Govt expects unemployment to worsen, continue into next year

first_imgThe government expects 4 million additional people to fall below the poverty line this year, making for a total of 28 million people in poverty in the nation, or around 10.6 percent of the population, up from 9.2 percent in September of last year.“With government’s intervention, we could reduce [the number of additional people who fall into poverty] to under 1 million so that it does not reach double digits this year,” said Suharso.The government is targeting a poverty rate of between 9.2 percent to 9.7 percent next year, according to the minister.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$49.2 billion), or 4.2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that figure, Rp 172.1 trillion has been designated for the social safety net, far higher than the previous plan’s allocation of Rp 110 trillion.Indonesia’s economy has been hit hard by the pandemic. It grew 2.97 percent in the first three months this year, the weakest since 2001, as household spending and investment growth slowed.The government expects the economy to shrink by 3.8 percent in the second quarter of this year, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said during the same hearing.Sri Mulyani revised the country’s expected GDP growth down to between negative 0.4 percent and positive 1 percent this year because of feeble economic activity and depressed commodity prices.“The government is currently focusing on the economic recovery in the third and fourth quarters from the contraction in the second quarter,” Sri told lawmakers. “We will use our policy instruments, supported by Bank Indonesia, to maintain recovery momentum.”The government is hoping the economy will grow by 4.5 to 5.5 percent in 2021 on the back of a global economic recovery as the pandemic subsides.The World Bank expects the country’s poverty rate to increase by 2.1 to 3.6 percentage points this year, which would mean between 5.6 million and 9.6 million people could fall into poverty this year.“There is a need for adequate protection for vulnerable communities,” World Bank senior economist for Indonesia Ralph Van Doorn said recently. “We are concerned that the value of the stimulus package may not be enough to offset the economic impact on households.”The World Bank now projects zero percent growth for Indonesia this year as the COVID-19 crisis causes the global economy to experience its deepest downturn since World War II.Topics : “If the [economic] condition persists throughout the year, we are worried that unemployment will reach 10.7 million to 12.7 million in 2021,” Suharso said during a parliamentary hearing on Monday.The coronavirus has forced people to stay at home, disrupting business activity as shops, factories and offices have shut their doors. As economic activity languishes, millions of Indonesians have lost their jobs and are in danger of falling into poverty.As of May 27, more than 1.79 million people had lost their jobs after nonessential businesses shut down to comply with government restrictions, according to data from the Manpower Ministry.“We are hoping that jobs will return to near prepandemic levels,” Suharso said. The nation’s high unemployment rate is expected to worsen and continue into next year as the country braces for further economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, senior government officials said on Monday.Some 5.5 million people may lose their jobs this year, pushing the unemployment rate to between 8.1 and 9.2 percent, up from 5.28 percent last year, according to National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa.As a result, up to 12.7 million people are expected to be unemployed by next year, up from 7.05 million people in 2019. The government’s baseline scenario for next year predicts that the unemployment rate will be between 7.7 and 9.1 percent.last_img read more

Vice squad: East Java Police officers reported for marital infidelity

first_imgA top official at the National Police’s internal affairs division revealed that a large number of East Java Police officers had been reported for marital infidelity.Sr. Comr. Budi P. said that the East Java Police had recorded the highest number of infidelity cases in the country. “At the National Police headquarters [in Jakarta], the East Java Police are famous for the many officers that are unfaithful,” the official said on Tuesday on the sidelines of a visit to the Probolinggo police department headquarters, as quoted by kompas.com. “After we checked the data, it turned out that it was true; East Java has the highest number of police infidelity cases in Indonesia.” Budi did not say exactly how many cases of police infidelity had been reported in the province.He said that police departments in almost every regency and municipality in East Java had reported cases of adultery. “We have passed through Madiun, Kediri, Blitar and Malang, and all them have [cases of police marital infidelity],” he said.He warned that those caught could be dishonorably discharged from the institution, “especially if they are cheating with policewomen, police officers’ wives, or civil servants”.  Sex between a married person and a person who is not his or her legal spouse is outlawed under the current Criminal Code and carries a maximum sentence of eight months of imprisonment. The law, however, also only allows the husband or wife who has been cheated on to report the crime. A revised version of the Code, currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives, would outlaw all forms of sex outside marriage, including consensual sex between two unmarried people. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Biden unveils $2 trillion climate plan in new contrast with Trump

first_imgWhite House hopeful Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious, $2 trillion climate change plan that would revamp the US energy sector and seek to achieve carbon pollution-free power in just 15 years.The clean energy proposal was fleshed out in a speech in Wilmington as the veteran Democrat drew a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump ahead of November’s election by arguing that fighting climate change would be a massive job creator under a Biden administration.Insisting that “there’s no more consequential challenge” today than climate change, Biden pledged to spend $2 trillion over four years to promote his plan, a dramatic acceleration of the $1.7 trillion he had proposed to spend over 10 years  during the primary race. He reiterated that he would rejoin the Paris climate agreement that Trump quit in 2017, fund the construction of 1.5 million new energy efficient homes, upgrade appliance standards and prioritize renewable energy.”We’re not just going to tinker around the edges,” Biden said.”I know meeting the challenge will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jolt new life into our economy.”Biden said he would reverse some 100 steps by Trump to roll back environmental regulations. He also recalled parts of his earlier climate proposal that would put the nation on the road to net zero emissions economy-wide no later than 2050. Topics : “Transforming the American electrical sector to produce power without producing carbon pollution… will be the greatest spurring of job creation and economic competitiveness in the 21st century,” Biden said. “That’s why we’re going to achieve a carbon pollution-free electric sector by the year 2035.”The plan also includes more ambitious goals than the proposal he released months ago when he ran as one of the more moderate Democrats in the party’s nomination race.By embracing some ideas of his progressive ex-rivals, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Biden appears intent on winning over progressive voters who might be wary of the former vice president’s more centrist positions. ‘Extreme’ Trump delivered a rebuttal hours later, accusing Biden of launching a “hard-left crusade against American energy” and pushing a platform “that would demolish the US economy.””He wants no oil and gas,” Trump said as he criticized Biden’s plan to reduce carbon emissions.One week earlier Biden unveiled a unity platform that incorporated positions from leftist Sanders, but Trump attacked it as “the most extreme platform of any major party nominee, by far, in American history.”Biden, who has refrained from campaigning publicly amid coronavirus outbreaks, berated Trump for failing to contain a pandemic which has killed 136,000 Americans, or set the right example by wearing a mask, something Trump finally did on Saturday.”I’m glad he made the shift,” Biden said of Trump appearing in a mask.”But Mr President, it’s not enough. We won’t be able to turn the corner and get the American people back to work safely without presidential leadership.”Biden leads Trump on most issues, according to polling, but voters still see the president as stronger on steering the US economy.last_img read more

The imposition of silence in St. Mark

first_imgLocalNews The imposition of silence in St. Mark by: – February 11, 2012 22 Views   no discussions Photo credit: measureofdoubt.blogspot.comThe healing of leprosy in the Gospels focuses on two things: a command to inform the authorities and make the appropriate offering for the cure; secondly, a command to keep it otherwise to yourself. In Mark, the first feature seems not nearly as urgent as the second.Apart from fulfilling the ritual requirement, the leper (or the recipient of the miracle generally) is put under a strict obligation to keep the whole thing quiet.Why did Jesus issue such a command as the latter ? He must have known that human nature being what it is, people healed of very disabling sickness would talk about it – which is what they all did, and to all and sundry.There have been a couple of reasons historically given for Jesus’ action. One influential reason is that he knew he had to counteract the prevailing notions of the function of the Messiah, and that miraculous performances would fuel the wrong sort of expectation. There’s something to this view, I think. There was a sharp contrast between prevailing view of the character of the Messiah (which the disciples also shared) and Jesus’ own view. We should remember, for instance, that even after the resurrection, when the disciples (should have and) seemed to have gone beyond their former understanding, Peter still asked Jesus: Are you now going to establish the kingdom? By kingdom he meant the concrete political kingdom of Judah, of course. So the old convictions hadn’t yet died despite everything. For Peter it effectively died only with his own crucifixion.The interpretation I prefer has to do with another choice Jesus made, not so much in keeping with his view of the Messiah, as opposed to his countrymen’s, but his choice for the importance of faith over miracle. The great mystics have always known that one of the greatest challenges to faith is the miraculous. This is why they never paid unusual attention to things like levitation, locutions, and visions. They did not deny that sometimes these manifestations are divine gifts, but they insisted on two things, first that authenticity of any gift is shown by the fruits the gift produces. Does it increase the pride of the recipient, and the feeling that one belongs to God’s chosen; or does it effect an increase in humility and service. Overall they wrote that we should pay attention more to faith, to “dark faith,” as St. John of the Cross described it, than to what provokes the wonder of our senses.Walking by faith, however, not by sight, as St. Paul recommended, is not always simple or easy. The road along which we walk is not always smooth; nor do we always proceed with easy step and lightness of heart. It’s not just a winding road, but one that sometimes loses all its contours in mist and fog.That is why Jesus preferred it, I think. It demands more heroism. It the reason why he would not turn stones into bread. That way he would certainly have won many followers. But that would not have been a free faith but one won at the price of the miracle. That faith Jesus did not want. He preferred our free, uncompelled allegiance, that we should adhere to him drawn by the spell of his character and testimony of his words.The Church has in several ways continued this way indicated by Jesus. It certainly does not belittle the reality of the miraculous. How could it, while it serves the most awesome miracle of all, God in the flesh. But it does not make miracles, e.g., the miracles of Lourdes and Fatima, articles of faith, and it always advises us not to prefer the significance of the former over the reality of the latter. In the Gospel of John, the perspective is different from Mark’s. The Jesus of John’s Gospel is more deliberately not the human but the divine Jesus. Miracles are signs of his identity and his origin. So also are the great “I am” statements. In the world of Mark, on the other hand, we are in the theological world of the deliberately human Jesus. There’s no contradiction, of course, between the two. Mark and John are two disciples, two theologians, giving differently valid takes on how the divine is manifested in our midst.By: Father Henry Charles PhD Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

P1-M bounty dangled for fugitive convicts

first_img“The P1-million prize is available to all those who can capture them dead or alive, but maybe dead would be a better option,” Duterte told the media at the Malacañang on Tuesday. President Rodrigo Dutertte’ deadline for convicts believed to have been erroneously released based on the Good Conduct Time Allowance ends today. Those who will fail to surrender before the deadline may face warrantless arrest. PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is offering P1 million to anyone who can capture a heinous crime convict freed through the expanded Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law as his 15-day ultimatum lapses today. The GCTA law came under fire following reports that it could benefit Antonio Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna convicted in 1990’s rape-murder case that was among the most followed in the country. The President had earlier toyed with the idea of offering a bounty for the capture of one of the 1,914 heinous crime convicts freed since 2014 through the controversial expanded GCTA policy, which more than doubled the time allowances granted to prisoners for good conduct. According to BuCor, at least 22,049 persons deprived of liberty were released from 2014 to 2019 through GCTA, with 1,914 of them had been convicted of heinous crimes such as murder and rape. President Duterte has earlier ordered the 1,914 released heinous crime inmates to surrender or be labeled as fugitives before September 19. So far, more than 600 freed convicts have turned themselves in to the authorities./PNlast_img read more

Fear Factory Opens Friday The Thirteenth

first_imgFear Factory, located at the RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville, Indiana will provide 6 weekends of terror beginning Friday the 13th of September. The factory has been completely renovated and expanded to nearly 25,000 sq. ft.Visitors will encounter a whole new experience this year thanks in part to the generosity of over 20 Hill-Rom engineers, designers and volunteers who have completely made over every square foot of the factory.Once home to the Batesville Coffin Company, Fear Factory now helps build awareness of drug prevention through its exhibits. Proceeds benefit Cierra’s Club which is a non-profit entity managed by the Batesville Community Education Fund and is used to provide drug free entertainment for the youth. Grants from the Ripley County Local Coordinating Council, Ripley County Community Foundation and the City of Batesville have allowed organizers to triple the size of the factory and include various exhibits related to drug and alcohol prevention. One such exhibit is the haunted cemetery which features an eerie music and light show among the tombstones of those who have succumb to the effects of drugs. One unfortunate drunk driver who crashed into the crypt will forever be “employed” at Fear Factory.Cierra’s Club was founded after Cierra Adams died from a drug overdose on July 16, 2011; her 18th birthday. Their mission is to show the youth in the community how much fun can be had at drug free activities. Over 45 area youth and adults have volunteered to be characters in the haunted house which will run Sept 13th from 7 pm to 10 pm, Sunday, Sept 29 & Oct 13th at 1 pm to 3 pm for a lights on tour with other children activities for those who are afraid of what lurks in the dark, and Friday and Saturday Oct 4, 5, 18, 19, 25 & 26 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Special tours beginning at the stroke of Midnight on Friday Oct 4 & 18 will include the upper 2 floors of the factory.Admission is $5.00 per person and the Midnight tour is $10.00 per person. The entrance is on Depot Street. Oldenburg Academy’s OASIS group will provide concessions in the Fright Bite Café. Visit www.fearfactorybatesville.com for details or Facebook at fearfactory/Romweber.The attached video was done by Grant Greene a student at Batesville High School and a volunteer at Fear Factory. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B535zlTtBW5GLURISUNuWDhMMXM/edit?pli=1Press Releaselast_img read more

Obesity numbers climb

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — The 2017 Community Health Status Survey says as many as 70 percent of southeastern Indiana residents are overweight. Thirty-three percent of those people are reportedly obese. Numbers in both categories are up from from the last survey taken in 2013.Officials from the Centers for Disease Control say obesity is associated with reduced quality of life, poorer mental health outcomes, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.“In our region, nearly 8 in 10 adults with fair or poor health are overweight or obese, while just less than 6 in 10 adults with excellent or very good health are overweight or obese,” says O’dell M. Owens, M.D., M.P.H., President/CEO of Interact for Health. “This illustrates the connection between weight and overall health.”The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) was conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati for Interact for Health. A total of 4,261 randomly selected adults residing in eight Ohio counties, nine Kentucky counties, and five Indiana counties were interviewed by telephone between August 10, 2016, and March 8, 2017. This included 1,906 landline interviews and 2,355 cell phone interviews.last_img read more

Super Falcons Primed for Good Outing against France

first_imgKick-off time is 9pm at the Stade MMArena.Today’s game is an interesting one with Nigeria a mix of veterans and upcoming stars, while France, who finished in fourth place at the FIFA World Cup finals in Germany seven years ago, also boast a number of new prospects.Falcons’ Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby, who had been in France three days before the contingent landed on Wednesday is expected to use the game to try out fresh invitees to spice up the team.All 18 players, including Holland-based Sophia Omotola Omidiji, a late call-up, had a light work out at the Le Clos Fleuri ground at 10am and later followed with a tougher session in the evening at the Le Mans Stadium.Nigeria’s Falcons have won eight of the 10 editions of the Women Africa Cup of Nations staged to date, and have represented Africa at all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since the first competition was held in China 27 years ago.While Skipper Rita Chikwelu, Josephine Chukwunonye, Faith Ikidi, Ugo Njoku, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi, Francis Ordega and Desire Oparanozie have been everywhere and seen it all, goalkeepers Onyinyechukwu Okeke and Chiamaka Nnadozie, as well as Glory Ogbonna and Anam Imo are starry-eyed and looking to notch senior caps.The match comes just days after the Super Eagles concluded the first phase of their 2018 FIFA World Cup actual build-up with useful encounters against Poland in Wroclaw and Serbia in London, and the Under-20 boys concluded a two-match tour of the Arab Republic of Egypt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria’s senior women national team, Super Falcons, is scheduled to take on France today in an international friendly in the city of Le Mans, west of France.last_img read more

Jamie xx to headline USG’s Springfest 2016

first_imgThe USC Concerts Committee released the partial lineup for Springfest 2016 on Tuesday evening, featuring English DJ and producer Jamie xx as the headliner.The other acts will include Jynjo, DJ SANTI, Matt DiMona, Massi, Bianca Lexis, Ulf Bonde, Matt Ossentjuk, Kid Cadaver, Cozz and Jeremih.Jamie xx released his solo debut album In Colour May 29, 2015, which peaked at 21 on Billboard 200, topped the Top Dance/Electronic Album Charts and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2016. Complex Magazine notes that the album has house, U.K. garage and rave influences. A single from the album, titled “Loud Places,” has more than 10.5 million views on YouTube, and another single, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times),” has more than 43 million plays on Spotify. Jamie xx is set to go on tour in late May and will play in major cities across the nation, as well as France, Germany and the United Kingdom.GREENHAÜS will also be putting on events in a “geodesic dome,” according to the Facebook event. The dome will open with Guided Meditation with BreatheSC starting at 2 p.m. and Geodesic Yoga happening shortly after, followed by the bass house and indie disco DJ Jynjo playing a set, which will transition to a virtual reality panel. DJ SANTI will play a set later in the afternoon with a climate-change panel following. After, Matt DiMona will play a set, and an event titled “Yoga of Bass: Music Ecstasy and Freedom” will take place. Massi will play a set, followed by Bianca Lexis, and a back-to-back set with Ulf Bonde and Matt Ossentjuk will conclude the side-stage events at 8:30 p.m. Playing on the main stage will be Kid Cadaver, Cozz, Jeremih and Jamie xx, who is expected to play at 10:30 p.m.There will also be food trucks catering the event, with The Boba Truck, Border Grill Truck & Catering, Jogasaki Sushiburrito, The Grilled Cheese Truck and King Kone offering their services and products.USC Springfest 2016 will take place Saturday at McCarthy Quad at 1:45 p.m., with vendors opening up at 2 p.m. Students will be required to bring their USC ID to gain entry. It is scheduled to end at 11:30 p.m.last_img read more

Panelists discuss climate change

first_img“One thing about me is that I’m a self-avowed scholar-activist,” Gibson said. “I consider myself an environmentalist, and I am a participant in a number of environmental NGOs.” “This spring series is looking at big problems or hot-button issues in bringing together scholars from different methodologies and training for a conversation,” McPherson said. “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth … these are one and the same fight,” Gibson said. “Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.” Approximately 50 students attended an interdisciplinary discussion on climate change and its impact hosted by the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study Wednesday. At the event, which is the third installation of the Spring 2019 Polymathic Pizza series, assistant professor of international relations Shannon Gibson, and assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering George Ban-Weiss spoke about how each of their fields is impacted by climate change.   “The Academy was created to give the very inquisitive, intellectually-curious students of USC a way to operate outside the confines of their discipline and think about how problems might be tackled across disciplinary divides using polymathic methods,” McPherson said. Following Ban-Weiss’ presentation, McPherson led a discussion about societal indifference toward climate change. Gibson said the indifference stems from the fact that western communities often don’t experience the effects of global warming firsthand. Ban-Weiss said his polymathic endeavors include performing songs about the environment on bass in order to impact broader communities. “A lot of these groups are already vulnerable to the effects of climate change,” Gibson said. “It was these groups that tend to suffer disproportionately from climate change who are often denied access to environmental benefits — things like clean water, sanitation — and are historically denied access to decision making.” The event was moderated by Sidney Harman Academy Director Tara McPherson. Hana Craft, a junior majoring in psychology, said she found the event to be thought-provoking. “It was really so profound to hear from people who have been working for years, even decades, toward understanding this topic and the ways that solutions may have negative impacts and positive impacts,” Craft said. McPherson said she observed a distinction between two “societies” — civil and uncivil — which demonstrate the uneven effects of climate change on groups that suffer socially and economically. “Materials in cities, like asphalt pavements and rooftops, historically are very dark and absorb a lot of sunlight,” Ban-Weiss said. “Part of the research that I do is [explore], ‘In what ways can we brighten up materials?’” Gibson’s research studies the role societal participation plays in politics, primarily from her perspective as an environmentalist and activist. Gibson spoke about the effects of climate change on international politics. Citing Ban Ki-moon, the former secretary general of the United Nations, Gibson said that many issues facing the world are interconnected. “The research that I do looks at climate change and air pollution but at a more local level — at the urban scale,” Ban-Weiss said. “The question is what can be done at a local level to actually affect the climate of your city.” According to the academy’s website, polymathy is utilizing a variety of interests and skills to innovate and solve problems. The Polymathic Pizza series pairs two professors from different fields in a discussion of critical issues facing society to highlight how various approaches and perspectives can come together to reach a solution. “In the United States, in Europe, in certain places, we don’t necessarily see or feel the tangible effects of climate change because we are, [for the most part], very much disconnected from the ecosystem,” Gibson said. Professors George Ban-Weiss (above) and Shannon Gibson discussed the intersection of international relations and environmental engineering during a panel Wednesday. (Dimple Sarnaaik/Daily Trojan) “It’s a musical concert that has a song cycle, —[the band] refers to it as a ‘Love Letter to the Ocean,’” Ban-Weiss said. “It goes through different parts that are environmentally related.” Ban-Weiss’ research uses field observations and quantitative models to study air pollution and climate change. Ban-Weiss said he tackles issues practically and locally rather than globally, since change on a massive scale is much harder to accomplish. One aspect of Ban-Weiss’ research focuses on how materials used to construct urban buildings contribute to climate change. His team has proposed adopting “cool roofs,” which reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it and could reduce Los Angeles’ average temperature by one or two degrees Fahrenheit. Gibson and Ban-Weiss each gave 10-minute presentations on their research and approaches toward proposing solutions to climate change.last_img read more