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

Extension Office Hosts Seminar On Wills, Trusts

first_imgIndiana Homemakers Week is Oct. 14 to 19 and this year the state organization is celebrating 100 years. In observance of the anniversary, members of a local county organization will host a presentation on Thursday.A seminar called “Who gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate” will be presented by the Ripley County Extension Homemakers. Doug Wilson, who is a lawyer in Batesville, will be presenting general information about the legal aspects of wills, living wills, trusts, revocable trust and some aspects of estate planning and any new laws regarding estates and property.It is free and open to the public for anyone interested in attending. It is for all ages, as it is never too early to plan. General information will be given that anyone can use, even if an individual already has a plan in place.“Sometimes your circumstances change or new family issues have come about that need to be addressed,” said Ripley County Extension President Theresa Holbert.“It is not only about the pie plate, but the wide screen TV, the family farm, the kids and the pets or anything else that you don’t want the government to have a part in saying who gets what,” she added.The seminar will be held at the Sherman House in Batesville on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:45 p.m.Holbert noted, “We encourage your friends to come also. We do ask that you call and let us you know if you plan to attend so we have material and seating available.”Contact the Ripley County Extension Office at (812) 689- 6511 or Theresa Holbert at (812) 934- 2276. It is recommended to have reservations due in by Wednesday, Oct. 16.The Sherman House will offer a special of an Italian Chicken Pasta with a bread stick and side salad for $8.95. Other choices will be available.The Ripley County Extension Homemaker Organization has been in existence since 1928.last_img read more

Badgers head to Milwaukee

first_imgSenior striker Scott Lorenz has had trouble finding the net in recent games despite several attempts.[/media-credit]After two defeats last weekend at the San Diego State Tournament, the men’s soccer team has a much closer destination this weekend, though their opponents are just as strong.The team will be traveling to Milwaukee to compete in the Panther Invitational, where they are set Friday to face the Oakland Grizzlies, a team with a 2-2-1 record. The Grizzlies had a disappointing weekend with consecutive losses to No. 25 Northwestern and Northern Illinois.“Oakland’s strong,” head coach Todd Yeagley said. “They’re a team that certainly has some young players, but they’ll be a very formal opponent and our team is looking forward to it.”Sunday, the team will be put against the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Gauchos, currently ranked No. 9, could be a tough opponent for the Badgers. With a record of 4-1-0, they have had a very strong start to their season, winning their first four games only to lose to Loyola Marymount at home last Monday.Although competition within the Big Ten will begin next weekend with No. 8 Indiana, UC-Santa Barbara will be the third California team for the Badgers in just two weeks.“If you look at it historically, it’s been difficult for teams from the Midwest and the East to go west and get positive results, so we’re keeping it in perspective,” Yeagley said.Yeagley encourages his players to focus on what is ahead rather than dwell on past games.“There’s nothing we can do now, but we have a heck of a lot of season ahead,” Yeagley said. “We focus on what we did well and learn from what we didn’t; this is the time to make a mistake, right at the beginning of the season.”Senior Scott Lorenz shares his coach’s attitude. After three shots on goal last weekend, none resulting in a score, he is frustrated yet optimistic for upcoming games.“Even the best strikers hit rough patches, so the best thing you can do is have a short memory and play through,” Lorenz said. “I’ll get my chances and I’m not worried about it. I’ll start to find the back of the net.”This weekend’s game against Oakland will be the teams’ third meeting in five years. In 2007, Wisconsin lost to Oakland by a score of 3-2. However, in 2005, the Badgers beat the Grizzlies at the Panther Invitational with a score of 2-1.“[Oakland] is all we’re looking at right now since the game is on Friday,” Yeagley said. “Once we get through Friday, we’ll reevaluate and get ready for a nationally ranked team in Santa Barbara. Each game has different matchup concerns, and this group knows that we take it a game at a time.”Since becoming head coach before this year’s preseason, Yeagley has concentrated strongly on disciplining the team’s defense. Though six goals got past them last weekend, two were due to penalty kicks.In the first two games of the season against Virginia Tech and Western Illinois, the Wisconsin defense was strong and shut out the opponents. Yeagley still remains optimistic about his defense.“There were some mistakes that I think we will correct, but I look at the whole unit and after I evaluated the performance, I think it was overall pretty good,” Yeagley said. “I want to be a team that is very difficult to score upon. We got back to the drawing board and we got back to some individual principles [Wednesday], and I think that we’ll show we can do something with that.”In last weekend’s game against San Diego State, senior goalkeeper Alex Howath was lifted from the game in the 37th minute due to a sliced finger. However, he returned midway through the second half and finished out the game.This weekend marks the 36th annual Panther Invitational, making it the longest-running tournament in NCAA Division I men’s soccer.“The team is still very confident, and all the goals that the team has set forth are still attainable,” Yeagley said. “We’re pushing forward, but obviously we’d love to come away with some wins this weekend.”last_img read more

Ref Ovrebo Opens Up on Chelsea/Barca 2009 Controversial Match DecisionsÂ

first_imgThe referee of Chelsea-Barсa (2009) Tom Henning Ovrebo, has reflected on one of the most controversial matches in the history of the Champions League.The 51 years old now lives peacefully in the Norwegian capital since that controversial match about nine years alone. His name went down in the history of the Champions League after the refereeing of the second match of the semifinals of the 08-09 season, after Barca and Chelsea had tied 0-0 at the Camp Nou. In Stamford Bridge English team ended up asking up to four clear penalties, according to their point of view.“I do not work anymore as a referee of any sort, although when my colleagues need some advice, especially from the mental point of view, I try to help them. But I do not participate on a daily basis.”On whether he was proud of referreing in that infamous match, Ovrebo said: “Not at all. It was not my best day, really. But those mistakes can be committed by a referee … and sometimes a player or a coach. You may not have that day the level you should have. But no, I can not be proud of that day.There were several mistakes and everyone will have their opinion of those plays. But, I insist, the players and the coaches also fail, and nothing happens. I am proud of having had a long career and having been in the European elite for a while, and among the best in my country at least. That’s why you can not remember my career just for that game, although some people, like you, do it … unfortunately.“Answering if his refereeing was ‘the most scandalous in the history of the Champions’, he said:“It could be, I do not know. I can not change the opinion of the people. But it would be interesting to ask the fans of Real Madrid, for example, that if it had been in favor of their team, instead of Barca, would they have the same opinion of me?”Also Ovrebo claims he did not consider retiring after the Stamford Bridge game.“No, not at all, although I think that party influenced my career and I lost the respect of many, of course. But I kept refereeing after that, for the record.“When a player fails, nothing happens. And, therefore, you have to accept the mistakes of a referee. Unfortunately, they happen and football must accept it. It’s what I think, at least.”The two teams face off tomorrow in same competition at Stamford Bridge and the return leg holds two weeks later in Spain.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Woke up at 5 AM and thought I’d missed team bus: Keaton Jennings after debut Test ton

first_imgKeaton Jennins, who scored a hundred on debut for England against India in the Mumbai Test, said he could not be happier and prouder at the end of first day’s play at the Wankhede Stadium. (Scorecard)Jennings struck a century on debut to keep England on course for a big first innings total against India.The touring side, trailing 2-0 in the five-match series, were 288/5 at stumps. Ben Stokes was unbeaten on 25 at the crease with Jos Buttler not out on 18 at the other end.Left-hander Jennings became captain Alastair Cook’s latest opening partner, replacing teenager Haseeb Hameed, who broke his little finger in Mohali and returned home to undergo surgery. (Keaton Jennings 19th Englishman to slam hundred on Test debut)Jennings, the son of South African former wicketkeeper and coach Ray, arrived in India only on Monday after being called up from the England Lions squad in the United Arab Emirates.After Cook won the toss and opted to bat, the 24-year-old Jennings survived some nervous moments at the start but grew in confidence as he spent time at the crease.He was dropped by Karun Nair at gully off paceman Umesh Yadav even before he had opened his scoring while India also wasted a review after Jennings was given not out to an appeal for leg before off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who came into the side for the injured Mohammed Shami. (Mumbai Test: Umpire Paul Reiffel walks off after suffering head injury)Jennings thanked his lucky stars after an accomplished 112 and conceded he was a little nervous.advertisement”I couldn’t be happier, couldn’t be prouder. A life early on and that got the beans going. (Before the game I was) just chatting to my uncle, trying to approach it like I would any other game. I woke up at 5 am this morning, thinking I missed the bus,” Jennings said.Jennings showed he had a matured head on his shoulders and said the bigger test now would be to sustain consistency at the highest level.The 24-year-old debutant said the pitch was turning a little after lunch. By tea, things obviously got a little trickier for England, who lost three wickets including those of Jennings, Moeen Ali and this year’s leading scorer in Tests, Jonny Bairstow.But Jennings said the real difference was made by Virat Kohli’s astute captaincy.”After lunch, we felt like it started to turn. Also, Virat Kohli’s captaincy was superb. Those little things he did, bowlers taking wickets. Just when we thought, we were on top, they fought back really well,” he said.last_img read more