Susan Heyward & More Enlisted for The Purple Lights

first_img Susan Heyward and more have been tapped for Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp’s The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois off-Broadway. As previously reported, the New York premiere will close out Atlantic Theater Company’s 2015-2016 season. Tickets are now available for the production, which is set to begin performances on May 25 and officially open on June 7 at Atlantic’s Stage 2.Joining Heyward (The Trip to Bountiful) as Monique will be William Apps (Wolf in the River) as Ellis, Connor Barrett (Finer Noble Gases) as Barrett and Katherine Reis (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Catherine.Ellis Shook lives alone in a small duplex apartment in Paducah, Kentucky. He works nights buffing floors, keeps to himself—and always remembers to take his medication. But when two teenage girls arrive at his doorstep one autumn afternoon, their visit will force him to confront a tragic past while also offering him a glimpse at hope.The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois will feature scenic design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Keith Parham and sound design by Christian Frederickson.The limited engagement is scheduled to run through June 19. Related Shows View Comments The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinoiscenter_img Susan Heyward Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

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Jenna Ushkowitz Starts Performances in Waitress

first_img Waitress Jenna Ushkowitz Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 View Commentscenter_img Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz will begin performances as Dawn on July 29 in Waitress. She steps in for Kimiko Glenn, who is taking a leave of absence from the Tony-nominated tuner. Headlined by Tony winner Jessie Mueller, the Diane Paulus-helmed musical is baking up a storm at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Ushkowitz is best known for playing Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee. She made her Broadway debut at age nine in the 1996 revival of The King and I, and was in the original production of Spring Awakening, where she performed the roles of Ilse, Martha, Anna and Thea. Ushkowitz will be soon be seen starring in Tom Gustafson’s musical movie,?Hello, Again.Waitress marks five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles’ stage-writing debut. Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly and book by Jessie Nelson, the tuner follows Jenna, a small town waitress stuck in a loveless marriage. As a nearby baking contest approaches (and a new doctor comes to town), she’s torn between her commitments and—thanks to her pie-making expertise—a chance at freedom.The cast also includes Tony nominee Nick Cordero, Drew Gehling, Keala Settle, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Thay Floyd, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Ragan Pharris and Ryan Vasquez. Related Showslast_img read more

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City surprise

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaI hate taking things back to the store, but I volunteered to takemy daughter’s dress back. And the trip provided a nice surprise.My wife Vicki and 17-year-old daughter Lindsay had gone shoppingfor a homecoming dress in Atlanta. After a trying and tiring day,Vicki finally told Lindsay, “I am ready to go. Just get a dress.”Well, she did. And the price surprised us all. That night,Lindsay decided it was too much to pay for the dress. She reallydidn’t like it anyway. Thank goodness! I didn’t like it or theprice tag.Up in the skySaturday, I returned the dress to the store. And as I pulled outfrom the multilevel parking deck underneath Phipps Plaza, Ihappened to glance up at the sky. Soaring between the tallbuildings in Atlanta was a beautiful red-tailed hawk.I watched in fascination as the hawk, with the bright sunlightreflecting off its feathers, circled in the open spaces aroundthe buildings and above the traffic.Red-tailed hawks are our most common and widespread raptor. Theycan be found in a range of habitats including semi-open country,pastures and fields, mixed woods, roadsides and now even cities.They’re commonly seen soaring or perched overlooking open areas.With eyesight sharper than any other bird, except other raptors,the red-tailed hawk is well adapted to its job as featheredpredator. Most of its diet consists of small rodents.City living not easyBut city living isn’t easy for hawks. Even with eyesight that’seight to 10 times more powerful than ours, hawks often don’t seewindows and crash into them. Swooping in for the kill, they mayhit a car instead.As urban areas like Atlanta continue to expand, our nativewildlife are being forced to adapt or perish. Researchers sayraptors are fast adapting to urban areas and will stay.Soaring between the tall buildings, the red-tailed hawk brings alittle bit of wildness to places like Atlanta.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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U.S. corporations signed contracts for a record 4.4GW of wind power capacity in 2019—AWEA

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Corporations signed agreements for 4,447 MW of U.S. wind power capacity in 2019, a record, the American Wind Energy Association said in a report released June 11.Total corporate power purchase agreements, or PPAs, for wind power to date reached 16,857 MW, the trade group said. Corporate customers have purchased 10% of all operating wind capacity in the U.S. as they try to cut costs and meet sustainability targets that are increasingly common in the private sector.Corporate purchases of renewable energy have soared in recent years. At the end of 2013, wind power under contract with corporations totaled 800 MW, the report said.Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Google LLC is the top corporate wind energy purchaser in the U.S., with 2,397 MW of capacity under contract, the report said. Facebook Inc., Walmart Inc., AT&T and Microsoft Corp. are also top purchasers.In 2019, Walmart purchased the most new wind power capacity of any company, signing agreements for 541 MW, the report said.There were 18 first-time corporate purchasers of wind capacity in 2019, including McDonald’s Corp., which was the first fast food company to contract for wind power, the report said. It purchased 220 MW of new capacity in 2019, “the equivalent of over 1,300 restaurants-worth of electricity.”[Justin Horwath]More ($): Corporations purchased record amount of wind power in 2019 – AWEA U.S. corporations signed contracts for a record 4.4GW of wind power capacity in 2019—AWEAlast_img read more

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Mountain Biking Showdown This Month in Snowshoe, WV

first_imgElite mountain bikers from all over the country have long awaited their turn to tackle the courses of Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.Come July 18-23, Snowshoe’s bike park will prove to be?the?beast of the East- a thrilling hot spot of trails to host a full six days of racing in the?USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships.Bikers of all ages will be flying?against time on Cheat Mountain, home to the epic bike park. Boasting 1,500 vertical feet of descent, this race is not meant for the weak, but for those who are daring,?anyone can register before the cut off date of July 14th at midnight.For those that want to experience the action as a spectator, check out the full racing?schedule?and if you book your stay through Snowshoe for the event, you can even find discounted lodging?if you reserve prior to July 19.The week of events include mens and women downhill, cross-country, dual slaloms, and team relays.?For a look at what the racers will be put through, check out this video preview of the pro downhill course.Make a trip of it with family or friends and catch all the jumps, thrills, and hopefully not too many spills throughout the championships! Award day will be in the late afternoon on Sunday where many racers will leave with pride in their sport, bragging rights, a series of titles, and for the best of the best- there is the coveted and sought after stars and stripes jersey.Don’t miss the chance of a lifetime to see people from all walks of life, skill sets, and ages coming together to do what they love- tearing?up the turf?in the outdoors!last_img read more

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You want change? Come and get some!

first_imgVision:?To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Details The only constant in life is change. That’s been said many times, many ways. Still, one of the things people are most resistant to, afraid of, and hesitant to embrace is––change.Whether you like it or not, change happens. And, it IS happening. Right now and all around you. And, right now people are demanding change. Lots of it. The most difficult changes are the changes you make in you. And if you want things to change around you, the best place to start is right in the mirror.Why is change so difficult?First of all, I prefer the word “transformation” when we’re talking about our own personal change. Transformation is a much more active and a much more inspiring term. To any individual, transformation is the key to living a rich, productive, and satisfying life.I remember after a conference a while ago, a woman challenged me on something I had asked the audience. She said, “OK––you asked us. I’m asking you. Who do YOU want to be in 10 years?”I said, “I don’t know. But I know I don’t want to be the same person I am today!”I learned about this process of transformation as a drug addict. More accurate to say I had to learn the process to survive. I had to transform myself from a loser to a leader. In my case, from a drug addict and dropout to a black belt, then to Sensei.For leaders, transformation is a responsibility. A very important and serious responsibility.Leadership is about a lot of things, but one of the most important is inspiring, directing, and managing change. Being a leader is in itself a process of continual transformation––if you’re doing it right. And the best leaders make change happen––in themselves and in others. Today we call the most successful change leaders “disrupters.”Transformation is simple––not easy. As important as it is, and most leaders agree that it is, change can still be very difficult. Especially transforming one’s self.Step One: Look in the mirror…Seems almost stupidly simple. Right? Then why is it so hard?When you take an honest look in the mirror, you’re going to see some things you don’t like. You’re going to see some things that are painful and sometimes difficult to admit. But you want to see an accurate reflection––warts and all. You can’t treat those warts unless you see them.Step Two: Prioritize…One of the biggest reasons people fail in any transformation is trying to do too much all at once. Pick one area for improvement. Pick just one thing to do––or stop doing and focus on that.Pick whatever you think is going to produce the best or most important result––not necessarily the greatest result. Believe me, when I decided to quit drugs my immediate priority was not to become a black belt, a professional speaker, or a successful entrepreneur. My immediate and most important goal was to get through the next week without using drugs.Only after I established that discipline could I realistically go after bigger goals.Step Three: Solicit reliable support…Emphasis on the word “reliable.” This is especially true for leaders.First of all, you don’t want to surround yourself with “yes men.” You know this. You’ve got to be very careful not to get trapped in an echo chamber that only magnifies any confirmation biases.On the other extreme, you don’t want people who do nothing but criticize and discourage you either. And there are plenty of them––especially people who don’t want to change themselves.Find people who will offer sincere and constructive observation and criticism, preferably people with real experience or insights relevant to your goals, interests, and challenges. Find people who are capable of recognizing and acknowledging actual progress and accomplishments. And find people who understand your fears and the real hardships you may face.This is where coaches and mentors can be such a tremendous help. And it helps to involve people who aren’t “friends and family.” People who are trained to look at you objectively and offer guidance without judgement and without a personal agenda.Step Four: Celebrate your wins…There’s a reason for those belts we give out in martial arts. Each rank is a celebration of the real progress you’ve made. And it’s a reminder that you’re beginning the next phase of learning, growth, and development.Step Five: Analyze your losses and make corrections…Despite what many people say, there are such things as failure and loss. Mistakes are not “just lessons.” They are lessons when you have the courage and fortitude to wring those lessons out of your mistakes and failures.So you see, Step Five is really back to Step One. The process starts all over again. And again. And again.As I said, I learned about this process the hard way. In hindsight, I’m grateful for the hardships I put myself through. I’m also grateful that I’m still alive and not behind bars. Having said that, my experience with transformation can make your process a lot easier, less painful––and I can help you avoid many of the most dangerous obstacles and detours. If you’d like my help, just reach out.To wrap it up, I’d like to share the most powerful lesson I learned through my life in martial arts, and through my transformation from loser to leader…“Perfection is not a destination. It’s a never-ending process.”Those are the words that guide my continual transformation. Those are the words that will shape who I will become over the next 10 years––and beyond.Effective leaders embrace this process. And the very best share it with others. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER?is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??last_img read more

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System breakdown. There was a power outage in Dubrovnik due to an overload of the electricity network. So much for strategic and sustainable development

first_imgYesterday in the evening, there was a power outage at Pile in Dubrovnik and part of the historic core, which did not come even today, which caused mild chaos and the collapse of the system in our main tourist destination – Dubrovnik. According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, not including nautical data, Dubrovnik made its first million overnight stays on 1 June this year, five days earlier than last year. Growth, growth, growth… for whom growth and how to grow further? Who’s crazy here? How can this be normal in the 21st century? Where is the strategic and sustainable development? It is not the tourism itself that is to blame, it is the fault of the people who do not manage all the processes, including the development of tourist destinations and tourism. This problem is not from yesterday, it was only a matter of time, when it will escalate. And this is not only a problem of Dubrovnik, but of all our tourist destinations, in which ten times more inhabitants “settle” in the summer months, and the infrastructure and cities are cracking at the seams. Strategic and sustainable development of a tourist destination. I keep repeating myself, and I turn out to be already funny to myself because I keep repeating myself. The Republic of Dubrovnik was once one of the most advanced countries in the world. And today? And it would not be strange if an isolated case happened, but in the 21st century in Dubrovnik in the middle of the tourist season, and we live from tourism, to collapse the whole network due to too much workload is at least a scandal and unfortunately only more one piece of evidence in a series of how our tourism is evolving by accident. Because how else to explain when during the last 10-20 years of development of the city and tourism, from which millions of kunas are poured into the city treasury, no investment was made in basic and basic infrastructure. Why is there a power outage? “I read somewhere that the caterers and apartment owners are angry, but I don’t think they went to ask HEP how many devices they will install and before that they didn’t care if someone would be left without electricity because of that. It’s a system of connected vessels and, lo and behold, I believe it’s a short-lived malfunction and I hope it will be fixed quickly”Frankovi? concluded for Ve?ernji list. Interestingly, for the mayor of Dubrovnik, it is not the fault of the City or HEP, but of the caterers and apartment owners. Where and in what was the huge earnings from tourism in Dubrovnik spent in the past 10-20 years, if not in the primary thing as strengthening the electricity network in line with tourism growth? We are really funny, after so many years of dealing with tourism, we are falling for basic infrastructure problems. If the city grows and develops, the entire infrastructure must be developed at the same pace, because otherwise the system will break down. We push problems under the rug until a case like this happens and then no one is to blame or everyone is surprised. “The system is overloaded mostly due to numerous air conditioners, but also other things that are there to provide services in the hospitality industry. Obviously all of this together couldn’t stand it so this happened. HEP is otherwise working on improving the system, we used to have significant problems which are now absent to such an extent and electricity is disappearing less, and this is a separate casej ”said Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovi? for Vecernji list he added that he did not see anything dramatic there. The entire tourist development is unsustainable in almost all tourist destinations. As the number of arrivals and overnight stays grows every year, we are shooting more and more at the seams. Through tourism we encourage imports, we live off the classic rent, we raise prices from year to year, without thinking about value for money, and without such an important strategic, planned and sustainable development. Going while going is a mantra, and no one is watching what will be tomorrow. This example from Dubrovnik is the darkness of our tourism, no matter how much one thinks this is an isolated case. Not unfortunately, as was the case with the shortage of manpower, but everyone closed their eyes and pushed the whole system until it cracked until it cracked. The city of Dubrovnik is to blame because the city has not developed strategically, planned and sustainably. From overloading the sewerage network, low water pressure, wild expansion of the city without a defined GUP, to strengthening the electricity network. If we have “one” main sewer pipe, and hundreds of new users are added to it, the logic is that the system will be overloaded and burst. So is the electrical network. Not to mention the parking lot. This is simply unacceptable and incomprehensible in today’s tourist destinations. The same thing with the overload of the electricity network happens every year in Dalmatia where unfortunately it is only a matter of time before the same case happens. Every year the same story – do not turn on the air conditioner so that the electrical network does not break. And all this in the 21st century. The mayor of Dubrovnik points out that I do not see anything dramatic here and that no one should be particularly worried about that. And there is the biggest problem and the biggest tragedy, which the first man of the city does not see as a problem. About the breakdown of the Pile Substation, on request Dubrovnik Herald, commented from Hrvatska elektroprivreda: “Last night, due to an exceptional increase in consumption on the low-voltage network, a transformer in the Pile area burned out. The replacement of the transformer was delayed due to a number of technical and operational difficulties, and mostly due to the impossibility of obtaining a permit for temporary suspension of traffic, which would make it easier to access the location of the fault. The workers of Elektrojug Dubrovnik are taking everything necessary to establish the electricity supply as soon as possible. – reported from HEP for Dubrova?ki vjesnik. How do you explain to guests in the 21st century that there is a power outage? Is it possible thatYes, someone is sabotaging me(my whole life)He is also lobbying against me(my whole life)Someone is sabotaging meMaybe it’s the governmentMaybe they are SerbsMaybe FreemasonsSomeone is sabotaging me- Vojko V – How is that? It is the basic infrastructure. Water, electricity, sewage… If someone is to blame for this incredible omission, it is primarily the city of Dubrovnik that is to blame, and then HEP, which must have known about this problem for years. Where does all the money in HEP ??go if not for the basic maintenance of the electricity network? Why hasn’t the problem that was known been solved a long time ago? Did it really take a break for the entire power grid to react? The question is whether to react in the right way at all and solve the problem in the long run or just right now. Electricity came only in the afternoon. The reason for the power outage is transformer burnout on Pile due overload of the whole system. How do we move forward? Nothing, let’s go on as before, growth, growth and only growth…last_img read more

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Global trade will plunge by up to a third in 2020: WTO

first_img32 percent drop, or more?“If the pandemic is brought under control relatively soon, and the right policies are in place, trade and output could rebound nearly to their pre-pandemic trajectory as early as 2021, regardless of how steep the initial fall is,” Azevedo said.But he warned that “if the pandemic is not brought under control and governments fail to implement and coordinate effective policy responses, the decline could be 32 percent, or even more.”North America and Asia would be hardest-hit and could see their exports plunge by 40 and 36 percent respectively, while Europe and South America could see declines of more than 30 percent, the WTO said.”These numbers are ugly,” Azevedo acknowledged. “There is no way around that.”The downturn “may well be the deepest economic recession or downturn of our lifetimes”, he said, calling on governments to “make the most of all potential drivers of sustainable growth to reverse this situation.”In its main annual forecast, the 164-member WTO pointed out that trade had already been slowing in 2019, before the emergence of the novel coronavirus.Trade tensions, uncertainty and slowing economic growth weighed on global merchandise trade, which registered a slight decline of 0.1 percent in 2019 after rising 2.9 percent a year earlier.The dollar value of world merchandise exports fell by three percent to $18.89 trillion, the WTO said.World commercial services trade fared better last year, with exports in dollar terms rising by two percent to $6.03 trillion, but the expansion was far slower than in 2018, when services trade increased by nine percent, said the WTO. Topics : Worse that financial crisis?However, the situation has taken a dramatic turn since COVID-19 first emerged in China late last year.The WTO said that while the global shock might invite comparisons to the financial crisis of 2008-2009, the situation now was worse.Governments around the world have taken radical measures to try to halt the spread of the deadly virus, including closing schools and public spaces and asking more than half of humanity to remain at home.”Restrictions on movement and social distancing to slow the spread of the disease mean that labor supply, transport and travel are today directly affected in ways they were not during the financial crisis,” it said.”Whole sectors of national economies have been shut down, including hotels, restaurants, non-essential retail trade, tourism and significant shares of manufacturing.”?Developments remained very uncertain, but WTO said countries could ensure a faster and stronger rebound through international cooperation.”A turn towards protectionism would introduce new shocks on top of those we are currently enduring,” Azevedo said.”Keeping markets open to international trade and investment would help economies recover more quickly,” he said, insisting that “we will see a much faster recovery than if each country goes it alone.” The WTO acknowledged that there was huge uncertainty around how the economic crisis around the pandemic, which has infected more than 1.4 million people globally and killed nearly 83,000, would unfold.Stressing that the situation was first and foremost a health crisis, Azevedo warned that “the unavoidable declines in trade and output will have painful consequences for households and businesses, on top of the human suffering caused by the disease itself.”WTO presented two scenarios that it deemed “plausible”, depending on how quickly the pandemic was conquered and the measures governments put in place to dampen the blow.”In an optimistic scenario, our economists see the volume of global merchandise trade falling by 13 percent this year compared to 2019,” Azevedo said.center_img Global trade could plummet by a third this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Trade Organization said Wednesday, warning the deepest recession “of our lifetimes” could be on the horizon.”COVID-19 has completely upended the global economy and with it international trade,” WTO chief Roberto Azevedo told reporters in a virtual briefing from Geneva.The global trade body was projecting that “trade in 2020 will fall steeply in every region of the world, and basically across all sectors of the economy,” he said. That outlook points to a sharp drop in trade followed by a recovery starting in the second half of 2020.last_img read more

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Amazon in talks to buy $2b stake in Indian telco Bharti Airtel: Sources

first_imgReliance’s digital unit has raised $10 billion in recent weeks from Facebook, KKR and others. The talks between Bharti and Amazon are at an early stage and the deal terms could change, or an agreement may not be reached, said two of the three sources, all of whom declined to be identified because the discussions are confidential. An Amazon spokeswoman said the company does “not offer comments on speculation of what we may or may not do in future.” Bharti said they routinely work with all digital players to bring their products, content and services to customers. “Beyond that there is no other activity to report,” it said in a statement. Amazon counts India as a crucial growth market where it has committed $6.5 billion in investments mainly toward expanding its e-commerce footprint. The Seattle-based company has in recent years also expanded its digital offerings in India via its voice-activated speakers, video streaming and cloud storage, as it seeks to tap a rising number of internet and smartphone users in the country of 1.3 billion people.Topics : Amazon.com is in early-stage talks to buy a stake worth at least US$2 billion in Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, underscoring the growing attraction of India’s digital economy for United States tech giants. The planned investment, if completed, would mean Amazon acquiring a roughly 5 percent stake based on the current market value of Bharti, which is India’s third-largest telecoms company with more than 300 million subscribers. The discussions between Amazon and Bharti come at a time when global players are placing major bets on the digital arm of Reliance Industries, which owns Bharti’s telecom rival Jio. last_img read more

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Low stock prices lucrative entry point for investors: Schroders Indonesia

first_imgThe Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), has lost almost 21 percent of its value so far this year despite gaining 10.5 percent in the last month following global and domestic market routs in March. The index gained slightly by 0.03 percent on Wednesday to 4,987.78.“Short-term volatility will remain,” Irwanti said, adding that COVID-19 related news, primarily on a vaccine or cure, would drive the market going forward. However, this should not discourage Indonesians from investing in the local stock market.“Know your asset options and their risks and returns,” she said. “Invest for the long term and take a gradual investment approach because corrections are normal and provide investment opportunities.”Despite the market rout, Schroders Indonesia, whose assets under management reached US$662.6 billion as of last year, is of the view that several stock sectors on the IDX are still resilient amid the volatility. These sectors are consumer goods, health care and telecommunications. Indonesia’s current market rout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a lucrative entry point for investor as stocks prices are now relatively low compared with prior to the outbreak, asset manager Schroders Indonesia has said.“It’s like a sale is happening in the stock market,” Schroders Indonesia investment director Irwanti said during the webinar “Investing in stocks: Best strategies in volatile times”, part of The Jakarta Post’s webinar series “Jakpost Up Close” on Wednesday.“Corrections normally generate long-term gains,” she said. “If you ever spot a long-term gain, you will be able to make a lot.” Meanwhile, the severely impacted sectors are banking, retail, tourism, property and infrastructure.“The consumer sector is among those that are less impacted as it provides people’s basic needs as well as essential services to the public amid the pandemic,” Irwanti said.A rising health-conscious trend has made the healthcare sector more resilient, while the telecommunications sector was among the less badly impacted sectors as people have been working from home to abide by the social-distancing policies, she said, causing people to depend more on telecommunications services.All sectors in the IDX have suffered deep falls ranging from 10 to 32 percent so far this year, bourse data showed on Wednesday. The property, real estate and construction sector suffered the most as its value has plunged 32.5 percent year-to-date.Topics :last_img read more

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