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Civil groups work to help low-income citizens weather COVID-19 hardship

first_imgDoris Sianturi, 40, a street vendor from North Jakarta’s district of Pademangan, has stayed home for the last five days. The place where he usually works, the Ancol Dreamland amusement park, has been shut down by the Jakarta administration for two weeks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Most of Doris’ working life has been spent in the amusement park complex, selling toys and accessories, he said.The father of two is now struggling to find a place to sell his wares. “What can we do? It’s a disaster. Even if I choose to sell, where? Other places are just the same [closed],” he said, adding that it was rare for a man his age to find a new job. Luckily, Doris is a member of the Ancol Vendors Cooperative, and the cooperative itself is a member of the larger Urban Poor Linkage (JRMK) network and the Urban Poor Consortium (UPC).Security guards patrol Ancol Dreamland on Saturday following Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s order to close the amusement park to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak. (Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)Gugun Muhammad, a community organizer for the UPC, said the organization was preparing a proposal for the regional administration on the distribution of affordable food to communities whose incomes have been impacted by the social distancing policy.“We hope that affordable staple foods can be distributed to the residents that do not have a KJP [Jakarta Smart Card]. Our goal is to help low-income residents get adequate supplies during periods like this,” he told the Post.The UPC, with help from its partners in other cities, distributes free herbal drinks and hand sanitizer for the people within their network.The Indonesia Disaster Awareness Movement (Graisena), an NGO based in Cirebon, West Java, provides aid for families whose breadwinners have experienced an interruption to their livelihoods as a result of coronavirus treatment or isolation.  The organization is ready to pay the families’ expenses for basic needs until the end of the pandemic.  Graisena chairman Agung Firmansyah explained that each of the families would receive Rp 20,000 (US$1.30) per day for each family member for a period of 14 days – the length of the quarantine – with a maximum allowance for 45 days of isolation.  “This initiative came as we feel concerned about the breadwinners who have tested positive for or are suspected of having COVID-19. If they are isolated, who will guarantee the daily needs of their families during their absence?” he said, adding that the funds came from the merchandise sales of Graisena’s community partners and other donations.In another part of Jakarta, the House of Humanitarian Solidarity of Jakarta, an NGO led by former Jesuit priest and activist Sandyawan Sumardi is providing help as well.  Starting on March 23, the organization will provide free, healthy food and masks to underprivileged communities in Jakarta.The food comes from donations from more affluent people, Sandyawan said. The organization will distribute the food in about five underprivileged areas to limit crowds at their headquarters in East Jakarta.Sandyawan acknowledged that the organization was having difficulty finding masks. For the time being, it was making its own masks. “We hope that there will be one or two companies that will make donations,” he said.Meanwhile, the Congress Alliance of Indonesian Labor Unions (KASBI) is teaching its members to maintain their health and stay vigilant during the coronavirus pandemic. “We are monitoring [our members] to ensure they do not experience termination of employment [PHK] and to ensure their rights are fulfilled,” said KASBI chairman Nining Elitos.  The Federation of Factory Workers has also urged the government to think about those who have to keep working in factories and sit close to each other despite the President’s social distancing suggestion. The federation asked the government to promise that workers would not lose their income if they had to stay home because of COVID-19.The Indonesian Migrant Workers Union (SBMI) is now focusing on Indonesian workers in three places abroad, namely Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. The SBMI has delivered masks to help protect migrant workers from the virus.“We have cooperated with local governments in Indonesia to send about 100,000 masks to our migrant workers overseas,” said SBMI chairman Hariyanto.The organization is developing pilot projects to educate returning workers about financial management at the village level.Calls for the government to impose a lockdown are mounting amid a spike in cases. A 2018 law requires the central government to provide for people’s basic needs if a lockdown is imposed.Low-income households would be the worst-hit by a lockdown given that most have not been able to put money aside for emergencies, Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) researcher Eko Listiyanto said.The government must disburse direct and indirect assistance to informal workers by making use of existing data from the government-funded Family Hope Program (PKH), he said.Doris has some emergency savings but only enough for a maximum of two weeks. “If [the shutdown] is more than two weeks, I must find other ways to fulfill my family’s needs,” he said.Topics : On Friday, the provincial administration closed tourist sites in Jakarta, including the National Monument (Monas) and the Ragunan Zoo. It also suspended the city’s weekly car-free day for two weeks. The administration has urged people to limit movement and to avoid crowds – to use “social distancing” to contain the spread of the virus.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the public to practice social distancing and work from home. As a result, the streets of Jakarta have become unusually empty, affecting the income of street vendors.As of Wednesday, the central government had confirmed 227 cases of the COVID-19 and 19 deaths nationwide, including 12 in Jakarta. The number continues to rise rapidly. As of Thursday morning, the Jakarta administration alone had reported 17 deaths and 208 cases.Doris is a lower-income Jakartan whose livelihood has been affected by the outbreak, but he has yet to get any aid from the government. Informal street vendors, factory workers and the urban poor community are particularly vulnerable to the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Resource Guide to Help Evacuees from Puerto Rico and Other Devastated Areas

first_img December 18, 2017 Education,  Human Services,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With thousands of people fleeing the aftermath of natural disasters earlier this year in the southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the release of a new resource guide from the departments of Education, Health and Human Services to help school districts and communities welcome and assist those who have been displaced.“After hurricanes devastated portions of the southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico, communities across Pennsylvania have been opening their arms to help those who have lost everything,” said Governor Wolf. “That spirit of compassion is part of the fabric of our commonwealth and this new resource guide gives schools and local organizations the information they need to help the evacuees to get back on their feet.”Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, electricity is still out in some areas and thousands of businesses are closed, forcing tens of thousands of people to leave the U.S. territory, including thousands of students sheltering in Pennsylvania.“Many of the people fleeing Puerto Rico and other devastated areas are children who have lost everything,” said Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera. “Those children need and deserve a good education and schools across the state are up to the challenge. This guide provides a one-stop-shop of information about resources to help those school districts as well as the students and their families.”The Department of Education created the School Resource Guide for Disaster Evacuees in collaboration with the departments of Human Services and Health. The guide provides information for students from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary education on a wide range of topics from the Homeless Education Assistance and Pre-K Counts programs to nutrient, health care and the state university system.“This guide is a perfect example of the Wolf administration coming together to help individuals in need – a true testament to a government that works,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “As more displaced individuals enter the commonwealth, we must ensure that they have access to high-quality services and supports during this stressful transition.”“Pennsylvania stands ready to help families of evacuees,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said, “Pennsylvania has resources through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs, as well as through our State Health Centers to make sure evacuees stay healthy.”The School Resource Guide for Disaster Evacuees is available online and has distributed to local education agencies across the commonwealth. The guide is available in both English and Spanish, and includes pamphlets that may be distributed to students and their parents.A second toolkit, which will include information from additional state agencies and will support Pennsylvanians outside of the school system, is forthcoming. That toolkit will include information on enrolling children in school, finding disaster assistance, feeding programs, or health information, as well as other community and state supports. Governor Wolf Announces Resource Guide to Help Evacuees from Puerto Rico and Other Devastated Areascenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollution

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell today announced the issuance of new general permits for unconventional natural gas wells and compression, processing, and transmission facilities that will reduce air pollution and establish a control threshold on methane emissions.“These permits represent the first step of my Methane Reduction Strategy and my administration’s continuing commitment to cleaner, healthier air across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Cleaner air means healthier communities – for our citizens, and especially for our children. These new permits are one example of a way that we can have positive economic development without compromising public health. These permits are a win-win, helping industry control methane emissions that cost them money, while also helping defend our children and keep our communities healthier through cleaner air.  We’ve arrived at these permits through a comprehensive process that included feedback and input from both industry and the environmental community, and I am proud of the finished product that we are unveiling today.”Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.“Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the nation behind Texas,” said Governor Wolf. “We are uniquely positioned to be a national leader in addressing climate change while supporting and ensuring responsible energy development, while protecting public health and our environment.“These permits incorporate the most current state and federal regulations for controlling air pollution,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The permits for new unconventional natural gas wells and new compression, processing and transmission stations along pipelines are some of the first in the nation to comprehensively address methane emissions from all equipment and processes, and they also address other types of air pollution that contribute to poor air quality.”The newly revised general permits, GP-5 and GP-5A, will be required for new compression, processing and transmission stations along pipelines, and new natural gas wells, respectively.In addition to the methane controls, the permits also set thresholds on other types of air pollution, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Operators will be required to meet federal new source standards and state Best Available Technology (BAT) included in the permit conditions for equipment and processes to control pollution emissions.“Reducing air pollution from gas wells and compression, processing and transmission facilities is key to responsibly developing Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources,” said McDonnell. “Everything we can do to reduce air pollution will improve public health.”DEP held multiple comment periods on the permits, which attracted more than 9,000 comments in total. The permits will go into effect on August 8, 2018.More information about the new permits can be found at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Air/Pages/Methane-Reduction-Strategy.aspx June 07, 2018center_img Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollutionlast_img read more

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Undersupply of apartments draws Perth developer to the Redlands

first_imgAn aerial shot showing the location of Edgewater Apartments at Redland BayA new waterfront apartment complex will be built overlooking Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island, with five of the 28 residences already sold off-the-plan. Construction of the five-storey Edgewater Apartments at Redland Bay is expected to start in January, with the two and three bedroom apartments tipped to “set a new benchmark” in luxury waterfront living in the Redlands. A render showing Edgewater Apartments, which will be built at Redland Bay.Perth-based developer Sunfire Assets chose the site due to the area’s population growth, demographics and lack of smaller dwellings such as units and townhouses. Sunfire director Ralph Nunis said he was drawn to the area due to its proximity to the water’s edge.“Coming from the west, you just can’t get land that close to the water,” he said. “I remember standing on the balcony of one of the nearby houses and thinking, it’s like being on a holiday.”Five apartments – ranging in price from $550,000 to $750,000 – have already sold, with remaining apartments priced between $490,000 and $790,000.Each apartment has been designed by Brisbane-based firm, ThinkTank Architects, and will be built by local building firm, Contrast Constructions. Ray White Redland Bay agent Shaun Lennon, who is marketing the apartments on behalf of the developer, said he was currently in negotiations with three other potential buyers. “The vast majority of interest has come from locals living within a 5km radius of the development,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“They are looking for a lower maintenance property with a lifestyle by the water.”One purchaser bought an apartment for her mother. A render showing the ensuite in one of the Edgewater Apartments, which will be built at Redland Bay.Edgewater Apartments will be located just 40 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, and is a short stroll to the local shopping centre, cafes, restaurants and the Redland Bay Golf Course.Construction is expected to be completed by January 2019.Mr Nunis said his company was now looking at further development opportunities in the Redlands area.CoreLogic property data shows 82 units sold in Redland Bay in the 12 months to August, with townhouses, villas, units and apartments making up just 1.9 per cent of all dwellings in the area.The population of Redland Bay grew almost 10 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 Census, with the median unit price rising just 0.9 per cent over the same period. Mr Lennon expects that to change, predicting the area is coming of age. A render showing the main bedroom in one of the Edgewater Apartments, which will be built at Redland Bay.Of the 28 apartments, 26 have water views. Each one boasts an open plan living space extending out on to a large balcony. A render showing the kitchen and dining area inside one of the Edgewater Apartments, which will be built at Redland Bay.Quality finishes and designer appliances have been included, with each apartment coming with a single or double car park. last_img read more

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The Importance of Ownership of Our Tourism Industry.

first_img Share Share Tweet 67 Views   no discussions LocalNews The Importance of Ownership of Our Tourism Industry. by: – May 7, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! The Month of May is Tourism Awareness Month and the Head of Marketing Ms. Elizabeth Wayland is reminding the public of the importance of ownership of the Tourism Industry for the survival of our economy.She is making that call keeping in mind that there will be no Cruise Ship calls for the summer.In an interview with Dominica Vibes News Ms. Wayland spoke of the impact of the loss of the ship Carnival and the effect it has on the hotels, vendors, tour operators, bus Drivers and taxi Drivers.Click here to listen to audio: News Reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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PNP chief with Ilonggo connection? Why not?

first_img“An honor” was how Cascolan describedhis being considered for the top PNP post. Cascolan and Gamboa were classmates ofAlbayalde at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). They belonged to theSinagtala Class of 1986. President Rodrigo Duterte, however,recently admitted he was having a hard time choosing from three recommendees ofInterior and Local Government secretary Eduardo Año. The three are the PNPofficer-in-charge, Police Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa; Police MajorGeneral Guillermo Eleazar, the PNP’s chief of the directorial staff; andPolice Lieutenant General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, the PNP deputy chief foroperations. ILOILO City – Who will be the nextPhilippine National Police (PNP) director general? Gamboa will retire from the service onSeptember 2020 while Cascolan on November 2020. For over a month now, the Presidenthas been scouting for a replacement to PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde whostepped down on Oct. 14 some three weeks ahead of his retirement date, Nov. 8.center_img “You know, the PNP chief post is avery challenging post. To have the four stars (Police General, the highest PNPrank) is a destiny. It is also earned through hard work,” Cascolan toldjournalists. The Ilocano Cascolan’s wife is anIlongga from Santa Barbara, Iloilo. He can speak Hiligaynon and Karay-a. Yearsback, he was assigned in Region 6. During a visit here on Nov. 21,Cascolan declined to comment on his chances but made it clear he would beworking hard just as he always had. He also said his track record would speakfor itself. The prospect of having someone leadingthe PNP with Ilonggo connection has gotten Western Visayans excited. Eleazar, on the other hand, belongedto PMA Hinirang Class of 1987. He will retire on November 2021./PNlast_img read more

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Human bones found

first_imgResidents found the bones around 3 p.m.on April 20.   They were convinced that there was nofoul play on her death./PN Police investigators said the remains were those of Wendy Baroma, 76, of Barangay Cag-an, Anilao, Iloilo who was reported missing on Feb. 14. ILOILO City – Human skeletons were foundin a grassy area of Barangay Dugwakan, Banate, Iloilo. center_img Baroma’s family and relatives said the victimhad been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Accordingto the police, some of Baroma’s clothes wereintact and could be identified asthose that the victim was wearing when she was last seen alive.last_img read more

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Pirates Battle Grizzly Cubs In Track

first_imgCourtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers. The Greensburg Boys Track and Field team hosted Franklin Community Tuesday and fell to the Grizzly Cubs 97-35 on Senior Night. The Pirates competed well against a strong and dominate Franklin team. The loss drops the Pirates to 1-2 in dual meets this season.The night started with the team celebrating their 10 seniors. They are: Cody Bauer, Dylan Cain, Conner Deaton, Landon Diekhoff, Jared Hasselbring, Kevin Johnson, Reid McClintic, Louis Moore, Zach Pokrzywinski and Jadrian Woods. A big thank you for all their hard work and dedication to the sport and team.Pirates Meet Results:1st Place finishers. Long Jump: Daimon Austin 19′ 1″ PR; Discus: Tanner Yonts 125′ 3 1/2″ PR; High Jump: Zach Pokrywinski 6’2″ PR –Tied for #6 all-time in school history.2nd place finishers. 110Hurdles: Vincent Pavy 18.5; 1600m Run: Hasselbring 4:52.3; Shot Put: Yonts 41′ 10″; 400m Dash: Woods 55.6.3rd place finishers. 110Hurdles: Colling Springmeyer 18.6; 100m Dash: Pokrzywinski 11.5; 1600m Run: McClintic 4:53.9; Long Jump: Pokrzywinski 18’1″; 200m Dash: Isaiah Myer 24.1; 300m Hurdles: Pavy 47.1; Pole Vault: Matthew Myer 9’6″; 400m Dash: Austin 56.The Pirates will be in action Friday evening when they travel to St. Leon for the East Central Invitational.last_img read more

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Dangers of Specialization

first_imgHere is a follow-up to yesterday’s blog on specializing in one sport at a young age.  A lot of parents believe that if you concentrate on one sport you can receive a college scholarship.  I will address this “myth” in a later blog.The biggest danger to specializing in one sport is the possibility of burnout.  If you play the year round in one sport, you are going to spend 12 months doing the same thing.  If you start at 5, by the time you are 18 you would have 14 years playing baseball, etc.  Even if you like baseball, it is a lot of doing the same thing.  For example, Scott Schebler (who I interviewed a couple weeks ago on the Reds Caravan) played 4 high school sports in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Obviously, at the end he chose baseball, but he certainly did not limit himself to that.  Locally, Brian Hoeing played several sports before he chose baseball.Without trying different sports, how do you know which is your best?  The time to do that is when you are young and you have time to develop more than one skill.  Who knows at 5 whether they will be the tallest kid in class, the strongest, or the fastest?  Enjoy the experience and have enthusiasm left when you reach 18.last_img read more

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Batesville Area CYO Basketball Semi-Final Results

first_imgBatesville Area CYO Basketball ResultsSunday  (2-9)Semi-Finals @ St. Louis-BatesvilleSt. Louis #1 won against All Saints #2 by a score of 50- 43. This was a very close game throughout the whole game. St. Louis didn’t play well the first half and only had a three-point lead going into half time. we regrouped and played like we usually do in the second half. it came down to three throws and touch defense for St. Louis who pulled it away with 2 minutes left in the game. Leading the way for St. Louis was John Thompson with 15, 9 of those points were from the foul line (9-12), Seth Gausman with 9, and  Cox and Chris Anderson with 6. Adam Cox joins Gausman and Thompson in the 100 points plus group with 104 points. We had a great defensive play by Luke Esser and Aaron Weber. All Saints were lead in scoring by Josh Hudepohl with 9, KevinHuber and Justin Ryan with 8, and Drew Cannon with 6. All Saints #1 won against Holly Family by a score of 58- 42. Leading the way for All Saints was Landon Weis with 17, Luke Hornbach with 12, and Griffin Werner with 8. Holy Family was lead in scoring by Shane Meer with 15, Hank Nobbe with 11, and Justin Heiser with 5.  Next week is the Finals of CYO Basketball and will be a great game. St. Louis #1 plays All Saints #1 at 1:00, these two teams are the #1 and #2 seed going into the season and are 1-1 against each other. All Saints beat St. Louis in the first game 77 to 58.  St. Louis beat All Saints in the second game 53 to 46. Courtesy of Bruins Coach Fuzz Springmeyer.last_img read more

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