New bill mandates 2 percent state budget allocation for disaster mitigation

first_imgAce Hasan Syadzily, the deputy chairman of House Commission VIII overseeing disaster and social affairs, said the country’s disaster management budget was too low according to prevailing regulations, resulting in fundamental budget reallocations when disasters occur.”The budget allocation could be adjusted later, as well as whether it all goes to the BNPB [the National Disaster Mitigation Agency] or to other ministries and state institutions. The point is, the BNPB won’t only respond to disasters but also mitigate them,” the Golkar Party politician said.In financing the government’s COVID-19 mitigation effort, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced in March that the government would reallocate Rp 27 trillion (US$1.8 billion) from the state budget previously earmarked for ministries, state institutions and regional administrations to fund the healthcare system.Read also: Explainer: Indonesia to finance coronavirus battle mostly through debt The House of Representatives has initiated a revision to the Law No. 24/2007 on disaster mitigation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the bill mandating that the government allocate an endowment fund for disaster relief.Article 67 of the bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, includes a provision that the fund allocated for disaster management must reach 2 percent of the annual state budget.  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo also called on regional administrations to reallocate their budgets to fund ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts, as the country scrambled to slow the spread of the deadly disease across the archipelago.The government has also set aside Rp 695.2 trillion in funds for healthcare and economic stimulus spending to cushion the impact of the outbreak, from the previous allocation of Rp 677.2 trillion.BNPB head Doni Monardo, who also leads the national task force to contain the disease in the country, said the agency’s budget had been consecutively reduced from 2017 to 2020.This year’s budget, for example, was only Rp 450 billion, a reduction of 26.7 percent from the previous year.”There is a significant gap in disaster management needs and our budget availability,” said Doni.Read also: Disaster mitigation plan needed in infrastructure developmentArticle 14 of the bill also gives the BNPB authority to form regional forces to accelerate disaster management and cut down on bureaucracy, in line with the agency’s plan to build disaster management centers in several regions.Doni went on to say that the BNPB would establish at least seven disaster relief logistics centers, three emergency preparedness centers and three crisis command centers as the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) in some regions still needed assistance.“We’ve communicated our plan to build such centers with the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry,” Doni said.Topics :last_img read more

Crushed by virus and war, jobless Afghans turn to opium for cash

first_img“Because of the coronavirus I lost my job. I have a family of 12 members, I am the breadwinner,” said Fazily, 42, a mechanic in the central province of Uruzgan who, like many Afghans, goes by one name.”I have no other way but to work in poppy fields to make some money.”Farmers usually rely on a seasonal labour force for the spring and summer harvesting months but the coronavirus pandemic meant many were unwilling or unable to travel for the work.A report published by the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in June found a shortage of workers had been observed “in the western and southern provinces of the country, mainly due to the closure of a border crossing with Pakistan”. Topics : Students unable to go to school because of the lockdown were among those who filled in, heading to the opium poppy fields looking to make quick cash.”Our school is closed and I have enough time to go work in a poppy field and make some money,” said Nazir Ahmad, an 18-year-old student in Kandahar.”About 20 of my classmates are also working here.”More than 38,000 cases of coronavirus have been declared in Afghanistan and more than 1,400 deaths, though the health ministry estimated earlier this month that a third of the population has likely contracted the disease.A months-long lockdown, which has mainly affected cities, has slowly been lifted since the beginning of August, with some schools, wedding halls and markets reopening.Despite myriad eradication programs over the years, Afghan farmers continue to grow poppies with near impunity, as both government officials and the Taliban often profit from the lucrative trade.Read also: Myanmar’s opium farmers cling on to lucrative cropMost poppy production is centered in the Taliban-controlled southern strongholds, although opium is also grown along the country’s eastern border with Pakistan.”There were no jobs, and a lot of people, especially my relatives and villagers, resorted to poppy cultivation due to joblessness,” Musafir, a resident of Khogyani district of eastern Nangarhar province, told AFP.The Taliban has long profited from poppies by taxing farmers and traffickers, and running its own drug-making factories that turn raw opium into morphine or heroin for export, with drugs then trafficked through neighboring Pakistan and Iran.International donors have spent billions of dollars on counter-narcotics drives in Afghanistan over the past decade, including programs to encourage farmers to switch to other cash crops such as saffron.But efforts to move farmers away from their lucrative but dangerous poppies have met with little success.”The forced-eradication policy has not worked in the past 18 years,” said Hayatullah Hayat, governor of southern Kandahar province.”Unfortunately, Kandahar faces an increase in poppy cultivation this year.”center_img Afghans pushed out of work by the coronavirus pandemic after businesses and schools were shuttered have turned to opium cultivation for cash during this year’s poppy harvest.Afghanistan has long been the world’s top grower of opium, producing more than 80 percent of the global supply and providing hundreds of thousands of jobs in the perennially cash-strapped economy.A coronavirus lockdown and travel restrictions saw trade grind to a halt and many businesses were forced to lay off staff, in a conflict-riven country where stable jobs are already rare.last_img read more

Parental leave bill resurrected

first_imgStuff 29 May 2014Maori party MP Pita Sharples was ”bullied” into not correcting a paid parental leave bill blunder, Labour claims.Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks failed at the second reading last night in shambolic scenes. National Party Whip Louise Upston incorrectly cast three votes on behalf of the Maori Party, after a paperwork gaffe.The error was corrected this afternoon, with co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell confirming an  “administrative error.”However, Labour’s shadow leader of the House Grant Robertson says Maori Affairs minister Sharples came down to the debating chamber to fix the record after 9pm last night.But after a meeting with National ministers Tony Ryall, Anne Tolley and junior whip Jami-Lee Ross, he failed to do so.Robertson says it is ”one of the worst examples of bullying I have seen in Parliament.”Tolley rejects this.”There was certainly no bullying from our side,” she said.”The Maori Party has said it was their stuff up. They’ve apologised to the National whips and good on them for that.”But Robertson is adamant National used underhand tactics. read more

Pogba to be assessed by Man Utd doctors this week

first_img Raiola said his client would be interested in a move to Juventus. He told talkSPORT: “Ole took parts of sentences of an interview of mine and acted a little bit offended that I was offering Paul Pogba to other clubs without permission. “If you read the whole interview I was asked if Paul would fancy Italy, and I said Italy is a second home. “But that is not the case now as he is concentrated on Manchester United and getting back in the team as soon as possible and to make a great end of the season. The Frenchman has been training abroad as he bids to return from injury Read Also: Pogba belongs to Man Utd, not Mino, insists Solskjaer “I think Paul has always demonstrated great commitment to the club and to his team. “Lately everything that happens around Ole is always my fault.” Getting Pogba back fit and focused would be a big boost for Solskjaer ahead of a busy run of games for United. Fellow midfielder Scott McTominay, 23, is also poised to return to the fray after a knee injury he sustained against Newcastle in December. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Paul Pogba is due to see doctors at the end of the week to discover whether he is ready to return to full training. The Manchester United midfielder has made slow progress in his recovery from an ankle operation but has been running at 85 per cent in recent days. Paul Pogba will be assessed by Man Utd doctors at the end of the week He is scheduled to see medical staff to check his progress in the next few days — when he hopes to get the green light to step things up. In theory, that would see him return to full training before the end of the month. And that would put him in with a chance of playing in the Manchester derby against City on March 8. Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will feel the French World Cup- winner’s head is in the right place to put him back in the team remains to be seen. Pogba has made only six starts for United this season and remains keen to leave in the summer. Agent Mino Raiola insisted his client is fully committed to United — at least until the end of the season. But he stoked up his war of words with Solskjaer by saying the Old Trafford boss was “out of line”. The pair made their feelings known before and after United’s win at Chelsea on Monday.center_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 8 Best Looking US First Ladies Everlast_img read more

Ferdinand: Fernandes a breath of fresh air at Man Utd

first_img “He’s somebody who is going to have an impact and have an influence on other people it seems. He’s come in and I’m seeing improvements in other people’s performances. “Mata for one, he and Mata have linked up very well. He plays the ball into people, his awareness of space and people around him is phenomenal. Read Also:Man Utd star Fernandes pictured shopping at Tesco with his wife “It’s still early days, we can’t say he’s the saviour, but where we are now he’s scored two back-to-back penalties, but more importantly it’s been his performances, how he’s carefree his imagination.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has praised Bruno Fernandes for the impact he’s made at Old Trafford. Bruno Fernandes  Ferdinand has credited the Portuguese midfielder for bringing the best out of his teammates already. “He’s come in and he’s been a breath of fresh air,” the BT Sport pundit said on his YouTube channel. “There’s no heirs and graces and he looks like he’s come in and is someone who wants to play football and enjoys his football.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentThis Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest WomenEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Pretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Muchlast_img read more

Alleged intoxicated Brookville man flees accident scene

first_imgFranklin County, In. — A Brookville man was captured shortly after fleeing the scene of a crash Friday, September 21.A report from the sheriff’s department says around 9:36 p.m. a pickup truck driven by James Smith, 50, was eastbound in the 21000 block of U.S. 52 when he drove off the side of the road. Smith hit a culvert, went airborne and struck several trees. After responding to the scene, police found Smith hiding behind a nearby residence.Smith was treated for minor injuries at Margaret Mary Health and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.last_img read more

Benton County Speedway hosts May 13 XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Opening night brings the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour back to the first track the IMCA Modified division called home. The Tuesday, May 13 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature at Benton County Speedway pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start, and is a qualifying event for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Previous tour winners at Vinton include Vern Jackson of Waterloo in 2011, Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., in 2012 and Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa last May.All three will be back in town for opening night, as part of a strong contingent of local competitors and drivers from Iowa and Illinois chasing series points.Defending series champion Ronn Lauritzen of Jesup said he’d be at Vinton to begin his quest for back-to-back crowns.Among the many other drivers also confirmed for the opener are 2013 runner-up Mike Van Genderen of Newton, third in points and 2011 series champion Mark Elliott of Webster City, defending track champion Joe Docekal of Dysart, and former track champions Scott Hogan of Vinton, Troy Cordes of Dunkerton and J.D. Auringer of Waterloo.Pit gates and the grandstand will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.Modifieds chase IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points. Completing the program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, vying for national, regional and state points. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-10 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25. More information about the Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.In addition to first-year title sponsor XSAN of Silver Bay, Minn., contingency award sponsors for the fifth annual Hawkeye Dirt Tour include Aero Race Wheels of Estherville; Bob Harris Enterprises of Roland; Brinn Transmissions of Bay City, Mich.; BSB Manufacturing of Wellington, Kan.; CPD Racing Tools of Fort Dodge; Dakota Track Side of Minot, N.D.; Design 500 Racewear of Tukwila, Wash.; HJC Motorsports of Cerritos, Calif.; Howards Cams of Oshkosh, Wis.; Jerovetz Shock Service of Suamico, Wis.; KSE Racing Products of White House, Tenn.; Moser Engineering of Portland, Ind.; Out-Pace Racing Products of Freeport, Ill.; R2C Performance Products of Forest Park, Ill.; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; Seals-It of Ellington, Conn.; and Wehrs Machine of Bangor, Wis.last_img read more

Fiji end USA’s 92-year rugby reign

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – The United States had their 92-year reign as Olympic rugby champions brought to a dramatic end when they lost 24-19 to Pacific power Fiji in the final pool match at the inaugural Olympic sevens tournament yesterday.Winners of the last Olympic gold medal awarded in 15-man rugby at the 1924 Paris Games, the United States needed only to avoid defeat by a margin of five points or more to reach the quarter-finals and send sevens powerhouse New Zealand home.The match fluctuated back and forth until NFL special teams player Nate Ebner rampaged down the touchline for a 40-metre try in the final minute, which give Madison Hughes the chance to add the extra points and keep the United States alive.The American skipper screwed his conversion wide, however, and it was 12-times world sevens series champions New Zealand who moved into the last eight for a meeting with the Fijians, who have won the world series title for the last two years.“They’re the world champs for a reason,” said crestfallen American Danny Barrett.“What else can you say? All credit to them.”South Africa play Australia, Britain face Argentina and Japan will hope to continue their fairytale run against France in the other quarter-final matches later yesterday.New Zealand were left banking on the Fijians after suffering a second defeat in two days at the Deodoro Stadium, going down 21-19 to Britain despite racking up 19 unanswered points in the second half.Coming after their stunning loss to Japan on day one, during which they also lost Sonny Bill Williams and Joe Webber to injury, the defeat left the All Blacks teetering on the brink of an embarrassing exit.The Japanese, ranked 10th of the 12 teams at the tournament and hosts of the next Olympics, picked up where they left off on Tuesday with a 31-7 thumping of world sevens series regulars Kenya to ensure they would be in the last eight.Japan’s outstanding Lomano Lemeki scored two tries, the first off a sublime sidestep, to lead the tournament with a total tally of four.Australia, whose women’s team won gold on Monday, kept alive their campaign after a lacklustre start with a 12-5 victory over second seeds South Africa, whom they will meet again in the semi-finals.Argentina were again in impressive form in a physical all-South American clash against Brazil, running in five tries for a 31-0 victory.last_img read more

Family first: Hardships brought Chennault back to Philadelphia, haven’t escaped him since

first_imgWhen Tony Chennault was being recruited out of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, Wake Forest and Villanova topped his list of potential schools.Chennault grew up in the Philadelphia area and knew a lot about the Villanova program. While that made the school an attractive choice, he wanted to experience something else.“I knew a lot about the tradition at Villanova, but I wanted a different scenery than Philadelphia,” Chennault said. “In the end I just wanted to see something different and that led me to Wake.”Chennault decided to leave Philadelphia for Winston-Salem, N.C., to join Wake Forest. He played sparingly his freshman season before seeing more time on the court as a sophomore. Chennault’s collegiate basketball career was going as he envisioned it. The whole time, though, his mother had an ailment that Chennault thought about frequently. It ended up pulling him back to Philadelphia and to Villanova so he could be with his family. Shortly after, though, tragedy struck and Chennault’s life was altered forever.During his freshman season at Wake Forest two years ago, Chennault played 17.5 minutes a game, averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 assists off of the bench. As a sophomore, he took on a bigger role and started in all 31 of Wake Forest’s games. As the Demon Deacons’ point guard, he played 30.2 minutes a game and averaged 9 points with 2.8 assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust as Chennault was coming into his own at Wake Forest, he faced a difficult decision. When Syracuse travels to Philadelphia Saturday to take on Villanova, Chennault will be suiting up for the team he passed on three years ago. Once in need of a change in scenery, Chennault now finds himself back on Villanova’s bench under circumstances he could have never imagined.“It was very difficult leaving Wake Forest,” Chennault said. “I made a lot of great relationships with students and coaches there, but I wanted to be closer to home.Chennault’s mother, Crystal Morton, struggles with respiratory problems, and while he was at Wake Forest, her illness weighed heavily on his mind. After his sophomore season, he decided his family needed him, and the NCAA made it possible for him to move back home without any penalties.He learned the NCAA would grant him a hardship waiver that would give him eligibility in his first season at Villanova. Typically, a transfer has to sit out for one season. Everything was falling into place for Chennault to make the move he felt he needed to make.But then disaster struck. Chennault’s older brother Michael Jay, one of his biggest influences, was abruptly taken away from him.On May 31, 2012, Jay was shot in the back and head. He was immediately rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m. the next day.“When Tony’s brother was killed it was just tragic and sudden,” said Carl Arrigale, Chennault’s head coach at Neumann-Goretti. “It was a senseless act of violence that no one could have seen coming.”Jay was a mentor to Chennault, who repeatedly turned to him for advice both on and off the court. Jay’s death was surreal for Chennault and his family, but he is using it as fuel to push himself forward.“It has been a lot to deal with off the court,” Chennault said. “My teammates have been great and my coaches have been great. I’m not getting down, I’m just encouraged to keep working harder.”In his time of internal struggle, Chennault has relied on basketball as a therapeutic tool. During the summer he frequently worked out at his high school and reconnected with coaches and teammates of his past.At Neumann-Goretti, Chennault was a superstar in one of Philadelphia’s premier high school basketball programs. In his senior season, the Saints went 30-1 with a 17-0 record in their league. Chennault finished his high school career by leading his team to a Pennsylvania state championship and a top-20 national ranking by season’s end.“He has been around the program a lot since he has been back,” said John Mosco, an assistant to Arrigale at Neumann-Goretti. “High school was a great time in his life and being close to home, and here, has helped him during the hard times.”Mosco said Chennault has used this time in his life to reshape his priorities both on and off the court.“I see the same Tony, but I also see a more mature side of him that realizes there is life after basketball,” Mosco said. “He has the right focus in school and knows that basketball, and life, could stop at any time.”While Chennault has adapted well to academics at Villanova, his statistics resemble those of his freshman season at Wake Forest, when he averaged 4.5 points and 1.9 assists in 17.5 minutes per game. Not known for his scoring ability or big play factor, Chennault has been noticeably tentative in the limited minutes he’s played for the Wildcats this season.He averages just 17.7 minutes off of the bench per game, less than anyone in Villanova’s nine-man rotation, compared to the 30.2 he averaged a year ago. Freshman point guard Ryan Arcidiacono earned the starting spot as a highly touted recruit, and has been responsible for a bulk of the team’s offensive production.For the entire season, Chennault has been used to spell Arcidiacono and simply manage the game in his absence, which has led to low averages of 3.5 points and 1.6 assists a game, about half of what he averaged last season.“He has handled this all great and is picking up on what we are doing,” said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “Right now, he allows us to get Ryan Arcidiacono some rest, but I do see him making more of an impact soon.”Chennault is well aware of his role on the team and wants to be a leader above all else. The potential of Villanova’s young team is apparent, yet it hinges on the willingness of upperclassmen like Chennault to mentor the less-experienced players on the roster.Less than a year ago, an inhumane crime took Chennault’s mentor away from him. Moving forward, he plans to turn the adversity he has endured into material that will help his teammates better themselves as basketball players, and as men.“Tony’s got a big heart and has always cared,” Arrigale said. “I think a lot of kids play for the wrong reasons, but Tony, he has always played for the right ones.” Comments Related Stories Carter-Williams fuels Fair in victory against VillanovaColeman makes big plays at both ends of floor in Syracuse’s win over VillanovaDUG OUT: Late run, crucial Cooney 3s lead Syracuse over Villanova in scrappy shorthanded home winFreshman trio of Cooney, Coleman, Grant carries Orange to win against Villanova Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 23, 2013 at 1:15 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more