COVID-19: Govt partners with hotels to house medical workers

first_img“Accor Group [will] provide facilities for hospitals in Jakarta, namely Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM), the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital [RSPAD], the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital and Persahabatan Hospital,” Wishnutama said at a press conference on Thursday. All of the mentioned hospitals, except for RSCM, are designated referral hospitals for COVID-19. While he did not specify which hotels would be used, Wishnutama said the ministry would pay the hotels at rates below the market price.He said the partnering hotels would be routinely disinfected and sanitized, adding that social distancing rules would also be applied in places such as elevators. The hotels would also ensure minimal direct interaction between their staff and the medical workers in the provision of food, housekeeping, laundry and other services.Medical workers staying at the hotels would also be required to wear protective gear, be sprayed down with disinfectant and have their body temperature monitored. The government has teamed up with several hotels to accommodate doctors and other medical workers on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama said the ministry had cooperated with Accor Group, a French multinational hospitality company with hotel brands such as Fairmont, Raffles and Pullman, for the first phase of the program, which is set to accommodate 1,100 medical workers in Jakarta.As medical workers are at a high risk of contracting the disease, putting them up in dedicated accommodation can reduce the risk of infection for their family members or housemates. Wishnutama urged other hotels and hotel chains to participate in the program if they met the ministry’s requirements. The hotels have to be in the vicinity of the referral hospitals and must not have terminated their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.“This collaboration is not only an effort to handle [the COVID-19 crisis] but also helps maintain the hospitality and transportation industry, which is an important part of the tourism sector,” he said. “The government urges all elements, including tourist industry players, to help […] Indonesia stop the spread of COVID-19 together.”Previously, the Jakarta administration had prepared four city-owned hotels with a total of 481 rooms and 773 beds as accommodation for medical workers.As of Saturday, Indonesia has confirmed 1,155 COVID-19 cases, with 102 deaths. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Consumer goods firms grow in Q1 amid economic crisis

first_imgPT Unilever Indonesia, which sells soap, shampoo and other personal care products, as well as food and refreshments, reported a higher net profit in the first quarter of this year than in the same period last year. At Rp 1.86 trillion, Unilever’s January-March net profit grew 6.5 percent year-on-year (yoy). Sales grew 4.6 percent to Rp 11.15 trillion for the same period.“In times of crisis like today, staple goods like food and hygiene products are even more essential for a lot of people, regardless of their economic condition,” Alfred told The Jakarta Post.Indonesia’s economy grew 2.97 percent in the first three months of this year, the lowest in 19 years, as consumer spending, which accounts for more than half of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), grew 2.84 percent. Vehicle and retail sales led the fall as people spent more on health care.The panic during the early days of the coronavirus outbreak drove many people to hoard food and cleaning supplies, causing empty shelves in many grocery stores in cities throughout the country. Instant noodle producer PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur (ICBP) recorded a 6.67 percent yoy increase in sales to Rp 12 trillion in the first quarter of this year, thanks to a 6.54 percent yoy rise in noodle sales. As a result, its profit soared 48.26 percent yoy to Rp 1.98 trillion.Read also: Market players’ stock price predictions show that uncertainty lingersNippon Indosari, the producer of Sari Roti bread, recorded the strongest growth in sales and profit of consumer goods companies. The company recorded a 15.3 percent yoy growth in sales to Rp 912.87 billion in the first three months of this year. Its profit jumped 20 percent yoy to Rp 77.85 billion in the same period.Despite the solid growth in the first quarter, Alfred warned that consumer goods companies would see a slight decline in performance in the second quarter of this year because large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) had hampered economic activity.The measures, which were intended to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, resulted in layoffs and pay cuts, which caused consumption to decline.“The decline will not be as significant as car or house sales because people will continue buying the same short-term staple goods despite the pay cut,” he said.Mirae Asset Sekuritas analyst Mimi Halimin said in a research note on May 15 that even though the slowdown in consumption was unavoidable during the pandemic, she believed that some sectors, such as food and beverages, as well as healthcare, would remain resilient to the uncertain conditions.Analysts expected that a recovery of economic activity following the establishment of the country’s “new normal” would drive consumption and reduce logistic costs in the second half of the year. However, consumption would likely remain below first quarter performance.In addition to weak consumption, Mimi said other factors would affect consumer goods companies’ performances this year, including increasing COVID-19 cases, which surpassed 49,000 in the nation on Wednesday, with 2,573 dead.Read also: Strategy key in stocks investment amid volatility: Experts“A prolonged increase in COVID-19 cases, intensified competition, higher commodity prices and a weakening rupiah could cause us to scale down our revenue and net profit estimates for consumer goods companies,” added Mimi.Despite the challenges, Mimi remained optimistic that consumer goods companies would be resilient to the ongoing uncertainty and that their stocks would remain good investments amid rising market volatility.The consumer goods subindex of stocks traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) dropped the least of all the sectoral subindices this year, falling by 11 percent. This decline was significantly less than the 34 percent slump suffered by the hardest-hit property and real estate subindex, the 31 percent plunge in the agriculture subindex and the 21 percent fall in the agriculture subindex.Topics : Publicly listed consumer goods companies have managed to book profits in the first quarter – some even higher than last year – as they emerge as winners during the pandemic-induced economic crisis.Koneksi Kapital equity analyst Alfred Nainggolan said on Tuesday that the growth of consumer goods companies had been caused by an increased need for staple goods during the pandemic.Read also: Retail investors now dominate stock market: IDXlast_img read more

Osaka Gas to build LNG import facility in Nobeoka

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Osaka Gas)Japan’s utility Osaka Gas, through its unit Osaka Gas Engineering, has established Himuka LNG a company planning to set up LNG receiving infrastructure in Nobeoka City.The newly established company is set to set up the LNG receiving facilities in order to supply feed gas to the natural gas to be constructed by the Japanese chemical group Asahi Kasei.The chemical group decided to replace one of its coal-fired power units with a 34 MW production capacity in Nobeoka with a gas-fired unit, scheduled for start-up in 2022.Osaka Gas noted the company will build LNG receiving infrastructure and an LNG storage tank sequentially, the company’s statement reads.last_img

Former Attorney General arrested on conspiracy charges

first_img Share 38 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews Former Attorney General arrested on conspiracy charges by: – January 31, 2012 Attorney at Law Bernard Wilshire. Photo credit: uwpdm.comFormer Attorney General of Dominica Bernard Wilshire was on Monday arrested by the Dominica Police on a charge of conspiracy.The allegation is that Mr. Wilshire conspired with certain aliens to obtain a Dominican passport and the further allegation is that he endorsed the passport form and photograph indicating that the information in the passport from was true and that the photograph was a true likeness of the applicant.It is also alleged that the information stated in the application was false and that the applicant was not a Dominican by birth or naturalization.Mr. Wilshire was granted station bail in the amount of $50, 000.00 by Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste on Monday afternoon and was represented by Attorney at Law David Bruney.Wilshire has been a sharp critic of the Economic Citizenship Program and has publicly called on the government to cease the programme several times and it is rather surprising that he has been implicated in such a conspiracy.Wilshire has maintained his innocence and has filed a lawsuit against the police after he was arrested on suspicion of having committed the alleged offense last year.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Lonnie Earl White Jr.

first_imgLonnie Earl White Jr. age 52 of Versailles, Indiana, died Tuesday, July 14, 2020.  Born on May 28, 1968 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Lonnie Earl White Sr. and the late Louanne (Zieger) White.Lonnie was a welder and diesel mechanic, last working for Sheets and Son Trucking and prior to that Crum Trucking.Survived by his wife, Monica Miles; children, Nathan White, Abigail White, Lonnie Earl White III and Sophia Mountain; sisters, Brenda Oehler and Jenny Staggs; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.Cremation was chosen and a private burial will take place at a family cemetery in Kentucky.  You are welcome to leave a message at on Lonnie’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img

O’Connell: Ireland raring to go

first_img “After my first Lions tour I actually broke my hand in my first game back and got another 10 weeks off, so I got a really long pre-season!” said O’Connell of his experiences after the 2005 Lions tour. “Certainly that happened back in 1997 and maybe in 2001 but I think we’re very well-managed now. “I got a good break after the Lions tour, we’ve had some very tough games in the last few months, but managed to get a down week over Christmas as well. “So I think it’s something you can believe if you want to, you can look for it if you want, but the way we’ve been managed, most of our Lions players are feeling fairly good. “Most of the Irish players from the Lions are feeling strong and ready for the tournament.” Ireland host Scotland on February 2 to open their Six Nations challenge before taking on Wales in Dublin just six days later. O’Connell, who this week tied up a new two-year deal with home province Munster, expects Wales captain Sam Warburton to cause Ireland problems when the teams meet in round two. Munster stalwart O’Connell admitted he was impressed with Cardiff Blues flanker Warburton’s leadership on the summer’s victorious Lions tour to Australia. France have claimed the RBS 6 Nations title every season directly following a Lions tour in the professional era. Munster’s talismanic lock O’Connell does not expect any fallout this season though, paying tribute to the IRFU’s careful management of their top stars once again. Press Association Expecting the back-rower to galvanise Wales again, O’Connell said: “I thought he was excellent: he’s a quiet enough guy who leads from the front in everything he does, whether it’s the gym, the analysis room, the training field, but most importantly when he’s on the pitch playing, he leads from the front. “There was a lot of experience on that Lions tour this year, there was plenty of guys to do the shouting and the barking for him, so he was able to do what he does best. “I thought he had a great tour as a captain and it’s no surprise he’s won the tour too. “It could have been tough for him with that amount of leadership experience there, but he made sure it wasn’t awkward at all. “I suppose I tend to chirp and chat a lot to the players, and he was really eager to let me off the leash to do that. “That relaxed me, I was happy with that. I thought he was an insightful and great captain, and I’m sure he will do that job extremely well with Wales for many years now.” Ireland will not suffer any British and Irish Lions tour fatigue, according to captain Paul O’Connell.last_img read more

Charlie Austin’s debut Southampton goal piles pressure on Louis van Gaal

first_img Press Association United supporters once again vented their anger towards Van Gaal after watching their team put on yet another dull, uninspiring performance at Old Trafford. Boos rang out around Old Trafford at half-time and following the final whistle as Saints recorded only their second win at United’s home since 1988, but also their second in 13 months. Charlie Austin scored the winner with his first touch in a Southampton shirt to pile the pressure on beleaguered Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. There was no doubting who the home supporters blamed for this latest insipid display. Van Gaal was jeered at as he walked down the tunnel. The message was clear – he is no longer wanted by some of them. United’s fans had every right to feel let down by the United manager. This was dour stuff from United, possibly the worst performance of what has been a forgettable season. And they are now five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with 15 matches to go. United too often shifted the ball sideways and backwards, which caused groans from the home supporters. And when Austin rose unmarked to power in James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick in the 87th minute, it came as no surprise. United offered next to nothing in front of goal. Fraser Forster had one save to make all match. Van Gaal claimed in his programme notes that United had started 2016 “well”, but the home fans who were put through yet another dreadful 45 minutes must have disagreed. Yes, results had improved recently, but the style of play has not. United were often ponderous in possession and seemed too nervous to pass forward. Daley Blind provided Forster with his only test of the opening 45 minutes, but the England goalkeeper had little trouble collecting the Dutchman’s long-range shot. Wayne Rooney dragged a shot wide and Anthony Martial tried to chase a short backpass from Virgil van Dijk, but otherwise there was little optimism from the home supporters. Those who left their seats for their half-time refreshments just after the half hour mark missed the best chance of the half. It went to Southampton, who should have taken the lead when Dusan Tadic played a one-two with Sadio Mane but the striker’s touch let him down and David de Gea collected. Boos rang out when United pumped the ball forward twice in quick succession and more jeers came when the half-time whistle sounded. Cheers greeted the announcement that the blundering Marouane Fellaini, who had earlier caught Victor Wanyama with his forearm while jumping, was to be replaced by Juan Mata. The Spaniard injected purpose and energy into United’s attacks. Mata laid the ball off to Martial inside the box, but Van Dijk put in a well-timed interception to deny the Frenchman. Saints rose to the challenge, launching an assault on the United defence around the hour. Wanyama and Long went close with headers from inside the box. Van Gaal was forced into an unwanted substitution when Matteo Darmian, the club’s only fit senior full-back, was replaced by Paddy McNair after being caught in the ribs by Long while jumping for the ball. Austin came on for his Saints debut with 12 minutes to go. His strike partner Long wasted a good chance by heading over James Ward-Prowse’s cross. Austin did not pass on his opportunity, however. The £4million signing lost his marker and powered in Ward-Prowse’s free-kick before Van Gaal walked down the touchline to boos and whistles from the home fans. TWEET OF THE MATCH “7 wins in 22 for #mufc now all comps. 5 PL wins in 16. Every forward step followed by two backwards. How much longer can LvG cling on?” – Sport Journalist Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) questions how long Louis van Gaal can keep his job at Old Trafford. RATINGS MANCHESTER UNITED David de Gea: 6 (out of 10) Cameron Borthwick-Jackson: 5 Chris Smalling: 6 Daley Blind: 5 Matteo Darmian: 6 Morgan Schneiderlin: 5 Marouane Fellaini: 5 Jesse Lingard: 6 Ander Herrera: 6 Anthony Martial: 5 Wayne Rooney: 5 Subs: Juan Mata: 6 Paddy McNair: 5 Adnan Januzaj: 5 SOUTHAMPTON: Fraser Forster: 6 Cedric Soares: 6 Jose Fonte: 7 Virgil van Dijk: 7 Ryan Bertrand: 7 Matt Targett: 6 Jordy Clasie: 7 Dusan Tadic: 6 Victor Wanyama: 7 Sadio Mane: 7 Shane Long: 6 Subs: Oriol Romeu: 6 James Ward-Prowse: 6 Charlie Austin: 7 STAR PLAYER Ryan Bertrand. The England international – who is currently being linked with United – was one of several Southampton defenders to put in a solid shift. Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk also impressed. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Charlie Austin’s goal. Eight minutes after coming off the bench, Southampton’s new striker marked his debut with the first thing even approaching clinical finishing the game had seen as he nodded in fellow substitute James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick. VIEW FROM THE BENCH After a more encouraging performance attack-wise against Newcastle and good result at Liverpool, Louis van Gaal was looking for a combination of the two from his team here. But he saw them deliver neither, United producing another home display devoid of creative spark and condemned to defeat by Austin’s late header. Van Gaal’s counterpart and fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman will be delighted with a sturdy, patient effort from Southampton that was rewarded with all three points after the new frontman was thrown on. MOAN OF THE MATCH There had been signs of late that things were starting to pick up for Van Gaal’s side, but this was another performance to leave United fans wondering what direction their club is heading in. The Red Devils seem incapable of building any momentum at the moment and the players appear to be hampered by nerves at their own stadium. NEXT UP Derby County v Manchester United, FA Cup fourth round, Friday 29 January. Arsenal v Southampton, Barclays Premier League, Tuesday 2 February last_img read more

20th Cheddie Jagan Memorial Cycle Road Race

first_imgAgard sounds warning with his first victory of the 2017 seasonSHAQUEL Agard sprung a surprise yesterday when he crossed the finish line in the first leg of the Cheddie Jagan Memorial cycle road race,unchallenged in a time of two hours 06 minutes, 54 seconds.After being sent on their way from New Amsterdam, Berbice,by a People’s Progressive Party executive, the 35 starters stuck together until they raced up the Number 19 Road when Hamza Eastman, Alonzo Ambrose, Agard, Paul DeNobrega, Orville Hinds and Michael Anthony broke from the leading pack and established a sizeable lead on the peloton and maintained that lead all the way to Whim on the downward journey,when Ambrose and Agard jumped the leading pack and opened a hefty lead.With 400 metres remaining to the finish, Agard jumped Ambrose and crossed the finish line unchallenged, while Ambrose was also unchallenged for the second position.There was,however,a bunch sprint for the minor positions and Eastman prevailed over DeNobrega, Hinds and Michael Anthony.Eastman won two primes, while Agard, DeNobrega and Ambrose won one each.In the other categories, Curtis Dey was the first junior to cross the finish line.Junior Niles made a successful defense of the title he won last year,Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson was second and Sebourne Fernandes third.In the Mountain Bike category, Shane Bourne was first, Patrick Alphonso second and Julio Melville third.Shenika Teixeira won the female category while Deance Welch placed second.Before sending them on their way from New Amsterdam, former Director of Sport Neil Kumar welcomed the cyclists who were a part of the event.He also acknowledged the presence of current Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Region 6 Chairman David Armogan.Mr Armogan also welcomed the participants to the Region and urged them to be competitive and to bear in mind that the event is one that is being held to honour Guyana’s first ever Premier and former President of Guyana, who fought for Guyana’s Independence from the British rulers (England).Unfortunately, Director of Sport,Jones,in his capacity was not given an opportunity to address the participants even though he made the long trip from West Bank Demerara to Berbice.Meanwhile, the second leg of the three-leg event will be held on Sunday over in the West Demerara area and the final leg will be held in Essequibo on March 19.last_img

Syracuse’s depth provides spark in breakout season

first_imgFreshman Erin Simon headed a pass to senior Alyscha Mottershead, who redirected the ball past the diving goalkeeper. Senior Rosina Callisto booted a kick from beyond the 18-yard box for Syracuse’s second goal. Sophomore Alexis Koval screened the goalkeeper on the third goal, scored by freshman Jackie Firenze.Despite the drama in the Orange’s 3-2 victory over Connecticut on Sept. 13, the biggest win in program history, how the team scored means less than who played roles in earning the goals. Players from each grade level came together in a balanced attack, a prevalent theme throughout the season.The depth of Syracuse’s roster shows how far the program has come since head coach Phil Wheddon’s arrival in 2008. Wheddon brought the team from mediocrity to respectability to, eventually, being feared by Big East rivals.This season the team has taken its play to an entirely new level. A balanced scoring attack and an incredible defense have the Orange one win away from a Big East tournament bid. Syracuse (7-2-1, 4-1-1 Big East) sits at second in the Big East’s American division.“We’re just a totally different team,” junior defender Jackie Moriarty said. “We have so many of the same players, but I think the chemistry and energy is so much better, and I feel that we’re not even peaking yet.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEach game, the Orange seems to do something for the first time or break another school record. SU’s win over Connecticut was its first in 17 tries. The Orange has nine different goal scorers, including six who have scored their first career goals. Two of its top five point getters were not on the team last year.Senior Jenna Rickan sees the change. As a freshman in 2009 she was tied for second on the team in points with two. This season 10 players have at least two points, and six players have at least five.“It’s finally coming together,” Rickan said.Syracuse had a pivotal year in 2010. Wheddon added Mottershead, a trio of defenders in Moriarty, Kayla Alfonso and Rachel Blum, and goalkeeper Brittany Anghel. Anghel started from day one and has become one of the best keepers in SU history.“Rachel, Jackie, Kayla and Brittany have been fantastic,” Wheddon said. “Especially this year, they’re playing the best I’ve seen them play.”In 2011, the team had its best season under Wheddon, earning its first trip to the Big East tournament. Syracuse product Koval joined the team, but sat out the year with a torn hip flexor. She’s now the team’s third leading scorer. Hanna Strong also joined in 2011. This year, she has two goals and an assist and, during one three-game stretch, was the team’s best player.Wheddon has arguably his best recruiting class this season. He brought in two-time NSCAA All-American and Baldwinsville, N.Y., product Firenze along with Simon, Taylor Haenlin and Maya Pitts.A true sign of resurgence is that now the program has built a pipeline. After this season, the team will lose Mottershead, Rickan, Callisto and stalwart defender Skylar Sabbag. Strong, Pitts and Haenlin will step in.Wheddon talked about how moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference has helped the program attract recruits from all over the United States, and even internationally. Many will arrive as early as next season.“We still have even more potential,” Koval said. “But we’re at such a farther point than we were last year.”Wheddon knows it takes a while to build a contender. It’s taken four years, but the team seems to have turned the corner.“Now, for the first time, we’re talking about the postseason ahead of time,” Wheddon said,“which is a nice conversation to have.” Comments Published on October 3, 2012 at 1:37 am Contact Josh: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC continues to struggle in loss to BYU

first_imgThe playoff chances for the USC men’s volleyball team were already slim before heading to Utah to face top-ranked BYU. Unfortunately, the team’s odds took another hit on Saturday, as the Trojan’s accuracy issues cost them once again in a one-sided defeat at the hands of the Cougars by a score of 25-14, 25-15, 26-24.With only five games remaining in the regular season, USC (5-15) faced its toughest challenge of the season in Provo, Utah. The BYU Cougars have been among the most dominant teams in the country this season, amassing an impressive 19-3 record.Led by All-American Taylor Sander, BYU is currently riding a 11-game winning streak that has earned the team a unanimous No. 1 national ranking. The Cougars’ high-powered offense, which leads the nation in hitting percentage, boasts victories over every team in the MPSF, including a win over USC earlier this season at the Galen Center.The Trojans’ appeared able to keep pace with the Cougars at the start of the first set. Despite a few service errors early on, the USC managed to keep the game close. But after a kill from freshman middle blocker Josh Kirchner brought USC within two, the Cougars took control.BYU went on a run, winning 12 of the next 15 points and overwhelming the Trojans with a 25-14 set victory. The attack was led by sophomore outside hitter Josue Rivera, whose three aces put the set out of reach for USC.Aided by a sizable home crowd, the Cougars were able to ride the momentum from their earlier run to a quick four-point lead in the second set. This time, the Trojans were overwhelmed from the start and were unable to slow down BYU’s high-powered attack.“I think we got carried away with the crowd,” USC head coach Bill Ferguson said. “Not so much distracted, but I think we had a lot of guys who had yet to play in an environment like that. There were over 4,000 people there, and it was their senior night.”However, the third set had a completely different atmosphere. After a quick break, USC came out of the locker room ready to play and quickly found itself with an early lead. While the Cougars continued to play aggressively, the Trojans successfully held them off for much of the set, pulling ahead by as many as three points. But, with the score even at 22 apiece, BYU pushed through and took their first lead of the set. Unfortunately, that was all the Cougars needed to put the Trojans away for good.“As frustrating as the season has been, our guys have never backed down and they’ve always fought,” Ferguson said. “That goes for every day in practices and that goes for matches like this.”BYU’s Sander came alive in the third set, tallying eight of his 17 kills. The junior outside hitter enjoyed an exceptional night on the court with a .762 hitting percentage and three blocks. USC freshman outside hitter Alex Slaught managed to put together a solid night as well, notching 8 kills and a .462 hitting percentage, but his play was overshadowed by Sander’s.“[Sander] is the most gifted player in college volleyball, period,” Ferguson said. “You’re talking about a guy who can elevate and out-jump everybody. He’s basically a freak.”While BYU certainly flexed their muscles offensively in this match, it was the errant play of the Trojans, once again, that virtually dictated the outcome. USC was outplayed in nearly every statistical category and managed only three aces on the night.The loss puts the Trojans at the brink of elimination, as they now sit four games out of the last playoff spot with only four games left to play. USC will return to the Galen Center to play Long Beach State on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.last_img read more