‘If you love them, don’t go home’: Urban migrants decide to stay put amid COVID-19

first_imgFor many Indonesians, family is among the first people we turn to for support and comfort when the going gets tough, but as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps more and more people home for work and school, urban migrants in Jakarta have been asked to refrain from returning to their hometowns to prevent the outbreak from spreading farther across the country.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on all citizens last week to work, study and worship from home to help slow the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.Indonesia has reported 790 confirmed cases to date and the numbers continue to rise each day. By Wednesday afternoon, 31 out of the 58 deaths across the nation were residents of Jakarta, which has emerged as the epicenter of the outbreak in Indonesia. “My mom is having chemotherapy right now for Stage IV breast cancer and she is immunocompromised. I would not forgive myself if anything happened to her just because I couldn’t stay put in Jakarta,” she told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. “I don’t want to potentially carry a virus back to my hometown.”Cynthia, who declined to give her family name, said she understood her colleagues who had decided to go back to their hometowns for fear of being quarantined all alone, or just to be with their families during these unprecedented and stressful times.“That being said, it doesn’t erase the fact that it is selfish and is putting others at risk. If I can stay away from my sick mom, so can you. But then again, it boils down to what they consider to be important,” she noted.Public health expert Sudirman Nasir said that it was important for people – and especially youngsters – to understand that although they might feel healthy or are not showing any symptoms associated with the disease, they can still be carriers of the virus and infect others.For people who had traveled far from home for work or study, this meant that they must avoid returning to their hometowns in the midst of the outbreak, said the lecturer from Hasanuddin University in Makassar, South Sulawesi, who is now offering his lectures online for as long as the study-from-home policy remains in place. Sudirman added that he never tired of telling those who lived far from home to stay put in Makassar.“If you love them, then don’t go home, especially if your parents and relatives who have comorbidities [additional health conditions] or are above 65 years old. You can use technology to communicate with them for the time being,” he told the Post. “It is pivotal to practice [physical] distancing and avoid travel.”Separately, 31-year-old Yodie Hardiyam admitted to being a little worried that he might have put his family’s lives in danger, although he had no idea whether he was a carrier. An employee of a company based in Jakarta, he did not think about the possible consequences of a brief trip he recently took to see his family in Salatiga, Central Java.“I’m worried because [my parents] are now over 60 years old,” Yodie said. “We keep tabs on each other every day to see how we’re doing. Alhamdulillah [Praise be to God] we are all healthy so far, and I am grateful for that.”Looking at the worsening conditions in Jakarta and across the country, Yodie has considered scrapping this year’s plans to take mudik – the annual exodus that millions of Indonesians make to reunite with their families in their hometowns for Idul Fitri.The two-day Islamic holiday is expected to fall on May 24 to 25 this year, while the holy fasting month of Ramadan is likely to start around April 24.Chenny, 25, another employee based in Jakarta, said that most of her relatives in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, had already canceled their flights to Semarang.The city in Central Java is where her grandmother lives, and where the entire family gathers every year for Idul Fitri.“We had already bought our tickets for Idul Fitri, but we decided to cancel them. Our grandmother is really old and we don’t want to take any chances in any way and infect her,” she said.Syahrizal Syarief, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, said that the most dangerous thing about returning to one’s hometown or going on mudik during the outbreak was that people would ultimately flock to public transportation hubs – the worst possible place to be if the aim was to contain the virus’ spread.Syahrizal urged the government to issue a much stronger policy to avoid this mass movement of people. This was particularly vital because he believed that people would not wait until Ramadan to return to their hometowns, especially those who were financially affected by the physical distancing or the work-from-home policy.“Living costs are more expensive in Jakarta than they are back in rural areas. [People] most definitely won’t wait until the fasting month to go home,” he said.As the number of scheduled trips continue to dwindle, the Transportation Ministry is mulling whether to restrict or even ban this year’s mudik to cut down on mass gatherings.Meanwhile, railway companies are already feeling the adverse effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.Vice president for public relations Yuskal Setiawan at PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), when contacted by the Post on Saturday, said that the state-owned railway company had seen a 46 percent decline in bookings for long-distance journeys since the outbreak emerged. Yuskal expected the downward trend to continue [at least] until Ramadan. “Demand is low and many passengers have canceled their trips,” he said.Topics : While many people still refuse to listen to the government and thereby put themselves and others at risk of infection, other people have chosen to stay put – not only for their own safety, but also for the safety of their loved ones.Wednesday marked the 10th day of self-isolation for Cynthia, a 25-year-old start-up content editor who lives in a rented room in Jakarta, far from her family in Medan, North Sumatra.Following the news closely from their home, Cynthia’s parents have asked her to return to Medan, worried about their daughter living alone in the capital that has been hardest hit by the outbreak.Although she really wanted to go back to be with her family and to take care of her mother, Cynthia has decided to stay in Jakarta – at least until the outbreak subsides. She understands that older adults and people with chronic or underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of infection, or even dying from COVID-19.last_img read more

Statewide Local Government Leaders Join Governor Wolf to Rally for Restore Pennsylvania

first_imgStatewide Local Government Leaders Join Governor Wolf to Rally for Restore Pennsylvania May 15, 2019 Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman today were joined by state, county, and local government leaders from across the commonwealth to rally for Restore Pennsylvania. Leaders called on the legislature to support the aggressive infrastructure plan, citing the need for resources to expand broadband access to every Pennsylvanian, combat blight, prevent flooding, expand green infrastructure, and provide opportunities to build a modern, interconnected commonwealth.Learn more about what critical infrastructure could be fixed in your community with Restore Pennsylvania at governor.pa.gov/restore-pennsylvania.“For the past four months I’ve been traveling across Pennsylvania speaking directly to the community leaders, business owners, and residents who desperately need Restore Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “Today, I’m proud to stand with many of those individuals to rally in support of the only infrastructure plan that can make our commonwealth a leader in the 21st century. I am calling upon the legislature to do what’s right for the people of Pennsylvania by investing in them, and in our shared future, by supporting Restore Pennsylvania.”More than 70 local leaders, including representatives of townships, boroughs, cities, counties, sewer and water authorities, emergency management agencies, code enforcement offices and municipal organizations stood behind Gov. Wolf has he called upon the General Assembly to support Restore Pennsylvania.“Through my experience as mayor of a small town, I know firsthand what Restore Pennsylvania can do for towns all across the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. “These are the sorts of projects that people in Braddock and beyond want to see completed on a local level, because they’re projects that will have a tangible and meaningful impact on their lives, every day.”Gov. Wolf developed Restore Pennsylvania after taking note of infrastructure issues plaguing communities of all types and sizes across the commonwealth. The five infrastructure areas targeted by Restore Pennsylvania are unfunded or underfunded by current budgeting mechanisms and include high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects.Driven by local input about community needs, Restore Pennsylvania will assist communities with upgrading infrastructure, improving business climates, and increasing livability. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met. Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Poland’s second-pillar funds face bleak future, experts say

first_imgThe PiS government’s electoral promises included a significant increase in social and other expenditures, including a monthly PLN500 (€115) subsidy for every second and subsequent child designed to boost the country’s current low birthrate.Kwiatkowska regards the government’s assumptions on increased revenues from tax increases as optimistic.“Selling off OFE assets in tranches would enable the government to ‘patch up’ the budget over the next few years,” she explained.Other market analysts have also pointed to the OFE’s vulnerability as a result of the PiS’s spending plans.The brokerage PKO Dom Maklerski, which in its 2016 CEE strategy paper estimates that the budget deficit will rise from a projected 2.9% of GDP in 2016 to 3.2% in 2017, cites an overhaul of the OFE system as a means for the government to avoid breaching the EU’s 3% deficit limit.In addition to budgetary constraints, Kwiatkowska points to the antagonism expressed by PiS politicians towards the current private pension system, which comes up for its statutory three-year review in the second half of 2016.PiS politicians have proposed extending the choice between OFEs and the first-pillar Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) to cover a member’s entire savings, not just annual contributions, as is the case now.Meanwhile, as dictated by the 2014 reforms, Poles have their next opportunity to choose whether to direct their contribution of 2.92% of gross wages to the OFEs or ZUS in April-July 2016.Unlike the previous window in 2014, the OFEs will no longer be banned from advertising over this period as a result of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling in November 2015, but they still face an uphill task given last year’s Polish stock market slump.The reforms’ removal of all sovereign bonds from OFE portfolios essentially converted them into equity funds with highly volatile results and negative 12-month returns in 2015.“The OFEs were created as balanced funds, which, thanks to the relatively high share of bonds in the portfolio, generated a fairly stable rate of return,” Kwiatkowska said.“This change is a kind of breach of contract, and members of the fund were unprepared for such an OFE investment profile. Therefore, we believe many of them will opt for ZUS.”She added that the Tribunal’s judgement ruling that the sovereign bond removal complied with the constitution opens the way for the government to take further steps.PKO Dom Maklerski has a similarly downbeat outlook, noting that there are no optimistic scenarios for the OFEs.For instance, the “slider” under which those with 10 or fewer years left to retirement have their OFE savings transferred to ZUS under the current legislation would see an accelerated asset depletion if the PiS’s proposal to reverse the previous government’s retirement-age increase becomes law.The brokerage also suggests the slider could be lengthened to 15 years before retirement.Its most pessimistic scenarios include ZUS ending up with 75% of OFE assets.In such a case, one risk is that international index compilers may question whether such assets should be treated as being in free float, and lower Poland’s weighting in international indices accordingly. The future for Poland’s voluntary second-pillar funds (OFEs) under the Law and Justice (PiS) party elected in October 2015 looks increasingly grim, with some market players forecasting a rapid demise.The Polish private equity and equity mutual fund company Towarzystwo Funduszy Inwestycyjnych Capital Partners (TFI CP) maintains that the system will be liquidated in the coming two years and is adjusting its portfolios accordingly.Joanna Kwiatkowska, a member of the management board and portfolio manager at TFI CP, said: “We see the final dismantling of the OFEs as a significant risk factor for the Polish equity market that we take into account when constructing our fund portfolios.“We avoid companies in which the OFEs have a significant stake.”last_img read more

FSB tweaks asset management plan, but G-SIFI thrust frustrates

first_imgThe FSB said its final policy recommendations deviated from its June 2016 proposals in a few ways to reflect responses to its consultation.“Among other things,” it said, “the recommendations on liquidity have been revised to encourage authorities to develop consistent reporting requirements, to better distinguish the information that is useful to authorities and investors, and to emphasise the exploratory nature of system-wide stress testing at this time.“The purposes and uses of leverage measures also have been clarified.”The FSB said it also clarified the circumstances where authorities could consider providing specific guidance to facilitate the use of exceptional liquidity management tools to include, for example, when there is a market dislocation or overall market stress. ‘Bad policy’ warningIn a statement, Paul Schott Stevens, president and chief executive at the Investment Company Institute (ICI), which represents investment funds in the US and around the world, said the FSB had made “some helpful changes”.He also welcomed the FSB charging the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) with evaluating the recommendations and considering next steps.He said the ICI remained troubled, however, that the report continued to “perpetuate the FSB’s flawed assumptions about liquidity risk management by open-ended funds”.Angus Canvin, senior adviser at the Investment Association (IA) in the UK, told IPE the association had “minor quibbles” with some of the recommendations, but that, “in the big scheme of things”, the association was “broadly speaking happy with where the FSB has landed”, as this was a major improvement on where the FSB began its work on asset management two years ago.The “best bit”, he said, was the role assigned to IOSCO, as this is “where the expertise concerning our industry really lies”.However, like the ICI, the IA remains concerned the FSB has said it would resume its work on methodologies that could lead to asset managers being designated G-SIFIs like banks and insurers.The IA believes these methodologies are “fundamentally misconceived”, according to Canvin.“Policy made on that basis will be bad policy we think,” he said. “It’s frustrating to us, and we regret that the FSB has said it will go back to this discredited methodology.”The ICI’s Stevens also lamented the FSB’s plans to continue its work on methodologies to identify non-bank non-insurance G-SIFIs (NBNI G-SIFIs).“If the FSB engages in an evidence-based analysis, we believe the FSB will conclude – at a minimum – that there is no basis for considering regulated funds and their managers for possible G-SIFI designation,” he said. The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has set out its final policy recommendations for tackling structural weak spots in asset management activities, making some welcome changes but also frustrating some in the industry by deciding to pursue work that could lead to asset managers being deemed “systemically important”.The Basel-based FSB has been examining the asset management sector since 2015 due to concerns its growth, alongside trends such as increased investment in illiquid assets, could pose a danger to financial stability.It made policy recommendations to tackle “structural vulnerabilities” of asset management activities in June last year, covering risks such as liquidity mismatches in open-ended funds and leverage within investment funds.The FSB, with other international bodies, has been considering designating asset managers as globally systemically financial institutions (G-SIFIs) alongside banks and insurers but delayed a decision on this until after its work on the structural vulnerabilities of asset managers was completed.last_img read more

CGG Begins Nebula 3D Acquisition Offshore Brazil

first_imgCGG has started acquisition of Nebula 3D, a new, long-offset BroadSeis survey located in the Campos and Santos Basins, offshore Brazil.With an initial focus on Brazil’s 15th License Round blocks, the data is being acquired by the Geo Caribbean and a portion of the survey will provide 3D data coverage where no other 3D data currently exists.CGG Geoscience’s Subsurface Imaging Center in Rio will deliver imaging of pre-salt structures in these prolific basins.Dechun Lin, EVP, Multi-Client & New Ventures, CGG, said: “CGG has the industry’s most extensive multi-client data library in Brazil and is the trusted source for ultramodern broadband 3D data, particularly over the pre-salt area. Nebula will further expand our vast contiguous volume of data in the Santos and Campos Basins and interested clients will gain enhanced insight from our high-quality imaging to identify potential prospects over their purchased blocks in this highly prospective region.”The Nebula 3D survey is supported by industry funding.last_img read more

Bulldog Grapplers Start Season With Win Over Panthers

first_imgThe Batesville High School Wrestling team opened their season traveling to Jennings County bringing only 8 wrestlers to compete. Despite giving up 6 forfeits, the bulldog grapplers were able to claim a 39-36 victory.The night started with the bulldogs giving up a forfeit at 170 then bouncing back when Axel Garcia received a forfeit at 182 making the dual tied 6-6. Jennings then won 4 straight with 3 forfeits and a pin giving the panthers a 30-6 lead.Alex Murphy got things started at 113 recording 2 takedowns on his way to getting the first pin of the season for the bulldogs fighting up the score to 30-12. Jennings county got their final forfeit of the night giving them a commanding 36-12 lead. Tyler Schaffer would start a rally getting 2 takedowns leading to a 6-3 victory at 132 cutting down the lead to 36-15.Batesville would then capitalize on the momentum with 4 straight pins. Jonah Chase got a 1st period pin at 138 to come a step closer making the score 36-21. JT Linkel followed things up at 145 with 3 takedowns before earning a pin making the score 36-27. 152 pounder Josh Mobley kept the momentum going with 4 take downs and a pin to bring the score within 3 at 36-33. It all came down to the final match as Nick Nobbe would take the mat at 160. Nobbe got a quick takedown to start the match and in dramatic fashion got the pin with only 1 second left in the first period to finally give Batesville the lead at 39-36 giving the bulldogs their first win of the season starting out at 1-0. Also competing for the bulldogs on the night was Brandon Manning at 220 who had a hard fought match. Batesville will next host Madison in their home opener next Tuesday the 27th at 6 pm.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Millerlast_img read more

Next IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour date will be at Knoxville

first_imgKNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 20) – The next event on the schedule for the IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour will be Thursday at Knoxville Raceway.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $1,500 to win and a minimum of $300 to start in the July 21 show. Also on the Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel card is a $1,000 to win feature for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the 6:15 p.m. drivers’ meeting precedes 7:15 hot laps with racing to follow.The grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for 12 and under.The Dirt Duel will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.Wednesday’s scheduled tour event at Southern Iowa Speedway was rained out.Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 167; 2. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 164; 3. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 161; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 149; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center, 148; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 126; 7. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 125; 8. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, 118; 9. David Brown, Kellogg, 96; 10. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 94; 11. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, and Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, both 77; 13. Jeremy Mills, Garner, and Jacob Murray, Hartford, both 76; 15. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, and Tom Berry Jr., Boone, both 74; 17. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 69; 18. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, 67; 19. Shane DeMey, Denison, 65; 20. Kurt Kile, Nichols, 64.last_img read more

Road repairs in Franklin County today

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Highway Department reports that St Marys Road will be closed between Sunman Road and Morris Road for road repairs.Other roads:Hanning Road closed this morning for road repair.Bower Road is closed for road repair.last_img

UMBC, Vermont put streaks on line

first_imgUMBC, Vermont put streaks on line SAVVY SENIORS: Vermont’s Anthony Lamb, Stef Smith and Everett Duncan have collectively accounted for 54 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 48 percent of all Catamounts points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: K.J. Jackson has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Maryland-Baltimore County field goals over the last three games. Jackson has 23 field goals and 13 assists in those games.STREAK SCORING: Vermont has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 78.6 points while giving up 53.8.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Catamounts have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Retrievers. Vermont has 47 assists on 81 field goals (58 percent) over its previous three contests while Maryland-Baltimore County has assists on 30 of 73 field goals (41.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Vermont defense has allowed only 58.4 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Catamounts fifth among Division I teams. The Maryland-Baltimore County offense has averaged 68.3 points through 27 games (ranked 239th, nationally). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMaryland-Baltimore County (13-14, 6-6) vs. Vermont (22-6, 12-1)Roy L Patrick Gymnasium, Burlington, Vermont; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Vermont looks for its 13th straight conference win against Maryland-Baltimore County. Maryland-Baltimore County’s last America East loss came against the Stony Brook Seawolves 74-63 on Feb. 1. Vermont is coming off a 63-54 win over Stony Brook in its most recent game. February 21, 2020last_img read more

Southerland impresses in win, grabs surprising 11 rebounds to lead SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm James Southerland’s over-the-top screaming as the point man on Syracuse’s full-court press elicited the thought of one name for Scoop Jardine. The verbal berating of the Kutztown in-bounder on the end-line and the rebounds added to the comparison. And when combined with Southerland’s surprising team lead with 11 rebounds on the night, it reminded Jardine and Kris Joseph of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah. ‘We call him Joakim Noah because he was out there doing everything,’ Jardine said. ‘We need a player like that on this team who is going to take that role and play it to the best of his ability.’ A year after playing to the best of his ability as the freshman who lit up the scoreboard in SU’s 2009 season-opener with 19 points, Southerland let that spotlight slip to his competition for playing time at forward in freshman C.J. Fair. But Southerland made sure to have another high-level game in his second career exhibition opener with those double-digit rebounds in 23 minutes. The sophomore went 0-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc. SU starting center Fab Melo and backup big man Baye Moussa Keita were the two Syracuse freshmen big men expected to control the boards. But the wiry 6-foot-8 Southerland was in the right place at the right time for a slew of rebounds. On one of his four offensive rebounds, he put back a dunk on a Mookie Jones-missed 3-pointer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text But more than that, in SU’s exhibition, there was an exhibition from Southerland that he hopes will help him see minutes in the competition at forward among him — Jones and Fair. He promises he will be able to rebound for SU head coach Jim Boeheim and the team this year, even if the 11 on Tuesday came against a team with its tallest starter standing at 6 feet 7 inches. ‘I feel like everybody on our team could score, so I felt like I needed to be the guy who was very active,’ Southerland said. ‘Hitting the boards, getting defensive rebounds and steals, fitting in. Because everybody on this team can score.’ In his postgame press conference, ‘active’ was a word that surfaced for Boeheim as well. He described the game as such roughly a half-dozen times and commended Southerland for his performance under the boards as such as well. ‘James did a good job on the boards, and they were an active group,’ Boeheim said. For Southerland, a year after playing the role of Fair in 2010, his focus simply came down to activity. Activity enough to become SU’s Joakim Noah. For one game, at least. Said Southerland: ‘That was my main focus — getting deflections, steals, rebounds, some blocks.’ Perfect from the line? Syracuse shot 100 percent from the free-throw line in Tuesday’s exhibition. Syracuse — yes, Syracuse — went 13-for-13 from the stripe in the game. But you would have never known it after listening to Boeheim’s postgame press conference. Despite being known as a program that year after year is one notorious for poor performances from the line — Syracuse shot 67.7 percent on free throws in 2009-10 — Boeheim didn’t touch on the subject after SU’s win. He didn’t even hint at it. It was a similar reaction from Joseph as the number failed to register with the junior small forward. When told SU was perfect at the line, Joseph looked shocked. ‘What?’ Joseph said. Joseph was 1-for-1 from the line, as Fair led SU by going 4-for-4. Jardine hit three, and Moussa Keita and Jones hit two. And from here on out, Joseph hopes the 20 minutes at practice the Orange devotes to the line will foster similar numbers to Tuesday’s. Numbers he will be sure to be aware of. ‘We practice free throws a lot, obviously, and they say that hard work pays off,’ Joseph said. ‘We sacrifice 20 minutes of practice toward free throws, 1-and-1’s and shooting twos.’ A business of T-shirt’s and bracelets Kris Joseph let it be known on Tuesday. For this Syracuse group, Big East champion isn’t enough. Joseph feels this group was supposed to — and should — have done more last season. After losing as the West Region’s No. 1 seed to eventual national finalist Butler, there is unfinished business to be taken care of. Business that was on display via the Orange’s warm-up shirts and on bracelets. Across the front of the shirt, it reads what Joseph and the bracelet read, ‘Unfinished Business.’ ‘In our hearts we feel like we could have gone further than we finished last year,’ Joseph said. ‘That’s why we call it ‘unfinished business.” aolivero@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more