Turkey eyes Indonesian infrastructure projects, new capital development

first_imgTopics : The Turkish government and businesspeople have expressed their interest in building infrastructure in Indonesia, including for the new capital city to be developed in East Kalimantan.Turkish Ambassador to Indonesia Mahmut Erol Kilic said only a few dozen Turkish companies were operating in Indonesia despite the latter being the world’s 16th biggest economy and the largest in Southeast Asia.“Of course, we have more capacity than this, especially in the field of constructon, as Turkey had really successful projects in Astana, in Doha and in many other [places],” he said during the Turkey-Indonesia contracting sector business forum, which was held online on Tuesday. “We are eager to enter the Indonesian market.” Indonesia’s infrastructure development has captivated Turkish contractors as they are eager to expand their market in Asia after being involved in many projects in Eurasia and the Middle East.“We would like to diversify our market; we would like to find new markets, and we are more focused on Indonesia and the Phillipines,” Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said in the same event.Turkish Contractor Association (TCA) data show that South Asia and Far East countries contributed only 3 percent to the more than 10,000 projects worth $403 billion in 127 countries that the association’s members have had from 1972 up until May.“We hope our contractors can take part in [more Indonesian projects], especially with regard to moving the capital city. Our engineers and constructing companies are very much willing to take part in such projects,” said Pekcan.  In addition, Turkish companies were interested in toll roads, energy facilities, waterworks and transportation-related infrastructure, he added.Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuldjono encouraged both countries to have follow-up working groups to talk further about possible cooperation, such as on the trans-Sumatra toll road and water dam projects.  “This is the opportunity for Turkish contractors to come and participate in constructing the toll road, either as contractors or as investors through public-private partnerships,” said Basuki.He also invited Turkish architects to see the new capital’s urban planning design and welcomed future discussions.Indonesian Ambassador to Turkey Lalu Muhammad Iqbal said it was the right moment to tighten bilateral ties as the Indonesia-Turkey trade volume was quite small at only $1.6 billion in 2019.Meanwhile, Investment Coordinating Board (BPKM) data show that Turkey’s total direct investment to Indonesia amounted to $24.8 million last year, placing Turkey 29th on the list of foreign direct investors. center_img Indonesia has been extensively developing infrastructure in the last five years to help support its economic growth. Public Works and Housing Ministry data show that the government has built 1,500 kilometers of new toll roads, 3,867 km of other roads, 58,346 meters of new bridges and 61 water reservoirs during the period of 2015 to 2019.According to the ministry, Indonesia plans to add 2,500 km of toll roads, 3,000 km of other roads, 60,000 m of bridges and 35,000 m of overpasses and underpasses from 2020 to 2024.Indonesia currently has 223 key national projects worth around Rp 4.2 quadrillion (US$295.25 billion) on its priority list, ranging from seaports and airports to special economic zones and priority tourist destinations. Recently, the government announced a plan to add another 89 projects to the list for the next five years. It also plans to move its capital city from Jakarta to North Penajam Paser in East Kalimantan, with construction to begin in 2021 and estimated to cost Rp 466 trillion.last_img read more

Suspended NASCAR driver Kyle Larson will make his return to racing in World of Outlaws

first_imgLarson, who also was suspended indefinitely by iRacing for his use of the racial slur, apologized for his use of the word in a video he tweeted the next day.”Kyle is an important and visible stakeholder in the World of Outlaws community as both a driver and team owner,” the World of Outlaws said in a statement on April 14. “Kyle has admitted to making a mistake and it is our expectation that he will make every effort to represent the sport in a professional manner moving forward. Provided that Kyle completes the designated training in the allotted time, he will remain eligible to compete in all World of Outlaws sanctioned events.”The virtual race in which Larson uttered the N-word was not an official NASCAR iRacing event, which have been replacing the live NASCAR Cup Series races that have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. MORE: Bubba Wallace responds to Larson’s use of racial slurLarson remains indefinitely suspended by NASCAR, but a World of Outlaws spokesman told NBC Sports that Larson had completed the sensitivity training required for his return to dirt racing.As for Larson’s return to stock car racing, NASCAR told Racer Magazine’s Kelly Crandall it “will not have anything to communicate until we announce his reinstatement at a later date.”Friday night’s sprint car race will broadcast live on DIRTVision, but spectators will not be allowed at Knoxville Raceway.  Almost a month after Kyle Larson’s use of the N-word during an iRacing event cost him his NASCAR Cup Series ride with Chip Ganassi Racing and his primary sponsors, ​the 27-year-old driver will return to racing Friday.According to NBC Sports, Larson will race the No. 57 sprint car he owns when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns May 8 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne will also race at Knoxville for the sprint car team he owns.last_img read more

England goalkeeper criticises ‘third division’ venue after Spain defeat

first_img1 Joe Hart lashed out at the decision to play England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain at the home of third-tier club Hercules.England’s 15-match unbeaten run came to an end in Alicante as Spain comfortably beat Hodgson’s team thanks to goals from Mario Gaspar and Santi Cazorla.Gaspar put the European champions ahead with a stunning acrobatic volley and Cazorla took advantage of some slack defending by curling in the winner eight minutes from time.Hart had no complaints about the result – Spain were good value for the win – but he was deeply unhappy that such a prestige fixture took place at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez, the home of Segunda Division B side Hercules.”It’s strange how we’ve ended up playing on a Third Division pitch for a game like England v Spain,” said Hart, who captained the team in Wayne Rooney’s absence.“It wasn’t good enough, I’m not making excuses.”Hart admitted he was deeply unhappy at seeing England’s unbeaten run, which had stretched back to the World Cup, come to an end.“I’m upset,” the England goalkeeper said.“We’ve done well for a long time now so it’s difficult when we do lose.”We had some chances, we were in the game. We need to dust ourselves off and perform better against France (on Tuesday).”We did break through Spain and we did that on enough occasions but after that we let ourselves down a little bit.’Roy Hodgson lamented England’s poor ball retention on the Costa Blanca.Fabian Delph was guilty of giving the ball away on several occasions and Raheem Sterling surrendered the ball in the build up to Mario’s stunning scissors kick.“We always knew it would be a tough ask to defend against Spain,” the England manager said.“We knew how good they are at keeping the ball and moving it around and we knew we would have to work hard to keep them at bay.“Strangely the (first) goal we conceded was a Spanish counter-attack when we had good possession.“By giving the ball away we gave them the opportunity to counter-attack against us and score a spectacular goal.“We have to learn our lesson from it and remember when we play teams of this quality you can’t afford to make any mistakes because you’re going to get punished“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we would have liked.“We think we can do better in possession and we’ve got players who can be more dangerous in attacking situations.” England’s 15-match unbeaten run came to an end in Alicante as Spain comfortably beat Hodgson’s team last_img read more

Tottenham boss Pochettino on facing ‘one of the best teams in Europe’

first_img Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his admiration for opposite number Thomas Tuchel Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has classed Borussia Dortmund as one of the best teams on the continent ahead of their Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday.Spurs have never played the German side in a competitive match but can expect a fiendish test at the Westfalenstadion, against a team flushed with big-name stars.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted 29 goals in 33 games this season while the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels have all been linked with the continent’s most glamorous clubs. Gundogan was pictured on Thursday meeting Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain in Amsterdam.Dortmund sit second in the Bundesliga, having scored 59 goals in 25 games, and Thomas Tuchel’s men are yet to lose a single league match at home this season.The first leg in Germany – live on talkSPORT from 6.00pm – will be Pochettino’s 100th game in charge at Tottenham and the Argentinian admits his youthful side are in for a thorough examination.“Borussia Dortmund have very good players, a very good team, a great coach – Thomas is fantastic and he has showed that from the beginning of the season,” Pochettino said.“I like the way they play but I think that it’s a good challenge for us. I think we play against one of the best teams in Europe.“The strikers they have – Aubameyang, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan, Gundogan in midfield, Hummels – they’re internationals and big players. They can stay here or go to Real Madrid or Barcelona.“I think that Dortmund have a very good team and it’s a very good challenge for us. We’re excited to play in Borussia, an unbelievable stadium and a great atmosphere, and I think all is positive.”Pochettino must again balance a desire to progress in Europe’s second-tier tournament with Tottenham’s domestic ambitions, where they are gunning to win their first league title since 1961.Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier have all been left at home, with Alli suspended, Rose nursing a calf problem and Dier handed a rest ahead of Sunday’s game at Aston Villa.Pochettino said: “We are in a period that is tough for the players. We need to refresh the team. We need to rotate.“Ever since the start of the season I’ve said that the important thing is to have a squad.”Tottenham will also be desperate to get back to winning ways after failing to beat 10-man Arsenal last weekend, drawing 2-2 three days after losing at West Ham.And Pochettino is eager to dispel any fears of fatigue as his players enter a crunch period in the campaign.“It’s a good thing to be disappointed after the game against Arsenal,” Pochettino said.“A few years ago after a draw against Arsenal in a big derby people were happy. Now when you can only draw with Arsenal there is disappointment.“It’s a good thing and changes the mentality inside the club and outside too. Today we can show a strong mentality. This is very important for me.“We need time but I am very happy in the way that we have developed our mentality after 21 months. We are much stronger than before.” 1last_img read more