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Preemployment card draws criticism as workers ‘need cash aid’

first_imgThe government’s new preemployment card program, a mix of cash aid and training subsidy for unemployed workers, needs to be converted to full-fledged cash aid that will be more relevant for laid-off and furloughed workers, experts say.Perbanas Institute economist Piter Abdullah told The Jakarta Post that preemployment card recipients would find it difficult to find jobs after the completion of their training within the program. Many enterprises, especially in non-essential sectors, have decided to let employees go because the COVID-19 pandemic has hit their finances hard, he added.“The choice that laid-off workers face is not whether to look for a new job with improved skills,” Piter told the Post in a phone interview on Monday. “Instead, they clearly need cash assistance to cover their living costs.” Some 9 million candidates have applied for the program since its April 11 launch, as 2.2 million people have lost their jobs according to data last updated on April 20 by the Manpower Ministry. Recipients of the program get Rp 3.5 million (US$ 231.65) over four months, including Rp 1 million for training made available by eight partner platforms and the rest is cash assistance.“They need additional income to survive,” said Piter, formerly an economist at Bank Indonesia. People hit hardest by the outbreak were living paycheck to paycheck and thus did not have much power to survive the pandemic since they might not have adequate savings, he added.Read also: Govt introduces new social benefits as 2.8 million lose jobsIndonesian consumers’ purchasing power shows signs of weakening in April as inflation stagnates at 0.08 percent, the weakest ever during Ramadan, the month-long Muslim fasting period that together with the subsequent Idul Fitri celebration are the peak consumption period in Indonesia’s domestic spending-reliant economy. “This is unusual because usually there is a higher demand for goods and services during the Ramadan month,” Statistics Indonesia (BPS) head Suhariyanto told a news conference.The large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented in “red zones” across Indonesia are resulting in a slowdown in economic activities and weaker purchasing power, Suhariyanto said. The government expects economic growth to reach a 21-year low of 2.3 percent this year, with a possible 0.4 percent contraction in a worst-case scenario.Read also: ‘Preemployment card ineffective, gimmicky’, CEO participant claimsInstitute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) executive director Tauhid Ahmad said providing cash aid to people affected by the outbreak might help them to buy basic needs, thereby preventing demand from falling even further.“If [people were given] cash aid, the funds could create aggregate demand, which could help propel economic growth from the consumer side,” said Tauhid.The preemployment card program aims to provide relief for workers and small business owners hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, allocating Rp 20 trillion from the 2020 state budget to 5.6 million eligible recipients.The program previously came under fire over a potential conflict of interest as it partnered with Ruangguru, owned by a former member of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s expert staff, Adamas Belva Syah Devara. He later resigned from the staff position following the controversy.Read also: Conflict of interest? Public questions government’s relationship with start-upsNegative sentiment dominates public discourse on the preemployment card, according to Indef research between March 27 and April 25. Out of 38,000 conversations online, 81 percent were negative with keywords including “conflict of interest” and “leaked budget”.Panji Ruky, the program management’s director of communication, partnership and ecosystem development, said the government maintained the online courses component in the program because it was covering the people’s staple needs with other social assistance.“This is conditional assistance complimentary with other social aid programs,” Panji told the Post. “The Presidential regulation mandates improved competence, with a portion of incentive that can be allocated into cash assistance.”Read also: Sewing masks to silky pudding making: Training available with preemployment cardThe government is providing, among other forms of assistance, the Family Hope Program for 10 million eligible recipients and Staple Food Card program with a Rp 200,000 monthly benefit for nine months for 20 million eligible recipients. For small businesses, which report a more than 57 percent decline in demand according to government data, the government is subsidizing loan interest payments and relaxing loan repayments for up to six months.Topics :last_img read more

Oil set for second weekly gain with market starting to rebalance

first_imgOil headed for its first back-to-back weekly gain since February as output cuts from the biggest producers and a nascent recovery in demand began to rebalance a market awash with crude.Futures in New York rose to around US$24 a barrel in Asian trading on Friday and are up 21 percent so far this week. Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, raised the cost of almost all grades for June, suggesting it’s more interested in supporting a recovery in prices than winning market share.There was also more evidence demand is starting to comeback in the US Gasoline supplied, an indicator of consumption, rose by the most in almost two years last week, while Genscape Inc. reported that stockpiles at the storage hub at Cushing, Oklahoma have fallen since last Friday, which would be the first contraction since late February if confirmed by government data. While there’s still a massive glut to clear, the encouraging numbers are prompting optimistic assessments from some of the top energy analysts. Global oil demand is on an “improving trajectory” and may exceed supply by the start of June, said Jeffrey Currie, head of commodities research at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The market will return to balance in July before moving into excess consumption for the rest of the year, according to Standard Chartered Plc.West Texas Intermediate for June delivery rose 1.8 percent to $23.98 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10.06 a.m. in Singapore after closing down 1.8 percent on Thursday. Brent for July settlement added 1.4 percent to $29.88, taking its advance so far this week to around 13 percent.While the Saudi pricing announcement brought relief to the market, a robust increase in demand will be needed to sustain higher prices. The kingdom began curbing production in late April as part of the OPEC+ deal, but still exported record amounts of crude last month. The level of excess global supply averaged 21.3 million barrels a day in April, according to Standard Chartered.US weekly gasoline supplied rose by 804,000 barrels a day last week, the biggest jump since June 2018, according the Energy Information Administration, while the fuel’s premium to diesel rose to the highest since 2017. Genscape reported on Thursday that stockpiles at Cushing have fallen by 350,000 barrels since last Friday, according to market participants.Topics :last_img read more

Organizational redesign doubles cost savings estimate for Apache

first_imgHouston-based oil and gas company Apache Corporation has revealed it will be doubling its estimate of annual cost savings stemming from recent organizational redesign.According to Apache’s statement on Wednesday, the company now expects to deliver an annualized general and administrative (G&A) and level of effort (LOE) cost reduction in excess of $300 million, up from an original target of $150 million.Around $225 million of the identified savings, which includes the impact of severance and reorganization costs, will be achieved in 2020.The cost savings are related to Apache’s previously announced organizational redesign under which the company will undertake a comprehensive redesign of its organizational structure and operations to further align its work processes and cost structure with long-term planned activity levels.John J. Christmann, Apache’s CEO and president, said: “We have made substantial progress on our organizational redesign initiative, which began in the fall of 2019. This is enabling more flexible resource allocation and increased collaboration while delivering cost savings that are critical in the current environment.“Together with our talented team members and diverse asset portfolio, our new organizational structure is already enabling Apache to be more agile and respond quickly to changing commodity price environments.”The organizational redesign effort was announced in October of 2019 to streamline the business and improve operational efficiencies, and the new organization went into effect on April 1.Apache has also recently announced multiple actions in response to current challenges of the ‘historic’ plunge of oil prices and the coronavirus outbreak.At the time, the company said that it had reduced its 2020 capital investment plan to a range of $1 billion to $1.2 billion from a previous range of $1.6 billion to $1.9 billion.Additionally, Apache’s board of directors approved a reduction in the company’s quarterly dividend per share from $0.25 to $0.025.The firm also opted to use the $340 million of cash retained annually from the dividend reduction to further strengthen its financial position.last_img read more

Heavyweight champion Joshua hits out at ‘virus’ of racism

first_img“The virus I am referring to is called racism,” he said, comparing its effects to the damage done by COVID-19.Meanwhile the British boxer asked: “How long are we going to allow racism to spread through our communities?”Worldwide protests under the banner of Black Lives Matter took place Saturday in response to the death of George Floyd, a black American man who died in Minneapolis last month while being arrested by police officers.“You are the vaccine, I am the vaccine,” the 30-year-old Joshua told a rally in his home town of Watford.“Killing a person outright is unforgivable, but stripping them of their human rights, oppressing them, mocking them, insulting them, placing glass ceilings above them… is just a slower way of killing them and taking the life out of their soul.”Joshua was on crutches at times on Saturday and was also seen wearing a knee brace, but a spokesperson insisted that was just a “precautionary measure”.Joshua, the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO title-holder, felt a “slight twinge” in his left knee in a training session earlier this week.But his camp insisted there was no cause for alarm.“Anthony felt a slight twinge in his knee whilst training,” the spokesperson said.Brace for impact – World heavyweight champion Anthony JoshuaRead Also: Dutch legend confirms contact over Barcelona job“The brace is a precautionary measure on the advice of physios. It will be further checked by his doctors but there is no immediate concern.”Joshua was due to defend his belts against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 only for the bout to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua told a Black Lives Matter march on Saturday that protesters were the “vaccine” to the “virus” of racism.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more

Pulis targets a team effort

first_img Press Association “If you’re looking at the balance of the two clubs and what they have and haven’t got it is a very uneven contest,” he said. “But football is a funny old game. If we set ourselves up well and give everything we possibly can, you never know. “If you put our players up against their players individually I don’t think there are many of our players who would get into their team. “But collectively, as a group and as a team, if you are working together and putting things in place you can make it difficult for them.” Chelsea hit six last Saturday and also put four past Tottenham earlier in the month, whereas Palace are finding goals difficult to come by as the season enters its most crucial stage. With just one goal in their last five games, coupled with the fact strikers Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle are missing through injury, Pulis wants his side to be more ruthless in front of goal – while also being strong at the back. “They have got some outstanding players,” he said. “There is no doubt that we will have to defend well but we also have to be a threat going forward and when we get our chances we are going to have to start taking them. The Eagles sit 17th in the table and are just three points clear of the relegation zone, with Jose Mourinho’s Blues visiting Selhurst Park having thrashed Arsenal 6-0 last weekend. Former Stoke boss Pulis admitted Chelsea have better players than he has at his disposal but believes a strong team ethos can lead to them springing a surprise. “We have talked about it this week with the players, when we get in there we need to start hitting the target, there are a lot of occasions when we get in there and snatch at things. “You need a little bit of luck along the way but you need players who are going to relish the challenge and the players have got to do that.” Pulis will once again be relying on Glenn Murray or Cameron Jerome to lead the line for the Eagles. Midfielder Barry Bannan will be pushing for a start having returned to the bench in last weekend’s defeat at Newcastle following a spell on the sidelines through illness. Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o is out of the trip with a hamstring injury. Willian is available after serving a one-match suspension, but Ramires is banned for two more games following his dismissal in the controversial loss at Aston Villa. Left-back Ashley Cole (knee) is still out and midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) is continuing his rehabilitation by playing for the under-21s. Chelsea are unbeaten in nine London derbies in the league this season, with six wins. “This one is the last one so let’s try to make it without defeat in the London derbies,” said Mourinho, whose Blues beat Palace 2-1 in December. “For the fans 4-0 against Tottenham is more than three points, 6-0 against Arsenal is more than three points. “We are in a good run, we are in a good moment. We are enjoying the situation. “Palace was difficult at home and when Pulis was there for about two weeks, he was just arriving. Now after months of work and matches and matches, they are much more Tony Pulis’ team and it’s going to be very difficult.” Tony Pulis is hoping his Crystal Palace team can be greater than the sum of its parts to pick up a result against Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday.last_img read more

Braehead extend lead

first_imgBraehead Clan extended their lead at the top of the Elite League table after special teams goals from Derek Roehl and Leigh Salters gave them a 2-1 victory over Dundee Stars. Press Association Colin Shields cancelled out Tyler Mosienko’s opener for the visitors before Colton Fretter struck late in the first to send the Steelers into the first break 2-1 up. Belfast came out strong after the interval and goals from Peacock, Cody Brookwell Daryl Lloyd and Sawada saw them take a comfortable 5-3 lead, with Jason Hewitt replying for Sheffield. Mike Kompon wrapped up the scoring in the final stanza. In the evening’s final game, two goals and an assist from Chris Higgins paced Nottingham Panthers to a 6-1 win over Edinburgh Capitals. center_img Paul Swindlehurst put Edinburgh ahead 7:10 into the opening period but Roehl’s shorthanded marker early in the second levelled matters. Salters’ powerplay strike 52 seconds into the final frame won it. Great Britain international Craig Peacock and Ray S awada were among the scorers as Belfast Giants climbed above Sheffield into second place with a 6-3 victory over the Steelers at the Odyssey Arena. last_img read more

Four batsmen hit half-centuries in Barbados Pride 273 for five

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Anthony Alleyne led a strong batting parade from Barbados Pride in their Regional 4-Day Championship match against Windward Islands Volcanoes yesterday.The left-handed opener led the way with 82 and was one of four batsmen who plundered half-centuries to carry the Pride to 273 for five in their first innings at the close. They were put in to bat on the first day of their fourth-round match at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.All-rounder Kevin Stoute was not out on 59, Kenroy Williams made 55 and left-handed opener Shayne Moseley scored 54, as none of the Pride’s batsmen carried on to a hundred, but it was a solid effort and they were rewarded for their resolute batting.Tyrone Theophile, the Volcanoes captain, was the bowling hero for his side, grabbing 3-54 from 20 overs with his uncomplicated off-spin and fellow Dominican Shane Shillingford gave stingy support, conceding just 83 from 34 overs with his clever off-spin.Alleyne reached his half-century in the final half-hour before he and Moseley carried the Pride to lunch on 107 without loss, as they peppered the boundary with a few crisp strokes.Moseley also reached his 50 after the interval before he was caught at slip off Theophile in the ninth over after lunch, to give the Volcanoes their first scalp.Next delivery, the struggles of Pride captain Shamarh Brooks continued, when he too, was caught at slip off Theophile for a first-ball duck.This proved an unstable period for the Pride batting, as Jonathan Carter was caught on the second attempt by wicketkeeper Gian Benjamin off Shillingford for one in the next over before Theophile returned to have Alleyne also caught by Benjamin in the following over.This meant the Pride slipped from 141 without loss to 144 for four in the space of 16 deliveries, but Williams came to the crease and with Stoute they averted any further implosion.They carried the visitors to tea at 185 for four and continued merrily after the break to share 97 for the fifth wicket. Williams was then caught at slip off Tarryck Gabriel’s part-time spin in the final hour, leaving Justin Greaves to bat through the remainder of the day with his club-mate Stoute.PRIDE 1st inningsA. Alleyne c wkp. Benjamin b Theophile 82S. Moseley c Smith b Theophile 54S. Brooks c Smith b Theophile 0J. Carter c wkp. Benjamin b Shillingford 1K. Stoute not out 59K. Williams c Smith b Gabriel 55J. Greaves not out 14Extras: (b-1, lb-4, w-3) 8Total: (5 wkts, 90 overs) 273Fall of wickets: 1-141, 2-141, 3-144, 4-144, 5-241.Bowling: Lewis 6-1-11-0 (w-1), Mayers 19-5-58-0, Jordan 5-0-31-0 (w-2), Shillingford 34-10-83-1, Theophile 20-2-54-3, Gabriel 6-0-31-1VOLCANOES: D. Smith, *T. Theophile, K. Edwards, T. Gabriel, K. Hodge, R. Cato, K. Mayers, +G. Benjamin, S. Shillingford, R. Jordan, S. Lewislast_img read more

Chittenango boys volleyball drops sectional final to VVS

first_imgTo get to the final, Chittenango first had to go on the road and beat no. 2 seed Oneida in last Tuesday’s semifinal round, which it did by defeating the Indians in four sets.They had split two previous encounters, but the Bears had prevailed in four sets on Feb. 12 and, less than two weeks later, would do so again.The opening set proved crucial, each side getting several set points before Chittenango took it 29-27, which allowed it to absorb Oneida pulling even, 25-22, in the second.An impressive third set went 25-16 in the Bears’ favor, and with the Indians threatening to take the match to a fifth set, Chittenango pulled out the fourth 25-23.Tom McIntosh had 28 assists and Brandon Turner got 17 assists, adding 16 digs, nine kills and four blocks in a fine all-around performance.Austin Strickler got 13 kills and three blocks, with Seth Kimball adding 11 kills and 28 digs. Caleb Barnard produced 29 digs and Mikel Pascual 18 digs as Alek Reymond finished with seven kills and eight digs.The loss to VVS meant that the Bears’ season ended at 11-5. Eight seniors graduate, including Strickler, McIntosh, Pascual, Kimball and Brandon Turner.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Quickly, though, the Red Devils took over, earning 17 of the next 24 points on the way to winning that first set 25-17.The second set saw the Bears again go in front 4-2 and again have VVS control matters from there, this time prevailing 25-12 to grab a decisive advantage.During the third set, Chittenango inched out in front 11-10, only to have the Red Devils take over one more time thanks to a 10-2 run. By a 25-18 margin, VVS won the sectional title. An entire season of work for the Chittenango boys volleyball team boiled down to a single match.It was the no. 3 seed Bears against top seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in Thursday night’s Section III Class B final, with Chittenango attempting to turn around two regular-season defeats to the Red Devils.Having only won a single set against VVS, Chittenango knew it had to start well, and when it grabbed an early 4-2 edge, there was reason to think it could turn those earlier results around.center_img Tags: boys volleyballChittenangolast_img read more

Whelan takes on leadership role for Syracuse, looks to help team win Big East title

first_imgWhen Brian Whelan wanted to practice his running, he’d take his son, Joe, along with him to the track. Brian told his son to stay in the sandbox and practice long jumps, but Joe always ran out on the track alongside his father.Whenever Brian had a race, Joe would ask to join.“There was a race I asked if I could run in and he said I was too young, but when the gun went off I went anyways,” Joe Whelan said.When he was 10, Whelan unknowingly completed his first 5K in 23 minutes. Brian was proud of his young son’s tenacity, realizing he raised a runner.As a runner himself, Brian was hesitant to let his small son start cross country, knowing the stresses and injuries it could have on the body. Joe’s will to run overshadowed his father’s worries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the eighth grade, Whelan recorded times faster than high school runners in his hometown of Hamburg, N.Y. Hamburg’s high school head coach Ron Fortuna approached Joe and Brian, and asked Joe to try out for the varsity team.Brian was hesitant to let his son run with older boys, but it was something Joe was willing to try.“I talked to the coach and told him ‘I don’t want you running him a lot,’” Brian said. “He was running with juniors and seniors, like were they going to get mad at him?”Recording the best times on the team, the upperclassmen gravitated to Whelan.“They used to take him out for pizza,” Brian said. “Here is this little eighth grader, and all the older guys were taking him out all the time.”Whelan applied the leadership role his high school teammates bestowed on him and translated it to being a team leader this season at Syracuse. As the team prepares to run in the Big East championship Oct. 26, Whelan’s goal is to bring another Big East title to the program.One teammate he thinks can help the Orange accomplish this goal is freshman Daniel Lennon.“He seems the strongest in the workouts,” Whelan said. “He’s not redshirting and we all understand he has a certain talent and he can help us out this year.”For this reason, Whelan took Lennon under his wing. Resuming the leadership role did not always come naturally for Whelan as he needed a leader to be there for him too. After suffering an injury his sophomore year, Whelan almost walked away from cross country.While ice skating with a group of friends, Whelan fell and fractured his knee. He then practiced on the fractured knee; the pressure caused it to break.“It was a crazy accident,” Whelan said. “It’s just like your iPhone, you can drop it 100 times and it may not crack, but if you drop it that one time and it hits the right angle it may crack.”The accident caused Whelan to reach his breaking point. Due to the extent of his recovery, Whelan struggled with not competing.Through the encouragement of head coach Chris Fox, Whelan stuck with cross country. Whelan says Fox believed in him sometimes more than he believed in himself.“I appreciate Joe’s words, but he was an easy one,” Fox said. “Joe was a good guy about rehabbing and doing the right things when he’s hurt”Redshirt senior Griff Graves also played a role in sticking with cross country. He found hope in Graves, who did not run cross country for two years, but remained positive about getting better.Though he’s a leader, Whelan still looks up to teammates.“I look up to Griff,” Whelan said. “He’s been through injuries that needed surgery and he was able to bounce back. He is the epitome of a teammate.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on October 25, 2012 at 1:29 am Contact Melissa: qsbronso@syr.edulast_img read more

IFC, PHC to host a new event

first_imgThe Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils will host a Comedy Fundraiser tonight that intends to unite Greeks and non-Greeks in raising awareness about sexual violence and assault.The Women’s Student Assembly and The Clothesline Project will co-sponsor the event, which will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tommy’s Place.Though the event is free for students, there will be a $10 suggested donation  and proceeds will be given to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.Zack Jerome, a USC alum and creator of the Lost Angeles blog, and comedians Jonny Loquasto, Yassir Lester, Lauren Ashley Bishop and Adam Devine will be among the night’s performers.IFC President Pat Lauer said IFC wanted to have an event that would be noticed outside of the Greek community before everyone leaves for summer. Lauer also said IFC and PHC wanted to host an event where the focus was not on alcohol, but on benefitting an important group of people.As planning began only a week and a half ago, IFC collaborated with USC administrators to secure a venue on short notice.“When we reached out to the Office of Student Affairs and laid out our entire plan, they were extremely supportive and were instrumental in hooking us up with the best social hub on campus,” Lauer said.Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson said IFC had not used their free rental for the year, so they will only have to pay for direct costs and staffing for the event, and not the rental fee for Tommy’s Place.Jackson said he supports IFC’s effort to raise awareness and money through the comedy fundraiser.Some students also believe the comedy fundraiser is a good way to spread information on the prevalence of sexual violence.“Any event that invites people to sit in the same room and unite for the same cause will stimulate discussion on a topic that needs to be thought about,” said Lauren Wendlberger, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. “Comedy won’t make the situation any less serious, but the problems we’re facing can’t be fixed overnight.”Other students like Anisha Veer, a freshman majoring in business administration, do not plan to attend the event.“I don’t think you can address this serious issue by a silly comedy show,” she said. “I also doubt the motives of IFC and believe that they are doing it for show to better Greeks’ tarnished reputation and because of pressure from the university.”Despite such feelings from some of the campus community, Lauer maintains the event is not merely a defensive action to prove wrong students who label Greeks as sexist or misogynist.Lauer believes the recent scandals in USC’s Greek community have put Greeks in the spotlight, and he thinks an event like the comedy fundraiser is necessary to show steps are being taken to move forward from these negative events.“Due to the recent national scandals, the eyes of the school and of the nation are unfortunately on us,” Lauer said. “We had a huge Greek presence at Take Back the Night, but what we needed was to make a bigger gesture, one that would be noticed outside of the Greek community alone.”Lauer notes, however, the fundraiser is not just a response to the recent scandals.“These recent scandals have brought to light issues concerning gender awareness and sexual assault that have gone unnoticed for too long in our entire USC community,” he said. “It is this longstanding issue that we are responding to.Pedro Moura, IFC vice president of public relations, said IFC and PHC hope to create a USC program or group in the near future called “Greeks Against Sexual Assault” in an effort to show that greeks do not support sexual violence. The program is currently in its early stages of development.Donations can also be made via Greeks Against Sexual Assault Eventbrite page online.last_img read more