Indonesia, Colombia ink visa waiver agreement to boost tourism after pandemic

first_imgIndonesia and Colombia have expressed commitment to enhance bilateral ties as the two countries’ representatives inked a visa exemption agreement for regular passport holders in an effort to improve the tourism sector after the coronavirus pandemic.Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi signed the agreement with her Colombian counterpart Claudia Blum de Barberi during their first virtual meeting on Wednesday, which was held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which will fall on Sept. 15.“The visa-free agreement signed [on Wednesday] is expected to increase the number of tourists when the COVID-19 pandemic ends,” the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement on Thursday. According to the ministry’s data, a total of 6,304 Colombian citizens visited Indonesia last year, an increase of 15.7 percent from 2008.Besides the agreement, Retno and Barberi also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on political consultation between the two countries’ foreign ministers.The signing of the MoU complemented the Joint Commission Session, first held in Colombia’s capital of Bogota in 2013. The ministers agreed on holding a Joint Political Consultation and Commission this year.Read also: Indonesia, Colombia seek increased trade connectivity Both foreign ministers also agreed to increase trade and investment between Indonesia and Colombia as part of cooperation for post-pandemic economic recovery.Colombia was Indonesia’s sixth-largest trading partner and second-largest investment partner in South America last year.The two countries’ trade volume stood at US$152.8 million in 2019, according to the ministry. However, the number was still considered low when compared to other countries in the region.Connectivity has served as a hindrance for the two nations to intensify economic interactions, but the repatriation of about 366 Colombian citizens from at least 19 countries on a special Garuda flight from Jakarta in May — the first direct flight made by an Indonesian airline to Colombia — has boosted optimism for improvement.“I would like to express my gratitude for our cooperation in the repatriation of Colombian citizens from various Asian countries via the humanitarian flight,” Barberi said as quoted in the statement.During the meeting, Retno and Barberi also discussed several efforts to further enhance regional and global cooperation.Indonesia has requested Colombia’s support to become an associate member in the Pacific Alliance and Colombia asked for Indonesia’s support to accede to the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) and establish a closer cooperative relationship with the 10-member Southeast Asian grouping, the ministry said.Topics :last_img read more

Lady Bulldog Spikers Battle Lady Panthers In Hard Fought Battle

first_imgThe Varsity Lady Bulldogs defeated the Jennings County Panthers last night in a HOT hard-fought battle in the dog pound. It took 5 sets but the Dogs came out on top in the end.It was a great win with contributions made on every level. The defense was led by senior Macy Prickel and freshman Laney Walsman. Kylie Laker was everywhere on the court contributing tough serves and leading the team in assists. Cayman Werner took over at the net with the help of Nikki Fox.  It was great to have Kerigan back in action with some key blocks. Great team effort!The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday at Milan for the Ripley County Tournament.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kateri Paul.The Batesville Lady Bulldog JV Volleyball team has hit a bit of a rough patch this week with some injuries and inconsistent play. The team was defeated by Jennings County. Scores were 25-18, 25-14.In set one, Shelby Westerfeld served 8 straight points including 2 aces to get our team off to a great start only to have our own struggles with serve reception allow the Panthers to come back. With a couple of players fighting knee and leg injuries, the aggressive net play of Jennings County overwhelmed the home team’s defensive coverage. Faith Tekulve provided a spark in set two with 2 kills and a much-needed momentum spurt for the Lady Dogs.The team hopes to bounce back as they travel to Milan to compete in the Ripley County Tourney on Saturday. The JV’s record is 9-6 on the season. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

Josh Donaldson rumors: Seven teams that could/should bid for the veteran third baseman

first_imgAnthony Rendon, coming off a third-place finish in the NL MVP voting and a World Series title at only 29 years old, will cash in with a long-term, high-dollar contract this offseason. He’ll deserve every penny. But not every playoff contender with a need at third base is willing to pay the price it will take to land Rendon — even though, again, he’s worth it. For those teams looking for secondary options, Josh Donaldson is available.  CardinalsWhy this makes sense: To be honest, it really doesn’t. The Cardinals have been connected to Donaldson, and he makes sense in a vacuum. But the reality is they already have two third-base options who won’t/can’t be moved: veteran Matt Carpenter and 2019 rookie phenom Tommy Edman. And even though Donaldson, who turns 34 in December and is coming off a 37-homer season, would be an upgrade, remember that the Cardinals just gave Carpenter a two-year extension last spring — when he was coming off a 36-homer year, heading into his Age 33 season — and that didn’t go well at all. The logjam at third, along with the hesitancy based on the Carpenter situation, is almost certainly enough to keep them out of the bidding. White SoxWhy this makes sense: The White Sox could shift Yoan Moncada from third base to second base — vastly upping their production from the position — and bring Donaldson in to play the hot corner. That would be a big upgrade, and having the intensely competitive Donaldson in the still-young Sox clubhouse could help the youngsters learn how to win. DodgersWhy this makes sense: Third base at Dodger Stadium has belong to Justin Turner for quite a while now, but he’s 35 and has only one year remaining on his current deal. If the Dodgers decide Donaldson is their ideal third baseman, Turner could play first or even second as the Dodgers shift pieces around to find the right mix. MORE: Seven potential landing spots for Stephen StrasburgAfter a couple of years with injury issues — he played a total of 165 games in 2017-18 — Donaldson signed a one-year deal with the Braves last offseason and was a star once again. He played 155 games, swatted 37 homers, posted a 127 OPS+ and a 6.1 bWAR in his Age 33 season. He’s proven he’s worth a multi-year deal, though at 33 it will likely be three or four years, maximum, not the seven or eight Rendon could get. Like Rendon, though, Donaldson does come with draft-pick compensation.So which teams are/should be interested? Let’s take a look. BravesWhy this makes sense: Donaldson was pretty much everything the Braves could have hoped for during his (so far) one-season stay with the club, and having him back in the middle of a dynamic lineup — and playing solid defense at third base — would be a big help in their push for a deeper run into October. They won’t be able to lure Donaldson back with another high-dollar one-year deal, though, and it’s a real question whether they’ll choose to spend a bunch of free-agent dollars on a reunion. RangersWhy this makes sense: The Rangers need a third baseman, after Cooperstown-bound Adrian Beltre’s retirement. But Donaldson’s going to be 34, and the Rangers might be a year or two away from legitimate playoff contention. They’d have to sell him on their rebuilding efforts being closer to fruition. PhilliesWhy this makes sense: Maikel Franco has been Philly’s primary third baseman the past four years, but he wasn’t good in 2019 — .234 average, 80 OPS+, minus-0.8 bWAR — and there’s very little chance he’ll be with the club when spring training rolls around. He’ll be traded or released. Even though the Phillies have other pressing needs this offseason — hi, elite free-agent pitchers! — Donaldson makes a lot of sense. At 34, he won’t command a deal longer than three years, which is reasonable. And based on what he did last year for the Braves — he hit six homers and had 16 RBIs in 18 games vs. Philly in 2019, btw — he’s clearly still an impact player at the plate and with the glove.  NationalsWhy this makes sense: If the Nationals can’t work out a long-term deal to bring Anthony Rendon back to D.C., they could do much worse than a short-term deal with Donaldson. If Donaldson wants to find a new home quickly, though — remember, he signed with the Braves last offseason before the end of November — this might not work. last_img read more