Government disburses $4.5m in village funds as cash aid for poor families

first_imgTopics : Upon being questioned how the government would oversee the disbursement of cash transfers, Abdul said that the government “trusted village officials and volunteers to oversee the disbursement process”.Concerns have grown over the disbursement of the government’s social aid program to weather the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.“If the COVID-19 aid funds are misused by state officials, such as regents, mayors, governors or ministers and their respective deputies, it will be difficult because the KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] is very procedural; it needs to report to the President in handling those cases,” former KPK deputy chief Mochammad Jasin said on Wednesday, warning that corruption could occur with so much aid being distributed during the current health crisis.The government has set aside Rp 436.1 trillion for stimulus programs, equivalent to 2.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), including Rp 110 trillion for social safety nets. According to Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministerial Regulation No 6/2020, the government has allocated Rp 22.4 trillion from a total of Rp 71.19 trillion in village funds to disburse cash transfers for 12.3 million families affected by the crisis.The government will provide Rp 600,000 a month for three months to families that meet certain criteria, including whose members have lost their jobs and do not receive assistance from the Family Hope Program (PKH) and the staple-food card program.Villages with village fund allocations of up to Rp 800 million must set aside 25 percent of the money for COVID-19 cash assistance, while villages with funds of Rp 800 million to Rp 1.2 billion must set aside 30 percent from their budget. Villages with funds of more than Rp 1.2 billion must set aside 35 percent from their budget to provide the cash transfers, Abdul said.“This does not mean that the villages cannot disburse more funds; they can increase the transfer if needed,” said Abdul. “We are hoping that the disbursement will be smooth as we need to prioritize humanitarian efforts.”center_img The government has disbursed around Rp 70 billion (US$4.5 million) in cash assistance for some 116,000 families using village funds to help them cope with the severe economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar said 8,157 villages in 76 districts nationwide had disbursed Rp 600,000 to each registered family through both cashless and cash transfers.“As we are currently in a national emergency, I am asking regional leaders to facilitate poor families to receive the cash assistance by prioritizing humanitarian efforts,” Abdul told reporters during a press briefing on Monday.last_img read more

Being the VP — hot seat or just spare seat?

first_imgDonald Trump’s challenger in the US election, Joe Biden, is soon to announce his vice presidential pick. But what does a VP really do? Are VPs powerful? On a formal level, vice presidents perform the high-stakes duty of casting deciding votes during Senate deadlocks. Less formally, some vice presidents, like Dick Cheney under George W. Bush, have earned reputations as the true power behind the throne of an inexperienced president.But the common assumption that the vice presidency makes a perfect stepping stone to the top is less sure.Only 14 veeps have made it to the presidency and of them nine weren’t elected but were succeeding presidents who had died or in Nixon’s case resigned.The last vice president subsequently to win election as president was George H. W. Bush, who was in the Oval Office from 1989-1993. What’s Biden looking for? Trump’s VP, Mike Pence, fits the traditional image of a second fiddle.Pence has major duties, including coordinator for the White House’s coronavirus response team, but his main task often appears to be that of Trump’s compliment-giver in chief.Biden, who served two terms as vice president under Barack Obama, says he is looking for something different.He talks fondly of his responsibilities when in office, emphasizing how he led the massive 2009 government rescue of the economy. And he says he wants his own VP to be “simpatico” with him.”I think Biden is looking for a political partner,” said Joel Goldstein, a law professor at St. Louis University and an expert on the vice presidency.”I think he means that at a deeper level there will be a real trust running both ways so that this person really functions as one of his closest advisors.”Biden, who would be 78 on assuming the presidency, is clear that he sees himself as a transitional figure. His deputy, likely to be someone much younger, would essentially be the next Democratic nominee in waiting.Given that Biden has declared he will choose a woman, she would make history, regardless of how the job went.Only two other women have previously been chosen as VP candidates for major parties — Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008. Neither made it to the White House.If the vice president did then succeed Biden, she would also become the first female president. Former vice president who? Unlike presidents, few vice presidents are remembered. If you haven’t heard of William Rufus King or William Wheeler, you wouldn’t be alone.Hubert Humphrey, president Johnson’s veep from 1965-1969, is at least remembered in song. Sadly, though, the 1965 piece by musical satirist Tom Lehrer is a send-up, asking: “Whatever became of Hubert?”As shown by Cheney, of course, there are notable exceptions.Al Gore was almost inseparable from Bill Clinton as VP and even if he lost by a hair’s width in the following 2000 presidential election, he won new global fame as a climate change activist.And then there’s a certain former vice president named Joe Biden.If polls showing him on course for victory over Trump are right, he’ll be a staple of the history books for many years to come. Do they matter? The vice presidency may not be quite as frustrating and bewildering as the portrayal given by Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the HBO series “Veep.” But still…Veeps warm up for the main act. They go around the country telling people how great the president is.And even if they work in one of the world’s most famous buildings, the White House, there won’t be many streets named in their honor. The title’s “not worth a bucket of warm spit,” in the quaint words of Franklin Roosevelt’s vice president, John Nance Garner.Yet VPs matter hugely for one reason. This is the job, as the saying goes, “a heartbeat away from the presidency.”John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson all found themselves in the top job after the sitting president died.In Johnson’s case, it was upon the 1963 assassination of president John F. Kennedy. He was sworn in two hours and eight minutes later, aboard Air Force One.Gerald Ford took the oath half an hour after Richard Nixon signed his resignation in 1974. Topics :last_img read more

Lake IJssel Pilot Project Complete

first_imgOver the last six years (2011 – 2017), EcoShape has been busy conducting experiments with sand engines at two locations in Lake IJssel (IJsselmeer) at the Frisian IJsselmeer coast.The IJsselmeer is the largest fresh water lake in the Netherlands.According to EcoShape, the aim of these experiments was to gain knowledge about the system in the IJsselmeer region and to determine the effectiveness of Building with Nature measures including sand motors for strengthening the Frisian IJsselmeer coast.Tim van Hattum and colleague Ane Wiersma were responsible for the project.“The reason for this project was the future water level increase in the IJsselmeer area. A new water level management has been included in the 2015 Delta Plan to increase the buffer supply of fresh water in the IJsselmeer,” said Van Hattum.Van Hattum explained that the so-called flexible water level management requires extra protection for the areas outside the dykes. Ten centimeters of level rise means that more than 100 hectares of land are regularly flooded.“Along the Frisian IJsselmeer coast there are vulnerable areas outside the dykes that can deteriorate due to this new water level management. We have investigated measures to compensate for the negative effects of the higher water level and water level fluctuations, even if the water level rises further in the future.”The overall results were presented at the end of 2017 to the Frisian IJsselmeer Coast project group, which is working on a plan for the protection of the Frisian IJsselmeer coast.For the full story on the Pilot Sand Engine Lake IJssel please visit the EcoShape.last_img read more

Free school lunches will feed the problem

first_imgStuff 5 October 2019Family First Comment: In the Southland Times today…OPINION: While lunch in school programmes sound great, they will simply exacerbate the problem, provide a short term bandage, but ignore the underlying causes and how they must be resolved.A child whose parents cannot even provide two pieces of toast in the morning or a bowl of porridge, or cannot provide a basic lunch highlights a number of real concerns.Firstly, if the children aren’t being fed on schooldays, how do we know that they are receiving meals at night or during the weekend, or during the 12 weeks of school holidays?As well as that, the level of neglect may be far greater than just providing meals.Secondly, there is a welfare system in New Zealand. Every home has a source of income.The important question is – what is the money being spent on, and is that appropriate?Are they receiving their correct entitlement?And in the case of welfare payments, will food vouchers solve part of the problem?State-funded lunches are a short-term bandage for a much more serious and longer-term problem. It also creates a dependence on a service which may not always be able to be provided.The US Department of Agriculture conducted a large experiment with school breakfast programs in public schools from 1999 to 2003. Despite the increase in breakfast consumption, the study found no positive impact on test scores, behaviour, attendance rates or child health, and some evidence of negative impacts.There was some evidence that it may improve behaviour and health in some highly disadvantaged subgroups, though.The authors said that the increase in participation resulted largely from students who merely substituted school breakfasts for those they were already getting at home – and that a certain percentage of the increase in participation was from some children eating two breakfasts.Yendarra School, a decile 1 school in Otara, South Auckland has previously said ‘no’ to government food handouts.Instead, Yendarra has worked hard with their families to develop a school culture that values good nutrition, encouraging lunches from home with fruit, vegetables, and sandwiches.The best investment by the government would be to provide budgeting advice and support for families who are struggling, including education on healthy eating and cooking skills, and should stop procrastinating around protecting vulnerable families from loan sharks.The targeting of alcohol outlets and pokie machines in lower decile areas should also be dealt with.Bob McCoskrie  is the national director of Family First NZ up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Football Playoff

first_imgI am sure most of you were expecting a close battle for the National Football Championship.  Very few of you probably expected the outcome you got.  If it would have been Alabama blowing out Clemson, it would have been an easier narrative to sell.  It became obvious that the next major power might be Clemson rather than Alabama.I am wondering just how healthy Tua Tagovailoa was.  The injury he suffered late in the season probably lingered longer than the coaching staff of Alabama let on.  He was not sharp and was easily out played by Clemson freshman, Trevor Lawrence.  Since I was rooting for Clemson, it was a fun night.last_img read more

Iwobi’s Everton tackle Saints

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Everton invite offers for Iwobi, others Iwobi injured, out for two weeks Southampton vs. Everton Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium Kick off: 4PM Two teams in desperate need of a Premier League victory face off this afternoon when Southampton welcome fellow strugglers Everton to St Mary’s. Both sides sit in the bottom four of the table after 11 games, with the Saints in the relegation zone and Everton three points but only one place better off than their weekend hosts. The Canaries are perhaps the only one of the quartet that most fans would have expected to see in and around the danger zone at this stage of the campaign, although consecutive finishes of 17th and 16th for Southampton in the last two seasons suggested that they might be up against themselves too. Certainly, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side can have no complaints at sitting in the bottom three at the moment, having picked up only one point from their last six league outings – including the already-infamous 9-0 humiliation at home to Leicester City. There was a marked improvement last weekend as Southampton came within four minutes of taking points off champions Manchester City at the Etihad, but Saturday’s game is their first at home since the Leicester debacle and the St Mary’s crowd will be demanding another response. Southampton’s home stats do not exactly inspire confidence, though; they have picked up only one point in front of their own fans this season and could become only the second team in Premier League history to amass one point or fewer from their first six home games of a campaign, while they have already conceded 19 goals on home turf. It is unsurprising that Hasenhuttl’s future has come under scrutiny, then, and should they fall to a fourth successive home league defeat – a fate which has never befallen them at St Mary’s and last did so more than 21 years ago at The Dell – then the Austrian could find himself living on borrowed time. Marco Silva will sympathise with his opposite number having seen his own future called into question on numerous occasions already this season, although there is no doubt that the Toffees have underperformed so far following a significant summer outlay on transfers. Everton begin the weekend 17th in the standings having been tipped to push for the top six back in August, largely due to a run of five defeats and just one win from their last seven Premier League games. Last weekend’s stoppage-time equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur was overshadowed by the sickening injury suffered by Andre Gomes earlier in the match, but it could prove to be a valuable point and at least keeps them safe from dropping into the relegation zone this weekend – barring a six-goal Southampton win. Silva will also no doubt be stressing that a couple of positive results could completely change the outlook of their season – the Toffees may only be one place above the bottom three, but in terms of points they are actually closer to the top half than they are to Saturday’s opponents. Back-to-back wins could make a huge difference to the table, then, and Everton must be viewing this game and their first match after the international break – against 19th-placed Norwich – as a golden chance to get those, particularly with Leicester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal to come in succession after that – a devilishly difficult run-up to Christmas. The main issue for Silva to solve is Everton’s away form; they have lost their last four top-flight games on the road and have picked up just one point on their travels this term – that coming on the opening day of the season. Indeed, this contest pits the worst home record in the league against the joint-worst away record, so it could be that the head-to-head record between the two sides offers most clues about which way this one will go. In that respect, Southampton will feel confident. The Saints have won five of their last six Premier League home games against Everton, while 11 of their 12 victories over the Toffees in this competition have come in front of their own fans. Either way, one poor record is likely to end this weekend, with victory providing a potentially priceless lifeline for one manager and a potentially fatal nail in the coffin for the other.Southampton possible XI: McCarthy, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard, Valery, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Cedric, Ings, Redmond. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Schneiderlin, Davies, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Richarlison.Tags: alex iwobilast_img read more

Frampton set for US title defence

first_img Press Association Carl Frampton intends to begin making a name for himself in the United States after announcing he will defend his IBF super-bantamweight title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in El Paso, Texas next month. “I want to become a star in the USA and this is my first step on that journey,” said the unbeaten Frampton. “Now that my team is working with Al Haymon I am set to defend my title in front of millions of US fight fans on CBS. “Alejandro Gonzalez Jr is a dangerous Mexican challenger but he has never fought anyone like me and on the 18th of July he is in for a big, big shock. I feel I am the best super-bantamweight in the world and I am excited to box in front of a huge television audience in the USA.” Frampton, who won his world title by outpointing Kiko Martinez last year before defeating mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in his first defence in February, will fight at the Don Haskins Center. McGuigan said: “This is fantastic news for Carl Frampton. I believe Carl’s all-action style will captivate the US fight fans. “Frampton has all the ingredients needed to become a major star in the USA; he is an exceptional fighter with a brilliant personality who has a fanatical fan base in the UK.” center_img The Northern Irishman will fight outside the United Kingdom for the first time when he makes the second defence of his title on July 18 against his Mexican opponent, who has won 25 bouts with one defeat and two draws. Frampton recently signed a deal with adviser Al Haymon – although the 28-year-old continues to be managed by former world champion and mentor Barry McGuigan. last_img read more

VIDEO: Confessed Parkland shooter attacks BSO officer

first_imgNikolas Cruz, the confessed Parkland shooter, was caught on video attacking a Broward Sheriff’s deputy behind bars.WSVN got the exclusive video of Cruz who has now been in prison for nearly two years since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.The video was recorded on Nov. 13, 2018, and it shows Cruz walking in slow circles before attacking a BSO Sergeant sitting at a table.The video had no audio, but according to records, Sgt. Raymond Beltran “requested that Cruz not drag his sandals on the ground while walking around.”The fight between Cruz and Beltran went on for almost a full minute before he settled down.Beltran was reassigned, according to reports.last_img read more

Lamar looks for home win vs McNeese St.

first_img March 6, 2020 Lamar looks for home win vs McNeese St. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img FAB FRESHMEN: Lamar’s T.J. Atwood, Avery Sullivan and Anderson Kopp have collectively accounted for 49 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 60 percent of all Cardinals points over the last five games.ACCURATE ATWOOD: Atwood has connected on 36.2 percent of the 47 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 2 of 5 over the last three games. He’s also converted 77 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Cowboys are 0-5 when they score 63 points or fewer and 14-11 when they exceed 63 points. The Cardinals are 0-11 when they fail to score more than 65 points and 16-3 on the season, otherwise.FLOOR SPACING: McNeese State’s Dru Kuxhausen has attempted 253 3-pointers and connected on 47.4 percent of them, and is 14 for 34 over the last three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Lamar defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24.1 percent of all possessions, which is the 14th-highest rate in the country. The McNeese State offense has turned the ball over on 22.4 percent of its possessions (ranked 338th among Division I teams).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMcNeese State (14-16, 9-10) vs. Lamar (16-14, 10-9)Montagne Center, Beaumont, Texas; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Lamar looks for its fourth straight win over McNeese State at Montagne Center. The last victory for the Cowboys at Lamar was a 77-74 win on Feb. 29, 2016.last_img read more

Brian Hale plays his last innings

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada —Brian Hale,former Guyana Sports Club opening batsman, passes away after brief illness.Described as an individual who lives and breathes cricket, Hale’s death came as a shock to cricket lovers and administrators in the Greater Toronto area,since he was looking forward eagerly to the start of the 2017 season.Since leaving Guyana some 44 years ago, Hale’s interest in the sunshine game has never waned and his development in the sport, more so at the youth level, has been rightfully acknowledged and recognised in Canadian cricket circles.Hale,who started playing for the British Guiana Cricket Club (BGCC), before the Thomas Lands club was renamed Guyana Sports Club (GSC), missed playing for the Guyana senior team because of migration.He was also one of the most qualified and recognised coaches in Canada.Prior to leaving Guyana in 1971, Hale represented Guyana Colts against the touring English cricketers and was also in contention for an English County contract.He was selected based on his outstanding performances in the national trial matches, when he scored a century while sharing in a double-century stand with the late Guyana and West Indies opener,Roy Fredericks.He had also turned out for Demerara in the Jones Cup Inter-county tournament.While Hale played for the GSC,the club had the unique distinction of carting off the Case Cup first division tournament for three consecutive years as well as winning the Rothman’s Cup limited overs competition during the said period.Hale’s first stint in Canada saw him join Victoria Park Cricket Club where he immediately made his presence felt, topping his team’s batting averages in his first two years and was also the leading run-scorer in the league.Hale subsequently donned the Canadian national colours, in games versus Leeward Islands, Australia and Ireland.In an administrative capacity,Hale was a board member of both the Toronto and Ontario Associations and served as a Junior coordinator. He was also credited with starting the Junior League in Toronto which is ongoing.During his term as the National Junior selector and coach, Hale was also at the helm of the Markham Cricket Association.In 1992, Hale started the Toronto Cricket Academy (TCA), the first of its kind in Canada, and he has been credited with producing several notable national Canadian players including former Canadian captain and wicketkeeper,Ashish Bagai,and the youngest Canadian World Cup player,Nitish Kumar.Hale was recognised by the Province of Ontario for ‘Distinguished Performance’, by Cricket Canada for his ‘Contribution to the Sport’ and the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the ‘Spirit of Cricket’.The National Film Board of Canada also did an award-winning documentary featuring his academy which is also available on Youtube and is titled ‘Cricket and the meaning of Life’.While Hale’s work within the TCA was well known, his services were also sought by other players outside of the body – a testimony of dedication to the game of cricket over the years.last_img read more