Councilors defer selection of Anies’ deputy governor until after COVID-19 emergency

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo himself has urged everyone to stay at home.Farazandi said the committee had ensured that COVID-19 precautionary measures would be properly implemented at the meeting, including body temperature scans and the use of disinfectant. It has also decided to limit the meeting to two hours only.The Jakarta City Council initially planned to hold the confirmation hearing on Monday. Council speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi said on March 20 that the hearing would be delayed until further notice as a result of the coronavirus.The deputy governor’s seat has been left vacant for more than a year since the former deputy governor, Gerindra Party politician Sandiaga Uno, resigned in August 2018 to become the running mate of then-presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in the 2019 election.Read also: Jakarta’s long search for deputy governor postponed over COVID-19 fearsAfter the emergence of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, the feasibility of holding the plenary meeting has come into question as the central government and the city administration have advised against large-scale meetings to prevent wider transmission of the coronavirus.As of Thursday, Indonesia had reported 790 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 58 fatalities. The capital city itself had 472 cases with 43 deaths, making it the country’s COVID-19 epicenter.The Jakarta administration has promoted physical distancing by closing schools, tourism destinations and entertainment venues in the capital, as well as by urging corporations to allow their employees to work remotely until April 5. Jakarta civil servants are now allowed to work from home, including those working at City Council.Titi Anggraini, the director of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), an election watchdog, criticized the councilors for using the outbreak as a justification “to speed up” the plenary meeting.“As if the coronavirus situation legitimizes their sluggish performance over the past months. Now the people are the ones impacted,” she said.She said that good governance must be upheld, calling on Jakarta City Council to start the confirmation hearing only after the outbreak is completely over to allow the standard process to take place.Topics : The Jakarta Council has agreed to defer the search for Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s deputy governor until April 6, after the city’s COVID-19 state of emergency is set to end.Anies has declared a state of emergency in the capital until April 2 in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the policy can be extended depending on the situation.“We [the councilors] agreed to reschedule the plenary meeting [for the selection of the deputy governor] to April 6, right after the end of the capital’s state of emergency,” Farazandi, the council’s selection committee chairman and a member of the National Mandate Party (PAN), said on Thursday. He was referring to a plenary meeting that is expected to consist of a confirmation hearing and a vote to choose between Gerindra Party politician Ahmad Riza Patria and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician Nurmansyah Lubis to be Anies’ second-in-command.Fazarandi said that having a deputy governor remained essential to help Anies handle the devastating COVID-19 outbreak in the capital even after the status was lifted.“We hope the governor is always healthy, but surely he will need a backup,” he said. “[Selecting a deputy governor] will be a contribution that the counselors can make for now.”The councilors plan to hold the plenary meeting in April despite the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) having extended Indonesia’s COVID-19 emergency disaster status until May 29 to contain the spread of the virus.Read also: It’s a non-emergency emergency, BNPB says regarding COVID-19 pandemiclast_img read more

Istiqlal Mosque may reopen in July, Jokowi says while inspecting renovations

first_img“I only reminded him that we need to prepare health protocols so people will be safe from COVID-19 when they are allowed to pray at Istiqlal,” the President said.Read also: Grand renovation of Southeast Asia’s largest mosqueThe renovations kicked off in May last year to give the largest mosque in Southeast Asia a facelift. The renovations included increasing the parking capacity, revamping the landscaping and the plaza and upgrading the toilets, ablution blocks, electrical system and plumbing. The Rp 475 billion (US$32.85 million) project is the first renovation of the mosque since it was inaugurated in 1978.In a circular letter issued on Friday, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi set guidelines for houses of worship that are set to reopen soon under the “new normal” of the post-pandemic era. Among the requirements for houses of worship to reopen is for the COVID-19 basic reproduction number (R0) and effective reproduction number (Rt) to fall below a certain threshold. Furthermore, houses of worship must obtain a letter from the government’s COVID-19 task force confirming that the area is virus-free, while large houses of worship must also obtain permission from regional heads.People have turned to virtual congregations in recent months as houses of worship were temporarily closed as part of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. (trn)Topics : The government is preparing to reopen the Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta in July in accordance with the “new normal” approach amid the COVID-19 pandemic as renovations on the mosque near completion.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited Istiqlal on Tuesday to check on the renovations. He said that according to the Mosque’s grand imam, Nasaruddin Umar, the large-scale renovations were 90 percent complete and would be finished in July, several months later than the initial schedule for March due to the pandemic.“Will it be reopened after the renovations are completed? It has yet to be decided. The grand Imam said Istiqlal would be opened in July,” the President said.last_img read more

Arsenal to sack international scouting chief Francis Cagigao as part of lay-offs

first_imgCagigao helped bring Bellerin to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season.‘The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs. ‘Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spending, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our stadium debt. ‘Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. ‘Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies. ‘We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point. ‘We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.’MORE: Arsenal to make 55 redundancies but claim investing in the team remains ‘key priority’MORE: Charlie Nicholas backs Arsenal to axe ‘seven or eight’ players this summer – but questions move for WillianFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal to sack international scouting chief Francis Cagigao as part of lay-offs Comment Advertisement Martinelli was a huge hit at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Francis Cagigao is reportedly set to leave Arsenal after over a decade following the club’s announcement they would be axing 55 members of their staff.The head of international scouting is a key figure at Arsenal, having uncovered the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin, and more recently Gabriel Martinelli.The Daily Mail claim Cagigao has been told he will be affected by the redundancies as Arsenal undergo a restructuring due to the coronavirus pandemic.Arsenal will let go 55 of their staff despite the fact their first-team squad agreed to a 12.5 per cent pay cut and the club is due a £30million windfall from qualifying for the Europa League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAs well as Cagigao, head of UK scouting Peter Clark and fellow recruitment specialist Brian McDermott have been informed they are being let go.Arsenal released a statement explaining the decision to enforce redundancies, saying: ‘In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Aug 2020 4:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link539Shareslast_img read more

ATP backs central clearing, warns against disproportionate regulation

first_imgThe European Commission must take care that the regulation of the derivatives market does not increase trading costs, which would risk undermining the stated aim of improving financial stability, ATP has warned.Denmark’s largest pension fund also urged the European executive to clarify its goal of offering better regulation of financial markets, and measure the success of each initiative against five criteria that could form an evaluation “diamond”.Responding to the Commission’s consultation on regulation agreed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, ATP praised the work undertaken to strengthen bank balance sheets for creating an overall stronger financial system.“At the same time,” it added, “ATP is concerned about the unintended consequences caused by the cumulative effect of the large amount of financial regulation introduced over a short time span.” It said the Commission’s review of financial regulation should be welcomed, and suggested all initiatives be evaluated based on how they impact the transparency, liquidity, externality, diversity and financial stability of the market – forming what the statutory pension fund regarded as a regulatory diamond.Based on the above criteria, it said the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), which requires the central clearing of a majority of derivatives trades, was a “reasonable initiative”.It nevertheless warned that the increased reliance on central counterparties (CCPs) brought with it added challenges.“Diversity will decrease in the financial system as more and more transactions are concentrated on relatively few CCPs, and fewer banks become willing to accept the increasing costs and risks of providing clearing services as CCP members,” it said.ATP also warned that CCPs could not be relied on to balance out other financial risks remaining within the system, and said they should not be subject to more onerous capital charges than other systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs).“CCPs should not be required to compensate for lack of financial stability outside the CCP system,” the fund’s submission said, “as this will disproportionately allocate the risk between the financial institutions and potentially lead to unnecessary higher cost that might increase cost and undermine CCPs’ original objectives to increase financial stability.”A number of submissions to the Commission have focused on central clearing, with the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association calling for an exemption for pension funds to be offered until a viable mechanism allowing the industry to clear is developed.The European Central Bank has previously called for greater regulation of CCPs to avoid significant losses when one of the “super-systemically important” bodies collapses.last_img read more

Mareeba makes a case for why it’s FNQ’s best suburb to live in

first_imgA boat travelling over a lagoon at the Tropical Wetlands in Mareeba PIC: Mark Fraenkel Forever Wild, Tropical Wetlands, Mareeba WetlandsBEING perfectly positioned between country life and city flare is the main reason residents set up camp at Mareeba. The Atherton Tableland town sits 417m above sea level, keeping the town cool during the summer months. The population is increasing steadily in the Tablelands hub, jumping from 6806 in the 2006 census to 10,181 in the 2011 census. The most recent census in 2016 also showed the suburb has the largest Italian Australian community out of any town in Queensland. More than 1600 census respondents identified as Italian Australian, making up 10.8 per cent of the population. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoDavies Creek is an idyllic setting just outside of Mareeba. PICTURE: DARYL EDWARDSThe town is an ideal location for families, as it has two primary schools, two secondary schools and a TAFE campus. St Thomas of Villanova Parish School and Mareeba State School serve students from preschool to grade six, while Mareeba State High School and St Stephen’s Catholic College cater for high school students. The country town also boasts its own health facility, with the Mareeba Hospital providing 52 beds and care for surgical, maternity, paediatric, outpatient and emergency care. There are plenty of events where you can meet the neighbours in Mareeba. The annual Mareeba Rodeo draws visitors from neighbouring Atherton Tableland towns and from Cairns and surrounds. It’s hosted every year at the Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds, a purpose-built amenity. The FNQ Country Music Festival and Talent Search is also held at Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds. Every year the Catholic residents celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Chain. The celebration is held on the second Sunday of September each year and involves a procession through the streets of Mareeba before a fireworks display. The town is surrounded with plenty of swimming holes, including popular spot Davies Creek, and also hosts the Mareeba Markets on the second and fifth Saturday each month. The event is held at Mareeba’s Centenary Park on Byrnes St next to the Heritage Museum and showcases arts, fresh produce, birds for sale and more.last_img read more

Verbal abuse a problem in New Zealand schools

first_imgStuff 12 June 2015Verbal abuse is the biggest bullying problem children face at school, a new survey of New Zealand’s school kids reveals.More than 18,000 children from years 5 to 13 took part in the CensusAtSchool project that asked them 35 questions, including on how much of a problem different types of bullying were at their school.The anonymous survey revealed that 36 per cent believed that verbal abuse was a problem, while  31 per cent highlighted cyberbullying.This was the first time CensusAtSchool has asked about bullying,  team member and Otahuhu College teacher Anne Patel said.“Information about the scale of bullying is hard to get in New Zealand because we don’t have a way of quantifying it on a national level. But as CensusAtSchool is anonymous and available to students in every school in the country, we are getting a unique student-eye view of its scale and prevalence.”Questions needed to be asked about why more students viewed bullying as a problem in co-ed schools rather than single-sex schools, she said.Children were also asked about physical and social bullying, but these were ranked as less of a problem.BULLYING IN SCHOOLSVerbal bullying more of a problem in high schools, with 39% of students saying it was an issue compared to 29% in primary schools. It was also more of a problem for girls in co-ed schools: 43% compared to 33% at same-sex schools.Girls were more likely to say cyberbullying was a problem at school, 34% compared to 26% of boys.Cyberbullies were not typical to gender with 69% saying they were made up of equal numbers of boys and girls.Social or relational bullying was a problem for 25% of students.Physical bullying was only a problem at their school for 19% of students. read more

LIAT workers in Dominica are still awaiting severance packages from the company.

first_img Share Share 34 Views   no discussions In photo: LIAT nigh landing flight in Dominica. Photo credit: GIS NewsGeneral Secretary of the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union Kertiste Augusts is representing LIAT workers in Dominica.He said “notwithstanding the fact that the protocol between both parties was signed on July 11, 2011 up to yesterday, LIAT staff has not yet received their severance packages as detailed and prescribed in the protocol. We are monitoring the situation,”.Regional airline LIAT said its decision to close its City Ticketing Offices (CTOs) was taken against a background of the need both to cut costs and to adapt the Company’s business model to a changing economic and technological environment and, in particular, to promote the use of web-based and telephone bookings.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews LIAT workers in Dominica are still awaiting severance packages from the company. by: – July 29, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Kitchen Fire Leads To Damage In Nine Apartments

first_imgA Batesville restaurant is closed today after suffering water damage.Update (2:00 p.m.)Batesville Fire Chief Todd Schutte says the cause of a fire at RomWeber Flats was caused by an individual cooking on the stove.The property’s sprinkler system contained the fire to the one apartment. It did result in some water damage to nine apartment homes and the Big Four Café. It delayed restaurant operations by three hours on Wednesday.“There were no injuries as a result of the fire and all residents effected have been taken care of,” according to Teri Hedemark, Area Manager forFlaherty and Collins, the property management company.“The Red Cross assisted in placing three families in hotels and a restoration company arrived shortly after the incident to begin repairs. We appreciated the quick response time from Emergency Services.”Update (8:30 a.m.)Owner Adam Israel says the Big Four Café will now reopen today at 10 a.m.First Report (7:54 a.m.)The Big Four Café in Batesville is closed Wednesday morning after the business suffered water damage.Fire crews responded to a report of a fire at a RomWeber Flats apartment early Wednesday morning. The sprinkler system was deployed leading to water draining down to the first floor where the restaurant is located.Café owner Adam Israel said they are working on cleaning the water up today but the business did not suffer any fire damage.last_img read more

Howaed Stanley “Peg” Terrill

first_imgHoward Stanley “Peg” Terrill, 82, of Guilford, passed away Monday, September 19, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, IN.He was born on November 3, 1933 to Lindsay and Gladys (Posey) Terrill at Dearborn County, Indiana.. Howard was in the Army and served his country . He worked as a Foreman for Schenley Distillery.He was a member of the Aurora Keith Ross American Legion and the Aurora Eagles. He loved to play cards, 7-up and Euchre, ride around in the golf cart and go to auctions. Howard didn’t know a stranger. He enjoyed socializing, sharing stories and jokes with anyone within hearing distance. He also loved to spend time with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed..Howard is survived by his loving spouse of 62years, Corrine “Cody”, daughter, Delana Lynn Terrill of Aurora, Indiana; sons, Mark Howard Terrill of Lawrenceburg, IN, Michael Lane (Kyle) Terrill, Marshall David (Patty) Terrill, Brian Scott (Becky) Terrill, Andru Jason (Milissa) Terrill, all of Aurora, IN;17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by Father, Lindsay Terrill, Mother, Gladys Terrill and siblings,George, James, Aldine Terrill.Visitation will be held Thursday, September 22, 2016, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Funeral services will be held following visitation at 7:00 pm, with Tom Largent, officiating. Honor Guard services will be conducted at the funeral home by local Military Veterans.Memorials are suggested toWarm The Children. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Online condolences can be given at read more

Lee County Speedway crowns 2017 kings

first_imgBy Brian NealDONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 25) – Darin Weisinger Jr. won his first Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature on Friday during the season championship program at Lee County Speedway.Weisinger edged out Brandon Reu by a bumper. Reu settled for a close second, which was good enough to clinch the track championship,Jeff Waterman pulled away over the final 11 laps to cruise to his second Budweiser IMCA Modi­fied win in a row and seventh overall at the track. Dennis LaVeine finished second and secured the track championship.Abe Huls held Jason Cook at the line to claim his third Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car win of the season. John Oliver Jr. came from seventh to finish fourth and also earned the track championship.Austen Becerra edged away from the pack over the final eight laps to pick up his sixth Shottenkirk Part Express IMCA Northern SportMod win of 2017. Champion Tony Dunker cam from 10th to finish fifth.Point standings for all IMCA divisions become official on Oct. 23.last_img read more