Pandemic hits Indonesia’s push for inclusive growth: Bappenas

first_img“Macroeconomic policies must be equipped with affirmative policies, increasing accessibility and industrial output policies,” Amalia said. The affirmative policies, she went on to say, were reducing poverty and inequality, encouraging productive women to have decent work and raising awareness on healthy eating and lifestyle.“Inclusive economic growth with more equitable income distribution and lower poverty is more resilient to the kind of shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” she stressed.In a recent research study, SMERU projected that 8.5 million people would fall into poverty this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The prediction means that the number of poor people will surge to 33.24 million, or 12.37 percent of Indonesia’s total population, a figure last seen in 2009.BPS data from September 2019 show that 24.79 million Indonesians lived in poverty, equivalent to 9.22 percent of the total population.“The Indonesian economy needs to recover [after the pandemic], that’s for sure, but efforts to reduce the country’s poverty rate have reversed by 10 years […]. All of the difficult steps that have been taken will then have to be redone to return to the 9.22 percent level,” SMERU researcher Ridho Al Izzati said in April.Topics : Projected slower economic growth caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to worsen Indonesia’s struggle to promote inclusive development in the country, according to a National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) official.The government with SMERU Research Institute measure the inclusiveness of growth based on 21 indicators, such as employment opportunity, inequality, contribution of women’s income and poverty rate. The result is that the country’s score on the Inclusive Economic Development Index has been stagnating at 5.75, which actually qualifies as moderately satisfying, since 2017.“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit household consumption and lowered industrial output, which in turn has affected the indicators to measure inclusive economic growth,” Bappenas expert staff member for economic and financing synergy Amalia Adininggar Widyastuti said in an online talk on Wednesday. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show that household spending, which accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), grew just 2.84 percent in the first quarter as the economy expanded 2.97 percent, the slowest since 2001.The government now expects the country’s economy to grow 2.3 percent this year from 5.02 percent last year under the baseline scenario and even to contract 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario.The pandemic, Amalia said, was directly battering at least nine indicators in the index, especially employment opportunity, inequality and poverty. Without enough inclusiveness, the poorest 20 percent of the population were hit hardest by the pandemic with most of them lacking access to decent toilet and hand washing facilities, which are precisely the means to prevent COVID-19 contagion.last_img read more

Panthers ready to reboot—again—under Chryst

first_imgRUSHEL SHELL (4) Pitt’s top recruit from Hopewell follows Trey Anderson around end during the Panthers pre season scrimmage. Shell will join Ray Graham and Isaac Bennett to give the Panthers a trio of fine running backs. (Courier Photo/William McBride) by Will GravesPITTSBURGH (AP)—Forget about the coaching change. Disregard all the talk about moving to the ACC next summer.Paul Chryst doesn’t really want to hear it. The new Pitt coach—the program’s fourth in the last two years—understands why his arrival and the school’s looming departure from the Big East are hot topics. He’d just rather talk about something else.Like say, the team he’s trying to build.“Anything but focusing on this year and this game, this week, this practice, anything less than that would be cheating everyone,” Chryst said.Something Chryst has vowed will not happen. The way he figures it, the future will take care of itself. Pitt’s move to the ACC will be official next July. After finally landing a head coaching job, the 46-year-old has no plans on going anywhere anytime soon, unlike his predecessor.Todd Graham lasted all of 338 days on the job before sprinting west to Arizona State. Chryst doesn’t sprint anywhere. Besides, he’s starting to get comfortable at the whole “being in charge” thing.“I never have been concerned with what type of team are we gonna be, what do we have a chance for our record to be and I don’t think that’s just because I wasn’t a head coach before,” he said. “The whole year, there are opportunities for growth. Are we doing everything? Are we doing the right things? Are we helping these guys maximize their abilities, maximize their opportunities? That’s what we’re aiming for.”Chryst spent the first few months getting to know his players and earning their trust. The no-nonsense approach he brings has been a hit in the locker room, which tired quickly of Graham’s catchphrases and was hurt by his tactless exit.“His motto is ‘put it on tape,’ and I really like that motto,” quarterback Tino Sunseri said.The senior was one of Graham’s favorite targets last season, chastised for his indecisiveness and hung out to dry when things went south. The lack of a confidence boost from the coaching staff affected his decision-making, and he passed for just 11 touchdowns against 10 interceptions while playing behind an offensive line that allowed the most sacks in the country.That shouldn’t be an issue this season. Chryst relied heavily on the run while serving as offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, his pro-style attack turning running backs John Clay and Montee Ball into stars. Sunseri won’t lack for options to give someone the ball to now that senior tailback Ray Graham has returned from a torn ACL that cut short his junior season and freshman Rushel Shell decided to stick with the Panthers even after the coaching change.The explosive Shell set a Pennsylvania high school record for career rushing yards. He has been slowed by injury during training camp and when he returns he’ll be one of five players who could see significant time lining up behind Sunseri.Shell is more than ready to wait his turn and praised Graham and the rest of the backfield for making him feel at home.“”Ray has been like an older brother to me on the team,” Shell said. “I listen to everything he tells me and he gives me great advice. It’s not just him at times either—it’s the first guy to the last guy. Everyone is just feeding off of one another and trying to get better.”The schedule isn’t exactly the most user-friendly. Pitt, which opens on Sept. 1 against Youngstown State, will host conference games against Louisville, Temple and Rutgers and travel to Syracuse, Connecticut and South Florida. That doesn’t include nonconference dates with Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.Getting through in good enough shape to emerge with a conference title and just the second BCS berth will be difficult. It’s a challenge Chryst and the Panthers accept. After all the off-the-field stuff, they’re only too happy to put the focus back on football.“Football is back to being fun now,” wide receiver Devin Street said. “These guys make it fun but at the same time we know what the goal is and know what we have to do.”last_img read more

Middletown Now Rich in Hockey Tradition

first_imgBy Jay CookAboard the fittingly-named family boat “Breakaway,” a 20 person entourage joined Trevor van Riemsdyk for his journey to the docks at the Salt Creek Grille in celebration of his championship season with the World Champion Chicago Blackhawks.Over 160 friends and family awaited the arrival of the Middletown native van Riemsdyk to celebrate his day in showcasing the Stanley Cup to his hometown.Hoisting the cup way above his head on the bow of the family boat, amidst countless cheers from ashore, it seemed to be the perfect culmination to a long day of festivities.8. Trevor van Riemsdyk holding up the Stanley Cup in front of crowd at the Salt Creek Grille. Photo: Jaclyn ShugardWhat a day it was. Making numerous stops, consisting of visits to the Brick Stars Challenger Youth program, Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft and the Middletown Arts Center, van Riemsdyk had proudly showcased the Stanley Cup trophy to those who helped him reach this point in his career.The final showcase to a long and widely-celebrated day was the aforementioned boat ride entrance, in conjunction with blow horns blaring and music booming.“It’s the only way to come in that made sense to us, considering the amount of time we spend on the water as a family,” said Frans van Riemsdyk, Trevor’s father.While certainly a fitting arrival, it almost did not happen. In a day filled with whipping winds and, at points, torrential downpours, it seemed as though this one-of-a-kind entrance may not have occurred. “Luckily the weather broke as we were making our final decision on how to arrive,” van Riemsdyk said.Fortunately enough for the Salt Creek Grille as well, owner Steve Bidgood was glad that the weather subsided. “We actually lost power back an hour ago, if you can believe that,” Bidgood said. “We’re lucky that the weather slowed down.”With the fresh sun glaring out from behind the clouds, van Riemsdyk’s family and friends showered him with countless hugs and cheers as he made his way from the dock inside to the downstairs banquet hall.Tables decorated with black, white and red tablecloths, a collage of van Riemsdyk’s postseason glory and a photo op area for the Stanley Cup trophy were all included at the exclusive party.“As myself being a local guy from Middletown, I feel honored that the van Riemsdyks chose to have this celebration here,” said Bidgood. “It’s a priceless feeling to have the Stanley Cup here.”Once inside, the festivities quickly began. Music on the stereo was cranked way up, and a line began to get a one-on-one picture with the Stanley Cup and the champ himself.The Stanley Cup at CBA.“It’s a surreal feeling. Really hard to put into words,” said Matthew Kessig. Kessig who has been a next door neighbor and close friend to the van Riemsdyk’s over the last 13 years, spoke about what this means for Middletown.“This is extremely important, and brings a lot of pride to the town and puts us on the map. The van Riemsdyks are the poster children for New Jersey hockey, if you ask me,” he said.In a day with no shortage of excitement, smiles and true appreciation, Trevor van Riemsdyk showed Middletown the love and support that he had seen from them for so many years. “Trevor is truly humbled and so proud of where we all live,” his father said.last_img read more

Organisms Refusing to Evolve Over Millions of Years

first_imgSeveral more cases of “extreme stasis” have turned up, calling into question Darwin’s notion of constant, gradual change over millions of years.Earlier human migration: Science Magazine reports evidence of mammoth bones in Siberia that indicate hunting and butchering by humans, 10,000 years earlier than evolutionists presumed people should have been up those cold climes. New Scientist‘s headline reads, “Humans adapted to Arctic life 10,000 years earlier than thought.” The bones are claimed to be 45,000 years old; that means that humans were essentially the same as us—intelligent, adaptable and capable—for at least 8 times all recorded human history (actually, much longer: they believe upright, thinking hominins existed for 1-2 million years). That phrase “earlier than thought” shows up a lot in evolutionary studies. It means that evolutionists are surprised at cases of early appearance and stasis. This pattern stretches into much longer time periods in the following examples.Tree shrews refused to evolve for 34 million years, Science Magazine says. A new fossil doubles its period of stasis. It has a “living fossil” story to tell:Tree shrews are often held up as being living fossils, presumably very similar to our own earliest primate ancestor. The dearth of actual fossils of these small tropical mammals, however, has meant that much of this conclusion has been speculative. Li and Ni describe a new fossil tree shrew that is exceedingly similar to the extant pen-tailed tree shrew (Ptilocercus lowii), yet twice as old as any previously described sister taxa. The fossil suggests that this tree shrew has gone nearly unchanged since the Oligocene (over 34 million years ago).Squid stasis for a much longer period was reported in Live Science. Belemnites are members of the Cephalopod (head-foot) class that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. Fossils found in Solnhofen, Germany (home of Archaeopteryx and other exceptionally-detailed fossils of the Jurassic Period) show that one species was already highly skilled. “Generally speaking, Acanthoteuthis‘ fins and bullet-shaped body, much like modern squids’, suggest that it would be a good swimmer,” the article says. The Jurassic is claimed to span from 200 to 145 million years ago. Noting that cephalopods date back even farther, “500 million years,” the article points out that squid like this possessed balance-sensing organs (statocysts), muscles, cartilage, a digestive system, and 10 arms. Cephalopods also have exquisite eyes as complex as those of mammals, yet are not related to any tetrapods in the evolutionary scheme. For a type of animal that is abundant today, this squid had an awful long time to evolve into something else, but it didn’t. Its statocysts, for instance, “resembled structures found in pelagic squid” that swim in the same oceans today.Crustacean stasis: A division of crustaceans called branchiopods includes many living species, including water fleas and fairy shrimp. Current Biology published a find with a headline that tells all: “A 365-Million-Year-Old Freshwater Community Reveals Morphological and Ecological Stasis in Branchiopod Crustaceans.” This phylum dates to the Cambrian Explosion. Early fossils of branchiopods have been found in fossil beds as widely dispersed as Canada, Scotland and Sweden. This new find in Belgium tops them all, yet looks strangely familiar:Here we report the discovery of an ephemeral pool branchiopod community from the 365-million-year-old Strud locality of Belgium. It is characterized by new anostracans and spinicaudatans, closely resembling extant species, and the earliest notostracan, Strudops goldenbergi. These branchiopods released resting eggs into the sediment in a manner similar to their modern representatives. We infer that this reproductive strategy was critical to overcoming environmental constraints such as seasonal desiccation imposed by living on land. The pioneer colonization of ephemeral freshwater pools by branchiopods in the Devonian was followed by remarkable ecological and morphological stasis that persists to the present day.Not only do the bodies (morphology) look the same, the whole community (ecology) looks the same. How do evolutionists deal with the fact that this fossil bed looks like it was buried recently? These biologists got creative with their Darwinian imaginations. The creatures evolved, they say, but not in ways that are visible to the human eye—they used encryption!The ecological and morphological stasis may be explained by the mixing of eggs from decades-distant populations, a singularity likely to prevent the fixation of new phenotypic variations. Nonetheless, the apparent morphological stasis does not mean that these clades did not evolve through time, but rather that the changes are cryptic, as revealed by changes in egg size. In addition, variations in physiology and egg hatching phenology have been reported for several species without significant morphological change and seem to be important for the long-term occupation of ephemeral pool biotopes. Fishes are generally absent in ephemeral pools, and increased fish predation in marine and fluvial environments during the Devonian may have triggered the modifications that allowed large branchiopods to colonize these continental environments devoid of predators. Paradoxically, the variable and harsh ephemeral pool appears to have been one of the most stable continental ecosystems over hundreds of millions of years.This admission is amazing. They found an ephemeral pool that should have been subject to variation and harsh environmental change, yet their dating of the fossils forces them to say it must have been “one of the most stable continental ecosystems over hundreds of millions of years.” Were there not meteors, tsunamis, continents subducting, and other dramatic geological changes, including major extinctions, in 365 million years?B as in billions: The winner for stasis is the bacterium. PhysOrg discusses “evidence of cavity-dwelling microbial life from 3 billion years ago,” from a time when there was not supposed to be oxygen or protection from UV radiation. Supposedly, South African greenstone beds allowed microbes to shield themselves by dwelling in cavities in the rock. Notice the word similar in what they say about these microbes:The team conducted multiple tests on the mats and the microbes found hidden under them, including bulk carbon and SEM analysis and Raman micro-spectroscopy and report that the microbes were shaped like rods, growing in train like filaments, similar to many bacteria alive today. They note also that the microbes were quite uniform in shape and that they were able to control their diameter and length as modern microbes do. The fossils are also approximately 500 million years older than any other previous fossil found in a habitat, and thus represent some of the earliest forms of life ever found (the very earliest date back to approximately 3.43 billion years ago.)With their short generation times, bacteria should evolve very rapidly. Wouldn’t anyone get bored living in a rod-shaped cell for billions of years?Wag your head in astonishment at the credulity of the modern evolutionary biologist. When they jumped onto Darwin’s bandwagon in 1859, and got drunk with his Darwine snake oil, their inhibitions over just-so storytelling faded away. They let go of their scientific rigor and all joined in singing, “How dry I am.” What they didn’t know was that Charlie bamboozled them. He sold them the Stuff Happens Law and tricked them into thinking Darwine was a health tonic; “Everything evolves constantly,” he would say, “except when it doesn’t. When something stays the same for billions of years, that’s evolution, too!” He used his own lyrics. He was really singing, “How wry I am.”(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Agent Viru

first_imgSaturday, February 19It wasn’t easy getting hold of Agent Viru after his knock of 175 in the tournament opener against Bangladesh. Just short of midnight, though, I received his replies to my texts. And, they sure were worth the wait. On how he got Sachin Tendulkar run out, Viru replied, “Coach asked me to watch the ball. How can I watch the ball and the other batsman at the same time?” On what it was like to bat for 47 overs, he texted, “Life-changing experience. Now, I know why Dravid and Gambhir have such long faces. The boredom of batting between overs 20 to 35 could make even Shah Rukh Khan look like a cow.”Sunday, February 20Agent Viru’s stated intention to bat 50 overs has sent bowlers in every team queuing for life insurance. One day before their first game, Mitchell Johnson told Brett Lee, “Jeez, I didn’t think he was serious about it, mate. Any chance we may not crash out before facing him?”Viru was not amused, though. “I am scared of Johnson. He is a smart man. We Indian players only open restaurants. But he started Johnson’s baby powder. I used it on my son’s bum when he had rashes. See? Both his bowling and business involve him spraying it around. How smart is that?” said Viru.Monday, February 21 I caught up with Agent Viru at the coffee shop of ITC Gardenia, Bangalore, where he was reading the Sri Lanka vs Canada match report. Without taking his eyes off the newspaper he confessed that for the longest time he had no idea that countries like Canada also played cricket. “It turns out that even Canadians don’t know that,” a deadpan Viru added.advertisementTuesday, February 22One day after the Australia vs Zimbabwe match, the Gujarat Cricket Association lodged a complaint against Australian captain Ricky Ponting for smashing an lcd tv in the dressing room after being run out. They are angry because they believe only their President, Narendra Modi, has the right to break unnecessary items like screens, cameras and the law. When asked about it, Ponting initially claimed that he was in such good form that he was seeing the ball as large as an lcd screen and mistook the one in the dressing room for a ball. Later, smarter brains got together and drafted the official version. Apparently, the tv wasn’t working and Ponting simply tapped the top of the screen to get it started. “It’s not his fault that he’s built like Khalli and the tv like Ajit Agarkar,” the press release said. Viru, on hearing of the controversy, looked concerned. “I hope Sreesanth doesn’t get fined for that smashed tv,” he told me.Thursday, February 24 “What’s common between India in 2007 and Australia in 2011?” Agent Viru texted me early in the morning. “Greg Chappell,” promptly came the reply too. The joke is now doing the rounds in every team. Word has it that the Australian chief selector’s special liking for middle-aged, left-handed batsmen will do to Australia what it did to India four years ago. Worse, Ponting believes so too and is said to have communicated some choicest Australian pleasantries to Chappell after hearing about Michael Hussey’s recovery from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the World Cup squad.Highlight of the weekPakistan captain Shahid Afridi was spotted thinking. No one remembers when he was last seen doing that.The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea assistant Zola lauds Loftus-Cheek improvement

first_img​Chelsea assistant Zola lauds Loftus-Cheek improvementby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola is happy with Ruben Loftus-Cheek.The club legend has been impressed with what he has seen from the English youngster this term.And he believes that if Loftus-Cheek can keep improving, he has a big future at the club.”I think Ruben has gone a long way from the beginning,” he said during a press conference.”He has improved a lot. “You can’t doubt his abilities, to play as a midfielder he is learning duties. I am very pleased with him. “He is an impact player, he was suffering when he didn’t play and being recognised is good for him.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved their 1-0 win at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday.Karim Benzema’s second half header made sure that Zinedine Zidane’s side responded in the right way after their 3-0 defeat in Paris on Wednesday.”Today we saw a good Real Madrid team,” Monchi said.”They were a team that performed at a very high level, nothing like the level of Wednesday.”They were a team made to win and at this level it’s not easy.” last_img

16 days agoMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibaly

first_imgMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibalyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will pursue Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.The Norwegian is under to pressure to keep his job, with reports stating he could be sacked if United are pummelled by Liverpool after the international break.A poor start to the season which sees them lie in 12th has prompted the club’s board to plan transfers for January, with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen considered.Goal says the transfers of West Ham youngster Rice and Napoli defender Koulibaly are being targeted for the summer.Both players could cost a combined total of over £200m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending January 13, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. First Man2. A Simple Favor3. Crazy Rich Asians4. Book Club5. Bad Times At the El Royale6. Venom7. Night School (2018)8. Mid90s9. BlacKkKlansman10. The Hate U GiveiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Mid90s2. Rust Creek3. The Old Man & the Gun4. Eighth Grade5. Wildlife6. Diet Fiction7. What They Had8. Madame9. Three Identical Strangers10. A Man Apart__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img

One charged after incident on Highway 43 near Crooked Creek

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One person has been charged after an incident near Crooked Creek Alberta.At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, a Grande Prairie RCMP member attempted to stop a stolen vehicle near Crooked Creek, Alta off Highway 43. A confrontation occurred between a lone male suspect and the officer which resulted in the discharge of a police weapon.The suspect fled in the vehicle on to Highway 43. The suspect vehicle then rolled near Range Road 254A and Township 710. The suspect was later arrested with the assistance of Police Dog Services near the Greenview Golf Course. The suspect was not injured as result of the confrontation but sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.No injuries were sustained by the involved officer or members of the public.Gordon Randal Rawlyk (42) of Grande Prairie has been charged with the following offences:Assault Police Officer with a weaponFlight from policePossession of property obtained by crime over $5,000Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 (x2)Dangerous operation of a motor vehicleFraudulent concealmentRawlyk was held for a bail hearing and released for a court appearance on Jan. 23, 2019 at Grande Prairie Provincial Court.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.last_img read more