The pollster surveyed 304 “opinion leaders”, including academics, NGO members, journalists and businesspeople, to evaluate the leaders’ COVID-19 responses.“[This is] because this group is expected to have quality information to be more critical of authority,” Indikator Politik Indonesia executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi said during the release of the survey on Thursday.According to the survey, which was conducted in July, Anies had the greatest “sense of crisis” and Ridwan had the best public communication. Ganjar trailed close behind his fellow governors, Burhanuddin said. Read also: Public trust in Jokowi’s COVID-19 response declines, survey findsThe pollster chose seven governors considered potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election, namely Anies, Ridwan, Ganjar, Banten Governor Wahidin Halim, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi and South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah.Anies earned a score of 72.9 out of 100 in the “sense of crisis” category, followed by Ridwan (72.1), Ganjar (72.0), Khofifah (64.5), Nurdin (64.4), Wahidin (63.5) and Edy (62.6).Ridwan earned a score of 73.4 out of 100 in “public communication”, followed by Ganjar (73.2), Anies (72.1), Khofifah (65.7), Nurdin (64.1), Wahidin (62.4) and Edy (62.4).Ridwan also earned the highest score in “coordination”, which involved maintaining communication among different parts of the state apparatus and business sectors, with a score of 72.4. He was followed by Ganjar (71.9), Anies (71.6), Khofifah (64.5), Nurdin (64.0), Wahidin (63.6) and Edy (63.1).Topics : A recent survey of “opinion leaders” has named three popular governors the best regional respondents to the COVID-19 crisis within a limited group of candidates.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo emerged prominent among the seven governors in the survey, which was conducted by Indikator Politik Indonesia.
Blake Succa and the Badgers will be hard pressed to get a win against a Creighton team that has won four consecutive games against Wisconsin.[/media-credit]After only two games at home, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team gets back on the road this weekend to take on No. 16 Creighton.Sporting a 1-4-1 record, the Badgers are still looking for another win, as their only victory came in the first game of the season. Hitting the road to face the Bluejays Friday, though, will be a tough challenge.Creighton is 5-1-0 on the season, returning six starters from last season. The Bluejays also have a new head coach this year in Jamie Clark, who previously coached at Harvard where he brought the team to the NCAA tournament two years in a row.“For a team like that – I played some guys this summer – they’re fast, they’re strong,” sophomore defenseman Kyle McCrudden said. “It’s hard to prepare for a team like that – high intensity practices. Hopefully we’ll come out this weekend and just play well.”The last time Wisconsin and Creighton matched up was in 2006, when the Badgers fell 1-0 at home. Overall, Wisconsin is 2-6-1 against Creighton. In their last four meetings, the Bluejays have bested the Badgers, something UW hopes to change this year.“We started off on the road for the first four games, we’ve been traveling a lot and then we had a home stretch here this last week,” freshman defender Blake Succa said. “We’ve had a few days off. We know they’re going to be a big challenge for us so we rested up for two days and [Wednesday] we got back in it. We had a pretty hard practice knowing that we’ll have [another] day of rest.”With a solid defense already in place, Wisconsin is now looking to get their offense rolling. In the spots they missed last weekend at home – connecting on passes and controlling the ball in front of the opponent’s goal – the Badgers are hoping corrections will bring more success.“We’re doing a lot of focusing on our top of game play, which is positioning,” junior defenseman Arnel Zahorivic said. “Keeping the ball in small areas and then distributing it out wide. Just keep working on that and keep building so we can use that against Creighton. I think we’ll be very effective with that.”Despite all the work put in during practice, UW knows Creighton will still be one of its biggest challenges this year. For the young team, playing a top-20 team is certainly a helpful experience.“We’ll give it our best shot,” Succa said. “It’ll be a challenge, but I think it’ll be good for us.”Heading back on the road again will serve as a test for the Badgers. So far this season, the squad has been learning a lot with every game. While the Badgers feel they are continually improving, going on the road against a tough team will show how far the team has come.“We’re developing as well,” Zahirovic said. “If we just keep working hard, keep improving, I don’t see why we couldn’t put up a challenge against them. After all they’re just another team just like us.”
She is separated, and he is single. That’s enough to set tongues wagging. If their closeness has raised eyebrows, their friendship has been questioned. Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora’s proximity has been under the radar for some time now. In fact, their closeness has been attributed as one of the reasons behind Malaika and Arbaaz Khan’s split. But that’s just a rumour, or at least Arbaaz and Malaika say so.When after 18 years of marriage, once-upon-a-time happy couple Malaika and Arbaaz decided to call it quits, their fans were in for a shock. And it was then the name of Arjun made way to the juicy columns of tabloids. More than often, Arjun’s name was taken in the same breath as that of Malaika-Arbaaz’s separation. Soon enough, the rumours of an affair between the two started doing the rounds. In fact, buzz has it that Boney Kapoor had asked Arjun to stay away from Malaika for some time because he didn’t want his son to rub Salman Khan the wrong way. The Ki and Ka did pay heed to his dad’s advice and stayed away from Malaika for some time. But the actor soon decided to throw caution to wind when he was spotted outside Malaika’s house at wee hours of the night last year. After her separation with Arbaaz, Malaika has been living in Tuscany Heights with their son Arhaan. While Arjun’s team had apparently vehemently denied the rumour, the reports of them rekindling their romance spread like wildfire.advertisementMalaika later cleared the air and in an interview to DNA said, “Arjun is a very good friend of mine. But people give a very different meaning to it, which isn’t true.”In fact, in an official statement Malaika and Arbaaz said, “We are not separated because of a third random person, like there were stories of a friendship between a businessman and Malaika.”But that did not lead to the rumours dying down. While the two decided to keep a low profile, they kept on meeting at various events on and off. However, it’s been a while since the two were spotted together.But it all changed this weekend when Arjun and Malaika were seen under the same roof. The rumoured lovebirds attended a party in Mumbai on Saturday.While Malaika looked stunning in a white shirt and blue top, Arjun sported a casual look. However, the two carefully avoided being photographed together.(Photos: Yogen Shah) ALSO READ: Has Arjun Kapoor’s father asked him to stay away from Malaika Arora? ALSO READ: Did Malaika Arora-Arjun Kapoor pretend to ignore each other on seeing Sohail Khan? ALSO WATCH: Ranbir-Katrina to Brangelina, the celebrity splits of 2016