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first_imgTwenty percent of the survey’s respondents also said they had tried online grocery shopping for the first time in March.“Online sales of fast-moving consumer goods are usually low, but more people tried it. I think it can be the new normal to buy groceries online,” Lamba added.The survey also showed that 18 percent of respondents also reported doing sports or fitness activities more during the quarantine, while 13 percent of respondents said they tried an online fitness class for the first time during quarantine.“This is a good opportunity for fitness service providers to tap into online classes or to further promote their online products,” Lamba said.Consumers in Indonesia are reporting doing more handwashing and more fitness activities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. (Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum/-)A consumer shift toward a more hygienic and healthier lifestyle is concurrent with Google Trend’s data, which show an upward trend in searches for the “immunity” keyword since early March after the President announced the first two cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia.As people try to stay active and healthy to maintain good immunity, they are also staying indoors to comply with the government’s call for physical distancing. The survey also reported that weekend traveling had declined by 77 percent in March, while going to malls for leisure and watching movies in cinemas was down by 76 and 65 percent, respectively.The MMA questioned 500 people in five major cities across Indonesia from March 20 to 21 for the consumer survey while it is also monitoring 80 business to business respondents for the business sentiment survey.   Topics : “In the first week after COVID-19 spread to Indonesia, we saw people stocking up. But now we are not seeing that as much,” said SurveySensum founder and CEO Rajiv Lamba at a webinar on Friday.People are buying products from markets in bigger packages as they continue to stay at home more, Lamba said, in line with retailers’ report of a shift in consumer behavior to buy in bulk.The survey findings were also in line with retailers’ report of an uptick in demand for hygiene products as Indonesia declared a public health emergency over COVID-19 on March 31, imposing large-scale social restrictions. COVID-19 cases in Indonesia soared within a month from zero to 2,273 cases with 198 dead, among the highest death rates in the world.Read also: Staple foods safe, but masks, sanitizer gone from markets as consumer behavior shiftscenter_img A consumer survey in Indonesia has shown that people are buying more health and hygiene products and trying online fitness classes as the coronavirus continues to spread.In the survey, conducted recently by Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum, 85 percent of respondents reported doing more handwashing while 46 percent said they took vitamin supplements.The survey is backed by data from Nielsen showing that the value of liquid hand soap, for example, saw a 285 percent increase in March compared to the first two months of 2020. People are also buying more hand sanitizer, liquid antiseptic and wet tissues.last_img read more

first_imgTrevor Denton | Daily TrojanWhen USC played Utah two weeks ago, I was out of town for a wedding. During the reception, my dad and I were able to sneak up to our hotel room and watch college football, right when the Cupid Shuffle was just beginning to pick up (impeccable timing if I might add). My dad, a lifelong Georgia fan and grad, watched the Bulldogs play Missouri on his phone, and I watched the Utah game on the TV screen (bigger game, bigger screen — our family has some strict rules when it comes to sports). Once Georgia gained a comfortable lead, my dad’s attention swayed more and more towards the TV. It was the first time this season that we were able to take in a USC game together at the same time in the same place. What was my dad’s biggest takeaway after watching the Trojans fight and claw for a comeback victory over the Utes? “Darnold just isn’t ready yet,” he stated matter of factly, not even needing to say what the quarterback was not ready for. After hearing similar comments dating back to the Western Michigan game, for the first time I agreed. Darnold is just not ready for the NFL. Outside of my dad’s opinion on Darnold, many are echoing similar sentiments that the redshirt sophomore quarterback should stay in school for another year. Reports have surfaced this week indicating that he’s leaning toward another year on campus. Whether or not that is true, it seems reasonable to assume that there’s a chance he’s staying at USC after this season. It’s certainly not a foregone conclusion like it was after the Rose Bowl when he was the talk of the NFL Combine one year before even being eligible for the draft. His status is certainly unclear enough to where that guy who wore a Jets Darnold jersey at the Cal game is questioning his purchase at least a little bit (for two reasons — the 3-4 Jets are also much better than expected). Just because I don’t think Darnold is ready for the NFL does not mean I see him as a bad player. In fact, at times he borders on incredible. He makes inhuman throws on the run, he evades tacklers and he has a tendency to thrive in big moments and situations (like the Rose Bowl and Texas game). But now that he’s played a more full sampling of college games, it’s clear: Darnold just doesn’t know how to take care of the football. Through eight games, he’s thrown 10 interceptions and lost seven fumbles, giving USC the second most turnovers in FBS. I have reached the point where I can’t defend his 2017 campaign anymore. When Darnold fumbled on the offense’s first snap against Notre Dame on Saturday, it set the tone for the team’s utter dismantling, but it also summarized his season so far. He has constantly put himself and his team in situations that even he can’t escape from. Despite his knack for turning the ball over, many draft experts are still placing the redshirt sophomore high on their boards. In Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest “Big Board” update, he kept Darnold as his number one overall prospect, citing his “big frame,” and “quick decisions.” Todd McShay recently commented that he was “not concerned about Darnold’s picks,” and that he “[loves] his ability to manipulate the pocket and keep his eyes downfield.” Darnold could very well end up being a top choice in this year’s draft regardless of how many interceptions he throws or fumbles he loses. After all, Deshaun Watson threw 17 interceptions during his junior year and still ended up being the No. 12 overall pick and is already a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year (and through six NFL games, he’s only thrown five interceptions). Perhaps a pro coaching staff will fix some of his mechanics and repair his decision making process. Regardless, Darnold should absolutely stay on campus for one more year. The NFL isn’t going anywhere and neither should Darnold. Coaches are thrilled when they land five star prospects out of high school. Imagine the USC staff’s jubilation if Darnold, a Rose Bowl MVP and Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year returns. Not only would he instantly make the Trojans national title contenders again, but he would be able to hone his craft in a comfortable environment without the insane pressures of the NFL. This season may be a lost cause, but if Darnold comes back next year, he will have one more chance to solidify a legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in USC history. Darnold may not be ready for the NFL, but that’s OK. One more year on campus will only improve his confidence and maturity once he reaches the pros. The league will still be waiting. Trevor Denton is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the deputy sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time”, runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

first_imgGuyana on Friday marked the 48th anniversary of Republicanism with President David Granger saying the country has lived under the shadow of threats to its territory since Independence in 1966.“Guyana moved closer towards a juridical settlement of the territorial controversy this year. The United Nations Secretary General in January indicated his choice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the means to resolve the controversy,” Granger said in a nationwide radio and television broadcast.Taking Venezuela border dispute to ICJHe said Guyana intends to pursue the border dispute with Venezuela before the ICJ in coming months “with the same determination as we rejected the unwarranted claim to our territory in past years.“We are confident that our cause is just, and our case is sound. We are committed to defending our motherland.”He told citizens that the Guyana Constitution stipulates that: the State’s defense and security policy shall be to defend national independence, preserve the country’s sovereignty and integrity and guarantee the normal functioning of institutions and the security of citizens against any armed aggression.State’s objective – citizens safety“Our citizens’ safety is the State’s paramount objective. Our people must be safe in their homes, villages and places of work. Their property, must be protected against crime,” he said.In his broadcast, Granger said that the independent state of Guyana assumed the title ‘Cooperative Republic’, 48 years ago when the country severed vestigial constitutional bonds with the United Kingdom.“Guyana became fully sovereign, no longer subject to external authority. The Republic vested sovereignty in our people. It charged Guyanese with exercising this sovereignty by assuming responsibility for defending their motherland and developing the economy.”Granger said the country is looking forward to the intensification of cooperation with friendly, foreign states, especially in building capacity for the Defense Force’s technical corps to improve the national infrastructure in every part of the country, to defend our territorial integrity, to protect our citizens and to respond to emergencies.International cooperation essential“International cooperation is essential to preserving this continent as a zone of peace; to preventing and interdicting transnational threats such as drug-, gun- and human-trafficking, the spread of contagious diseases, terrorism and to mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and natural hazards,” he said.last_img read more