Lawmakers defend Health Minister from Jokowi’s criticism

first_img“Pak Jokowi wasn’t completely correct about [the budget disbursement]. It’s a pity for the minister,” commission chairwoman Felly Estelita Runtuwene said after the hearing.Read also: Jokowi uses reshuffle threat to spur Cabinet into actionThe NasDem Party politician explained that while the COVID-19 budget for the health sector had increased from Rp 75 trillion to Rp 87.55 trillion, of the total, only Rp 25.73 trillion was managed by the Health Ministry.Of the Rp 25.73 trillion, Felly said Rp 1.503 trillion had been allocated for COVID-19 test kits, Rp 33.53 billion for laboratory services, Rp 21.86 trillion for health services, Rp 136 billion for pharmacy and medical devices, Rp 1.96 trillion for health workers and Rp 229.75 billion for public health programs. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives Commission IX, which oversees health care, have defended Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto over President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s criticism of low spending on the health sector amid the country’s struggle to contain COVID-19.In a video of a closed-door Cabinet meeting on June 18, published by the Presidential Secretariat on Monday, Jokowi threatened to reshuffle his ministers for their slow outbreak response. He specifically called out the Health Ministry for having spent only 1.53 percent of its Rp 75 trillion (U$ 5.2 billion) budget.House Commission IX members held a hearing with Terawan on Monday morning and asked the minister about the criticism. They decided that the President’s criticism was “not completely correct”. “Of that total, only Rp 1.96 trillion is on the ministry’s DIPA [budget execution lists] and 17.6 percent has been spent; Rp 331.29 billion for health workers’ incentives and Rp 14.1 billion for compensation for the death of health workers,” she said.She added that the rest of the budget was still being reviewed by the Finance Ministry.“It is not included in the Health Ministry’s DIPA, so it can’t be spent yet.”[RA:;Frontline health workers left waiting for promised stimulus::]The rest of the Rp 87.55 trillion allocated for the health sector was managed by the Finance Ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), she added.“However, we will keep an eye on the Health Ministry’s spending, which indeed isn’t optimal.”Golkar Party lawmaker Melki Laka Lena echoed Felly’s sentiments.”The President’s speech on low spending in the health sector must be seen in the right context,” the said commission’s deputy chairman.Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMJobs law offers tax incentives to attract investment

first_imgThe government is hoping that the new tax incentives introduced in the recently passed Job Creation Law help to grow the economy by attracting more investment and creating jobs.The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency head, Febrio Kacaribu, said Monday that the new incentives, in addition to the ones offered in Law No. 2/2020, could make Indonesia’s tax regime more competitive globally.The jobs law eliminates income tax on dividends earned in Indonesia and on certain income, including dividends earned abroad, as long as they are invested in the country. It also introduces 10 percent value-added tax (VAT) on coal and relaxes administrative sanctions and taxes for foreigners with certain expertise.The provisions in the omnibus law aim to complement several regulations in Law No. 2/2020, which was issued earlier this year to gradually lower the corporate income ta… Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Omnibus-Law-on-Job-Creation job-creation-law taxation-director-general-Suryo-Utomo tax-collection tax-revenue tax-incentivelast_img read more

BNEF: Offshore Wind to Hit 115GW Mark by 2030

first_imgThe global offshore wind market is set to grow at a 16 percent compound annual rate from 2017 to 2030, reaching a cumulative capacity of 115 gigawatts (GW) compared with 17.6GW today, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).The core markets of the U.K., Germany, Netherlands and China will drive installations, but in the next decade, Taiwan and the U.S. will also become gigawatt markets, according to the new report.Source: BNEFChina is expected to take over the U.K. and lead the offshore installations by 2022, according to the report.Looking at the U.S., BNEF increased the forecast by 85% in the new report based on new state targets, including the State of New York’s 2.4GW target by 2030.BNEF expects annual installations to peak in 2027. After 2028, the expiry of offshore wind subsidies and a lack of regulatory transparency will result in a slowdown, BNEF said.last_img read more

Ivanovich creates big impression at Leopardstown

first_img Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “Really you should be talking to Joseph (O’Brien) as he has done all the work with this horse. He’s always been a natural jumper. He handled the ground but you would imagine that he will be a horse that will appreciate much better ground. ” Copy That continued on his upward curve in the Paddy Power ‘One Account Multiple Ways To Bet’ Handicap Hurdle. Eddie Harty’s four-year-old was 11-8 favourite to back up his Galway win and after jumping the last behind Ancient Sands, stepped up a gear to score by six lengths. Ivanovich Gorbatov made an impressive start to his jumping career in the Paddy Power ‘Download Our New iPhone App’ 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown. The Willie Mullins-trained Let’s Dance was all the rage on her first start since leaving France and featured near the head of the Triumph Hurdle betting. She raced in second and passed long-time leader Newberry New turning for home, but Ivanovich Gorbatov was in her slipstream and without Barry Geraghty having to get too serious, the 100-30 chance eased past the favourite en route to a two-and-a-quarter-length victory. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USG Senate meeting covers upcoming budget

first_imgDuring the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting, newly appointed Treasurer Tiffany Chang announced the various budget expenses for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year.“In regards to income, we get our budget from a $64 stipend per student per semester, with a base number of 15,000 students,” Chang said. “We also get carry-over income from previous years.”Chang then discussed the budget divisions for Student Affairs programming: the volunteer center, LEAD programs and Conquest.“We’re trying to have Conquest cover more of the production part of the program because it is one of the biggest events on campus,” Chang said. “We want to take the burden off of Concerts Committee, because now they have to cover both the artist[s] and production.”All USG branches received an increase in funding for next year. The professional academic fund received $40,000 in expenditures, philanthropy received $82,000, leadership received $77,000 and discretionary received $112,000.Chang said some parts of the budget were allocated to ensure a better team dynamic and development.“It’s in our bylaws that allocations are used to better establish our team and make it more cohesive so that everybody can talk about their vision and really have a face outside of the office,” Chang said.Chang said there has also been a $2,000 increase in public relations funds.“This increase happened because this year, our USG website got hacked eight times in a week,” Chang said. “So this is for more security.”The Academic Culture Assembly also presented their proposals during the meeting. Hannah Nguyen, the incoming director of ACA, explained the assembly’s mission is to “encourage the merit of learning through interdisciplinary exploration and programming.”Some of ACA’s signature events include Beyond Books, EDmonth, TEDxTrousdale and Study Nights.Nguyen discussed ACA’s goals for this upcoming academic year, highlighting specific events that would attract a large gathering of students.“We want to foster mental health awareness and advocacy,” Nguyen said. “We also want to maximize potential of our signature events, such as Study Nights.”ACA’s Study Nights are a space for students to unwind during finals. Added features of Study Nights would include massages, puppies, a drawing wall, food vendors, free blue books and scantrons, care packages from the health center and counseling services. Study Nights have drawn over 3,000 students each semester.Other goals included growing EDmonth, solidifying its platform for education justice and establishing of the ACA community building, which ACA explained would offer support, guidance, exposure, monthly one-on-one meetings, organization meeting visits and member organization mixer events.“We just really want to expose students to the academic possibilities on campus … especially for transfer students, who might not know what major and minors they can pursue, or which student organizations they can join,” Nyguyen said.Nguyen also said ACA’s mental health awareness week runs from Oct. 5 Oct. 11. The week contains such sample events as a slam poetry night at Ground Zero, speaker events, workshops and forums.“One thing I really want to stress about mental awareness week is that we really want to ensure that this programming translates into action and change for students,” Nyguyen said.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Chang said USG represents a base number of 16,000 students. They actually represent a base number of 15,000 students. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Trojans only missing leadership

first_imgLeader of the Pac · Sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Pac-12’s leading receiver, had eight catches for 143 yards against Utah. – Tal Volk | Daily TrojanUSC is the most frustrating football team in the country. Saturday’s dominant win against Utah further reinforced that notion. A 42-24 blowout over the No. 3 team in the country shows just how good the Trojans are but is also a painful reminder of what could have been.USC left everything out on the field on Saturday, and everyone played to his potential. This was a huge contrast to the last time the Trojans were in the Coliseum when they suffered a loss to unranked Washington.These two games best represent the Trojans and why they’re a 4-3 team instead of the 7-0 or 6-1 team they’re capable of being. There seems to be no in-between for USC. Either everybody struggles and commits a handful of mistakes, or the team as a whole plays each position flawlessly and is capable of beating nearly any team in the country.Against Washington, senior quarterback Cody Kessler, who is typically poised and controlled, threw two interceptions and no touchdowns. The blame can’t be placed entirely on Kessler, however, as all seven of his receivers, including Pac-12 leader sophomore JuJu Smith-Schuster, combined for a total of only 156 yards.The run game seemed to be the only thing that Washington couldn’t stop, but the stalled offense reached all the way up to the coaches, as the play-calling kept revolving around passing, despite the fact that Kessler had been picked off multiple times, and the rushing game looked unstoppable.Against Utah, it seemed the Trojans could do no wrong. Kessler threw for a touchdown and even kept the ball on a fourth down to dive into the end zone. Smith-Schuster had a phenomenal game, tallying 143 yards and a touchdown, not to mention a stiff arm that electrified the Coliseum as he picked up more yards after the catch.The defense looked strong through all four quarters, something it has struggled to do this season. Freshman linebacker Cam Smith picked off Utah quarterback Travis Wilson three times, the most interceptions by a USC player since 1991. From the first score of the game, there was nothing the No. 3 Utes could do to stop the Trojans.In the losses to Stanford and Notre Dame, the Trojans were certainly outplayed. The Cardinal and the Irish were the better teams that night. I don’t think Stanford or even Notre Dame has more talent than USC, however. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a roster with more talent than USC’s.So if the problem is not a shortage of talent, it has to be tied back to leadership. The only thing standing between USC and a national title is a solid head coach.Interim head coach Clay Helton has obviously revitalized the Trojans after a sluggish start to the season under former head coach Steve Sarkisian and has said he hopes to be the next head coach at USC. However, Athletic Director Pat Haden’s job is likely riding on the next coaching hire, and Helton might not be a big enough name to satisfy Haden’s critics. Helton would likely have to win out in dramatic style to earn the job.Kyle Whittingham, Mark Dantonio and Kevin Sumlin are all names that keep coming up, but whoever Haden gives the reins to is the only thing stopping USC from winning a national title.Regan Estes is a junior majoring in public relations and Spanish. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Wild Wild Westes,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Accused Jamaican drug trafficker extradited to US

first_imgA Jamaican, who is wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges but had been hiding in Jamaica since 2010, is to be extradited to that country.Desmond Campbell waived his rights to an extradition hearing when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday, following his arrest on February 28.The 61-year-old fugitive, who is otherwise called ‘Leon’, of York Drive, Spanish Town in St Catherine and Thornton district, St Elizabeth, was held by Jamaican and US agents in Spanish Town.Campbell is accused of being part of a Jamaican-based drug-trafficking network, which shipped marijuana to the US and other countries between August 2004 and October 2009.He was arrested in the United States in 2010 and pleaded guilty to two counts of international conspiracy to distribute marijuana in the United States, and three counts of conspiracy to import marijuana into the United States.However, he absconded his bail while awaiting sentencing and fled to Jamaica. Consequently, he was declared a fugitive and a warrant of arrest under the Extradition Act of 1991 was issued for him in 2013.last_img read more

Gritty minnows Iceland hold Ronaldo’s Portugal

first_imgHungary 2 Austia 0Iceland 1 Portugal 1Saint-Étienne, France | AFP |Minnows Iceland earned a 1-1 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal on their European championship debut as the superstar forward failed to score as he equalled his country’s apparence record.A superb finish by Nani gave Portugal the lead before Iceland’s industrious midfielder Birkir Bjarnason levelled for the Scandinavians in Saint Etienne.Ronaldo equalled Luis Figo’s record number of caps with both the Portugal legends now on 127 appearances. It was a bitter pill for Iceland who had shown plenty of energy with the flowing locks of FC Basel’s Bjarnason a menace in midfield.It stayed 1-0 at the break, but Iceland pulled themselves level within five minutes of the restart thanks to a superbly worked goal finished off by Bjarnason.Iceland’s first goal at a major tournament came when Charlton Athletic’s Johan Gudmundsson’s towering cross found Bjarnason unmarked.The midfielder volleyed his shot past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio to the delight of the Iceland bench. Shots on goal#POR 25#ISL 4#EURO2016 #PORISL— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 14, 2016However, it was a quiet night for the Real Madrid forward, who failed to become the first man to score in four European Championships, as he was frustrated by Iceland’s dogged defence and a great display from goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.Iceland, the tiny North Atlantic island nation of 330,000 people, is the smallest country by population ever to feature at a Euro finals.Their small band of supporters ensured one corner of the Stade Geoffrey Guichard was a sea of blue shirts and exploded in celebration after Bjarnason’s equaliser.There was no place in the starting line-up for former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen, 37, who was on the bench having come out of international retirement to play in France.Ronaldo had a few early chances, while a bullet-header from Nani crashed off the boots of Iceland shot-stopper Halldorsson.But the Fenerbahce forward was not to be denied on 31 minutes when Andre Gomes’s cross from the right fell into Nani’s path and he slotted coolly past Halldorsson at the near post to register the 600th goal ever scored at the European championships. Iceland has a population of 323,002 and they’re all happy tonight. Bjarnason earns them a precious point! #EURO2016— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 14, 2016 The silence of the Portugal fans behind their own goal was juxtaposed by the sheer delight of the Iceland fans as they celebrated a historic moment.Having surrendered their lead, Portugal laid siege to the Iceland goal as Halldorsson was kept busy.Ronaldo’s moment looked to have come five moments from time when he was picked out perfectly by Vierinha’s cross only to head straight at Halldorsson.And the three-time World Player of the Year smashed a free-kick from a dangerous position straight into the Iceland wall with the last kick of the game as the referee’s full-time whistle was met with delight by the Iceland players and fans alike.A draw means it is all to play for in Group F after Hungary shocked Austria 2-0 earlier in Bordeaux to register their first win at a major finals for 30 years.Portugal face the highly-touted Austrians next in Paris, whilst Iceland take on pool leaders Hungary in Marseille on Saturday.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3last_img read more

Venezuelans entering legally are welcome – Govt

first_imgThe Government of Guyana has stated that Venezuelans wanting to escape the deplorable conditions in their home country caused by a deteriorating economic crisis, are welcome here, but they must enter through legal means.This position comes three days after 14 Venezuelans were deported after it was found that they had entered Guyana illegally.According to Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Wednesday, Government has a humanitarian responsibility to accept Venezuelans coming here in search of better lives but maintained that they should not do so illegally.In fact, he stated that Guyana is part of international agreements to give support to countries in situations like Venezuela.“We have made it clear that on humanitarian grounds we will not turn back Venezuelans who come to seek help here in Guyana… so anybody coming from Venezuela for food and things like that, we support people who come to Guyana on those grounds,” the Minister noted.However, he outlined “We of course have our responsibility to ensure the integrity of our borders and that the immigration procedures which are applied to persons coming to Guyana, we will apply those procedures.”Asked whether Government would consider relaxing restrictions on those Venezuelans entering the country illegally, Harmon shutdown the idea and reiterated that Guyana’s laws must be adhered to at all times.“Any person who comes to Guyana and are deported, have actually violated some parts of our laws… the Government will not tell the courts how to act. The fact that the persons were brought to court meant there would have been some offence that was committed,” the Minister of State posited.On Monday, 14 Venezuelans were deported to the neighbouring state after they were found illegally in Guyana. Among those refugees deported were five mothers and nine fathers who were miners.According to court documents, the group of Venezuelans illegally entered Guyana by sea in the vicinity of Iterinbang, Cuyuni River, Region Seven.With the help of a translator, the refugees explained that they departed Venezuela with the hopes of finding jobs in Guyana to support their families back home.The women explained that they were punishing in Venezuela since there were no jobs and only limited food available. Meanwhile, the men told the court that it was a struggle to provide for their families in Venezuela, as such, they came to Guyana in search for work.Sources have confirmed that an additional 100 more are expected to be deported in the coming weeks.Back in May, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had declared a 60-day State of Emergency as the country experiences economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market over the past months.Reports coming out of the Spanish speaking nation reveal that there is a massive food shortage and limited access to basic health care and basic amenities, such as electricity. Reports of rampant outbursts of looting and violence are also emerging from the neighbouring country.With the situation in Venezuela deteriorating and no evidence of an economic turn-around, it was predicted that there will be a refugee crisis in the region as persons from the Spanish speaking country are likely to flee to neighbouring nations. (Vahnu Manickchand)last_img read more

LISCR FC, Muscat FC Paired in FA Cup Round Two

first_imgAfter being the last two teams to qualify for the last 14 of the ongoing Knockout Cup, first division LISCR FC and third division champion side Muscat FC were yesterday paired in the round two draw of the competition.Muscat joined the last 14 after they defeated their 3rd division championship counterparts Grass-field Athletic Club 1-0, scored by their new striker Mark Yallah in the 64th minute, while their next opponents LISCR FC advanced to the next round following the 2-0 victory over Watanga FC.It was LISCR’s second win against Watanga in three matches after LISCR secured four points for the two times they met in the championship.In other pairings, league leaders FC Fasssel will go against Morris Young Tigers FC after their crucial victory against Barrack Young Controllers on Wednesday.On Thursday, May 25, outstanding third division championship side Samira FC will go against Jubilee in the first encounter, while Nimba United will battle Holders FC in the second encounter.In Friday’s pairings, May 26, it will be another difficult task for the Sunshine Yellow Boys (Invincible Eleven) when they go against their first division counterparts, Keitrace FC. The Sunshine Yellow Boys have lost twice to Keitrace this season. Later in the second match, another first division clash will see LPRC Oilers going against Monrovia Club Breweries, who advanced to the second round after defeating Harbel Athletic 2-1 in their first knockout match.The final knockout match on Saturday, May 27, will see FC Bea Mountain facing first division strugglers ELWA United.All the matches will be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more