PREMIUMMajor flood paralyzes Jakarta, forces thousands to evacuate

first_imgLinkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account Topics : Forgot Password ? Facebook Heavy rains that battered Jakarta two days in a row caused citywide flooding on Tuesday, throwing the capital city into disarray and inhibiting transportation.Several commuter line trains, Transjakarta buses and Jak Lingko (public minivan) routes serving Greater Jakarta had already been disrupted for two consecutive days. Tuesday’s flooding made the disruptions worse.Commuter Line trains serving the Bekasi to Kota, Bogor to Kota and Bogor/Depok to Angke/Jatinegara routes had to stop at Manggarai Station, while trains serving the Bekasi to Kota route stopped at Pasar Senen Station.The electricity supply to 20 Transjakarta bus stops was cut on Tuesday morning, disabling electric ticket readers. Twenty-two Transjakarta bus routes and 14 Jak Lingko routes were suspended, while 12 other routes were diverted on Tuesday morning. The majority of Transjakarta bus routes had resume… Jakarta-flood flood inundation flood-mitigation transjakarta commuter-line commuter-trains Transportation school power-cutlast_img read more

Govt expects GDP growth near 5% in 2021 as pandemic still haunts economy

first_imgThe government expects Indonesia’s economy to grow between 4.5 percent and 5.5 percent in 2021 as it assumes the COVID-19 pandemic will still cast a shadow over business activity, according to the macroeconomic assumption for the 2021 state budget plan.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday that the 2021 state budget would be mainly used to support economic recovery, including a rebound in the manufacturing industry, tourism and investment, as well as to improve the national healthcare system and social safety net.“This is expected to revive the national economic contributors that are currently facing challenges from the COVID-19 [pandemic],” Sri Mulyani said in a House of Representatives plenary meeting on Tuesday. The government had projected spending of Rp 2.54 quadrillion, or around 15 percent of the GDP, in the original 2020 state budget, while collecting Rp 2.23 quadrillion in revenue, resulting in a projected deficit at Rp 307.2 trillion or 1.76 percent of the GDP.However, as the coronavirus pandemic hit the economy, the government now expects state revenue collection to drop by 10 percent, forcing the budget deficit to widen to 5.07 percent of GDP or Rp 852.9 trillion as the government set aside Rp 436.1 trillion in extra spending to cope with COVID-19 impacts.The government also projected Tuesday that the rupiah exchange rate would move in the range of Rp 14,900 to Rp 15,300 a dollar next year and the yield of the benchmark 10-year bond would be within a range of 6.67 percent to 9.56 percent. The government expects inflation to hover at 2 percent to 4 percent.Oil lifting in 2021 is expected at 677,000 to 737,000 barrels per day, while gas lifting is seen at 1.08 million to 1.17 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.”The government is indicating that the economy would turn to normal by 2021 even though the outbreak is hard to predict,” Josua Pardede, an economist at Bank Permata said. “We think this is too optimistic, as next year’s target is almost the same as this year’s projection.”The initial 2020 state budget plan assumed economic growth at 5.3 percent, higher than the 5.02 percent achieved last year. However, the government has lowered its target to 2.3 percent for this year under the baseline scenario, and to a contraction of 0.4 percent under the worst-case scenario, as the pandemic has disrupted business activity.Topics : The macroeconomic assumption is proposed to the House as the first step for the state budget drafting and deliberation.In the macroeconomic assumption, the government proposed a budget deficit of between 3.21 percent and 4.17 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021 to support the economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. The deficit would be lower than the 5.07 percent of GDP projected for this year.State spending is expected to reach 13.11 percent to 15.17 percent of GDP, while tax revenue is expected to reach 8.25 percent to 8.63 percent of GDP and nontax income 1.6 percent to 2.3 percent of GDP.“With a focus on economic recovery and the challenges ahead, the reforms will be directed at healthcare, social security, education and direct transfers to regional administrations,” Sri Mulyani said, adding that the government would work to expand its tax base and boost income from excise.last_img read more

House bill criminalizing COVID-related discrimination passed on 2nd reading

first_imgHouse Bill 6817, or the proposed “COVID-19-Related Anti-Discrimination Act was passed on second reading on Wednesday in the vote of ayes and nays, just a day after it was approved by the Defeat COVID-19 Committee. Any person who commits harassment or assault against covered persons may be penalized by one to 10 years in prison or slapped with a fine of P200,000 to P1 million at the discretion of the court. The bill aims to grant full protection from and deems unlawful acts of prejudice and discrimination against those who have contracted and recovered from the disease, and against those who provide them with medical, logistical and service support. A medical worker in protective gear (right) tends to a patient at an intensive care unit for coronavirus COVID-19 cases. A special panel in the House of Representatives approved the substitute bill to the measure seeking to prohibit discrimination against confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease patients. AFP Discrimination was defined in the measure as “any act of unjust distinction, exclusion, or restriction which has the effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment, and exercise on an equal footing of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil, or any field of the public life of the person.”center_img Those who fails to give assistance, stigmatizes, or refuses to honor valid and existing contracts involving persons covered by the measure may be imprisoned for six months to five years or be fined with P50,000 to P500,000 or both./PN Also covered in the protection are stranded individuals traveling from one local government unit to another, service workers, repatriated overseas Filipino workers, whether land or sea-based, registered or otherwise, and the families and members of the households of the persons covered. MANILA – The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure criminalizing acts of discrimination against confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, with violators facing jail term of up to 10 years and heavy fines.last_img read more

January 8, 2018 Police Blotter

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Two arrested for alleged auto theft and drug charges

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Late Monday evening, the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Aurora Police Department in reference to a stolen 2000 blue Jeep Grand Cherokee that may be in Jennings County. Around midnight, an officer located a vehicle matching that description near Country Manor and Walnut Grove Lane in Country Squire Lakes.As the officer turned around to get behind the blue Jeep, it pulled into a driveway at a nearby residence. The officer pulled behind the vehicle to confirm that it was the stolen Jeep, and witnessed a male subject exited the Jeep and walked up to the door of the residence where he started knocking on the front door.After the Jeep was confirmed to be stolen, the officer gave verbal commands to the male and the male refused to comply. He then advised the male subject that he needed to comply or he was going to release his canine. The male subject then complied with the officer’s orders and he was taken into custody without further incident. The male was later identified as Jarede Bonds, 32,  of Lawrenceburg.Further investigation led Deputies to allegedly locate methamphetamine and marijuana inside the vehicle. Bonds was also discovered to be currently on parole through Indiana. A female passenger, Mikayla B. Cameron, 26, of North Vernon was also taken into custody. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Cameron had left her three children with a family member that was unable to provide necessary care for the children.Jarede Bonds was charged on allegations of Possession of Methamphetamine and Auto Theft. Mikayla Cameron was charged on allegations of Auto Theft, Possession of Marijuana, and Neglect of a Dependent.last_img read more

Gymnasium undergoes “face-lift”

first_img-“not just for IGG” says Director of SportWith the Inter Guiana Goodwill Games beginning on Friday, the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue is undergoing some upgrades. The upgrades are similar to the ones the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall underwent when Guyana hosted the U-16 Caribbean Basketball Championships in July of this year. When asked about the upgrades, Director of Sport,Christopher Jones,commented that they were not just for the upcoming games but extended far beyond the one event.“I am opening the space outside and making it more user friendly even if it’s for persons to go around trot, walk around or just exercise in the space and we’re opening up the space too.”Jones also said that it was(his hope)that the works served as a reminder to the Administration that he submitted a proposal to them for the remodeling of the Gymnasium space.“We could do a lot more with the space and after the administration sees the work that has been done I hope there could be an allocation in the budget next year for more work to be done.”The works,however,have sparked questions centered on if the upgrades are just for show. Jones was quick to answer those questions,stating that a protocol for maintenance was being drawn up.“We would have established a protocol in terms of the administration of the facilities, one was done during the CBC games for the sportshall and one is being done for the Gymnasium.”The works on the Gymnasium will also tie into the Government’s initiative to incorporate sport in schools. According to Jones, “There are several schools within Georgetown which do not have sufficient space for P.E, so by cleaning and opening up the Gymanisium, it provides that space for schools within the catchment area to utilize for their P.E programs.”The first games on the schedule to be played at The National Gymnasium are male and female Volleyball,to be played on Friday from 13:00 to 17:00hrs.last_img read more

Football News FC Goa beat India Arrows 3-0 to enter quarterfinals, Delhi Dynamos also through after walkover

first_imgDespite conceding early on, Floyd Pinto’s side seemed unfazed and they nearly got the equalizer towards the end of the first period when Narender got on the end of a free-kick from Anwar Ali. However, the defender’s close-range header was directed straight at the FC Goa goalkeeper. With half-time looming, Goa should have doubled their lead when they created two goal-worthy chances. First up, Jackichand got on the end of a pin-point cross from Krouch, but his header was off the mark. Only a minute later, Lenny Rodrigues got on the end of a clever cut-back from Krouch again. This time, the Indian midfielder took a first-time shot which narrowly went over the top corner.However, it was not long before FC Goa would finally get their second of the night. Towards the hour mark, Bedia picked up the ball near the halfway line. The Spaniard found Corominas in space, who took one touch before releasing a through ball for Boumous.The Moroccan got the better of the Arrows goalkeeper to comfortably slot the ball into the empty net. A two-goal deficit was always going to be hard for the Arrows to overcome, despite the best efforts of Boris Singh and Amarjit Singh. With 10 minutes to go, FC Goa scored their third goal. A dangerous cross from substitute Brandon Fernandes was misread by Tangri as the ball struck his shin before creeping into the net New Delhi: FC Goa advanced to the quarter-finals of the Super Cup football tournament after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Indian Arrows here on Saturday. Delhi Dynamos also made it to the quarterfinals after they were handed walkover against East Bengal. The Kolkata giants have already taken the decision not to field their team, expressing solidarity with the revolting I-League sides. Ferran Corominas (18th minute) and Hugo Boumous (60th) struck for FC Goa while Indian Arrows’ Deepak Tangri scored an own-goal in the 80th minute.FC Goa was on the front foot from the start, dominating possession in the middle of the park and pulling the strings. The likes of Zaid Krouch, Hugo Boumous, and Jackichand Singh were causing problems for the Arrows defense with their pace and trickery. Soon enough, Krouch won a penalty for FC Goa inside the opening 20 minutes when his attempted volley was handled inside the box. Corominas stepped up to calmly slot the ball into the net, past Prabhusukhan Gill. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Steve Smith Eyes Record, Australia Aim To End 18 Years Of Ashes Pain In England

first_imghighlights Australia last won an Ashes series in England in 2001.Australia has won at The Oval in 2001 and 2015.Steve Smith has 671 runs at an average of 134 in the current series. New Delhi: Steve Smith’s twin centuries in Edgbaston helped Australia breach England’s fortress after 18 years. At Old Trafford, his 211 and 82 were the highest by a player from both sides. In both instances, Smith’s knock defined the series for Australia. When he did not play in Leeds, it was Ben Stokes who stole the thunder with a once-in-a-lifetime innings as England won by one wicket. Smith has played consistently throughout the series and his efforts have ensured Australia have retained the Urn in England for the first time since 2001. Now, Smith has one more task and it will be for Australia to win a series in England for the first time since Steve Waugh, who is currently mentoring the side, achieved it. The exploits of Smith have whitewashed the weakness of the other Australian players, who have struggled. David Warner has been dismissed for a duck three times and has unable to get the better of Stuart Broad. Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris has also struggled and had it not been for Marnus Labuschagne’s consistency in the middle order, Australia would have been in bigger trouble. Apart from Smith, the duo of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been the major driving force in Australia’s improved showing in England. Bowling with discipline and not giving away easy runs for three out of the four Tests has reaped rich dividends, with Cummins and Hazlewood both topping the wicket charts. At The Oval, the speculation could be that Cummins could be rested and that either of Peter Siddle or James Pattinson might get into the side. With The Oval wicket dry and assisting reverse swing, Pattinson could get the nod due to his pace and ability to reverse swing the old ball. Also Read | Ashes 2019: Steve Smith Hits 26th Test Ton, Goes Past Sachin Tendulkar To Achieve THIS FeatFor England, they can only hope to draw the series and avoid a series loss at home for the first time since 2012. Apart from Ben Stokes, the top order has been fragile and it continues their trend ever since the 2017/18 Ashes where most of the top order, including skipper Joe Root has struggled for consistency.Also Read | ICC Test Rankings: Steve Smith Dethrones Kohli, Bumrah Rises to Third PositionEven among the bowlers, barring Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad, their consistency has been found wanting. Jason Roy has been unable to repeat his form in the limited overs circuit while Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler have really struggled lower down the order. Team compositionsAustralia will be hoping that the likes of Warner and Khawaja strike form while Australia might be tempted to make some changes in the bowling with Cummins getting a well-earned rest. England could get in Sam Curran to boost the lower middle order.StatisticsIn the five Ashes encounters at The Oval since the start of the 21st century, Australia has won two and lost one game with the other two games ending in a draw. Smith has an exceptional record at this venue, smashing two tons in three innings. England, on the other hand, have not lost a series at home since 2012 and they will be gunning to keep their home record intact.Pitch and Weather ConditionsThe pitch at The Oval is traditionally a flat and rough deck with spinners and pacers getting good assistance. The weather at The Oval is fine and chances of rain are minimal. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

3 things Syracuse needs to do in its tuneup versus Colgate prior to the start of Big East play

first_img Published on September 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments 1. Dominate with the offensive line Sure, there have been glaring weaknesses with regards to many facets of the team through three games. There were the discipline issues last Saturday. There have been the muffed kick returns. There has been the subpar play of the defense as a whole. But moving forward there is, perhaps, no aspect of this team that needs to get on page — and get on page faster — than the offensive line. In the Orange’s only real test this year against Washington, its weaknesses were on full display. And in its last game, a home opener against an FCS school, the line did not dominate. Against these schools, domination should be an afterthought if fans are to expect SU to perform well in Big East play. It is not out of the question, and this is the last chance to try to prove it before conference play begins. Justin Pugh has played better than expected, but the rest of the offensive line has been underwhelming until this point this year. Against the Huskies, the Orange averaged only 3.6 yards per rushing attempt. As for Ryan Nassib, the quarterback was sacked three times.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text In its other games, and at times against the Huskies, SU has proved it has the chops to be a solid-to-good pass protection unit. The big bodies of Michael Hay, Zack Chibane, Andrew Tiller and Pugh have been able to provide the flanks to Ryan Bartholomew’s point man to create an imposing pocket. It’ll be imposing again Saturday. Now the run-blocking needs to catch up or Delone Carter will struggle even more in two weeks in Tampa. Speaking of Delone Carter… 2. Delone Carter needs to break free Just over 80 yards a game isn’t bad for a running back. Especially a running back who hasn’t been with the team for four months. But this is Delone Carter. This is the guy who many thought would be the man for the entirety of the Syracuse team this year. This is the guy who the entire Louisville defense voted as the hardest Big East running back to face. Tougher than Dion Lewis. Tougher than Noel Devine. This is the guy who, at his best, puts fear in defenders and makes people think that on every single play, he can break it for 30 yards because of the sheer fact that no one can bring him down alone. But so far in 2010, whenever Carter has touched the ball, it hasn’t been a feeling of when he will break a long run. Carter hasn’t come across as a back who can go into the end zone on any play. Carter hasn’t dragged entire defensive lines with him on the regular. Carter hasn’t been Carter. Carter hasn’t been the man. Yes, we probably should have expected somewhat of a slow start for Carter after he was gone for the summer. Yes, the run-blocking has shepherded entire defensive lines in his direction a slew of times more than they should have. They haven’t been opening holes for him. But performances of 3.5 yards per carry against Akron aren’t going to cut it. Some of the fault is on the offensive line, but Carter needs to average more than five yards per touch Saturday. He needs to break out for a few 15-plus yard runs. He needs to start carrying entire FCS defensive lines by his biceps. That will be the proof of a Delone Carter who is ready for the Big East.  3. Not let any big play passing plays come to fruition. That means any. Facebook Twitter Google+ Derek Session can’t happen again. An FCS wide receiver about to break a game wide open and give an FCS school a 21-10 lead with four minutes remaining in the first half at the Carrier Dome, can’t happen again. Because if it happens again, well, the short-term ramifications will be six points. Doug Rosnick won’t drop it. The long-term ramifications, well, they won’t temporarily tickle. They’ll sting. Big East play won’t be pretty. Thanks to the way they played against Washington — 12.7 yards per completion and allowing four touchdowns to the Huskies — and in the first half against Maine, this secondary looks shaky heading into Big East play. They have the talent to shut good quarterbacks down. But so far this year, they also have had the tendency to slip up on plays here and there. Slipping up on plays here and there won’t work in Tampa. They can’t occur this Saturday. They shouldn’t occur this Saturday. The Raiders — a team that lost 45-15 to Furman — have one receiver who has made more than two catches on the year: Rosnick. Then they have, well, nothing. No one can, here and there, burn the SU secondary Saturday. No one can be allowed to drop a surefire touchdown, a touchdown that would have injected a feeling of ‘Here we go again’ into the Dome. Because if something burns Syracuse again this weekend, there will be a sense of ‘Here we go again’ from seven days before. And as for conference play, there will be nothing to expect but ‘Here we go again.’ That feeling can’t happen. —Compiled by Asst. Sports Editor Tony Oliverolast_img read more

Maxine Waters discusses housing reform

first_imgOn Tuesday, the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission hosted a forum entitled Housing America’s Future — “New Directions for National Policy” which discussed details of a report about the housing crisis in America released by the commission earlier this year.The all-day event featured a series of speeches and panels on topics including demographic trends in housing markets, housing finance reform, links between housing and healthcare and the role of energy efficacy in housing. Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Committee on Financial Services, delivered the keynote address and provided a preview of her hope for legislation and efforts currently underway in congress.“Best case scenario, the Senate moves first [to pass a bill] but I don’t think it will happen this year,” Waters said in the discussion following her address. “I think it’s a little too complicated and there’s too much work still to be done on it but I do believe that we will have housing reform.”Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Henry G. Cisneros, who serves as co-chair of the Housing Commission that authored the report, said that it was important to bring Forums such as this one to the West Coast to stress the importance of policy on a local level and complement work being done in Washington.“The report was somewhat East Coast centric,” Cisneros said. “But USC is such an opinion leader. If you want the intellectual capital of the West, it’s here. There’s an aggregation of talent.”Furthermore, Cisneros said housing is at the core the social issues debate and college students, as future renters or buyers, play a key role in shaping that debate.“Every other social objective depends on answering a fundamental question, where a family will sleep tonight.” Cisneros said.The forum was the first of its kind held by the Bipartisan Policy Center on a college campus.“Our goal is to examine federal housing policy what went wrong and where we need to go with reform. What we hope to do, and we think we have achieved to some extent already, is to be the catalyst to united the public policy debate,” said Pam Patenaude, director of Housing Policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center.  “The future of housing is dependent on[ the young] generation certainly [coming to] college campuses makes sense so we can get students involved.”Discussions aim to address past errors made in the housing market and emphasize the importance of educating younger generations and the importance of developing financial literacy.“We assumed the borrower understood what we understood and we can start with a better job of explaining what exists,” said Christopher George of CGM Financial, which provides housing loans. “We’re moving out of a stage where we’re placing blame and starting to think about where we’re headed.”One other point of discussion was shifting demographics and the influence of minorities on the housing market. According to Enrique Lopezlira of the National Council of La Reza, a Hispanic rights and advocacy organization, a disproportionate number of minorities including African-Americans and Hispanics were turned down for loans in 2012.Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, assistant director of UCLA’s Asian American studies center, said a majority of Asian American assets were decimated as a result of the foreclosure crisis. The solution to the problem, however, is not simple.“My major takeaway is that when it comes down to trying to get private industries, public govern entities and potential consumers — it’s complex. There’s no easy solution and that’s a good thing. There shouldn’t be a one size fits all policy or product that addresses the problem.”Regardless of what form the solution eventually takes, Cisneros said it is essential that the housing debate be addressed.“It’s important to not allow it to be divided by partisan politics,” he said. “This is one of those situations where failure is not an option.” Follow Kate on Twitter @km_guarinolast_img read more