‘So the economy won’t die completely’: Luhut explains policy to allow ‘mudik’ during pandemic

first_imgA senior Cabinet minister has justified the government’s decision to not officially ban people from traveling home for the Idul Fitri holiday, saying that it could be “the best” decision to keep the economy afloat.The decision was reached on Thursday following a Cabinet meeting led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.  Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said economic concerns were among the primary reasons for allowing people to leave Jakarta, arguing that a travel ban would likely be ineffective considering that an exodus from the capital city had begun earlier than expected. “Our main consideration [for this policy] is so that the economy won’t die completely. After we calculate everything, this could be the best option of many options that are perhaps unsuitable [for us],” said the minister. Luhut, who is also acting transportation minister after Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi was hospitalized for the coronavirus, however, stressed that the government would make it harder for people to go back to their hometowns, a local tradition known as mudik.   He said the government would strictly enforce physical distancing measures, meaning that the capacity on public transportation would be limited and prices would go up.The minister said he was hoping people would be more disciplined in practicing physical distancing to address the outbreak. He believed the outbreak would soon subside in Indonesia because of increasing temperatures in April but that would not happen if people failed to practice physical distancing.  President Jokowi said during Thursday’s meeting that homebound travelers, who could potentially carry the COVID-19 virus, must self-isolate as soon as they arrived in their hometowns as a preventative measure and ordered communities to increase the monitoring of recently-returned travelers, who will be considered people under observation (ODP).“I would like to encourage participation at the community level, be it through neighborhood units [RT] or community units [RW] so that travelers who come back from Greater Jakarta can be given ODP status,” said Jokowi from Bogor Palace, West Java, adding that village funds could be used as social safety nets for the villagers.In a separate meeting on Thursday, Jokowi also instructed Home Minister Tito Karnavian to reprimand regional administrations that, because of their own mobility-restriction measures, had set up road blocks that prevent the smooth distribution of goods during Ramadan and Idul Fitri.“I received a report yesterday that there are two regions that had hampered the distribution of rice because they blocked their roads. Please notify the administrations about this,” said Jokowi.Jokowi has resisted calls to impose territorial quarantines to contain the coronavirus outbreak and is instead opting for large-scale social restrictions as the main government strategy after declaring a public health emergency status over COVID-19 on Tuesday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Rutherford snatches six for 32 to rock Volcanoes for 151

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC) – Teenaged seamer Sherfane Rutherford snatched a six-wicket haul to put Guyana Jaguars in command of their second round match in the Regional four-day championship against Windward Islands Volcanoes here Thursday.The 19-year-old, playing in only his third first class match, finished with six for 32 as Volcanoes, sent in at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, were bundled out for 151 on the opening day of the contest.Kavem Hodge top-scored with 48 to provide the only real resistance as the right-arm Rutherford scythed through the innings for career-best figures.In reply, Jaguars ended the day on 117 for four, only 34 runs adrift of first innings lead, heading into Friday’s day two.Chandrapaul Hemraj has so far top-scored with 50 while West Indies A batsman Vishaul Singh was unbeaten on 33.Pacer Sherman Lewis has picked up two for 30.Earlier, Volanoes were in early trouble when they lost their top three with just 38 runs on the board as pacer Keemo Paul (2-28) struck twice with the new ball.Hodge then anchored two small partnerships to revive the Volcanoes innings. First, he put on 36 for the fourth wicket with former Test batsman Kirk Edwards, who made 24, before adding a further 44 for the fifth wicket with wicketkeeker Gian Benjamin (24).Edwards, who faced 47 balls and struck one four, became Rutherford’s first victim when he was bowled in the fourth over before lunch, as Volcanoes went to the interval on 88 for four.Unbeaten on 26 at the break, Hodge carried the fight for his side afterwards in an innings lasting 61 deliveries and including five fours and a six.When he fell inside the first hour after lunch, caught at the wicket off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, Benjamin added 22 for the fifth wicket with Shane Shillingford (6) before the innings went into decline as Rutherford grabbed the last five wickets to fall for just 21 runs.In reply, Jaguars plunged to 22 for three as Lewis grabbed two early wickets to leave the three-time reigning champions in disarray.However, Hemraj combined with Vishaul in a 66-run stand to stabilise the innings and deny Volcanoes any further immediate success.Hemraj faced 69 balls and counted five fours and a six while fellow left-hander Vishaul has notched three boundaries in a patient 74-ball knock.Off-spinner Shillingford accounted for Hemraj deep in the final session but Anthony Bramble, unbeaten on 13 not out, helped Vishaul steer Jaguars safely to the close. VOLCANOES 1st inningsD Smith c Johnson b Paul 12*T Theophile c Rutherford b Shepherd 0R Cato c wkp Bramble b Paul 4K Edwards b Rutherford 24K Hodge c wkp Bramble b Permaul 48+G Benjamin c wkp Bramble b Rutherford 24S Shillingford c wkp Bramble b Rutherford 6A Alexander c Johnson b Rutherford 12R Jordan b Rutherford 4S Lewis lbw b Rutherford 0O McCoy not out 0Extras (b5, lb8, w3, nb1) 17TOTAL (all out, 50.4 overs) 151Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-34, 3-38, 4-74, 5-108, 6-130, 7-131, 8-141, 9-143, 10-151.Bowling: Joseph 10-2-26-0, Shepherd 11-3-28-1, Paul 10-2-28-2, Rutherford 10.5-1-32-6, Permaul 9-2-24-1.JAGUARS 1st inningsT Chanderpaul c McCoy b Lewis 1R Chandrika c Jordan b Lewis 0C Hemraj c Benjamin b Shillingford 50*L Johnson c Benjamin b McCoy 7V Singh not out 34+A Bramble not out 13Extras (b1, lb1, w8, nb2) 12TOTAL (4 wkts, 34.3 overs) 117To bat: K Joseph, K Paul, R Shepherd, V Permaul, S Rutherford.Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-6, 3-33, 4-88.Bowling: Lewis 8-0-31-2, McCoy 6-2-16-1, Jordan 6-0-31-0, Shillingford 9.3-2-24-1, Alexander 5-0-13-0.Position: Jaguars trail by 34 runs with six wickets remaining.last_img read more

Now or never for Mount Sentinel Wildcats

first_imgThe road to the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships just got a little easier for the Mount Sentinel Wildcats — or did it.Thanks to strength of the Kootenay zone, the provincial body has granted more berths, up from the traditional one, to three-and-one-half.However, the Cats still need to get past tournament favourite Golden Eagles and host Fernie Falcons and other tough Kootenay opposition to guarantee a spot in the provincial tournament. “We have five teams that have been very competitive with each other all season,” said Cats’ coach Joe Moreira, adding both Golden (8) and Fernie (9) are ranked ahead of the Cats (10) in the recent Single-A B.C. poll. “Recently Golden has stepped to the top of the pack. . .. It appears that this zone tournament will be thrilling to say the least.”Mount Sentinel opens the tourney in the same pool as top-ranked Golden.The other teams in the four-team pool are Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries and the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.Elkford, host Fernie, Sparwood and Grand Forks are in the B pool.Friday is the preliminary round that seeds the teams for the Saturday’s playoff round.The top three teams are guaranteed spot in the provincial tournament.The fourth-place finisher has one more shot at the B.C. tourney. The bronze medal runner-up meets the third-place team in the Okanagan to determine the final seed.Last season the Wildcats failed to represent the Kootenay zone at the provincial tournament for the first time in [email protected]last_img read more

Panthers prospect Dryden Hunt earns WHL Eastern Conference Player of the Year

first_imgThe Western Hockey League announced its 2016 Awards, and guess who’s on the list — Nelson’s Dryden Hunt.Hunt, who last month signed an entry-level contract with Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League, was announced as the WHL Eastern Conference Four Memorial Broncos Player of the Year.Western Conference winner is Joe Hickets of the Victoria Royals.The 20-year-old forward has experienced a dream season with the Moose Jaw Warriors, finishing second in WHL scoring with 116 points — four behind Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats. Hunt, who was also selected top the WHL First All Star team, scored 58 goals this season, tops in the entire WHL. Hunt also had five hat tricks.The 6-foot, 200 pound left-winger was also named player-of-the-month for January and recently player-of-the-week in February.Hunt’s teammates, netminder Zachary Sawchenko was selected Eastern Conference Top Goaltender and Noah Gregor Rookie of the year.The Nelson Minor Hockey grad also walked away with four team awards.  Hunt ended a 21-year drought for Warrior 50 goal scorers, and was the first Warrior in ten years to go over 100 points in a season, with that he captured the RBC Top Scorer Award.Hunt shared Player of the Year honours with Moose Jaw team captain Brayden Point while capturing the YARA Fans Choice award and team’s 3-Star Award.The Moose Jaw Warriors won its final regular season game, downing the Swift Current Broncos 3-1 to finish their 2015-2016 season in third place in the East Division.Moose Jaw now faces Prince Albert Raiders in the first round of the playoffs beginning Friday in Prince Albert.Game two is Saturday, March 26th in Prince Albert before the series shifts to Moose Jaw for Game’s three and four on Monday, March 28th and Tuesday, March 29th.Story originated at The Nelson Dailylast_img read more

Prison service spending €80,000 per year so inmates can watch Sky Sports

first_imgThe Irish Prison Service (IPS) has spent more than €325,000 providing inmates with access to Sky Sports and other premium channels during the past four years, new figures have revealed.Almost €7,000 a month of Irish taxpayer money is being put towards TV package deals for prisoners to enjoy while behind bars, according to the Irish Examiner. All inmates have access to free-to-air channels on televisions in their prison cells, and can upgrade to digital packages by having a small sum deducted from their daily pocket money. Prisoners can also access premium channels such as Sky Sports in the recreational areas of enhanced landings – common areas equipped with large television screens. A deduction of 15 cent for in-cell television services is automatically taken from the daily gratuity payment that every inmate receives from the IPS.The prison service has defended its expenditure on premium TV services for prisoners, stating that incidents of self-harm and suicide had been dramatically reduced since the introduction of televisions. An IPS spokesman said: “Prisoners serving sentences are very much isolated from society and access to televisions, radios and newspapers are important to help keep prisoners connected with society and their communities.”All prisoners receive ‘pocket money’ of up to €2.20 per day, which can be used to buy non-essential goods such as cigarettes, sweets and computer games. It can also be used to pay the small fees for access to digital TV subscriptions.More than €2.8 million was doled out to inmates in pocket money last year, according to records released under the Freedom of Information Act. Prisoners can also earn an additional €3.50 per week for chores such as cooking and laundry. A total of €80,760 was spent by the IPS on multi-channel services last year, representing a small reduction from the €83,357 that it paid for the same services in 2017. The expenditure on channel subscriptions in 2016 and 2015 was €82,144 and €80,356, respectively, bringing the total over the four-year period to €326,617.Prison service spending €80,000 per year so inmates can watch Sky Sports was last modified: September 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgQueensland Touch will be hosting an Advanced Coaching and Refereeing Workshop for all interested affiliated members on 8-9 December 2006 at the Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre (QSAC) in Brisbane. An impressive array of presenters from across the Queensland Sporting spectrum have been assembled to discuss advanced coaching and refereeing topics across a range of disciplines.Headlining the guest presenters are Master sports psychologist Phil Jauncey, Former Australian Hockeyroos Captain and Elite Coach Debbie Bowman-Sullivan OAM, and Exercise Physiologist Chris Weier, who will address topics in their chosen fields of endeavour.National Touch Football Game Development Manager Colm Maguire, National Coaching Director Dennis Coffee, and Australian Touch Association Hall of Fame member and current Queensland Coaching Advisory Committee Member Peter Mc Niven will also present topics on High performance and contemporary Coaching methods and standards.The High Performance Refereeing section will be presented by esteemed refereeing identities Glenn Richardson, Ray Grieshaber, Jenny Madders, and Keith Steele. The day and a half workshop will commence at 6.00pm Friday 8 November until 9.00pm. The workshop will recommence at 8.30am Saturday and conclude at 3.30pm.The cost of the Workshop is $ 25.00 and includes lunch, morning tea and the opportunity to gain insights and share and exchange ideas with  some of Queensland’s most well credentialled coaches, officials,  and industry professionals.For more information see the flyers attached and to register contact Member Services Officer Gary Madders at Queensland Touch on 07) 34204646 or e-mail [email protected] Filesa_high_performance_coaching_workshop-docadvanced__coaching_workshop_poster-doclast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham midfield Winks hopes for ‘perfect’ Arsenal revenge

first_imgTottenham midfield Winks hopes for ‘perfect’ Arsenal revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur will be looking for revenge when they face Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The Gunners beat Spurs 4-2 in the north London derby earlier this month.”It’s a massive game for us,” Winks toldStandard Sport. “It’s come quickly after we lost to them two weeks ago, so there’s going to be revenge on our minds. We want to put it right and, obviously, it’s a good opportunity to progress in a cup.”That defeat was difficult to take. It’s never nice losing to anyone, especially our rivals at their ground. It was disappointing for us, the fans, the club, but we’ve put it right with our results since in the League and the Champions League. It’s important we do the same on Wednesday.”Us players treat every game in every competition as important as the next. We want to win every cup we’re involved in. The League Cup is no different. Beating Arsenal is the perfect opportunity to progress to the semi-finals.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Montreals real estate market sizzled in 2017 with sales hitting 10year high

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal was one of Canada’s hottest real estate markets last year as low unemployment and economic growth translated into the area’s best sales growth in a decade.Total sales in the Greater Montreal Area increased eight per cent to 44,448 on the strength of condominium sales and good overall activity on the Island of Montreal.Sales growth exceeded 20 per cent in five of the city’s most popular boroughs.That compared with sales decreases of 18 per cent in the Greater Toronto Area and 10 per cent in Greater Vancouver.Unlike Toronto and Vancouver, Montreal doesn’t have a foreign buyers tax.More than 14,000 condos changed hands across the Island of Montreal and nearby communities during the year, marking a 17 per cent increase from 2016.“It’s on fire,” said Paul Cardinal, manager market analysis for the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards.The overall sales growth far exceeded his expectations. He said the last time growth in Montreal sales outpaced Toronto and Vancouver was in 1998.Cardinal thought new mortgage rules implemented in the fall of 2016 would impair the number of first-time buyers and reduce the total number of transactions.But Quebec’s best consumer confidence in 15 years and a high number of permanent residences stimulated demand and compensated for the new rules and higher mortgage rates during the summer.Transactions of single-family homes rose three per cent to 25,601 while sales of buildings with two to five units increased six per cent to 4,336.Demand was particularly strong for luxury accommodation. Sales of homes exceeding $1 million rose 20 per cent in Greater Montreal and condos priced above $500,000 were up 42 per cent.The total value of sales grew 13 per cent to $16.2 billion, about half of which was on the Island of Montreal.The average price of homes in the Greater Montreal Area increased nearly six per cent to $364,510. That was the largest increase since 2010, with single-family homes sustaining the greater price increases.Prices rose 6.1 per cent to $467,496 on the Island of Montreal, which includes Canada’s second-largest city and suburbs.Cardinal said the number of foreign buyers, particularly from China, has grown but remained marginal overall. They were mostly concentrated in wealthier neighbourhoods and the downtown core.He said Montreal is attractive for foreign buyers because the city provides a high quality of life, affordable housing, low pollution and a university system that contributed to it being named last year as the best city in the world for students.Direct flights to two major Chinese cities have also made it easier for family visits.Cardinal is forecasting another strong year in 2018 with the number of sales transactions increasing five per cent.“That would lead us to a new record so we would beat the 2007 mark,” he said.Average prices are also expected to increase almost five per cent.Montreal capped a strong year with total sales across Greater Montreal increasing 10 per cent to 2,781 in December. That included a 35 per cent increase in condo sales. Total active listings fell nine per cent from a year ago.While sales on the Island of Montreal increased 15 per cent, it was outpaced by Laval at 20 per cent and on par with the south shore.last_img read more

Nexen fined 750K for huge pipeline spill in northern Alberta

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – A Calgary energy company has pleaded guilty to federal and provincial environmental charges over one of the largest pipeline spills in Alberta history.Nexen has been ordered to pay a total of $750,000 in fines for the Long Lake spill southeast of Fort McMurray that released five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water over an area of 16,000 square metres of lake and muskeg in 2015.“A number of landbird, shorebird, waterbird and waterfowl species protected by the Migratory Birds Convention Act use and were observed in the impacted area and adjacent unnamed lake,” said the agreed statement of facts. Nexen, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd., acknowledged the pipeline southeast of Fort McMurray was leaking for more than four weeks before it was discovered by workers in the area.The statement said the leak began June 13. Although the spill was visible from satellite imagery by July 3, it wasn’t until July 15 that Nexen realized there was a problem when two employees spotted it while doing work in the area.The double-walled pipeline, designed to carry raw bitumen from the ground to a processing plant had been installed a year earlier. The pipeline, which used a relatively new technology, operated at 100 degrees Celsius in order for the thick bitumen to flow.Nexen said the release went undetected because a computer failed to sound an alarm.“This failure was unknown to Nexen prior to the release,” says the statement. “Nexen had no written procedure in place to check for the type of failure that occurred.”The pipeline remains out of operation.center_img “Over the last three years, we’ve kept a close eye on Nexen’s operations to bring the company back into compliance,” Jim Ellis, head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, said in a release.“The pipeline responsible for this spill will remain suspended until Nexen can demonstrate to us that the company can operate it safely.”The total provincial fine is $460,000. About $450,00 of that will go into funds to help establish best practices on pipeline spills and to expand an environmental sciences degree program for Indigenous youth.The federal fine of $290,000 is to go into an environmental damages fund for migratory bird habitat.last_img read more