the decision-making for consumers across Southeast Asia. She added that there was encouraging evidence that much of that shift to digital consumption is here to stay.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Syracuse looks to end road struggles in conference play in pair of weekend games

first_imgEmily Betteridge sees playing on the road as a disadvantage. The Syracuse setter and her teammates have struggled away from the Women’s Building, with their last win on the road in Big East play coming Oct. 30, 2011 against Pittsburgh.“When you have your own crowd, you’re playing in the gym that you are used to practicing in,” Betteridge said. “The Women’s Building has a homey feel and it feels like it’s yours. You kind of own it and you’re more confident.“Then you get to someone else’s gym and they might have crazy fans, they may have bright lights … just things that you’re not used to.”The Orange (9-15, 1-8 Big East) goes on the road for two conference matchups this weekend, taking on Villanova (10-14, 4-5) in Radnor Township, Pa., on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Georgetown (7-15, 1-8) on Sunday at noon in Washington, D.C.While Syracuse has little hope of competing in the Big East tournament, the Wildcats remain in the postseason picture. Villanova is tied for the eighth seed in the conference standings with St. John’s, making this weekend’s game against the Orange a must-win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s roster is comprised of four freshmen and four sophomores, and setter Amanda Kullman believes a young team playing in an uncomfortable and unfamiliar environment contributes to the lack of success on the road against conference opponents.“We’re a really young team,” Kullman said. “Walking into a gym with so many people is very different from home. We don’t have huge, huge crowds. Knowing it’s a different environment and a different atmosphere, there is always a different feeling when you walk into the gym.”Kullman said last weekend’s games against Louisville and Cincinnati gave the team confidence heading into this weekend’s games.Although Syracuse lost 3-0 to the Cardinals and the Bearcats, she thinks her team played competitively against two of the top teams in the conference.“I think we have to come into these games playing like we did against Louisville and Cincinnati,” she said. “They were definitely two of our strongest games of the season. Since Georgetown and Villanova aren’t as good, hopefully we can use that to our advantage and play the same as we did last week.”Head coach Leonid Yelin is more concerned about his team getting back on track after losing seven of its last eight games.But at the end of a tough first season at the helm, the head coach is using the final stretch to continue to set the foundation for his program’s future.“We are looking to build this team based on not winning one or two matches,” he said. “If I have to lose one or two matches or stop what we are doing for the future, I’d lose those matches.” Comments Published on October 27, 2012 at 10:26 am Contact Austin: arpollac@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Black Queens lose 3-0 to Chile in Turkish Women’s Gold Cup opener

first_imgThe Black Queens suffered a 3-0 defeat to Chile in their opening Group B match at the 2020 Turkish Women’s Cup on Wednesday.After a goalless first half, the South Americans shot into the lead from the spot after goalkeeper Fafali Dumeshi went straight into the Chilean attacker. Karen Araya stepped up and scored the resulting penalty in the 57th minute.Two minutes later, Camila Sàez doubled the Chilean lead from close range after Dumeshi had produced a nice save to stop a goal bound header.The Ghana defenders were caught ball watching for an opponent to turn it home.Chile profited from defensive blunder to add the third in the 67th minute through Daniela Pardo.Coach Mercy Tagoe paraded a strong squad to face their counterparts but her charges could not keep up with the Chileans.Ghana’s next match will be against Northern Ireland B at the Gold City Sport Complex on Saturday, 7 March, 2020. Source: NB Sportslast_img

Why a Tom Brady-Antonio Brown reunion with Buccaneers seems unlikely

first_imgThe civil case has opened Brown up to a potential suspension from the NFL. (A league investigation is still ongoing.) If Brown did sign with the Bucs, there would certainly be questions about his availability for the 2020 regular season. And that’s without acknowleding the fact that he’s Antonio Brown and could suddenly decide to burn bridges at any moment.Brown is undoubtedly a talented player. He owns two of the top 10 individual seasons in terms of receiving yardage in NFL history. He could play a huge role with an elite offensive unit.But it’s not about Brown’s speed, hands or route running — it’s about everything else that comes with him. Arians doesn’t appear ready to make that gamble, even if it would excite his new quarterback. MORE FREE AGENCY:Tracker | Grading every signing | Top 50 free agents available”My understanding is this is not something that Bruce Arians is in favor of,” Rapoport said Thursday. “He’s had Antonio Brown. He had him a couple years in Pittsburgh. It does not sound like it went well. This does not seem to be like the direction that the Bucs would be going.”New #Bucs QB Tom Brady may want to bring Antonio Brown with him to Tampa Bay, but it doesn’t sound like coach Bruce Arians enjoyed his previous time with AB. pic.twitter.com/HivirRnQAV— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2020The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac spoke with one source close to the situation who put it more bluntly, saying Brown joining Brady and the Bucs “ain’t happening.” (Not much of a stretch to guess Arians could be the source there.)In an interview on “The Adam Schefter Podcast” last year, Arians, who previously served as the Steelers’ wide receivers coach (2004-06) and offensive coordinator (2007-11), said there was too much “miscommunication” and “diva” behavior with Brown. He believed Brown was a completely different player than the one the Steelers selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.”I’ve heard so many stories — I like Antonio. He plays as hard as anybody on Sunday, and he practices hard,” Arians said. “He’s just gotta make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things.”He didn’t draft me he drafted @ESanders_10 same guy who missed rehab to go on networks to talk about me on situation he have zero clue! Arians now wears kangoo hats n glasses 😂 but ima diva! Done seen it all then they say we friends stop lien https://t.co/jALXyhQMAw— AB (@AB84) January 16, 2019Regardless of where a Brady-Brown partnership lies on the spectrum of unlikely to no chance, there are bigger issues beyond how Brady and Arians feel about the 31-year-old wideout.After playing just one game with the Patriots during the 2019 season, Brown was released amid sexual assault and rape allegations. The plaintiff in a civil lawsuit filed last year claims Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions with the third incident escalating to rape. Brown later filed a countersuit, denying all of the allegations against him. Tom Brady might have to settle for just two Pro Bowl wide receivers on his new team.Despite Brady’s reported interest in reuniting with former Patriots teammate Antonio Brown, it doesn’t appear Brown will be joining Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in catching passes from Brady as a member of the Buccaneers after the six-time Super Bowl champ officialy signs with Tampa Bay. The biggest hurdle is Bucs coach Bruce Arians, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.last_img read more