Industrial: Into the fast lane

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Ministries of transportation, public works have spent less than half of annual budgets

first_imgMinister Budi blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for hampering the ministry’s budget realization, as health protocols and large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) had halted progress on infrastructure projects.“The pandemic has slowed down our budget realization as it disrupts infrastructure development,” Budi told lawmakers, adding that the measures had also led the ministry to cancel its employee training program and had disrupted its nontax revenue (PNBP) collection efforts.Experts have called for speedier state budget disbursement to aid the country’s economic recovery, as the COVID-19 pandemic puts continuous pressure on people’s purchasing power.Read also: Slow budget realization drag on economic recovery: Experts The Transportation Ministry and the Public Works and Housing Ministry, in charge of infrastructure projects, have spent less than 50 percent of their respective budgets as of Monday, top officials reported, amid calls to expedite government spending during the pandemic.Transportation Ministry had spent 45.2 percent of its budget, that is Rp 16.3 trillion (US$1.1 billion) of a total of Rp 36.1 trillion, by the end of August, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said in a House of Representatives hearing on Monday.Meanwhile, the public works ministry had spent 48.1 percent of its allocated spending as of Monday, or Rp 41 trillion of a total budget of Rp 85.7 trillion, according to Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono. The Indonesian economy suffered its sharpest downturn since the 1998 Asian financial crisis in the second quarter of 2020, when its gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy), according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).However, government spending, which is expected to anchor the economy and increase purchasing power amid cooling private sector activity, plunged 6.9 percent yoy in the second quarter.In an unusual projection of anger, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo lashed out at his ministers on Aug. 3 over the Cabinet’s poor utilization of funds allocated for the country’s COVID-19 response, which at the time stood at 20 percent of the total Rp 695.2 trillion.The Transportation Ministry has set itself a target to spend 96 percent of its budget by the end of fiscal year 2020.Furthermore, minister Budi said he planned to reallocate Rp 700 billion of the ministry’s unused funds.“There are funds we haven’t used that could be reallocated. We have sent the budget reallocation proposal to the Finance Ministry and are currently waiting for approval,” he said.He also pledged to improve the ministry’s coordination with other agencies to streamline land acquisition and bureaucratic procedures to expedite the spending.Meanwhile, the public works ministry aims to spend 97.5 percent of its total budget by the end of fiscal year 2020.“We have also spent Rp7.16 trillion of the Rp12 trillion budget allocated in the National Economic Recovery [PEN] program for labor-intensive projects,” Minister Basuki said during the hearing.Basuki was referring to the ministry’s allocated funding for its cash-for-work (PKT) program and labor-intensive work program, at Rp 11.5 trillion and Rp 654 billion, respectively, to provide jobs for an estimated total of 680,000 workers amid increasing unemployment during the health crisis.Read also: Ministry to expand public employment scheme in Q3 infrastructure projectsThe ministry planned to “transform” a number of regular infrastructure projects into labor-intensive schemes, Basuki explained earlier this year.The ministry had employed around 402,000 people under labor-intensive projects and PKT programs to date, he said on Monday.In an effort to expedite spending, Basuki said the ministry would accelerate infrastructure spending in the third quarter and commence programs that were supposed to start in the fourth quarter.“We are accelerating our labor-intensive projects and moving some of our completion targets from the fourth quarter to the third quarter,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

5 things to watch for during Syracuse’s FanFest scrimmage

first_img Related Stories Shafer looks forward to practicing before Syracuse community at Saturday’s FanFest Syracuse will go “live” in an intra-squad scrimmage at FanFest at SU Soccer Stadium on Saturday, which will be the first opportunity for fans and media to see the team in action since the start of training camp. The first seven days of camp have — as far as open practice has gone — been filled with positional drills and the offense working against an invisible defense. Now the two units will square off. And while the depth chart is far from set with the rust still coming off, here are five things to look out for:1. Secondary depth Even though SU head coach Scott Shafer has called the team’s current depth chart “the depth chart that means nothing,” it still gives a reliable list at each position. At cornerback, returning starters Brandon Reddish and Julian Whigham are figured to hold onto their spots, and defensive backs coach Fred Reed said that junior Wayne Morgan will push both until the end of camp. But after those three, there is a significant drop in experience. Sophomore Corey Winfield made the switch from wide receiver to cornerback at the start of camp, and freshmen Cordell Hudson, Juwon Dowels and Antwan Cordy are also waiting in the wings. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith senior Joe Nassib sidelined for the foreseeable future with a separated shoulder, it will be interesting to see who the Orange turns to after Reddish, Whigham and Morgan. 2. Tight end touchesKendall Moore missed practice with a sprained ankle on Friday, but Shafer said that he should be “full-go” for the FanFest scrimmage. Terrel Hunt didn’t use any tight end often last season, and his most frequent tight end target, junior Josh Parris, is back for another season. But even Parris only had 13 catches for 90 yards last season with the now-graduated Beckett Wales behind him with 10 receptions. Saturday could show how the tight end spot fits into George McDonald’s fast-paced scheme. The unit has been working with first-year positional coach Bobby Acosta after not having a defined leader last season. 3. Marqez Hodge at middle linebackerBoth senior outside linebacker Cameron Lynch and linebackers coach Clark Lea have said that Hodge is transitioning well to middle linebacker. Lea did add that while the footwork and positioning have come naturally to Hodge, the sophomore has to work on communication and pass protection, among other things. With Lynch and senior Dyshawn Davis, both established seniors, on either side of him, Hodge will be granted the keys to the defense — a spot he’s been in just a handful of times with the Orange. 4. Freshmen threats Shafer has been raving about the newest crop of freshmen since the start of camp, and said Friday that we could see them at the end of the scrimmage. First-year running back Ervin Phillips has been a particular talking point for Shafer, who noted Friday that George Morris II and Devante McFarlane may be looking over their shoulders. He’s also mentioned Jamal Custis, Adley Enoicy and Steve Ishmael, all high-profile recruits who could push to see the field this season. Senior Jarrod West said on Wednesday that when the freshmen learn to play without thinking too much that it will be “scary.” The athleticism that has been discussed throughout camp could be on display toward the end of Saturday’s scrimmage.5. Running back playing timeWith Jerome Smith departing for the NFL and Prince-Tyson Gulley staying for a fifth season, it would seem that Gulley is the surefire feature back. But the Orange has a lot of options aside from its most seasoned one, and Saturday will be a first look at how it plans to balance them. After Gulley, senior power back Adonis Ameen-Moore has garnered praise from teammates and coaches, and Morris and McFarlane were both explosive in flashes last season. Phillips has been making waves too. Even with a peak into the offense, how McDonald and running backs coach DeAndre Smith plan to cycle through the backs won’t really be apparent until Syracuse’s opener against Villanova on August 29.  Comments Published on August 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jessecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lagos Gov’s Cup, Now on Global Tennis Map, Says Akinyelure

first_imgThis year’s Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship holds from 6-21 October at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.According to Akinyelure, the LOC in conjunction with the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), the technical owner of the event, have record to show for the claims.“Entries, particularly foreign entries have been unusually high this year. The reason is not unconnected with the facts that the competition has become a household names in the world today.Of the 73 Futures tournaments in the whole world this month of October, 2017, only two in America, two in Italy, one in Spain, Sweden, France and Kazakhstan match the $100,000 prize money of the Governor’s Cup. Even those Futures just mentioned do not have hospitality thrown in as a bonus as we have with Governor’s Cup, ” Akinyelure explained.However, we have started exploring new avenues of funding, such as bookings and tickets sale for matches., media rights for live broadcast on Radio, Television, Cable, merchandising and franchise rights for a plethora of souvenirs and commercial branding of events and facilities. These measures are in line with global best practices in the organisation of Sports of this nature and calibre. “The tickets for the Governor’s Cup are available on the platforms of Ariya Tickets and Naija Tickets Shop. The tickets come in different categories. While Category 1 regular ticket goes for N1,500 each, the VIP category goes for N5,000 each.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The organisers of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship have said that they have raised the bar of the pro circuit competition to the level that it has become a household name in the world of tennis.Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Chief Pius Akinyelure said at a media conference to herald the 17th edition of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) approved competition in Lagos that the Governor’s Cup standard has been raised to the level that it has become the most sought after Futures tournament in world tennis circles.last_img read more

Ndidi Stars As Leicester Beat Arsenal 2-0

first_imgSuper Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi produced a fine performance as Leicester City outclassed Arsenal 2-0 in their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium yesterday.Ndidi came close to grabbing the opening goal for Leicester in the 48th minute but his effort hit the bar. He has scored two goals in 11 league appearances for the Foxes this season.Jamie Vardy broke the deadlock in the 68th minute, finishing a slick Leicester move involving Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes. James Maddison then secured Leicester’s win seven minutes later with a fine strike into the bottom corner to send the Foxes second in the table, five points behind league leaders Liverpool, who play Manchester City today.Meanwhile, the defeat increases the pressure on under-fire Arsenal head coach Unai Emery, whose position at the Emirates Stadium has come under intense pressure in recent weeks.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Gregg Popovich holds first Team USA practice ahead of World Cup: ‘All I care about is who’s here’

first_img“I watched the women’s World Cup team win the World Cup and it was inspiring,” said Steve Kerr, who is serving as the team’s assistant coach. “To me, that’s what sports are about, the competition and the unity. Bringing out this great spirit and energy with the fans. We have a chance to do something that is very positive and unifying.”The final roster will be announced Aug. 17 after two weeks of practice and scrimmages.Afterward, the team will embark on a pre-tournament tour in Australia and then the play in the World Cup in China from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell latest to withdraw from FIBA World Cup Gregg Popovich entered the first Team USA practice focused. He was focused on the responsibilities of upholding the US’s legacy at the FIBA World Cup as the team’s head coach, but more importantly on the players who showed up Monday. The Americans are chasing their third consecutive World Cup championship.There are a few late additions that could bolster these hopes. Kings star De’Aaron Fox has reportedly been elevated from the Select Squad and the Nets’ Joe Harris was added to the Select roster before the start of USA Basketball’s workouts in Las Vegas.”All I care about is who’s here,” Popovich said. “I’ve got a fine group of guys and we’re going to get the best possible team we can. … This is the most satisfying form of putting a bunch of guys together and them have empathy and love for each other to form the kind of team they’re going to have to have to beat some really good European teams.”The men’s team also has a lot of inspiration to pull from. The Team USA roster has lost some big names in the last couple of weeks, but that didn’t seem to worry Popovich.”It’s our responsibility to not only be the best team we can be but also conduct ourselves with the USA on our shirt, we’re representing a lot of people,” Popovich said, via ESPN. “We have a huge responsibility, not only for the country, to do this in a classy manner, but to continue the success that USA basketball has had over the last 12 years.” Related News Jerry Colangelo doesn’t have any ‘angst’ over U.S. chances at FIBA World Cup De’Aaron Fox reportedly added to Team USA roster for FIBA World Cup training camplast_img read more

Lacey Community Market Opens for 2014 Season

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of LaceyA wide variety of produce, flowers, food, and craft vendors will line the streets surrounding Huntamer Park in Lacey this Saturday, July 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as the Lacey Community Market kicks off its summer season. Visitors to the market will stroll through more than 60 booths of eclectic offerings, locally harvested foods, bakery treats, and repurposed treasures.The theme of Saturday’s market is Yard and Garden Day and guest speakers will be on hand to provide expert advice. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., Joan Hurst from G & H Pastured Poultry will explain the ins and outs of raising chickens in an urban environment. At 12:00 noon, renowned plant expert Kellie Peterson from Gordon’s Garden Center will show how to create traffic- stopping, fender-bending potted plant displays. Finally, Mary Corso from Courtyard Antiques will be on stage with her paint brushes at 1:00 p.m. demonstrating how to repurpose old furniture into new garden pieces with the use of chalk paint.In addition to unique vendors, great food, and expert advice, the Lacey Community Market also offers free activities for children, plenty of nearby parking, and a pet-friendly atmosphere. New this year is Zumba in the Park, beginning at 2:00 p.m.!The Lacey Community Market is held every second Saturday in the summer at the beautiful Huntamer Park, just off College Street SE at 7th Avenue SE in Lacey. Market dates this year are July 12, August 9, and September 13. New vendors are welcome. More information can be found on the city’s official website at read more

Rumson Teen Sailing Standout in Frostbite Series

first_imgModinsaid golf was his first love upon moving to the area with his family as achild, a sport he was ready to pursue full-time when his family joined theRumson Country Club. “It’ssomething that I can do all year round and enjoy for a long time,” Modin said.“You don’t have to be super strong or athletic to have fun and be competitive.Unless you want to go to the Olympics or something.” Frigid temperatures that chill the Two River area provide the perfect stage for the club’s Frostbite races, a cold weather series that allows local laser boat captains and others from around the Northeast region to navigate a course within the Navesink River. The Monmouth Boat Club is on the Navesink River in Red Bank. Photo by Chris Rotolo Thoughthe series is opens to sailors of all ages, no competitor has stood out moreduring this 2018 season – which runs November through March – than PatrickModin, a 17-year old Rumson native who attends the Marine Academy of Science& Technology (MAST) on Sandy Hook. “It’s myfirst time competing and will give me a real understanding of where I stand(among national and international competition),” Modin said. “I’m reallyexcited for it because it will allow me to test all of my skills and everythingI’ve learned.” But itwas at the club where he discovered sailing, and a natural feel to being at thehelm of a vessel in the local waterways. The eventis scheduled to take place Dec. 26-30, where 650 sailors ages 8 to 18 from 20countries and 28 states, will race boats like Optimists, Club 420’s and Lasers– like Modin’s – in Miami, Florida. Modinsaid he was attracted to the sport because anyone can do it if they’re drivento put in the time and effort. Monmouth Boat Club’s Frostbite races are open to sailors of all ages as they navigate a course within the Navesink River. Photo courtesy Monmouth Boat Club “It cameto me pretty easily, but I’ve been working at it at for a while now and notjust out on the water,” said Modin, who added that he’s put in numerous hoursof reading about strategy and tactics and studying the nuances of the sport ofsailing. “I love the complexity of it, and I enjoy the work. I’m still gettingbetter.” Modinsaid an Olympic appearance would be a dream come true, but for now his sightsare set on the revered Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, the largestyouth event of its kind in the United States and South America. Henkel said an abundance of scenic locations, like the two rivers and the Sandy Hook Bay, are what make the area one of the best in the country to sail. For more information about how to join the Monmouth Boat Club visit TheMonmouth Boat Club, located at 31 Union St. in Red Bank, was founded in 1879and has sailing groups for all ages, genders and experience levels. There arecurrently 186 members. “He’sreally beyond his years. He’s very skilled and knowledgeable about the sportfor a kid his age…Plus, he only weighs about 130 pounds, which is a majoradvantage when going up against an old guy like me,” Westfield native, fleetchampion and series organizer, Chris Henkel, said in a Dec. 2 interview withThe Two River Times. “It’sjust beautiful and peaceful place to sail. I’ve sailed in a lot of places, butthere aren’t many that match this. We’re on the Navesink today, on either sideof you are these incredible mansions. Where else can you sail and see BonJovi’s house,” Henkel said. Accordingto Modin, there are currently 99 boats registered to compete in his division.Modin will have a few more weekends of races on the Navesink before heading forwarmer climates, though he said the Shrews- bury River, which is more wide openwith lower banks, is a more exhilarating ride. RED BANK– When the frost begins to bite, it’s a sailor’s delight for a few brave membersof the Monmouth Boat Club. last_img read more