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


first_imgPECO’s franchiseas sole power distributor in Iloilo City expired on Jan. 19 this year. Itfailed to secure an extension from Congress over several issues such as poorcustomer relations, erroneous billings, power failures, high rates, etc. Among others,Amular noted the Supreme Court’s pronouncement that the issue of the franchiselaw’s constitutionality would be like a prejudicial question to theexpropriation case as it would be a waste of time and effort to appointevaluation commissioners and debate the market value of the property sought tobe condemned if it turns out that the condemnation was illegal. Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN MORE Power scored a big legal win lastweek. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court En Banc stopped theimplementation of the ruling of the Regional Trial Court in Mandaluyong Citydeclaring two sections of MORE Power’s franchise law void and unconstitutional. However, it remains unclear when willthe Regional Trial Court Branch 35 here resume the proceedings of theexpropriation case against PECO. Inordering the suspension, PresidingJudge Daniel Antionio Gerardo Amular cited supervening events. On the other hand, MORE Power filed anexpropriation case to take over PECO’s power distribution system. The RegionalTrial Court Branch 35, however, suspended the proceedings last month. The mayor warned of dire consequencesif the uncertainty on the power distribution here lingers indefinitely. According to the Supreme Court,the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) it issued should remain in effect untilfurther orders from it. “Indipwede nga indi sila ka-decision (Courts cannot not make decisions). Ang bilog nga syudad apektado dasun ga-inagipa ang iban nga korte (The whole city is affected while some courts aretaking their time). Indi pwede ‘na (Thisis not acceptable). Are they telling us to take the law in our hands?” saidTreñas. ILOILO City – Already “exasperatedwith some courts”, Mayor Jerry Treñas appealed for speedy resolution to thedragging legal battle between Panay Electric Co. (PECO) and MORE Electric andPower Corp. (MORE Power). “Indi pwede angkorte mag inagi (courts can’t be sissies). They will have to decide one wayor the other,” he said. MORE Power secured a 25-year powerdistribution franchise here in February. But PECO questioned the franchise’sconstitutionality. The case is now with the Supreme Court. “The question ofconstitutionality is of paramount importance in the interest of legal andprocedural fairness in view of the novelty of the case,” said Amular. “Indeed, theruling of the Honorable SC will guide this Court whether the authorityconferred upon the plaintiff as a quasi-public corporation by Congress has beencorrectly or properly exercised by it,” he added. MORE Powerpresident Roel Castro said the latest Supreme Court ruling was “a manifestationof the rule of law.” “Konang korte mag inagi kag magpalagyo (Ifcourts become feeble and cowardly) then you are opening the whole situation forpeople to take the law into their hands,” said Treñas, a lawyer. Treñas said it is the responsibilityof courts to resolve legal issues to maintain order in society. “With the issuance of the TRO, MOREPower is confident that the lower court will take its cue and decisively ruleon the Application for the Issuance of the Writ of Possession. With all duerespect, the law and rules are clear: Upon compliance with the requirements, apetitioner in an expropriation case is entitled to a writ of possession as amatter of right and it becomes the ministerial duty of the trial court toforthwith issue the writ of possession,” Castro said./PNlast_img read more

Morikawa faces major expectations after PGA Championship win

first_imgBy Frank Pingue(REUTERS) – Collin Morikawa displayed nerves of steel in the final round of the PGA Championship golf on Sunday where the young American fended off a slew of big names to grab his first major and ensure he will no longer fly under the radar.“In only his second career major start, the 23-year-old Morikawa was a model of precision at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco where he finally pulled away from a tight leaderboard with a remarkable drive that set up a late eagle.“In the strokes-gained era, this is the first time a player has ever led in fairways hit, proximity to the hole and strokes-gained putting,” said Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee.“You put all that together and it’s just not fair that somebody after 29 events on the PGA Tour has all of those skills and has their whole career in front of them.” Morikawa, who last month picked up his second career PGA Tour win, was not on anyone’s radar at the year’s first major until firing a 65 in the third round that left him two shots back of the leader.In the final round he delivered the drive of his life at the par-four 16th which led to an eagle that all but clinched the Wanamaker Trophy and cemented his place among the cast of young standouts in the golfing world.“There’s a maturity there that at 23, it shouldn’t exist,” former British Open champion Justin Leonard said of Morikawa. “The skillset that he has is a little different than what we see in a modern young player.”PGA Championship runner-up Paul Casey, who finished two shots back, praised Morikawa’s maturity and said the previously unheralded American will remain a force. “There’s always a lot of — there’s always kind of a new wave,” English Ryder Cup veteran Casey said.“There’s always a bunch of guys that rock up on the scene, and he didn’t necessarily get the most publicity out of the group he was in, but you know, I can consider myself veteran; I’ve been around the block, so I know talent when I see it.”Morikawa, who was 65th in the rankings at the end of 2019, shot up seven places to world number five after his win, is eager to relish the spotlight and anything but complacent after the biggest win of his career.“When I woke up (on Sunday), I was like, this is meant to be. This is where I feel very comfortable. This is where I want to be, and I’m not scared from it,” said Morikawa. “I think if I was scared from it, the last few holes would have been a little different, but you want to be in this position. “It doesn’t stop here. I’ve got a very good taste of what this is like, what a major championship is like.”last_img read more

Shohei Ohtani’s first homer, solid relief work help Angels cool sizzling Twins

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a Mike Trout single off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs reacts after giving up a walk to Minnesota Twins’ C.J. Cron in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings at an incoming pitch for a go-ahead two-run home run during the third inning of Monday’s game against the Twins in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, follows through on a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the third inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, back second from right, runs the bases on a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios, left, in the third inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 13: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins with third base coach Mike Gallego #86 as he rounds the bases during the third inning of the game on May 13, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani, center, of Japan, and Mike Trout, right, head to the dugout after Ohtani’s two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios (not shown) in the third inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. Twins catcher Jason Castro, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Twins’ Jorge Polanco, right, is forced out at second base on a fielder’s choice as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella attempts a double play which failed in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Angels’ Mike Trout, left, congratulates Tommy La Stella after La Stella’s go-ahead solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the sixth nning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — There is a recipe for winning baseball that uses ingredients the Angels already have in the cupboard.The Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Monday night, showing what can be accomplished with a deep lineup and a strong bullpen.Shohei Ohtani’s first homer of the year and Tommy La Stella’s surprising 10th homer provided the bulk of the offense on a night the Angels had 15 hits, including 12 against Twins ace José Berrios.It was only good enough for a one-run lead after Tyler Skaggs had labored through five innings, leaving the bullpen to maneuver through 12 outs. “We’re dangerous, one through nine,” La Stella said. “I think in the beginning we had some bad luck, but hopefully it’s starting to turn for us.”La Stella, who also had three hits, belted his homer just in time for Skaggs to be the pitcher of record, even though he’d already thrown his last pitch of the night.Overall, it took Skaggs 101 pitches to get through five innings. He walked three, including two of the first three batters of the game, and he started only 11 of 24 hitters with a strike.“I’ve got to cut down on the walks,” Skaggs said. “The home runs today, they hit some bad pitches. But the team picked me up.”He also got bailed out by Brian Goodwin making a catch with his back to the fence to end the fourth, saving at least two runs.“Luckily, our offense and our bullpen are our strength right now,” Skaggs said. “As a starting staff we need to pick it up, and we’re going to.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Then the Angels’ hitters took over.In the third, Berrios left a pitch over the middle and Ohtani crushed it 429 feet to left-center, knocking it off the scoreboard above the bullpens. The two-run homer put the Angels up 3-2.An Albert Pujols opposite-field single – one his three hits – pushed the lead to 4-2.After Skaggs gave up the lead by allowing a Marwin Gonzalez homer in the fifth, La Stella restored the Angels’ lead with an opposite-field homer against Berrios in the sixth.The first opposite-field homer of La Stella’s career continued his surprising season.“What we heard is he gives you a professional at-bat, but not a lot of power,” Ausmus said. “What we’ve seen is a professional at-bat, he gets his hits and he has hit homers.”Mike Trout also had three hits against Berrios, as he continues to pull out of his uncharacteristic slow stretch.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Justin Anderson struck out the side in the sixth, Ty Buttrey worked two innings, and then Hansel Robles closed it out, netting the Angels an encouraging victory.“That’s an outstanding job,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Buttrey got through two innings. Anderson looked really sharp and Robles closed it out. They did an excellent, excellent job.”Buttrey said the relievers fed off each other to produce the perfect night.“I think everyone is raising the bar for the next guy,” Buttrey said. “Ando did a great job and I wanted to continue the pattern and Robles did the same thing. … Ando comes in and strikes out the side, and I’m trying to strike out the side, and Robles is too.”They did so against the Twins (25-15), who came into the game with baseball’s best winning percentage, largely because of a powerful offense. They showed that power in the first inning when Jorge Polanco belted a two-run homer, one of two two-run homers allowed by Skaggs.last_img read more