PREMIUMEnvironmental issues still low on agenda as pragmatism prevails: Experts

first_imgGoogle Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook The environmental agenda is expected to still be ignored in Indonesia this year by policymakers as political pragmatism prevails, experts and activists said, raising concerns over pressing environmental issues and their impacts on society.The value of pragmatism, which dominates Indonesia’s politics and is President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s political principle, made it hard for environmental issues to gain traction as electoral issues or become aligned with the government’s agenda.Pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi said as Jokowi was a technocratic populist, he criticized him for not having an ideological orientation on environmentalism and instead based his policies on pragmatism.“If we take a closer look at the president’s statements, especially after he won the 2019 election, he repeatedly spoke… Linkedin Topics : environment environmental-damage Environment-and-Forestry-Ministrylast_img read more

East Java governor slams Surabaya for ‘late’ response to Sampoerna COVID-19 cluster

first_imgEast Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa has criticized the Surabaya city administration’s delayed response to a cluster of COVID-19 infections at one of tobacco giant PT HM Sampoerna’s factories in the city. “The response to the case was too late. They [Sampoerna] reported the case on April 14 to the Surabaya Health Agency. Perhaps the report lacked details. If [the report was] detailed there should have been a quick response,” she told reporters on Friday. Khofifah said the provincial COVID-19 task force was only made aware of the case on April 28 when dozens of Sampoerna workers were confirmed to have contracted the virus.  Sampoerna’s Rungkut 2 factory in Rungkut district has been identified as a new cluster of COVID-19 cases in Surabaya after the test results of two workers came back positive for COVID-19 several days after their deaths on April 14. The Surabaya COVID-19 task force has since scrambled to trace those who may have had direct contact with the two workers at the factory, which has at least 500 employees. On April 29, the task force took blood samples from 323 workers for rapid testing with 91 of them returning reactive. The 91 workers have since undergone polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, with 63 testing positive.  East Java COVID-19 task force member Joni Wahyuhadi said that another 165 workers who might have been in direct contact with the two deceased workers had undergone PCR tests earlier but the results had not yet been disclosed. Meanwhile, PT HM Sampoerna Tbk director Elvira Lianita said the company had put its cigarette products produced at the Rungkut 2 factory in a five-day quarantine before distributing them to consumers to ensure they were free from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Read also: Sampoerna factory closes after two COVID-19 deaths, authorities rush to trace contacts”We also quarantine our products for five days before they are distributed to our consumers,” she said on Thursday in a written statement obtained by The Jakarta Post. She said that the five-day quarantine was longer than the quarantine period suggested by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).According to the two organizations, the SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive for 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel surfaces, less than four hours on copper surfaces, and less than 24 hours on cardboard surfaces, she said. Elvira said the Rungkut 2 factory had been closed since April 27.The Sampoerna COVID-19 transmission cluster, the 30th cluster detected in Surabaya, will likely cause a spike in confirmed cases in the city. The city is the hardest hit region in East Java with 554 confirmed cases and 71 deaths recorded as of Monday. According to the official government count, East Java is the third hardest hit province in the country, behind only Jakarta and West Java, with 1,124 cases and 117 fatalities recorded as of Monday.  Despite the emergence of the cluster, East Java Manpower and Transmigration Agency head Himawan Estu Bagijo said that factories could continue to operate in Surabaya, Sidoarjo and Gresik, where large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) have been implemented. “No article in the PSBB regulation stipulates any restrictions on economic activities, only limitations. Factories may continue to operate as long as they adhere to physical distancing measures,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

WHO warns some nations still face ‘long, hard’ battle with COVID-19

first_imgTopics : The Americas are the current epicenter, particularly the United States, which has the highest COVID-19 death toll in the world – more than 127,393.Ryan said the WHO was trying to verify reports of hoarding of medical supplies in the United States and wanted to ensure everyone had access to life-saving materials.Asked about a virus in Chinese pigs that a study said has become more infectious to humans and might become a “pandemic virus”, Ryan said: “It’s important to reassure people that it is not a new virus and is a virus under surveillance.”  Nations who fail to use every mechanism available to combat the still-raging novel coronavirus will struggle to beat it, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.”Some countries … have taken a fragmented approach. These countries face a long, hard road ahead,” Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva, without singling out any nations.More than 10.5 million people have been infected globally and more than half a million have died since the COVID-19 disease first emerged in China.center_img Tedros said local flare-ups were inevitable as some nations began lifting lockdown restrictions. “But countries that have the systems in place to apply a comprehensive approach should be able to contain these flare-ups locally and avoid reintroducing widespread restrictions,” he said.WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan told the same briefing the UN body planned to send two experts from headquarters to join its country team in China to establish the scope for a mission looking into the origins of the coronavirus.Heavily criticized by the United States and others for secrecy and a late response, China has said it was transparent throughout and would support an investigation once the pandemic is under control.While many have signaled a live animal market as the probable origin, US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said there is evidence the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Tech Met Expansion, New Jobs in Washington County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Tech Met Expansion, New Jobs in Washington County Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Tech Met, Inc., a custom and standard chemical milling company, will expand operations in Donora Borough, Washington County, a move that will result in 41 new, full-time jobs.“We commend this employee-owned business for its renewed commitment to manufacturing in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Tech Met’s success as a niche manufacturer will lead to new jobs and the reuse of an old facility and we look forward to its continued growth.”Tech Met, Inc. will purchase the former PolyOne Corp. site on East 8th Street in Donora Borough, in anticipation of new process work for Bell Helicopter and increased demand for existing services to Barnes Aerospace. Tech Met will continue operations at its facility in Glassport, which is currently at capacity. The company has committed to making an investment of at least $5 million on the project and has committed to creating 41 new, full-time jobs and retaining 35 existing positions over the next three years.Tech Met received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $200,000 Pennsylvania First program grant and $34,850 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $1.4 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.“This acquisition will enable Tech Met Inc. to further expand its existing operations serving the aerospace, defense, and medical industries,” Jim Ringer, chief financial officer and general manager, Tech-Met, Inc. said. “The assistance of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Governor’s Action Team, and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce have been invaluable in helping our company to remain in the local area and provide positive employment and growth opportunities for the community.”The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.“We are excited to welcome Tech Met, Inc. and its considerable investment to Washington County,” Jeff Kotula, president, Washington County Chamber of Commerce said. “This expansion is the exact kind of advanced manufacturing company we need in the commonwealth to insure our long term economic success and add to the continued revitalization of Mon Valley communities such as Donora.”Tech Met, Inc. is an employee-owned, custom and standard chemical milling company producing products for industrial, aerospace and medical industries. Founded in 1988, Tech Met’s work on high temperature titanium and ferrous alloys has been its primary focus. The company also conducts a variety of related processes including pickling, passivation, and HIP can removal. Tech Met has been involved in a number of process development efforts for special etching, chemical-milling, and surface preparation applications and hold a patent for surface texturing orthopedic implants using chemical milling. The company is headquartered in Glassport, Pennsylvania.For more information on Tech Met, Inc., visit more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: April 08, 2016last_img read more

Commission unveils binding vote on pay in Shareholder Rights Directive

first_imgThe Commission said its proposals would make it easier for shareholders to exercise their existing rights and, conversely, create better operating conditions for listed companies, improving their competitiveness.It added that transparency, both by asset owners and asset managers, would be a focus of the Directive, as well as removing hurdles to exercising voting rights across national borders.The emphasis on the hurdles of cross-border voting was necessitated, according to the Commission, by over 40% of listed companies shares belonging to investors based outside the member state in which the firm was based.Addressing its proposal for a binding vote on pay, the Commission said that while it would not introduce a cap on executive remuneration, firms would be forced to put the recommendations of the remuneration committee to a binding vote.However, the policy put to vote would need to include an upper level on pay and “need to explain how it contributes to the long-term interests and sustainability of the company”, the Commission added in a statement.Additionally, the Directive would also introduce a corporate governance code based on a ‘comply or explain’ model, forcing firms that depart from the code to justify its reasons for doing so.The UK’s National Association of Pension Funds said it welcomed the idea of a more consistent shareholder rights framework across Europe.Will Pomroy, policy lead for corporate governance at the association added that its members had a “clear interest” in promoting the longer-term sustainability of its shareholdings and that it was therefore crucial to leave them equipped with sufficient information to challenge them.“Whilst the objectives of the Directive are positive,” he said, “and greater transparency around activities is beneficial, new disclosure requirements must be practical “Care needs to be taken to avoid unintentionally tying the hands of investors or creating a tick-box exercise at the expense of encouraging the right behaviours.” Investors are to be granted a binding say over executive remuneration in an effort to counteract what the European Commission regards as “harmful” short-termist tendencies by companies.Unveiling the revised Shareholder Rights Directive, internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier said that the past few years had shown “time and time again” the damaging effects of a short-termist agenda by European companies.“Today’s proposals will encourage shareholders to engage more with the companies they invest in, and to take a longer-term perspective of their investment.“To do that,” the commissioner added, “they need to have the rights to exercise proper control over management, including with a binding ‘say on pay’.”last_img read more

Traveling Teams

first_imgMost people know that in order for your son or daughter to advance in high school sports these days it seems that they must get involved with some type of traveling team program.  I have often wondered in my mind “are these good for most young athletes or should they just be for the elite”?  I do know this–college recruiters put much more emphasis on these teams than they do on high school teams in many states today.One of the problems with these traveling teams today is that your son/daughter may get involved with one as early as the first or second grade.  What I see happening is that when someone starts this early they get burned out before it really pays dividends for them.  This is also an extreme financial burden on the families.  It has been reported by many reliable sources that some families spend as much as $10,000 a year on traveling team expenses.  When I say “traveling teams”, I mean those who go more than 100 miles for games and contests.  Some of these go from coast to coast over the summer.  To me, this is not good for those individuals.  Some results are Tommy John surgery for high school pitchers, all kinds of ligament damage, too many concussions at an early age, and no childhood.  Call me Old Fashioned!last_img read more

Southeastern Indiana YMCA campaign kicks off with ‘Trivia Night’

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana YMCA will be launching its annual campaign on Monday, August 20.  “The Y is a cause worth investing in,” says Southeastern Indiana YMCA Executive Director, Angie Harmeyer. “Funds raised through our Annual Campaign ensure that everyone in Ripley, Franklin, and Dearborn Counties have access to programs vital to strengthening our community by giving our kids the opportunity to reach their full potential, our families a chance to build relationships, and to make sure everyone has the opportunity to build a healthy mind, body, and spirit.” Harmeyer added.This year the Southeastern Indiana YMCA hopes to raise $140,000. Funds donated through the Y Annual Campaign last year allowed for the YMCA Learning Center to provide $68,000 in financial assistance to families who otherwise would have faced economic barriers to participate in early learning programs. Y donors also made it possible for $72,000 in financial assistance to be given for 616 memberships, providing them with a welcoming community and facility to achieve their health and wellness goals. Ninety-four 6th graders from our service area took advantage of our free membership during the 2017-18 school year. And, 84 senior adults benefited from subsidized memberships and became engaged in Y activities that enhanced connections and improved overall well-being. The support donors provide through the Annual Campaign ensures that no one is turned away from the Y.According to YMCA Fund Development Coordinator, Sharon Hollowell, it’s the small things that will have a big impact. “Have you ever thought about how full of compassion the Y is? It is the instructor or fellow classmate helping a new person in a BodyPump class. It is the person checking in if they haven’t seen you at the Y in a while. It is the swim instructor helping a child overcome their fear of water. It is the childcare staff making the boo-boo all better. Another way to show compassion is through the Annual Campaign. Because all of the dollars raised stay local, we alleviate a problem for someone in our community.  Just $25 provides a month of membership assistance to a family in need.” Every day, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA works to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing community issues, such as school readiness, chronic diseases and staying active at all ages.“Throughout Ripley, Franklin and Dearborn counties, countless people know the Southeastern Indiana YMCA as simply ‘the Y.’ But, there is so much more to our Y than one might think,” said Harmeyer. “The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. As a charity, we’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving our community’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.”To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, please contact Sharon Hollowell, Fund Development Coordinator at 812-934-6006, or visit our website at Tickets are $20 each. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. and competition begins at 6 p.m.last_img read more

Barca to resume Neymar pursuit in 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Neymar bags two-match ban Barcelona will reportedly make another attempt to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain in next summer’s transfer window. The Spanish champions were strongly linked with a move for the Brazil international ahead of the 2019-20 campaign but were ultimately unable to agree a fee with PSG. Despite injury, Neymar has managed nine goals and six assists in 12 appearances at club level this term, but the attacker’s long-term future in the French capital remains in doubt. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca will not be reigniting their interest in January, but the Catalan giants are preparing another big-money offer ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. The report claimed that PSG still value the South American in the region of £154m, though, and it remains to be seen whether the Spanish outfit would be prepared to meet that price. Neymar scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for Barca between 2013 and 2017 before surprisingly completing a move to the French champions. Manchester United and Real Madrid were also linked with his services over the summer.Tags: FC BarcelonaMundo DeportivoNeymarParis Saint-GermainParis Sanit-Germainlast_img read more

Jeffrey to compete at Silverstone

first_imgGUYANESE driver Kristian Jeffrey will take his trade to England this weekend for the MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) Championships at the Silverstone Raceway.Piloting his Suzuki Radical SR3, Jeffrey joins Barbadian representatives Mark and Stuart Maloney as well as David Simpson, in the series.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, Jeffrey said, “I am excited after racing in Barbados in a Radical. Last weekend was definitely preparation for work for this weekend at Silverstone which is definitely hands-down the best facility I will be racing on, so every experience will be great.”The two-time Caribbean Motor Racing Association (CMRA) Group four Champion believes too, that this outing will offer a new scene and different competition.Meanwhile today will feature the first of the free practice sessions while tomorrow will see qualifying action as well as two races and another two on Sunday.last_img read more

ExxonMobil Schools Football Tournament 2019 |Girls’ semis; Boys’ quarters on today

first_imgTHE 2019 edition of the ExxonMobil Schools Football tournament will get down to the business end today, with the Girls’ semi-finals and Boys’ quarter-finals.Set for the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue, the action begins at 12:00hrs.In the opening game from 12:00hrs, new Campbellville Secondary play Charlestown Secondary while Tucville face East Ruimveldt on pitch two.Their final will take place next Saturday.In the Boys’quarter-finals, which begin at 13:00hrs, Marian Academy will oppose Queenstown Secondary while Carmel Secondary School clash with New Campbellville on pitch two.Lodge Secondary and Cummings Lodge meet at 14:00hrs, with Plaisance Orphanage taking on Dolphin Secondary on pitch two.The semi-finals are billed for next Saturday with the final and third-place playoff scheduled for August 3.last_img read more