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The subsidy comes in the form of electricity token codes for household electricity meters.“So PLN’s local branches will have to communicate more intensively with village, subdistrict and district officials,” said the ministry’s electricity business development director, Hendra Iswahyudi.PLN kicked off the three-month relief scheme on April 1 to help 31 million of Indonesia’s poorest households to weather the economic shocks of the pandemic. For Indonesia’s bottom 30 percent, electricity is the third-highest non-food expense.The Rp 3.5 trillion (US$223.5 million) relief scheme subsidizes electricity for 11.82 million prepaid PLN customers whose power consumption falls within the 450 volt ampere (VA) and 900 VA categories, the two lowest tiers out of six such categories under prevailing regulations. The electricity relief scheme is also being given to 19.3 million postpaid PLN customers from both the 450 VA and 900 VA categories.These customers are already eligible for government-subsidized electricity but the emergency relief further slashes their bills to 50 percent for 900 VA customers and 100 percent for 450 VA customers.PLN said in a statement on April 9 that all the prepaid tokens were “uploaded” and thus “all prepaid customers may enjoy the free tokens from the government”. The company did not explicitly state whether all tokens were distributed.Of the 1.2 million families living in remote areas, around 400,000 of them are located in the highly impoverished Maluku, Papua and Nusa Tenggara islands, all of which fall within the jurisdiction of PLN regional director Ahmad Rofik.Ahmad told The Jakarta Post that PLN would deploy its local service unit (ULP) offices, which had better internet connectivity, to print the token codes. Offices would then coordinate with subdistrict and village heads to distribute the codes to eligible families.“A region has to have some locations with internet connectivity. And the locals will know where they are,” he said.Ahmad noted that distributing postpaid discounts was easier. PLN needed to only deduct electricity bills before customers paid for them through the usual channels, such as ATMs and PLN offices.Energy analyst Fabby Tumiwa of the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) commended the government for the electricity discount scheme, saying that it was important “to address the decline in household buying power and income” amid the pandemic.However, the scheme also “had potential to be off target” as many urban informal workers who live in rented homes above the unsubsidized 900 VA category will not receive any electricity subsidies even though the pandemic has affected their income.“The short-term solution is for the government to quickly identify these vulnerable groups and prepare supporting instruments, aside from electricity subsidies,” he said. Topics : Over a million Indonesian families living in internet dead zones have been unable to access a government-funded electricity relief scheme being distributed online.An Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry official said on Tuesday that as many as 1.2 million families lived in regions with poor connectivity and thus were unable to access both the WhatsApp account and the website of state-owned electricity company PLN, which is distributing the electricity.These households, most of which are prepaid customers of PLN, are eligible for an electricity subsidy as part of the government’s relief program for residents affected by COVID-19.
The latest ABS data doesn’t look good for the building industry.The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its latest data on the Australian building sector — and it’s not pretty.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoAccording to the analysis, seasonally adjusted approval numbers for total dwellings fell 13.4 per cent in March after rising for two months.Not surprisingly, unit and other housing are bearing the brunt of the downturn with a seasonally adjusted fall of 22.5 per cent in the March result for private sector housing excluding dwellings.Detached housing fell by 4.3 per cent across the same measure.The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total buildings approved fell 15.5 per cent in March following a rise of 22.6 per cent in the previous month.On a state-by-state comparison of trend estimates, Queensland saw a rise in total building approvals of 0.5 per cent in March, second only to New South Wales which experienced a three per cent gain in their trend figures.
Press Association He told the Chronicle: “I’m not concerned about any of them slipping away. I think that we are in the market still. We will pay what we think is the right price.” Newcastle have consistently refused to budge on their valuation of a player since adopting their now tried and tested approach to transfers, and have seen a series of potential signings go elsewhere as a result. However, their offer for Gomis remains on the table after Lyon rejected their latest bid, while they have been encouraged in their quest to land Aston Villa’s Bent, although Fulham too are maintaining an interest in the England international. Remy turned down the chance to join the Magpies in January, but suffered relegation with QPR and appears to be available once again. But owner Mike Ashley continues to look for value and there is little prospect of the club paying what they consider to be over the odds for players. Pardew said: “We have done that ever since we have been here. We have always managed to get somebody over the line and I think we will this time. They are all very much on the radar. We will pursue them until we get them.” Pardew was at least able to welcome Papiss Cisse back into the fold on Tuesday night as the Senegal international returned from his exile and scored in a 2-0 friendly victory at St Mirren wearing the club’s new Wonga shirt. It was Muslim Cisse’s first outing since he agreed to end his boycott of the sponsor’s branding on religious grounds. A delighted Pardew said: “All strikers need to score goals. It gives them that added confidence. It was a fabulous goal and I was very pleased with it. He was under a lot of pressure last night. We love him and we embraced him. He worked so hard. Alan Pardew has warned that Newcastle will not be held to ransom as they continue their pursuit of their striking targets. “That was a reflection of it all last night because you don’t score a goal like that without working hard. Fair play to him because he hasn’t been around the group this pre-season.” Meanwhile, midfielder Dan Gosling is ready to fight for his future at St James’ Park after seeing a proposed move to promoted Crystal Palace fall through earlier this month. He told the club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk: “There was obviously something last week which was meant to be happening, but it didn’t go through, so I’m still a Newcastle player and happy to be a Newcastle player. “I love being here, the fans are great with me and I just want to continue playing football. We have a very talented group of players at this club, but every time I get the opportunity to play, I will give it everything I’ve got.” The Magpies hope to hold talks with Darren Bent’s advisors this week, while their offer for Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis remains on the table and they continue to investigate the possibility of a loan move for QPR’s Loic Remy. Progress has been slow to date with director of football Joe Kinnear as yet unable to deliver on his bullish promise of an early breakthrough following his appointment. However, Pardew is still hopeful of getting the men he wants, but only if the deal is right.
Un Atout suffered an odds-on reverse as he made his return to the racecourse in the Buy Your Go Racing In Kildare Badge Beginners Chase at Punchestown won by Mala Beach. Press Association The 5-6 market leader was soon back in the contest, but faded away in the closing stages as Robbie Colgan took charge on Gordon Elliott’s Mala Beach (11-8), who stepped up on his second to The Tullow Tank on his fencing bow as he cleared away to score by 16 lengths from Sumos Novios. Elliott, recording a swift double after Don Cossack in the John Durkan, said: “He’s a fair horse and I’ve always liked him. I think he’ll be even better on soft ground. “He’s in all the novices over Christmas but I’ll have to chat with Chris (Jones, owner) as he’s away for Christmas. “He’s a good, big staying horse and the further he goes the better. Something like the four-miler at Cheltenham would do me nicely. “I know Willie’s horse made a bad mistake, but I think our fella is a nice horse. “It’s been a good day and it’s nice to get a few winners.” Rock The World was sent off the 8-11 favourite for the CBRE Property Advisors Supporting Kilmacud Crokes Rated Novice Hurdle and never gave supporters a moment’s concern as he came home an untroubled winner. Robbie Power always looked at ease on Jessie Harrington’s six-year-old, and having slipped past the front-running Tawseef on the turn for home, his mount raced well clear before beating A Sizing Network by seven lengths. Harrington said: “He was entitled to do that. Maybe the ground was a bit heavy for him the last day and maybe he didn’t totally stay. He will go to Leopardstown at Christmas now. There was talk of a handicap hurdle next weekend but that might be a bit quick.” On Impulse was running for the first time for the Ted Walsh yard in the 2015 Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle and the result was never in doubt once Davy Russell jumped to the front two out on the 5-2 shot, who raced eight lengths clear. The trainer said: “He did it well. He had a good run in Naas and the winner (Free Expression) won a Graded race since, so he upheld that form. He’ll jump a fence in time. He’s a grand horse, no superstar, but if he stays sound and goes the right way he’ll make a nice three-mile chaser.” Russell quickly doubled up when Charles Byrnes’ well-backed 15-8 favourite Lite Duties took the Kelly Bradshaw Dalton Supporting Cavan GAA Handicap Hurdle. A winner at the track last month, the progressive sort was given a 10lb hike in the ratings for that but shrugged off the imposition, easing into the lead going well on the home turn and jumping the last clear before beating Irish Bulletin by five lengths. The Weatherbys Ireland GSB Handicap Chase went to Henry de Bromhead’s 3-1 favourite Grand Jesture, who led two out under Johnny Burke and got the better of Sadler’sflaure to win by three and a quarter lengths. The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was having his first start in 590 days – and making his chasing debut – having not run since winning a Grade One novice hurdle at Punchestown in April 2013. But he made a catastrophic error at the final fence on the first circuit, ploughing through it and then going down on his haunches.
It is suggested the bigger clubs are now generally unwilling to give opportunities to younger coaches due to the pressure for success at the top level. Wenger believes the competition at the top end has become more intense. He said: “The media pressure is maybe bigger than a few years ago but the problem is still the same. “In the big clubs, you have to have a good record to win your games, but as well you have better players to do it. “Maybe what has changed is the competition in England is bigger and you have six or seven clubs who can fight at the start of every season to win it. That means five or six will be very sad at the end of the season.” But the Gunners boss thinks Manchester City already have a man of “super” calibre in their top job in Manuel Pellegrini. Vieira, one of Wenger’s most influential former Gunners captains, is currently the manager of City’s elite development squad. Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Patrick Vieira has the credentials to become a successful manager. Recent speculation over Pellegrini’s future has seen the Frenchman mentioned as a potential successor to the Chilean at the Etihad Stadium. Wenger was asked about this possibility at his latest press conference but, while backing Vieira’s ability, did not want to be drawn into the matter. Wenger said of Vieira: “I believe like many other players he has the intelligence and the competence to do this job, but I believe that Pellegrini is of super-competence and super-quality as well – so if you want me to interfere in that, I am not ready to do it.” Pellegrini’s position has come under scrutiny as City have collapsed in the Barclays Premier League title race in the second half of the season. The defending champions were joint top in January but are now fourth after a dismal three months in which they also went out of the Champions League and FA Cup. A host of names have been linked with Pellegrini’s job – also including Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez – but City have given no indication they are considering a change. What is in little doubt, however, is the club’s high regard for Vieira. Since retiring as a player in 2011, the 38-year-old has been a key staff member at City, first in an administrative role and then as boss of the second string. He is regarded as first-team management material in the future.
Speaking about the stoppage to the host broadcasters, the umpires said, “The setting sun is the eyes of the players and we need to think of the safety of the players as well as umpires. There was an awareness of it by the players [ they didn’t appeal]. The good news is we have an extra 30 minutes, so we should be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-overs match.” The mayor of Napier, Bill Dalton, said they were aware of the problem and they are committed to making Napier a world-class sporting outlet.”We were very conscious that this would happen and had made a plan for it. The idea was to We are working through with a plan to sort this issue. We are absolutely committed to make this the biggest multi-use sports ground in New Zealand. After the problem we had with the moisture few years back, I had to speak a lot to the press than waiting before a match,” Dalton said. The venue had faced an other extreme in 2017, when an ODI between Australia and New Zealand was washed out due to the ground not having proper drainage.pic.twitter.com/k7BvHGnTH4— Mushfiqur Fan (@NaaginDance) January 19, 2019There have been several weird stoppages to a cricket game in the past. With a swarm of bees stopping a game in Johannesburg between South Africa and Sri Lanka to a car running onto the pitch in a Ranji Trophy game in Palam, this incident adds to the list of cricket being stopped by elements other than rain or bad light.New Zealand were bowled out for 157 with Kuldeep Yadav taking 4/39 and the hosts will require something special if they have to restrict this power-packed Indian cricket team. Play was halted by sun in Napier during India’s chase.New Zealand were bowled out for 157.The Super Smash game in Napier was also stopped due to sun. New Delhi: One has heard about cricket matches being interrupted due to rain, bad light or wet outfield. However, in the first ODI in Napier between India and New Zealand, there was an interruption due to the sun. Yes, play was suspended in the Napier ODI due to bright sunshine, which was shining directly in the eyes of the batsmen. The incident occurred in the 11th over of the Indian chase as Shikhar Dhawan failed to spot a ball that was bowled by Lockie Ferguson. The batsman had a chat with the umpires and the decision was made to suspend play until sunset. The problem is pretty unique in Napier. Most cricket grounds in the world are aligned in the North and South direction but here in McLean Park, the ground has an east-west orientation, posing problems to batsmen when the sun is setting. This is actually not the first time that a match in Napier has been affected due to the sun shining directly on to the eyes of the batsmen. It happened in a Super Smash Twenty20 fixture between Central Stags and Canterbury Kings. The two on-field batsmen went back to the pavilion and play resumed only after sun rays moved away. The whole game was completed without any interruptions. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights
India will play their first league game against South Africa. Virat Kohli will lead Indian team for the first time in World Cup. Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar are two all rounders for India. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup is just a few days away and the excitement among fans has already reached the highest echelon. Teams, on the other hand, are working regressively with the full fortitude to keep no box unturned. The semi-finalist of 2015 World Cup, India have arrived in England and Wales and have started their preparations for the mega event.The former India wicket-keeper Chandrakant Pandit believes that the comeback man Kedar Jadhav will play a crucial role in the national team’s campaign beginning in the UK on May 30.Pandit has tracked Jadhav’s progress since his younger days, having coached the Maharashtra U-23 side. “He (Kedar) has definitely has a lot of talent and what he has proved in the last couple of seasons that he is a utility player and the best part is that Virat Kohli has used him for his all-round ability and not only for batting. You think he is a part-time bowler, but he has been successful,” Pandit, who now coaches Vidarbha, told PTI. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Pandit said he always knew that Kedar had it in him to play at the highest level.”The good thing is that he has shown a cool temperament. In the middle-order he has the ability to win the game. A player like him would be ideal for 5/6 position.”I am sure that they have a good option if they think about Kedar. I have seen him from beginning and I always found that he was talented. I am happy to see that he has shown tremendous progress, coming at this level and proving himself, he has done justice to his talent.”Pandit said India are one of the favourites to win the World Cup.”After playing the IPL and other series, it’s a different ball game considering the pressure of the World Cup. I think, considering the team combination and selection, that is one of the best team which I could see going on this tour,” said Pandit.India, who had their first training session at the Oval on Thursday, begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Pandit, a wicket-keeper himself, also said that Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps will be of big help to the bowlers.”I’m sure that the confidence level which he (Dhoni) is going to provide young players who are going to bowl in this World Cup under pressure. He is also going to be dangerous player in the slog overs,” Pandit concluded. highlights
May 22, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee authorized moving forward in talks with the league on returning to play from the coronavirus suspension, approving 24 teams making the playoffs with other aspects still to be negotiatedThe NHLPA did not provide a breakdown of the vote of its 31 player representatives in making the announcement Friday night, a day after the proposal was presented to the union’s executive board. In giving the format the green light, the NHLPA stressed several details still need to be negotiated before games can begin.Under the plan proposed by the NHL/NHLPA Return To Play committee, the top four teams in each conference would play each other in a mini-tournament for seeding. The remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup.The proposal will now go to the NHL board of governors, which is expected to approve the plan in the next few days. Once approved, the proposal effectively ends the season of the league’s bottom seven teams.Items still unresolved include potential game locations, when players can return to their respective teams and what non-playoff teams will be allowed to do during what could potentially become a 10-month break between games. While NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league has a plan in place, he stopped short of providing details by saying it would be premature to do so at this time. Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette forward Brendan Bailey is bypassing his final two seasons of eligibility to pursue a pro career.The son of former NBA player Thurl Bailey had entered his name into consideration for the NBA draft in April but still had the option of returning to school. Bailey and Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Friday that Bailey was indeed moving forward with his pro career.The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 7.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 25.3 minutes this past season, starting each of Marquette’s 30 games as the Golden Eagles went 18-12.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam, but fate is hazy Anderson gets restructured extensionJONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson has received a restructured contract extension that runs through 2023.Anderson took the job before the start of the 2014 season. He has led the Red Wolves to a pair of Sun Belt Conference titles and six consecutive bowl appearances. He is one of just two active Group of Five head coaches to lead their programs to at least two conference championships and six bowl games since 2014.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MARQUETTE-BAILEYMarquette’s Bailey entering NBA draft VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSHall of Famer Ewing treated for COVD-19UNDATED (AP) — Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.The Hall of Fame player and former Knicks center says the virus is serious and should not be taken lightly, adding that he wanted to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of themselves and their loved ones. Ewing also thanked the healthcare workers and everyone on the front linesThe school said the 57-year-old Ewing is the only member of its men’s program who has contracted the coronavirus. UNDATED (AP) — “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded guilty to paying half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as part of a college admissions bribery scheme.Under their proposed deals, Loughlin hopes to spend two months in prison and Giannulli is seeking to serve five months. But the judge said he will decide whether to accept the deals after considering the presentencing report, a document that contains background on defendants and helps guide sentencing decisions.FEMALE ATHLETES-FORBESForbes slides Osaka past Serena has highest-paid female athleteUNDATED (AP) — Naomi Osaka has unseated fellow tennis star Serena Williams at the bank. UNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets are giving Joe Flacco a chance to continue his NFL career.Flacco has signed a one-year deal to serve as Sam Darnold’s backup, giving the Jets a veteran presence under center. Flacco led Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory following the 2012 season and spent 11 years with the Ravens before playing for Denver in 2019.He started eight games for the Broncos, completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions before a neck injury caused him to miss the last two months of the season.Flacco has completed 61.9% of his passes for 40,067 yards, 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions.He was waived by Denver in March with a failed physical designation but is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp in the summer. — Alabama-Huntsville is dropping men’s hockey and men’s and women’s tennis as part of budget cuts in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Men’s hockey had been the lone Division I sport for Alabama-Huntsville.—A group of Power Five baseball coaches led by Michigan’s Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the 2022 season. Under the proposal, there would be nine weeks of preseason practice instead of five, the regular season would run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series would wrap up the last week of July.—The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall. Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says the club withheld 50% of the allotment as a “proactive” measure should the NFL use social distancing guidelines.— Watford manager Nigel Pearson says two more of his players are in self-isolation after family members tested positive for the coronavirus. The unnamed pair join Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and two staff who went into isolation this week after they tested positive in the English Premier League’s first round of testing. Pearson said the team’s two new cases came from people they had contact with testing positive for COVID-19, even though the players’ own tests were negative.FOOTBALL RECRUIT-SHOOTING Star college football recruit charged with attempted murderACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) — A high school football player designated as a star recruit for colleges by ESPN is accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.Luke Hill faces charges including attempted first-degree murder after allegedly firing gunshots that struck a home in Accokeek, Maryland, on Monday night. That’s according to charging documents obtained by The Washington Post.Hill is a defensive back who graduated from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore after withdrawing from St. John’s College High during his junior year. He had committed to play at the University of Oregon, but Coach Mario Cristobal told The Oregonian that he was cut from their program this spring.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-ARKANSAS STATE-COACH Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-OBIT-SLOANJazz great and Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan diesUNDATED (AP) — Jerry Sloan was a tenacious shooting guard before becoming one of the winningest coaches in NBA history. Update on the latest sports The Utah Jazz say Sloan died Friday at 78 following complications related to Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.Sloan was an All-Star for the Chicago Bulls in 1967 and ’69. An outstanding rebounder at 6-foot-5, he averaged 14 points and 7.4 boards in an 11-year career spent almost exclusively with the Bulls.But it was his coaching ability that put him in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Sloan coached the Jazz for 23 seasons, guiding them to the NBA Finals in 1997 and ’98 before losing to Chicago each time. He currently ranks four on the NBA all-time list with 1,221 victories.NFL-NEWSJets get Flacco to back up Darnold In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:—The Southeastern Conference is allowing voluntary athletic activities to occur on each of its campuses starting June 8, at the discretion of each university. SEC officials noted the workouts would take place “under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.” The SEC had suspended all athletic activities through May 31 due to the pandemic. College football national champion LSU announced it will resume voluntary workouts for players on June 8 in accordance with the decision.— The Arizona Diamondbacks have started individual workouts as baseball begins a measured return to play from the coronavirus pandemic. A small number of players worked out at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Salt River Fields, their spring training facility about 20 miles away in Scottsdale. The players were separated as much as possible to follow league-mandated guidelines, and the workouts were cleared by Major League Baseball.—Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he thinks college football will return on schedule with some level of fans in the stands. Abbott has already issued new rules to allow youth sports leagues to resume in June and for some professional leagues to hold events without spectators. But the state rules have so far not touched college sports.— The Big Sky Conference will reduce conference schedules in men’s and women’s basketball from 20 to 16 games. The decision by the conference’s President’s Council will be a one-year adjustment to help members cut expenses during the pandemic and have more flexibility in nonconference scheduling. In other NFL news:— The Seahawks have signed running back Carlos Hyde to a one-year package. Hyde is coming off his best NFL season, rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns for the Texans. The six-year veteran has had three seasons of at least 900 yards rushing.— Packers defensive lineman Montravius Adams was arrested in Georgia this week and charged with marijuana and driving offenses. He was stopped Tuesday on suspicion of driving with a suspended registration and no insurance, according to a Houston County Sheriff’s Office report. It was not immediately clear why police had such suspicions.NHL-PLAYOFF VOTENHLPA approve playoff proposal Forbes.com says Osaka is the top-earning female athlete, ending Williams’ four-year run atop the list. Forbes says the 22-year-old Osaka earned $37.4 million over the past 12 months from endorsements and prize money, eclipsing Williams in that span.Forbes said Osaka’s total is a one-year record for a female athlete, topping the previous mark of 29.7 million set by Maria Sharapova in 2015.Osaka is No. 29 overall, with Williams at No. 33, on Forbes’ annual list of the 100 top-earning athletes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC – Minnows Ireland arrived here last Saturday to begin their limited overs series against West Indies which bowls off in 10 days with a day/night One-Day International at Kensington Oval.Ireland are scheduled to play a three-match series in both the ODI and Twenty20 format, marking the first time the two teams will face each other in a full series.Both white-ball sides will be led by Andrea Balbirnie, who last month succeeded William Porterfield.Graham Ford, Ireland’s head coach, said the tourists were excited about the possibilities on the Caribbean tour.“There is a confidence and self-belief around the camp which comes from recent successes, and we’re looking to build on that in 2020,” he said recently.“Being our first-ever multi-format tour of the Caribbean, there is certainly a bit of a buzz around the squad and, come the seventh of January, we’ll be more than ready to begin what is an exciting year in Irish cricket.”The second ODI is also scheduled for Kensington Oval here on January 9, with the Grenada National Stadium hosting the final ODI.Grenada will also stage the opening T20 International on January 12 before Warner Park in St Kitts plays host to back-to-back matches on January 18 and 19.West Indies have beaten Ireland in seven of 10 ODIs and two of four T20s to date.SQUADS:ODI – Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.T20I – Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.Full schedule (all times local)ODIsJanuary 7, Kensington Oval, Barbados, 13:00hrsJanuary 9, Kensington Oval, Barbados, 13:00hrsJanuary 12, National Cricket Stadium, Grenada, 09:30hrsT20IsJanuary 15, National Cricket Stadium, Grenada, 13:00hrsJanuary 18, Warner Park, St. Kitts, 18:00hrsJanuary 19, Warner Park, St. Kitts, 18:00hrs