The agency’s decision to allow such mass events comes after the city government’s decision on July 1 to extend transitional COVID-19 restrictions for another 14 days. Jakarta had recorded 12,857 cases as of Tuesday, with 190 new confirmed cases, making it the second-highest contributor to the nation’s total.Cucu said that Jakarta had lost trillions of rupiah in tax revenue from the tourism industry as businesses had been shut down since large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) began in March.Tourism has been severely affected by the ongoing health crisis. Indonesia recorded 163,646 foreign tourist arrivals in May, down by 86.9 percent from the 1.24 million visitors welcomed in the same period last year, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport saw an almost complete disappearance of foreign arrivals in May of this year, BPS data showed. Indonesian tourism hotspots Jakarta and Bali are preparing to welcome meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE) events as part of the provinces’ tourism rebound strategy despite the rising COVID-19 cases in both provinces.Jakarta tourism agency head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia said on Monday that the agency would issue a regulation allowing MICE events to be held at 50 percent capacity. The Tourism Ministry called for the suspension of MICE events in March to contain the spread of COVID-19.“Hopefully in the next day or two we will issue a letter to allow MICE events at 50 percent capacity. We will also allow outdoor corporate events and golf tournaments to be held in Jakarta,” he said during a webinar held by marketing consulting firm Markplus. Currently, Jakarta’s 1,530 clubs and discotheques remain closed despite the province’s decision to relax its PSBB policy, according to Cucu. In addition, 99 of the 637 hotels in the capital are closed, as are 123 of its 6,169 restaurants.As of May 31, the Jakarta government had collected Rp 1.7 trillion (US$117.5 million) in tax revenue from hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues over the year, a far cry from the 2020 regional budget (APBD) target of Rp 7.4 trillion. The figure is 27.1 percent lower than in the same period in 2019.“Jakarta’s tourism industry has been in a freefall since the pandemic hit,” he said.The island of Bali also plans to integrate MICE events into their tourism rebound plan, despite their vision to pivot to sustainable ecotourism.“We seem to have forgotten to take care of nature in the past, causing an imbalance, and therefore, nature is testing us right now. We have to instill our tourism sector with new mindsets to promote sustainability,” Bali tourism agency head I Putu Astawa said during the webinar.The agency’s 2020 action program, however, includes a plan to increase the number of MICE events held on the island by government agencies, state-owned enterprises and corporations starting in July.The island is also planning to organize a “Bali MICE Exchange” in early December, inviting domestic and international event organizers to promote MICE tourism on the island, Putu’s presentation showed.Bali Governor I Wayan Koster previously announced a three-step plan to reopen activity in compliance with “new normal” policies that included reopening the region’s popular tourist destinations to international visitors on Sept. 11 despite the high COVID-19 infection rate on the island.As of Tuesday, the island had recorded 1,940 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the ninth-highest number of regional cases in Indonesia, with 25 deaths and 1,034 recoveries, according to Bali government data.“We have been losing income for more than 3 months. While there is still COVID-19 transmission in Bali, we have to come to terms with the virus because we can’t eradicate it,” Putu said.Topics :
Governor Wolf’s Week, July 10 – July 16, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog, Videos, Weekly Update This week, the governor signed legislation to finalize the 2016-17 budget that invests in our schools, dedicates funding to fight the opioid epidemic, and reduces the deficit. In less than two years, Governor Wolf has made significant progress to move Pennsylvania forward.In this compromise, bi-partisan budget, Governor Wolf was able to secure an additional $200 million in basic education funding, as well as a $30 million increase for early childhood education, a $20 million increase for special education, and a $10 million increase for early intervention, and a nearly $40 million increase for higher education. Working with the legislature, Governor Wolf has secured historic increases in less than two years.Governor Wolf was able to work with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the budget to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis and expand treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder. This critical funding will enable the Department of Human Services, during phase one, to implement 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence that will treat approximately 4,500 people that currently are not able to access treatment.When Governor Wolf took office, Pennsylvania was facing a deficit of more than $2 billion, and while we have more work to do, today, the commonwealth’s deficit has been significantly reduced.Over the past 18 months, Governor Wolf has achieved significant progress to move Pennsylvania forward. Working with a Republican dominated legislature, Governor Wolf has secured over half a billion dollars in new money for schools along with a fair funding formula that will help school districts that need it the most. He has also won reforms that have languished for decades like modernizing the sale of beer and wine, the legalization of Medical Marijuana, and the phase out of the capital stock and franchise tax. In just under two years, and with a sometime adversarial legislative body, it is clear that Governor Wolf has secured significant victories and is making progress to move Pennsylvania forward.When Governor Wolf took office, he inherited a commonwealth moving backwards as a result of bad policies, misguided decision-making and budgets built gimmicks and smoke and mirrors.Schools were suffering from devastating cuts that resulted in larger class sizes, mass layoffs of educators, and cuts to important programs.The commonwealth was 1 of 3 states that did not have a fair funding formula.Medicaid expansion was an unbridled maze of bureaucratic red tape.Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis had grown to represent our biggest public health crisis in our lifetime.Liquor reform had languished for decades.Medical marijuana had been debated for years with no action; andCitizen’s legitimate environmental concerns had been neglected.Our deficit had grown to more than $2 billion.Governor Wolf has fought hard to turn things around and worked with the legislature to move the commonwealth forward, and in less than two years, he has made significant progress.Governor Wolf’s Week, July 10 – July 16, 2016Sunday, 7/10/16MEMO: Governor Wolf Secures Historic Increases to Education in 2016-17 BudgetMEMO: Governor Wolf Secures Critical Funding to Fight Opioid EpidemicBipartisan, Compromise Budget to Become LawRemarks from Governor Wolf’s Announcement the Bipartisan, Compromise Budget to Become Law (VIDEO)Monday, 7/11/16Governor Wolf Statement on House Bill 1948How the Budget Could Become Law Without Gov. Wolf’s SignatureTuesday, 7/12/16Governor Wolf Announces First ‘Carbon Science Center of Excellence’ in U.S. to be Established in Centre CountyWednesday, 7/13/16Governor Wolf Statement on Completion of 2016-2017 BudgetThursday, 7/14/16Governor Wolf Signs School Code, Fiscal Code, Tax Code, and Non-preferred Appropriations BillsSee What’s in the 2016-17 BudgetMEMO: What We Have AchievedWolf Signs Legislation Authorizing Ride-Sharing in Philadelphia, Urges Long-Term Legislative SolutionGovernor Wolf, Senator Wiley, Reps. Harkins and Fabrizio Secure Critical Funding in Budget to Aid ErieGovernor Wolf Announces Launch of PennDOT Traffic Website for Residents, Visitors during DNCGovernor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in PennsylvaniaFriday, 7/15/16Department of Human Services Receives $3 Million Federal Grant to Fund Opioid Addiction Treatment in Rural PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces $30 Million for Abandoned Mine Reclamation Projects July 15, 2016
The €48bn industry-wide metal scheme PMT said it would reduce its yearly pensions accrual from more than 2.2% to 1.9% but keep its contribution at the current level of 18.1% of the pensionable salary.It is also to reduce its ‘franchise’ – the amount exempt from pensions accrual and for which no contribution is charged – from €15,904 to €15,554 in 2014.It said it opted, with its new accrual, for highest possible percentage under new government plans, combined with a reduced franchise.The scheme’s board said it decided to leave the premium unchanged at 18.1% to create leeway for improving PMT’s financial position. It added that the employers would increase their part of the pension contribution from 53.2% to 63.2% to allow their workers a net salary rise.This means the employers will also pay the full premium for transitional schemes for early retirement, according to PMT.The pension fund’s coverage ratio was 104.1% at October-end and must be at least 104.3% at the end of this year in order for PMT to avoid further austerity measures.Last April, the scheme had to apply a rights cut of 6.3%.Annemieke Biesheuvel, PMT’s spokeswoman, said: “It is likely to be a very tight outcome.”She said the scheme’s board could be facing a decision about a marginal cut of a few percentage points.“The question would be whether or not to apply a tiny discount, as a cut wouldn’t be good for public support for pension funds,” she said.The pension fund for metalworking and engineering has 1.2m participants in total, affiliated with 40,000 companies, and is the third-largest pension fund in the Netherlands.Elsewhere, insurance holding Achmea announced that it would shed 4,000 of the 19,000 jobs at its various subsidiaries, including pensions provider, asset and property manager Syntrus Achmea.Sources within the company said Syntrus Achmea’s 1,500 staff in De Meern, Amsterdam and Tilburg would not be affected by the cuts, apart from redundancies, as a consequence of already running and largely completed cost-cutting measures.
It also urged local government units(LGUs) to craft “earthquake action plans” and for local DRRMCs to submit aninventory of equipment for Collapsed Structures Search and Rescue (CSSR). In Guimaras, according to Nuñez, thelocal DRRMC spotted barangay halls and health centers with light CSSRequipment. Asidefrom the city hall, also up for inspection are the Iloilo City National High School,Fort San Pedro National High School, Jaro National High School, MandurriaoNational High School and A. Mirasol Memorial Elementary School, La Paz NationalHigh School, Jalandoni National High School, and Ramon Avanceña National HighSchool. (With a report from thePhilippine News Agency/PN) In Patnongon, Antique, 15 buildingswere inspected. Some of these – the very old ones – were recommended fordemolition while schools in areas with a high risk of having landslides wererecommended for relocation to safer grounds. On the other hand, the Department ofEducation reported that Daragan Elementary School classrooms in Buenavista,Guimaras have major cracks on columns, walls and floors. Thenon-structural component includes ceilings, windows, doors, and partitions,among others. “We have to take seriously. Dapat handa po tayo. Tapos kung ano ‘yungmga emergency evacuation plans, just contact the OCD para tulungan namin kayo na mabigyan ng training,”said Nuñez. “Wehave not seen major defects or damage. What we saw were minor, superficialcracks that were not significant to the structural integrity of the building,”said Grecia. TheBFP also checked the condition of sprinklers and fire exits at city hall. “Wewill stop there, we will no longer proceed with the strength evaluation becausewe have not seen damage to structural integrity,” said Grecia. “Huwagna nating hintayin kung kailan gagalaw…dapat may preparedness,”said Nuñez. The assessments were in line withPresident Rodrigo Duterte’s directive for such nationwide following theearthquakes that struck Mindanao last week. OCD-6 consolidated the assessmentreports of various agencies, said Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez. Basedon the data gathered, the city hall was designed to withstand an intensity 8earthquake. It already weathered three earthquakes and typhoons. According to Nuñez, some local governmentunits in Negros Occidental also submitted their respective building assessmentreports – Bago City, Calatrava, Candoni, EB Magalona, Hinigaran, La Carlota, LaCastellana, Manapla, Moises Padilla, San Carlos City, Silay City, Sipalay City,Valladolid, and Victorias City. “Occupantsand visitors need not worry,” said Grecia. Thefirst step they did was to conduct a visual/physical appearance review of theseven-story city hall to spot defects, especially on the structural component.It was followed by a series of inspections and evaluations. Western Visayas has two earthquakefault lines (Panay Trench and Negros Trench). Actually, according to Nuñez, longbefore President Duterte ordered a nationwide assessment of buildings, theRegional DRRMC already pressed for the integrity assessment of all structuresvia Memorandum No. 031-2019 issued on April 23, 2019. In Mina, Iloilo, the local disasterrisk reduction and management council (DRRMC) discovered seven elementaryschools with cracks on walls and ceilings. Some school buildings were alreadydilapidated and prefabricated Marcos-type buildings were already showing theirage. The Department of Interior and LocalGovernment (DILG) checked seven of its buildings in the region. One in Jordan,Guimaras had minor cracks due to previous earthquakes. In Iloilo City, a composite teamled by the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) kicked off on Thursday the inspectionof the structural integrity of buildings, including government-ownedinfrastructures and facilities. Inspectorsfound “minor cracks located on non-structural members”. CEOStructural Engineer Cloyd Grecia said the directive was only for structuralintegrity but they also decided to involve the City Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Office (CDRRMO) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). ILOILO City – Several buildings inWestern Visayas – some located in schools – have cracks, according to theOffice of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 6, citing reports from various agenciesthat conducted earthquake building assessments.
By Lonnie WheatleyPEORIA, Ariz. – The regular season at Canyon Speedway Park wraps up in truly exciting fashion with the running of this Saturday night’s Mr. Excitement 40 Tribute to Terry Belcher atop the 1/3-mile clay oval near Phoenix.IMCA Modifieds will take center stage in Saturday’s Mr. Excitement 40. Saturday’s action goes green at 7 p.m. after an open practice session on Friday from 7-10 p.m.Mike Strobl is closing in on the CSP Modified track title while Bryson Curry and Jay Foster split the most recent Modified action.Tickets to Saturday’s “Mr. Excitement 40 Tribute to Terry Belcher” are $16 with a $3 discount for military, seniors and students. Children ages 7-12 are $6 with children six and under admitted free. VIP passes are available for $20.
Weekend Area Basketball ScoresSaturday (1-11)Boys ScoresRipley County Tourney @ BatesvilleConsolation-South Ripley 69 Jac-Cen-Del 54Championship-Milan 72 Batesville 63Rivertown Classic @ South DearbornConsolation-South Dearborn 53 Rising Sun 39Championship-Lawrenceburg 55 Switzerland County 40Oldenburg 69 Villa Madonna 31Greensburg 74 Shelbyville 68Connersville 42 New Castle 30Providence 64 Shawe Memorial 43 West Washington 54 Edinburgh 48 Columbus North 77 Jennings County 57 Madison 94 Charlestown 69Shelby County TourneyChampionship-Southwestern Shelby 47 Triton Central 32Girls ScoresEast Central 56 Rushville 34Greensburg 70 Franklin County 14 Southwestern Hanover 44 Providence 40Shelby County TourneyChampionship-Triton Central 55 Morristown 32
Although solo possession of second place in the Big Ten and an outside chance of a conference title were on the line, the No. 10 Wisconsin volleyball team (21-6, 13-4 Big Ten) fell flat against their border rival No. 12 Minnesota (20-7, 14-3) 26-30, 22-30, 30-18, 25-30.”Timing is everything and [Minnesota] caught us at a time when we’re not playing our best ball,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “It took us a while to come out of the funk that we’ve been in the last five days since the Northwestern match.”The loss not only dropped the Badgers into third place, but it ended Wisconsin’s eight-match home conference winning streak dating back to last year.After the Badgers and Gophers traded points for most of game one, Wisconsin led early on at 18-17. Following a Minnesota timeout, the Gophers went on a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach as the Badgers never got within four again.Game two started out much like the first. Again, the Gophers used a 6-0 run in the middle of the match to separate themselves from the Badgers at 23-15.”For the first two games, [Minnesota] was passing much better than we were,” Waite said. “They were serving tougher and it kept us out of our offense.”Coming out of the locker room for game three, Wisconsin played with a sense of renewed energy as they led for almost the entire game. Freshman Brittney Dolgner and sophomore Audra Jeffers led the Badgers with seven and four kills respectively in the game.”They were starting to remember what a good team they are,” Waite said of the game-three turnaround. “They’ve got to get back to that. That is the thing for the last month they’ve been doing since the last Minnesota match.””They got us rattled in game three to the point where we just fell apart,” Minnesota head coach Mike Hebert said.Wisconsin started out slow in game four before using an 11-4 run to pull ahead of the Gophers 16-13. There was a sense in the Field House that the Badgers might come from behind to beat Minnesota again, as they did the last two years at home.”We made a comeback but we were still kind of spurting,” Waite said. “[Game four] wasn’t the solid game we played in the third and that we’ve shown we can play.”Wisconsin came into the game leading Minnesota in almost every statistical category so far this season. However, the Gophers beat the Badgers in every area of the game except serving.Minnesota hit .252 for the match compared to Wisconsin only hitting .173. Contributing to the Badgers low numbers was the fact that seniors Maria Carlini and Amy Bladow and junior Taylor Reineke all had a negative hitting percentage.Minnesota had four players with double-figure kills with senior middle blocker Meredith Nelson leading the squad with 17 kills. The Badgers were led once again by Dolgner, who led all players with 25 kills. Jeffers also eclipsed the double-digit figure with 13 kills.That was not the biggest surprise, however. Wisconsin came in to the match as the fifth-best blocking team in the nation, and the Gophers out-blocked the Badgers 14 to 4.5.”[Minnesota’s] passing was very solid,” Waite said contributed to Wisconsin being out-blocked. “Any time, whether it’s them passing well or us passing well, you can run your offense, (and) you can split the blockers pretty well.””If I would have told you that we would out-block Wisconsin 28-9.5 in the two matches we played against them [this year], I would have laughed,” Hebert said. “That’s how much respect I have for Wisconsin’s block. We did and that was for me the more startling statistics of the match.”
GREGORY DIXON/Herald PhotoIt was a big weekend for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team. After suffering an offensive hiccup against WCHA opponent Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, Wisconsin went on to trounce non-conference opponent Robert Morris this past weekend by the scores of 10-0 and 5-0.It was an especially big weekend for senior forward Sara Bauer, who recorded three goals and three assists en route to becoming Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer with 179 points.The previous record holder Meghan Hunter has 177 points.Bauer now has 33 points on the season, which leads the nation.Bauer, the reigning Patty Kazmaier winner, was as modest as always and quick to downplay the significance of her achievement.”It’s definitely [about] the team as a whole,” Bauer said. “Nobody plays by their self out there, you’ve got two linemates, two [defenders] and a goalie … helping you out.”Any individual accomplishment, for anyone on the team, I think is a reflection of the team.”Senior defender Meaghan Mikkelson also had a huge series last weekend as she recorded one goal and five assists in the series, which is the most offense she has produced in one series during her collegiate career.Mikkelson’s 6 points gives her 22 points for the season, which is the best in the conference for defenders.Bauer and Mikkelson are also tied for the conference lead in powerplay points with 14, while Mikkelson is tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals with four.For their offensive production, Bauer was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week while Mikkelson was awarded with Defensive Player of the Week. It is the first time this season either player has received the award.”It’s nice to see Mikkelson do what she’s been able to do for the first 18 games,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “And obviously [Bauer] is … continuing to do what she did last year. After she won the Patty Kazmaier, she wasn’t complacent and she wasn’t sitting back on her laurels. She has continued to try to push herself and play at a higher level.”Bauer and Mikkelson are two of the most prominent and productive members on the team. However, just as they did last year, the Badgers have a very talented and oft-overlooked senior squad.”One reason why we’re going to be successful is … their leadership,” Johnson said. “Not only on the ice, but equally important off the ice. If Sara (Bauer) plays well and Mikkelson plays well, if Bobbi-Jo (Slusar) plays well and a couple key people in that core group, it gives you a good opportunity to win hockey games.”One of the most crucial players on the Badgers’ squad, however, is captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar, who was also a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award along with Bauer.Slusar is the anchor of a defensive line that features a nice mix of veteran and younger players, as well as being a key defender on the penalty kill and powerplay. Her career plus-minus rating is an impressive +86.Senior goaltender Christine Dufour has allowed just seven goals in her seven games this season, all of them coming in wins. She is often overlooked due to the stellar play of her counterpart, sophomore Jessie Vetter, who has made 11 starts compared to Dufour’s seven starts.Dufour holds a very impressive save percentage of .934, which leads the WCHA in goals against average and is the only goalie in the conference with zero losses. She put up similar numbers last year before losing playing time to Vetter and former senior Meghan Horras, who were simply playing hotter during the last stretch of the season.The Badgers also have the relatively unknown seniors Phoebe Monteleone and Heidi Kletzien. What Monteleone and Kletzien lack in offensive firepower, they make up for in experience and leadership. Monteleone was awarded the title of assistant captain this season and has a career plus-minus rating of +18 while Kletzien has a rating of +27.”I think we’re a good group,” Bauer said. “Obviously we’ve had some experience for the past few years … and we just take what we’ve learned and try to share it with the younger players.””With them being seniors now, they understand that there aren’t a lot of games left in their hockey career at Wisconsin,” Johnson said. “They want to get the most out of it.”
Professor Nitin Kalé is the instructor of the course on blockchain technology in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Photo by Wanting He | Daily TrojanThis past semester, USC introduced its first-ever course on blockchain, one of the technological databases behind the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Taught by Nitin Kalé, an associate professor of engineering practice at the Viterbi School of Engineering, the course aims to expose students to the processes of blockchain and spur discussion of its potential impact on society.Bitcoin is an emerging form of digital currency created in 2008, according to IBM, and blockchain is the technological database that oversees Bitcoin transactions. “I wanted to bring [blockchain] technology to students,” Kalé said. “[Blockchain technology] is where the industry is growing very rapidly. So companies, start-ups, people are trying to figure out how else to use blockchain to disrupt business, or some other industry.” In its first run this semester, the course was filled to capacity, and Kalé said he had to keep increasing the class size during registration due to its popularity. Other institutions like Stanford University, UC Berkeley and Princeton University have taught Bitcoin and cryptocurrency courses in their computer science departments for about two years, according to Kalé.Kalé has been studying blockchain technology and Bitcoin for about two years and worked to create an opportunity for students to understand how the database works. He has pushed for a trial blockchain course to evaluate student interest and see if it will be implemented as a permanent offering.“My near-term goal is in 2018, we will probably launch a specialization course by fall,” Kalé said. “Then by Fall 2019, if all goes well, I think we’ll have a minor in blockchain technology.”In Viterbi’s Information Technology program, there are two types of programs: a minor, in which students are officially enrolled and required to take five or six courses, and a specialization, which only requires students to take three courses.Kalé explained that although his first attempt to teach the course ran smoothly, he might have been too ambitious in his curriculum focus.“It turned out I couldn’t cover everything that I’d wanted to, so I’m offering this course again in the spring semester,” Kalé said. “I’m hoping I’ll make the class more efficient, maybe work on the pacing some more, so we can get more topics into the class.” Various students have expressed their interest in blockchain technology, both before and after taking Kalé’s course. Daniel Aghachi, a junior majoring in business administration, was inspired to start his own organization, called the Trojan Blockchain Society, based on his growing interest in the technology.“I realized there [is] no central hub for blockchain on campus,” Aghachi said. “There were events scattered around, and there was no one place to go. So I wanted to build a community of people who share the same passion as I do.”Both Kalé and Aghachi emphasized the importance of getting students and faculty excited about blockchain, and how monumental this technology has been. Through a class activity, Kalé was able to send his students Bitcoin.“In order to understand how blockchain works, you’ve got to understand every single step,” Aghachi said. “[Kalé] was so excited once we were able to get to the point where we understood how it all worked and put the pieces together, so he could send us each actually some Bitcoin.”
Rory McIlroy resumes at 1 o’clock on 9 over. Padraig Harrington is one clear of the field on 4 under after 16 on day 2 of the Irish Open in Royal county Down.The former Open winner was 7 under at one stage but has since settled back down after poor run.Simon Thornton is 2 under after 10 while Shane Lowry who broke his putter is one below the projected cut line on 4 over after 15.