Modelo & Desmond Howard Team Up for a College Football Playoff National Championship Sweepstakes Honoring the 30th Anniversary of His Iconic Punt Return

Modelo, the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff, is celebrating fans and plays that demonstrate The Fighting Spirit


To celebrate 30 years since Howard’s 1991 punt return, Modelo is set to reward fans with free beer if a game-defining play that demonstrates the fighting spirit of college football occurs in the national championship game.

CHICAGO, Jan. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The final two teams are set and Modelo, the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff (CFP), is celebrating the fighting spirt of college fans and game-changing plays by teaming up with Desmond Howard around the CFP National Championship. To celebrate 30 years since Howard’s 1991 punt return, Modelo is set to reward fans with free beer if a game-defining play that demonstrates the fighting spirit of college football occurs in the national championship game.

Should a punt be returned for a touchdown – one of the most thrilling plays in football – in the 2022 CFP National Championship on Monday, January 10, Modelo will reward 300 lucky college football fans with free beer for the entire 2022 college football season.*

As part of Modelo’s ongoing sponsorship of the College Football Playoff, fans also have the chance to win tickets to the 2023 CFP National Championship in Los Angeles. For a chance to win both prizes, fans can tweet @ModeloUSA using #CFPFightingSpiritSweepstakes and #21+, during the Promotion Period.

“When you watch a game as a fan, you live for those game-changing, or even season-changing, moments that make it all worth it, and it’s no different for the players,” Howard said. “They are putting in the work every day to get where they are today and have a chance to show their fighting spirit and compete for that CFP National Championship trophy. That is why I’m thrilled to recognize these plays and the fans that fuel this sport with Modelo.”

Earlier this season, Modelo entered a multi-year sponsorship as the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff and gave away tickets to this year’s title game to bring fans closer to the action. Whether it’s battling for that extra yard, a game-changing interception or the last-second field goal, Modelo sees true fighting spirit in college football and its passionate fanbase.

“Modelo is excited to join the roster as an Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff because the tenacity and determination of these programs embody the Fighting Spirit mentality,” said Greg Gallagher, Vice President of Brand Marketing, Modelo. “All season we live to see plays that define the course of a game. That’s why we are partnering with, and paying tribute to, Howard and his iconic play – by giving fans the chance to celebrate their own fighting spirit well into next season.”

As the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff, Modelo will host activations in Indianapolis for fans attending the national championship weekend festivities, including the Modelo’s Fan Bus at Playoff Fan Central at the Indiana Convention Center and three-days of concerts at Monument Circle, where fans can enjoy Modelo as well as receive custom printed Modelo gear.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., 21 or older. Starts 12:00 AM ET on 1/3/22 and ends 11:59 PM ET on 1/10/22. The Modelo Special Teams, Special Rewards Sweepstakes is sponsored by Crown Imports LLC. No alcohol awarded with prizes. Void where prohibited. For complete details, see Official Rules at

*Awarded in the form of a $108 gift card

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Born in 1925 in the small town of Tacuba, Mexico, Modelo has been bringing distinctive high-quality beer to people ever since, including Modelo Especial®Modelo Negra®, and a flavorful lineup of Modelo Cheladas. Modelo Especial is a golden, full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager with a clean, crisp finish. As the #1 imported beer in the U.S., Modelo Especial recently surpassed 150MM cases sold in 2021. The Modelo family of beers are exclusively brewed, imported and marketed for the U.S. by Constellation Brands.

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Groups welcome decline in deforestation in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

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JAKARTA — Deforestation inside Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem, home to some of the rarest species on Earth, declined in 2021 to its lowest level in seven years, following a surge in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Leuser is known for being the last place on Earth where critically endangered Sumatran rhinos, tigers, elephants and orangutans coexist. It spans the northern half of Sumatra, covering nearly 2.3 million hectares (5.7 million acres) within the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra. Satellite monitoring from local NGO Forest, Nature and Environment of Aceh (HAkA) shows that 4,472 h… Continue reading “Groups welcome decline in deforestation in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem”

Iveco Group debuts on the Milan stock exchange with opening bell ceremony and first day of trading


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Turin, 3rd January 2022. Today, on the Euronext Milan, Italy, trading in shares of Iveco Group N.V.
(MI: IVG) began. The newly listed Group is formed from the demerger of the Commercial and Specialty Vehicles, Powertrain, and related Financial Services businesses from CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI). In celebration of the first day of Iveco Group, Gerrit Marx, Chief Executive Officer, rang the traditional opening bell of the Euronext Milan.

The stock market debut of Iveco Group heralds the launch of a solid, major international industrial enterprise; an independent ‘pure player’, with over 170 years of history in the sector through its various Brands. From trucks, buses, firefighting, and civil protection vehicles to powertrain solutions for on- and off-road, marine, and power generation, Iveco Group designs, produces, and sells a full range of Commercial and Specialty Vehicles and Powertrains, supported by the related Financial Services.

With a strong focus on innovation and the development of advanced and sustainable solutions, including reduced- and zero-emission powertrains, cloud-connected driver assistance systems and the exploration of emerging autonomous driving technologies and entirely new business models, Iveco Group is able to deliver these competitive strengths through the creation of innovative and mutually beneficial partnerships. With its 8 brands, 29 manufacturing plants, 31 research and development centres, and a workforce of around 34,000 people, Iveco Group is present around the world with a strong base in Europe.



Speaking at the opening bell ceremony, CEO Gerrit Marx said: “Our first day of trading marks a historic milestone as we become a fully independent company. I want to thank our Chair, Suzanne Heywood, and our Board of Directors for bringing this spin-off operation to completion and the entire Iveco Group team for taking on the challenge and dedicating extra effort to see it through. We have all the requisites needed for long-term success, including solid foundations, a focused team, and a clear strategy, which will allow us to move quickly, innovating and partnering to create better solutions in today’s fast-changing environment. We are also ready to face the global challenges of climate change, directly calling upon the Environmental, Social, and Governance dimensions of our public responsibility. We are committed to transforming not only our business but also our industry, backed by our track record of pioneering solutions in the most advanced fields of road transportation and propulsion, including alternative fuels, autonomous driving, and new business models. The entire Iveco Group team and I are profoundly grateful for the years we shared with CNH Industrial and are confident that our former colleagues will continue to make strides in agriculture and construction. We are excited to begin this next chapter, conscious that we will be facing challenges, but guided by a clear path and vision: we are definitely on the road to a new energy future”.

Iveco Group N.V. (MI: IVG) is a global automotive leader active in the Commercial & Specialty Vehicles, Powertrain, and related Financial Services arenas. Each of its eight brands is a major force in its specific business: IVECO, a pioneering commercial vehicles brand that designs, manufactures, and markets heavy, medium, and light-duty trucks; FPT Industrial, a global leader in a vast array of advanced powertrain technologies in the agriculture, construction, marine, power generation, and commercial vehicles sectors; IVECO BUS and HEULIEZ, mass-transit and premium bus and coach brands; Iveco Defence Vehicles, for highly-specialised defence and civil protection equipment; ASTRA, a leader in large-scale heavy-duty quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus, the industry-reputed firefighting vehicle and equipment manufacturer; and IVECO CAPITAL, the financing arm which supports them all. Iveco Group employs approximately 34,000 people around the world and has 29 manufacturing plants and 31 R&D centres. Further information is available on the Company’s website:

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QR codes to monitor COVID-19 spread in schools: ministry

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek) is encouraging the use of technology, such as Quick Response Codes (QR codes), for monitoring COVID-19 spread in educational clusters.

“We encourage the use of technology to monitor the development of the pandemic in each educational unit. For example, we have already prepared a Quick Response Code (QR code) for each school,” the ministry’s secretary general, Suharti, PhD., said during a webinar on policy adjustments for the implementation of limited face-to-face learning (PTM), accessed from here on Monday.

Schools with no QR codes have been asked to contact their respective educational service since the ministry has prepared QR codes for each school, she informed.

With QR codes, schools will be able to monitor the vaccination status of students, teachers, and staff, she said. If someone is infected with COVID-19, the school will receive a notification to carry out further monitoring, she disclosed.

“This aims to ensure that those who are infected as well as their close contacts can get immediate treatment from the nearest health unit,” Suharti explained.

She said she hoped that the provision would help protect the health of students, teachers, school staff, and their families.

The government’s decision to start conducting limited face-to-face learning is for the greatest good of the community, Suharti said. The implementation of online learning had put pressure not only on students, but also parents and teachers, she noted.

One study conducted by the World Bank had indicated a decline in students’ abilities during 0.8 to 1.3 years of online learning, she said. The learning loss has been quite big considering that the pandemic has not been around for two years, but it has set students back by more than one year, she explained.

In addition, there has been a visible learning gap between children from rich and poor families, Suharti noted. Children who come from the middle-up family level have easy access to education since their parents have completed the average education level and are able to provide guidance to them, she informed.

Meanwhile, children from the middle-low family level have limited access to education, with no guidance from their parents who themselves lack an education, she added.

Source: Antara News

Indonesia cuts isolation period for citizens returning from abroad

The Indonesian government has shortened the quarantine period for Indonesian citizens returning from abroad, including those arriving from countries with a high number of Omicron cases.

Earlier, international travelers from countries with high Omicron cases had to undergo 14-day isolation, while people arriving from other countries were prescribed a 10-day quarantine.

“It has been decided that the 14-day quarantine will be shortened to 10 days, while the 10-day quarantine will be cut to 7 days,” Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, announced at a press conference following a public activities restrictions (PPKM) evaluation meeting here on Monday.

He also emphasized that the government will not give dispensation to international travelers and strictly refer to the rules promulgated by the Instructions of the Home Affairs Minister.

The coordinating minister also urged the public to remain disciplined in following the health protocols.

“Discipline is the key—whether in wearing masks, getting vaccinated, or washing our hands,” he remarked.

As of January 2, 2022, the total number of confirmed Omicron cases in Indonesia has reached 138, consisting of 135 imported cases and three local transmissions, he noted.

Although the number has continued to increase, Pandjaitan, who is also the coordinator for Java-Bali Regional PPKM, said that Indonesia’s readiness to handle the Omicron variant is currently better than last year.

This readiness has been demonstrated by intensive vaccinations, sufficient supply of medicines, and adequate capacity of hospitals and health workers, he said.

“We have readied everything required for the handling. Thus, our preparations are better compared to our readiness in June 2021. In addition, our quarantine management has been more organized,” the PPKM coordinator added.

The COVID-19 Task Force has set up isolation sites for nine entry points of Indonesia, comprising Jakarta, Surabaya city (East Java province), Manado city (North Sulawesi province), Nunukan district (North Kalimantan province), Batam city and Tanjung Pinang city (Riau Islands province), Entikong district and Aruk village (West Kalimantan province), as well as Motaain Hamlet (East Nusa Tenggara province), he informed.

Source: Antara News

Booster vaccine dose research to conclude on January 10: Minister

Research on the COVID-19 booster vaccine dose for increasing antibody levels in the bodies of Indonesians is to be completed on January 10, 2022, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin stated.

“The Indonesian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ITAGI) has been conducting the research. It is expected to be completed on January 10, 2022,” Sadikin remarked while delivering a press statement on public activities restrictions, or PPKM, here on Monday.

According to the minister, the government requires some 230 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for booster vaccination targeting around 21 million Indonesians. Meanwhile, some 113 million doses stored in a state-owned storage facility are available and ready for use.

The type of vaccine to be given as boosters to the general public can be the same or of a different brand from the previous dose inoculated, he pointed out.

“What is interesting is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued a policy for Moderna’s booster to be half dose because of its side effects post-immunization,” he explained.

Sadikin highlighted that if the research results of ITAGI and the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) indicate that neither the full or half dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines give a distinct effect, then the booster dose will be given half.

Sadikin noted that the scheme can be applied to the State-owned Healthcare and Social Security Agency BPJS Kesehatan’s fund assistance beneficiaries, who will receive the vaccine for free through government subsidies.

“If there is no difference in effectiveness between the half dose and full dose, then we can give half dose. If so, most of the vaccine requirements can be met from the free ones,” he added.

However, the entire scheme is still under discussion involving health experts. “The report of results will come out from the ITAGI team on January 10, 2022,” he pointed out.

Earlier, President Joko Widodo had determined that the booster vaccination program in Indonesia will start on January 12, 2022.

Source: Antara News

Staff should work harder to achieve target in 2022: Minister

Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar has called on his ministry to work even harder to achieve the performance target in 2022.

Iskandar noted that the ministry had delivered several achievements throughout 2021, such as success in implementing the merit system and the first rank within the SAPK Implementation and CAT Utilization Achievement within employee recruitment.

Internally, the Village Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) data collection program and the effort to direct villages to achieve the indicators in the Village SDGs showed remarkable progress, he noted in his written statement here on Monday.

“These achievements should not make us complacent, but they should motivate us to achieve a better result this year,” the minister affirmed.

He expects the mistakes in 2021 to not be repeated in 2022. The ministry faces several minor issues that should be addressed this year.

For instance, there is a gap in comprehensive understanding regarding the direction of the village development policy and also pertaining to the leadership, state civil apparatus (ASN), and non-ASN level within the ministry.

“The weak capacity of the ministry’s employee to collaborate is causal to the ambiguous and insecure nature of the ministry’s position,” he remarked.

“There are also those, who deem Village SDGs as only the ministry’s project, despite the fact that this is the direction of the national policy in village development and the villagers’ empowerment,” he added.

Iskandar also emphasized that the ministry should commence the integrity and anti-corruption campaign movement and Village SDGs development direction campaign.

In addition, it needs to ensure that the border and outer regions become Indonesia’s strengths and are free from the seeds of radicalism and acts of violence that could disrupt the nation’s unity.

Moreover, at the start of 2022, there should be a comprehensive report on program execution, activities in accordance with each work units’ tasks, and synergy between the ministry’s internal staffs and with external parties.

Source: Antara News

New Year’s resolutions must be well thought out: psychologist

New Year’s resolutions must be well thought out to minimize disappointment if things do not go according to plan, a psychologist from the Central Java Indonesian Psychological Association (Himpsi), Ketty Murtini, has said.

“New Year’s resolutions must be made in calculation and must be followed by clear planning for reducing disappointment and preventing psychological disorders,” Murtini said in Purwokerto, Banyumas District, Central Java, on Monday.

At the beginning of each year, people make resolutions, express hope for, and pray for the things they want to achieve or realize, she noted.

Psychologically, resolutions need to be created so that people can summon the enthusiasm and fighting power to achieve them, but they must be accompanied by a thorough plan, she said.

The plan must clearly state what steps need to be taken for realizing the goals, which path needs to be chosen, or what preparations must be made, she explained.

By breaking them into measurable steps, efforts towards making resolutions can be adjusted to the conditions and capabilities of each individual, she highlighted.

The key is careful and mature planning, such as contemplating what stages of the goal can be realized, she said.

“So, if one fails to realize the resolution goal, they have the things to evaluate, and disappointment is not the main feeling,” she elaborated.

Moreover, Murtini said, people also need to evaluate whether the resolutions that have been made in the previous years have been achieved.

Failing to realize resolutions is natural, she added. However, the cause needs to be learned: although some of the goals could not be achieved, there may have been small things that were achieved along the way, she expounded.

“This is where the role of evaluation and planning (takes over), so individuals are not confused and understand themselves better,” she said.

Long-term disappointment and sadness can cause psychological disorders, therefore, well thought out New Year’s resolutions can prevent mental problems in the future, she added.

Source: Antara News