COVID-19: Govt to give Rp 5m aid to shops, ‘ojol’ drivers as business slows down

first_imgThe government plans to give financial aid of up to 5 million rupiah (US$306.80) to each macro and small business, as well as to workers in the informal sector, such as those running ride-hailing motorcycle taxis, whose earnings have been hit because of the stay-at-home policy imposed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.Among the worst-hit groups are small shop owners, small traders and Gojek’s and Grab’s drivers, also known as ojol (motorcycle taxi drivers) and taksol (car drivers), since they depend on day-to-day income, said the secretary of the Office of the Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister, Susiwijono Moegiarso.“We have prepared a form of social assistance to protect their purchasing power,” Susiwijono said at a press conference on Thursday.The government is to coordinate with regional administrations, business associations and ride-hailing companies to register those who are entitled to receive the aid. The money would be taken out of the Rp 10.3 trillion fund government had earlier earmarked for the preemployment card program to give money to new school and college graduates seeking jobs, he said.Read also: Jokowi relaxes loan settlements to help small businesses cope with COVID-19 effectsThe program, one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s election campaigns in 2019, was launched last week. The program initially aims at providing first-time jobseekers relief funds and vocational training.Workers from informal sectors including those employed in micro, small and medium enterprises should register for the preemployment card program to receive Rp 1 million in training money and another Rp 1 million monthly incentive for four months, for a total of Rp 5 million in financial aid.“We will begin taking online applications from April 1,” he said. “Those who meet the requirements and are not currently undergoing formal education could apply,” he said.Workers in the formal sector are also to get assistance of Rp 5 million from the government, which would be channeled through the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).“With this policy, the informal sector and daily workers who are most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic could survive and maintain their spending power,” he said. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Qatar Airways says no new planes in 2020 or 2021

first_imgQatar Airways has said it will not take any new aircraft in 2020 or 2021, deferring orders with Boeing and Airbus as demand diminishes amid the coronavirus crisis.The Gulf airline, which flew to more than 170 destinations with 234 aircraft as of March, has been hit by airport closures and travel bans imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.The International Air Transport Association warned in April that air traffic in the Middle East and North Africa would plummet by more than half this year. “Quite a lot of (deliveries) will be deferred,” Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar al-Baker told Britain’s Sky News on Wednesday.”We have already notified both Boeing and Airbus that we will not be taking any aeroplanes this year or next year.”And all the other aircraft that we have on order, that were supposed to be delivered to us within the next two or three years, will now be pushed back to as long as nearly eight to 10 years.”If traffic increased to levels above expectation, the delayed aircraft could be brought forward, he said.The airline says it is currently serving around 40 key destinations.It has previously warned staff that they face redundancies and salary reductions as it attempts to defy the headwinds of the global aviation downturn.Qatar Airways was already battling financial turbulence, having posted a $639 million loss for the year to March 2019.Topics :last_img read more

July 4, 2017 Police Blotter

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O’Neill: I won’t gag Keane

first_img Press Association O’Neill said: “I am going to try to clear something up here: I am not Roy’s father, absolutely not. “He can look after himself, he can say what he wants. Seriously, he is under absolutely no gagging at all and I am quite sure I would not even have to have that conversation with him. “I am not going to sit there saying, ‘Don’t say this, don’t say that’.” The pair met the players for the first time on Monday evening and conducted their opening training session the following morning. O’Neill admits both parties are still getting to know each other, but he is determined to treat his squad as adults as he sets about the process of stamping his own mark on the team. Asked about discipline, an issue which often taxed predecessor Giovanni Trapattoni, the 61-year-old said: “Well, you must remember I grew up, I played under one of the most mercurial managers there ever was in Brian Clough. “Brian Clough would have come down on an evening the night before a game when we were staying, let’s say, in London and said, ‘Lads, do you want a glass of wine with your meal?’. “That would have been unheard of. He was so unorthodox, he was off the wall, but he had a philosophy that he was dealing with men and that if they couldn’t look after themselves… The 42-year-old former Ireland skipper is due to give his first press conference since being named as O’Neill’s assistant on Wednesday with the media eagerly anticipating his appearance. However, while the manager is adamant that it is he who is in charge, he has no intention of telling Keane what he can and cannot say. “He did not expect if he left the room that these boys would have five glasses of wine. He gave you some leeway. You go across that leeway and he would have cut you in two. “I don’t know, but just hearing the stories, I think Jack [Charlton, former Republic manager] was kind of like that, treating the boys like men. In other words, if you win the game, I will give you some free time. “I’m kind of like that, and I think John O’Shea would tell you. Winning the games is very, very important. If you’ve won and you’ve worked for it, you should be allowed a little bit of time to let your hair down, if that’s the case.” Meanwhile, O’Neill confirmed that the Football Association of Ireland is investigating the possibility that England Under-21 striker Connor Wickham could be eligible. He said: “If someone tells me someone is available, particularly someone I have worked with and might have a chance, I would give it some consideration.” Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has insisted he will not attempt to gag number two Roy Keane.last_img read more

Fox ready for Lismullen assignment

first_img “He’s had a super year and this is probably his last run before the spring,” said De Bromhead. “We said we’d dip our toes in and see how he gets on in a better class of race on softer ground. “Anything he does is a bonus and we’re hopeful of a nice run.” Multiple Grade One winner Zaidpour looks sure to start a short price in the two-and-a-half mile contest as he makes his return to action. Willie Mullins’ charge, who landed the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last term, tends to run well fresh but did produce a few below-par efforts last season when sent off at skimpy odds. The Charles Byrnes-trained Pittoni is a smart sort at his best but has to overcome a long absence. Noble Endeavor completes the field but is inexperienced and looks to have a lot to find on ratings. Henry de Bromhead’s Darwins Fox aims to lower the colours of Zaidpour in the Ladbrokes Ireland Lismullen Hurdle at Navan. Press Associationcenter_img The Kahyasi gelding enjoyed a fine spring and summer campaign and connections feel he has earned a shot at a decent prize. He was far from disgraced when chasing home Rebel Fitz in another Grade Two contest at Tipperary last month and is the only one of the four runners to have had a recent outing. last_img read more

Local football players, assistant coach earn postseason awards

first_imgPORTLAND — Ellsworth/Sumner and Mount Desert Island football players — and one notable coach — received all-conference honors in their respective leagues.In the Campbell Conference, Ellsworth/Sumner’s Jeremy Card, Connor Crawford and Noah Hughes received all-conference nominations last Wednesday following the Eagles’ first season of eight-man play. The trio received their awards Sunday at the conference’s postseason banquet in Portland.Also honored at the banquet was Ellsworth/Sumner assistant Toog McKay, who was named the Campbell Conference’s Assistant Coach of the Year. McKay, Ellsworth/Sumner’s defensive coordinator, has been part of the coaching staff since the Ellsworth Football League’s birth in 2008.“[Toog] has been a constant with Ellsworth football and one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the state,” Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford wrote in a tribute to McKay given at the banquet. “I can’t say enough about his commitment and love of and for the game. Without Toog’s involvement, the Ellsworth/Sumner program would not be nearly as successful as it has been.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor MDI, Porter Isaacs was announced Nov. 14 as an All-Big 11 Conference second-team selection at defensive tackle. Ethan Harkins and Sam Mitchell earned honorable mention.Each of the 10 Big 11 football programs nominated one player for Lineman of the Year and one for Player of the Year. MDI’s selections were Archer Hill (Lineman of the Year) and Nick Corson (Player of the Year).last_img read more

Petra/Courts Pee Wee U-11 football competition St Angela’s drub Mae’s primary

first_imgTHE round of sixteen action in the Petra organised under-11 COURTS Pee Wee Football tournament commenced yesterday at the Banks DIH Thirst Park ground. Playing in game-five of the day and registering the highest goal count of the round so far, St Angela’s seemed to signal their intentions early in the tournament with a 5-0 win over Mae’s Primary schoolSeon Cato’s hat trick i (8th, 16th and 24th) coupled with Antwoine Vincent’s brace (18th and 28th) were the highlights of a day when many close games were played.In the first game of the day, Marian Academy won 1-0 against Winfer Gardens,thanks to Nicholas Alphonso in the 20,th while game two saw the same score line as St Stephens beat Tucville 1-0 through Jequan Cole in the 10th.Games three, four, six and seven each ended one nil as well, with F.E. Pollard beating Stella Marris through Jonathan Dos Santos (32nd) and St. Pius scoring in the 9th minute through Tyler Lyle to beat Redeemer.Shilo Adams 31st minute strike helped North Georgetown to register a win against St Margaret’s while St Agnes also had David Xavier on target in the 19th minute as they beat South Ruimveldt.West Ruimveldt had another good outing against St Gabriel,as Tyrese Payne (6th), Tyrese Jeffrey (19th) and Trevor Bendt (21st),each netted once for West’s victory.Teams for the Round of 16 were chosen based on the points accumulated during the round robin places, with the first and second places gaining automatic entries. The final four spots were awarded based on the four best third place finishers.The various winners of yesterday’s matches will move on to play for positions 1-8 while the losers will vie for positions 9 to 16.last_img read more

Other Sports Russia Ban, New Anti-Doping Code And New President In Upcoming WADA World Conference

first_imgKatowice (Poland): Twenty years after its formation, the world anti-doping agency WADA meets for its fifth world conference in the Polish city of Katowice from Tuesday to Thursday. Officially, the business of the meeting is to adopt a new anti-doping code and to elect a new president. However, it is the long-running saga over Russian state-backed doping and institutionalised cheating which will dominate proceedings. It’s the scandal which refuses to die but the burning issue over potential new sanctions for Russia is not even on the agenda of WADA’s executive committee on Monday and Thursday in Poland. The affair, which has dominated the global anti-doping fight — as well as creating splits in how to deal with it — for the past five years, reappeared in September due to suspicions of manipulation of the electronic data from the former Moscow laboratory handed over to WADA investigators in early 2019.The new revelations could lead to new sanctions such as a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the fight against doping is ramped up after Russia was already found guilty of state-sponsored cheating between 2011 and 2015. Russia’s Athletics Federation has been banned from international competition since 2015. The latest allegations are still under investigation and WADA hopes to reach a decision by the end of the year. Last month, the picture became even murkier when Microsoft revealed that Russian hackers, Fancy Bears, had tried to attack the computer systems of several global anti-doping agencies.New thinking over ‘recreational drugs’ The next World Anti-Doping code, to be adopted Thursday, is expected to be more flexible when it comes to positive tests from the use of so-called recreational drugs, such as cocaine or cannabis. When it is shown that the substances were taken out of competition and without an attempt to boost sporting performance, the suspension will be just three months, or even a month if the athlete agrees to undergo a detoxification programme.Currently, the use of cocaine is theoretically punishable by a four-year suspension, like any other prohibited substance. However, penalties are often lighter — for example, Peruvian football star Paolo Guerrero was handed a 14-month suspension in May 2018 although that ban was lifted in time for him to play at the World Cup in Russia. This planned change is likely to be controversial among those for whom anti-doping is a mission to protect public health. Director general of WADA, Olivier Niggli told AFP: “Our role is anti-doping, so it has to have something to do with sport, and the protection of health is for countries more than us.”  Home Banka for new WADA president Barring a huge surprise, the current Polish Minister of Sport, Witold Banka, will be elected WADA’s new president on Thursday. He will succeed Britain’s Craig Reedie, who came from the ranks of the Olympic movement and steps down at the age of 78 after two terms overshadowed by the Russian doping crisis.This will be the last time that the principle of the rotating presidency between the two pillars of WADA applies, the agency having now adopted the principle of an independent presidency from 2022, to head off any accusations of political interference in its operation.Also Read | Ahead of Tokyo Olympics, WADA suspends India’s National Dope Testing Laboratory Banka, just 35 and a former 400m runner, was already a member of WADA’s Executive Committee, and has promised to maintain good relations between states and the sports world. He has attempted to distinguish himself from his main competitor, Norwegian politician Linda Helleland, who had promised to be much firmer with the Olympic movement, who she accused of indulgence towards the Russians. Banka will take office on January 1 next year and is expected to leave the Polish government. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img June 18, 2020 Each team would play 60 games over 10 weeks starting July 20, though a Sunday opener on July 19 could be added. The framework would result in players receiving about 37% of their salaries and would come to roughly $1.48 billion from salaries originally totaling $4 billion.Baseball’s postseason would expand from 10 teams to 16 this year, and the two wild-card games would transform into eight best-of-three series. That would create a minimum of 14 new playoff games whose broadcast rights could be sold, and MLB would have the option of 14 or 16 postseason teams in 2021. MLB would guarantee a $25 million postseason players’ pool, creating postseason shares for players in the event no tickets are sold.The designated hitter would expand to all games for the first time, also involving games between National League teams, for 2020 and 2021.The luxury tax would be suspended for 2020, saving money for the Yankees, Astros, Dodgers and Cubs.Both sides would contribute jointly to initiatives for social justice. Update on the latest sports Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBaseball commissioner describes framework for seasonUNDATED (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark have reached what Major League Baseball sees as a framework to start the season on July 19 or July 20. But the union didn’t immediately embrace it as a deal. In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online. That makes it the last of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision leagues to announce it is going virtual because of concerns about COVID-19. The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network. Commissioner John Swofford, each of the conference’s 14 head coaches and selected players will be featured. — The Italian soccer league is set to resume more than 100 days after it was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Italy was one of the hardest hit countries by the virus. Nearly 35,000 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. It was also the first country in Europe to shut down its soccer league on March 9. The first two matches will be played Saturday, with two more to follow on Sunday.— Club rugby in Europe is set to resume on Aug. 22 after a five-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak with matches in the PRO14 league that contains teams Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and South Africa. A truncated regular season will be concluded by two rounds of matches where teams from the same nation play each other home and away to avoid cross-border travel. Semifinal matches will take place on Sept. 5 and the final on Sept. 12. PRO14 tournament director David Jordan says “we are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.”last_img read more

MLAX : SU reflects on Big East title; record-setting senior class plays final regular-season game

first_img Published on May 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Arguably the biggest achievement in Syracuse’s 20-6 romp of St. John’s went overlooked. Head coach John Desko didn’t mention it at the postgame press conference. Neither did any of the players.But with a win against the Red Storm, SU secured the Big East championship for the second consecutive season. After last weekend’s victory over Notre Dame, Syracuse controlled its own destiny heading into Saturday’s date with SJU.‘It means a lot,’ SU attack Stephen Keogh said after reporters pulled him aside following the press conference. ‘The Big East has some great teams.’It’s a statement that is backed up by the Orange’s average margin of victory in this season as compared to last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis season, Syracuse matched its 6-0 conference record from a year ago, but games were much closer for SU. The 2010 squad won its Big East games by an average of 7.7 goals per game. The closest contest was a three-goal win over Georgetown.In 2011, the Orange’s average margin of victory was down to 6.5 goals, including two one-goal wins against Georgetown and Villanova.Keogh credited St. John’s for having a talented young nucleus that is poised to do big things in the future of the conference. The Red Storm’s three starting attack Kieran McArdle, Colin Keegan and Kevin Cernuto are all freshmen.On Saturday, those three players combined for four of St. John’s six goals.‘St. John’s whole starting attack, I think, are freshmen, and they’ve got some pretty good players,’ Keogh said. ‘Villanova is coming on strong. Notre Dame is a great team.’Coming into the weekend, three of the league’s seven teams were ranked in the Inside Lacrosse poll.But even after prevailing in a tough Big East conference, Keogh pointed to something bigger. On Sunday, the Orange finds out its seed and opponent in the NCAA tournament.All season long, that is where the seniors have pointed towards. And winning the Big East championship didn’t change that.‘It’s fun to win the Big East,’ Keogh said. ‘But we’re just going to look to see who our next opponent is tomorrow night and just get fired up and just get ready for next weekend.’SU seniors go out in styleThe most successful class of players in Syracuse history left the field. The players had completed the final regular-season game of their record-breaking careers. John Desko has known many of them for much longer than the four years they’ve been at Syracuse, and watched them achieve unparalleled success. ‘It’s been a good group to really watch grow up,’ Desko said. ‘A lot of these guys I’ve watched not only a little bit in high school, but through modified programs, freshman and JV programs. … For them to have the record they have and the success they’ve had so far, it’s been a very special group.’With Syracuse’s 20-6 win over St. John’s, SU’s senior class won its 59th career game. That’s the most ever for one class, and includes two back-to-back seasons that finished up with national championships in 2008 and 2009. While those accomplishments are certainly glaring, almost all of the seniors have said they won’t look back on them until their careers are over.Part of that senior class is attack Stephen Keogh, who finished the game with two goals that both came in the second half. For Keogh, though, this certainly wasn’t the final game he’ll play in a Syracuse uniform with the NCAA tournament still on the horizon. So though this was Senior Day, Keogh said that seeing some freshmen get the opportunity to play was even more of a thrill.‘Those kids might not see time on the field … but they’re a big part of our team,’ Keogh said. ‘There’s 52 players on us, and everybody does little things to help us get better. It was fun watching those guys and just getting up and cheering for them’mjcohe@syr.educjiseman@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more