Jokowi expects normal prices for staple foods as Ramadan approaches

first_img“We also have to ensure the logistics works smoothly because the staple food needs to be available in the markets,” said Jokowi.“I expect the home minister to reprimand regional leaders who close roads in an effort to make sure the logistics are free from disruption. Yesterday, I received reports from two regions that the distribution of rice was disrupted because some roads were closed.”As of Thursday, there are 1,790 confirmed COVID-19 cases across the nation, with 170 deaths and 112 recovered cases. Jakarta became the national epicenter of the outbreak, accounting for 897 confirmed cases, more than half of the national figure.As such large-scale social restrictions were expected to hit people with low incomes the hardest, the government was allocating Rp 405 trillion for, among other things, health care and social safety net programs, including the Family Hope Program, Staple-Food Card, Preemployment Card and electricity subsidies.Read also: Government expedites imports of staple needs to stabilize pricesThe government has launched social safety net programs aimed at helping low-income people make ends meet while going into self-quarantine. Many citizens, especially poor ones, had ignored the government’s instruction to stay at home because they had to go to work.President Jokowi had also urged religious and civil society organizations to encourage people to implement social distancing measures.The government had declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency, imposing large-scale social restriction measures. It temporarily suspended schools and offices, as well as religious and public activities.“It is important to tell them the importance of hand washing, reducing mobility outside their homes, wearing face masks and implementing large-scale social restrictions, which is in line with the health protocols both inside and outside their houses,” said Jokowi.Topics : The Jakarta office of Statistics Indonesia (BPS Jakarta) recorded that the average price of sugar in the capital city had risen by 20.62 percent to Rp 15,583 per kg, while garlic rose by 0.21 percent to Rp 44,465 per kg.Read also: Staple foods safe, but masks, sanitizer gone from markets as consumer behavior shiftsApart from ensuring supply, the government planned to prevent the commodity’s distribution from being disrupted as some regions across the country were closing roads in an effort to enforce large-scale social restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.A number of regions had closed major roads and borders, as well as enforced curfews to prevent the disease from spreading, including Tegal in Central Java, Bandung in West Java and Balikpapan in East Kalimantan. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says he expects the prices of staple needs to return to normal as the government works to ensure enough supplies for the upcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan, slated to start on April 23.“I have checked with Bulog [the State Logistics Agency] and regions regarding the harvest. I see that rice, meat, egg, sugar, wheat and other staple needs are still in good condition,” Jokowi said during an online meeting with his ministers on Thursday.Authorities had been procuring additional supplies of staple foods to prevent their market prices from surging ahead of Ramadan. Among the commodities are sugar, the price of which was expected to be about Rp 12,500 (76 US cents) per kilogram, and garlic, which would cost between Rp 20,000 and Rp 30,000 per kg.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Celebrates Landmark Animal Protection Legislation Becoming Law Today

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter 5.    Grants civil immunity for veterinarians and veterinary techniciansShields licensed doctors of veterinary medicine, technicians, and assistants who report animal cruelty in good faith from lawsuits. 3.    Increased penalties for animal abuseNeglect Penalties: Summary offense (up to 90 days in jail and/or a $300 fine) OR misdemeanor of the third degree (up to 1 year in jail and/or $2,000 fine) if neglect causes bodily injury or places the animal at imminent riskCrueltyPenalty: Misdemeanor of the second degree (up to 2 years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine) Aggravated crueltyPenalty: Felony of the third degree (up to 7 years in jail and/or a $15,000 fine) 2.    Added protections for horsesCurrently, most crimes against horses are graded as summary offenses — similar to traffic and littering violations.This law aligns penalties for crimes against horses with penalties for crimes against dogs and cats. 4.    Ensures convicted animal abusers forfeit abused animals to a shelterRequires forfeiture of animal of anyone convicted of a felony violation and allows for fortitude upon other convictions.center_img Animal Welfare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that the first significant strengthening of Pennsylvania’s animal protection statutes in nearly 30 years, Act 10 of 2017, becomes law today.“Today is a day of celebration as the animal abuse statue overhaul officially becomes law,” said Governor Wolf. “For far too long we have heard stories of neglected and abused animals who suffered or died because of deplorable treatment and horrible living conditions. I am proud that we will now hold our pet and animal owners to a higher standard of humanity. I again want to thank our partners and advocates for their work in making this law possible.”Earlier this summer, the governor signed the package of bills, which includes Libre’s Law. The updated measures clarify the definition of abuse and raise penalties and training and education programs are being developed to prepare authorities responsible for protecting animals through identification and prosecution of animal cruelty crimes.Five key components of the legislation include:1.    Improved tethering conditions for outside dogsNo more than 9 hours tethered in 24-hour period.Tether must be the longer of 3 times length of dog or 10 feet.No more than 30 minutes in 90+ or -30-degree weather.Must have water and shade.Must be secured by an appropriate collar — no tow or log chain, nor choke, pinch, prong, or chain collars.Tethered space must be clear of excessive waste.No open sores or wounds on the dog’s body. Governor Wolf Celebrates Landmark Animal Protection Legislation Becoming Law Today August 28, 2017last_img read more

PensionsEurope warns of ‘continued threat’ of IORP capital requirements

first_img“To me this does not sound very single-market but rather like a problem on a national level,” Segars added.According to the PensionsEurope chairman, EIOPA plans to present Barnier’s successor – to be appointed next year following the European elections – with a fully-fledged proposal for solvency requirements for pension funds.“There is a continued threat of new solvency rules for occupational pensions, she warned.EIOPA has previously said it would be conducting a total of five consultations on issues impacting the Holistic Balance Sheet (HBS), including the recently concluded one on sponsor support.Segar stressed that Europe could not “have a one-size-fits-all solution” and pointed out a risk and solvency assessment for pension funds (ORSA) could lead to a lot more work for pensions funds, as well as increased need for external advice by consultants – which was “good news for consultants”.She called on the European Commission to focus more on the “real pension crisis Europe was facing” rather than increasing regulation.“Sixty percent of EU citizens have no access to workplace pensions, but I seldom hear the Commission talking about expanding occupational pensions,” criticised Segars.Meanwhile, she noted the market still expected a new IORP II proposal to be published before Christmas but added that she expected “they [the Commission] meant this Christmas”, referring to previous delays. The threat of the European Commission introducing solvency rules for pension funds remains, the chairman of PensionsEurope has warned.In May, internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier announced that the Commission would postpone the introduction of capital requirements, part of the revised IORP Directive’s first pillar. Joanne Segars, also the chief executive of the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds, told the PensionsEurope conference in Frankfurt this week: “The proposals are not dead yet and EIOPA [the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority] continues to do work on that issue.”She added Barnier still wanted to see a level playing field established for the various pension providers.last_img read more

PGGM calls for integration of ESG ‘veto’ for all asset classes

first_imgDutch pension fund manager PGGM is to develop its ESG integration by expanding its expert “veto” policy into all asset class investments.The €178bn asset manager currently operates a policy where ESG-dedicated investment staff sit on investment committees with the right to veto transactions that do not meet set standards.Eloy Lindeijer, CIO at PGGM, said this policy allowed the manager to incorporate ESG and responsible investment decisions at the core of its business.However, the manager is now looking to expand this policy and have responsible investment staff sitting in all asset class departments. Speaking at the World Pension Summit in The Hague, Lindeijer described the policy as a “powerful change”.“[ESG staff] have strong representation on investment committees with the ability to veto transactions if they do not meet the standards we have set on perhaps remuneration,” he said.“We are now thinking about integrating this group further.”He said the team had been kept separate for many years but added that, as the fund moved from “responsible investing 2.0 to 3.0”, it needed more integration.“We are thinking about integrating the staff into the [asset class] departments,” he said.“We have not quite figured out we might do this, but, ultimately, we want to have [responsible investing] fully integrated into the whole process.”He also called on other investors wanting to increase or develop their approach to responsible investing to copy the system.“[The team] are a powerful force,” he said. “If you’re starting to think about setting up ESG practices, you should give this power to someone in your organisation who can work on develop policies and has a veto.”Lindeijer also praised the support of client PFZW, adding that its goal to be ESG-focused had given the asset manager a strong foundation to incorporate these policies.PFZW, the pension scheme for healthcare workers, recently committed to quadrupling its sustainable investments and halving its carbon footprint in six years.Peter Borgdorff, managing director of the €152bn fund, earlier told delegates a scheme’s responsibility was not only to provide income in retirement but also to help build a world members want to retire in.PGGM also reaffirmed its commitment to the Dutch housing market, as Lindeijer said the manager was now very much on the buy-side, after reducing exposure in recent years.“It is a good example of what a long-term investor should be doing,” he said.“When the market was overheating and overvalued, we were pulling back. It has dropped 20% in value, and rental incomes are good value, so we are on the buy-side.”Other Dutch pension funds have also delved into real estate and mortgages, with growing demand for the asset class, replacing government bond holdings.last_img read more

TGS, PGS to Expand Seismic Data Library Offshore Eastern Canada

first_imgTGS and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) have announced plans to expand their jointly owned multi-client library offshore Eastern Canada. The new Cape Broyle 3D survey, to be acquired during summer 2017, will comprise approximately 3,500 km2 of 3D GeoStreamer data in the South Eastern Newfoundland region.Pre-processing of the initial GeoStreamer signal will be performed by PGS, following which TGS will perform data processing.Final data will be made available to clients in 2018, ahead of the 2019 licensing round under Newfoundland Labrador’s Scheduled Land Tenure system.In addition, in mid-May, TGS and PGS will start a 2D seismic campaign in East Canada comprising approximately 22,000 km of 2D GeoStreamer data.Following completion of these surveys, the jointly-owned library will have more than 175,000 km of 2D GeoStreamer data and 14,750 km2 of 3D GeoStreamer data, TGS said.“This seventh consecutive season of data acquisition will expand our seismic coverage in Newfoundland Labrador where we have a strong track record of success. These projects will provide modern, high quality seismic data to E&P companies to support their drilling activities and prepare for upcoming licensing rounds,” said Kristian Johansen, CEO of TGS.“We have experienced significant interest for our multi-client GeoStreamer data in the Newfoundland Labrador area, and continue to position ourselves for upcoming lease sales in this increasingly attractive exploration region,” added Jon Erik Reinhardsen, president & CEO of PGS.The projects are supported by industry funding.last_img read more

Real Madrid star not interested in Newcastle switch

first_imgThe Welsh international has been linked with a move away from Los Blancos following Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club in 2019.However, after a move to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang fell through last summer, he still remains the subject of intense transfer speculation. Loading… The Magpies have become the latest side to be linked with a big money move for the 30-year old, with their club takeover by the Saudi Public Investment Fund expected to be completed next month.Read Also: Newcastle takeover stalls over Premier League checksBut despite their reported interest, the former Tottenham man has not changed his stance of wanting to remain in Madrid this season.Bale has been steadfast in his insistence he wants to stay at the club, with two years still to go on his contract in the Spanish capital.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is not interested in a summer move to Premier League side Newcastle United, according to reports from the Daily Star.Advertisement Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?last_img read more

AG Curtis Hill secures $19.5 million Equifax settlement for Hoosier consumers

first_imgStatewide—Attorney General Curtis Hill announced that Indiana will receive $19.5 million under a settlement reached with Equifax following Indiana’s lawsuit against the company over its massive 2017 data breach.Indiana was one of two states that opted not to participate in a multistate settlement in July 2019 — choosing instead to file its own lawsuit and ultimately negotiate its own settlement with Equifax, one of the world’s largest credit-reporting bureaus.Hoosiers who may be eligible for restitution payments through Indiana’s specific case should watch for further announcements and follow a claims process to be outlined at a later date. The Equifax data breach, which occurred from May 2017 through July 2017, affected approximately 147 million Americans, including 3.9 million Indiana residents. It compromised Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers and credit card information. Indiana’s lawsuit notably contained allegations about Equifax’s failure to adequately secure consumers’ information; misrepresentations related to Payment Card Industry security standards; misrepresentations about the status of Equifax’s information security; failure to notify Indiana consumers in compliance with Indiana law; and failure to maintain reasonable security procedures.last_img read more

Barca meet Leganes in Copa, Real Madrid to face Zaragoza

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Barcelona have been drawn at home to fellow La Liga side Leganes in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, while Real Madrid will visit second division Real Zaragoza. Barca and Real are level on points at the top of La Liga. Leganes are 19th in the table while Zaragoza, who were relegated from the top flight in 2013, are fourth in Spain’s second tier. Cup holders Valencia will play away to third division Cultural Leonesa, who caused one of the biggest shocks in the competition’s history by knocking out Atletico Madrid on Thursday. Thirty times winners Barca had an uncomfortable last-32 game at third tier Ibiza but eventually came from behind to win 2-1. Real meanwhile beat Unionistas de Salamanca, also of the third division, 3-1. The matches will be played on January 29.Tags: FC BarcelonaLa LigaLeganesReal MadridReal Zaragozalast_img read more

Sagna wait goes on for Gunners

first_img Press Association The 31-year-old France international will be a free agent in the summer and has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, with the likes of Inter Milan, Paris St Germain, Galatasaray and Manchester City all said to be interested in acquiring his services. Wenger remains hopeful Sagna, who joined from Auxerre in July 2007, will eventually opt to stay on with Arsenal, with a deal, understood to be for two more years, having been on the table for some time. “At the moment they (talks) are not progressing. We know what we want from him, he knows what is on the table and that is where we are,” said Wenger. “The ball is not in our camp anymore, it is in his camp, and he needs to come back to us.” Arsenal host Newcastle on Monday night looking to cement their place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League ahead of Everton. Captain Thomas Vermaelen is expected back from a hamstring problem. However, midfielder Abou Diaby will not be rushed into a return from a serious knee injury after reporting a slight groin problem after playing for the Under-21s in midweek, which was what his first action since suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Swansea in March 2013. “Diaby played one half [for the under-21s]. How far away he is is difficult to say, but he had a little groin problem after the game so will not be available for Monday,” said Wenger. Defender Kieran Gibbs is still sidelined by a hamstring problem, while England midfielder Jack Wilshere continues his recovery. “Jack is progressing well. He is is still on target to be with our team in the last couple of games,” Wenger added. center_img Arsenal are no closer to tying up a contract extension for defender Bacary Sagna, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed. last_img read more

‘Bad day’ for Van Gaal

first_img United racked up six straight wins against some of the best teams in Europe during pre-season, but they were given a reality check in Van Gaal’s first Premier League game. Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson found the net either side of a Wayne Rooney scissors kick to give the Swans a surprise 2-1 win at Old Trafford. Some of United’s build-up play was slow, they lacked pace up front, and organisation at the back. Van Gaal’s toughest task of his reign so far will be picking his men up for next week’s trip to Sunderland. “We have built up a lot of confidence and then it shall be smashed down because of this result,” Van Gaal said. “We are not reaching our level. That’s the main thing. Because of that we didn’t play as a team.” Van Gaal claimed on Friday that Rooney struggled to handle the pressure of being Manchester United captain in Tuesday’s friendly win over Valencia. The United manager thinks many more of his players buckled under the pressure of trying to make a positive start to the season following last year’s dire showing under David Moyes. “I saw a lot of players looking very nervous, making the wrong choices and that is a pity,” the former Barcelona coach said. “These players have to forget that expectation because that is Manchester United. “You have to cope with that pressure. That is also a process. “But we have to know that it is only one game of many games. “You shall not be the champion at this moment. You shall be the champion in May.” With nine players out through injury, Van Gaal handed debuts to Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard. The duo performed reasonably well, although Lingard had his afternoon cut short thanks to a tackle from Ashley Williams. The 21-year-old left the stadium on crutches and looks set for a spell on the sidelines. Van Gaal’s men got off to the worst possible start when Ki turned home Sigurdsson square pass and the Iceland international drove past David De Gea in the second half after accidentally being teed-up by Wayne Routledge’s mis-placed shot. When asked whether he thought he needed to add new players to his squad, Van Gaal said: “Yes, but I thought that before this match. “I know in what positions we need better players. But you have to buy only when the player can fulfil the way of playing that I ask.” One plus-point for Van Gaal is that Robin van Persie is close to full fitness following his late return from the World Cup. “We are now training with Robin for three weeks so the point that he can come in to the selection is closer now,” said Van Gaal, who left his compatriot out of his matchday squad. Garry Monk was delighted to have led Swansea to their first league win at Old Trafford. The Swans are among the favourites to go down this year, but Monk thinks his team can go on to surprise a few more people. “Nobody gave us a chance before the game, but we can be better than that,” the Swansea manager said. “We can be sharper and improve in certain areas, but today we were right in many aspects, and we got the right result. “I’m very pleased overall. We were very good today and showed a great attitude. Hopefully we can have more days like this.” Press Association Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United’s shock home defeat to Swansea is likely to “smash” the confidence of his players. In typical Van Gaal style, the Dutchman pulled no punches after the final whistle. The new United manager criticised his players for being nervous. He also said they lacked confidence and did not play as a team. In fact, the 63-year-old said his first official game in charge of the 20-time English champions was the stuff of nightmares. “When you have preparation time and you win everything and your first match you lose, it cannot be worse, I believe,” Van Gaal said. “It’s a very bad day for us. “It’s very disappointing for the players, the fans, for me, and the staff.” Van Gaal swept into Old Trafford with a swagger after pre-season wins over a sextet of teams with 35 European trophies between them. But on a chilly afternoon in Manchester, United were brought back down to earth. last_img read more