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Oscillations in the southern extent of the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool during the mid-Holocene

first_imgThe Indo-Pacific Warm Pool (IPWP) is thought to play a key role in the propagation and amplification of climate changes through its influence on the global distribution of heat and water vapour. However, little is known about past changes in the size and position of the IPWP. In this study, we use a total of 48 modern and fossil coral records from the Mentawai Islands (Sumatra, Indonesia) and Muschu/Koil Islands (Papua New Guinea) to reconstruct oscillations in the extent of the IPWP since the mid-Holocene. We show that reliable estimates of mean sea surface temperature (SST) can be obtained from fossil corals by using low-resolution Sr/Ca analysis of a suite of corals to overcome the large uncertainties associated with mean Sr/Ca-SST estimates from individual coral colonies. The coral records indicate that the southeastern and southwestern margins of the IPWP were cooler than at present between similar to 5500 and 4300 years BP (similar to 1.2 degrees C +/- 0.3 degrees C) and were similarly cool before similar to 6800 years BP. This mid-Holocene cooling was punctuated by an abrupt, short-lived shift to mean SSTs that were warmer than at present between similar to 6600 and 6300 years BP (similar to 1.3 degrees C +/- 0.3 degrees C), while similarly warm conditions may have also existed after similar to 4300 years BP. We suggest that mid-Holocene cooling at our study sites was related to contractions of the southeastern and southwestern margins of the IPWP, associated with the more northerly position of the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) that accompanied mid-Holocene strengthening of the Asian summer monsoon. Conversely, intervals of abrupt warming appear to correspond with widespread episodes of monsoon weakening and accompanying southward migrations of the ITCZ that caused the IPWP to expand beyond our coral sites. Intervals of a strengthened Asian monsoon and cooling in the southwestern IPWP during the mid-Holocene appear to correspond with a more positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD)-like mean configuration across the tropical Indian Ocean, suggesting that the Asian monsoon-IOD interaction that exists at interannual time scales also persists over centennial to millennial scales. Associated mean changes in the Pacific ENSO modes may have also occurred during the mid-Holocene. The dynamic and inter-connected behaviour of the IPWP with tropical climate systems during the mid-Holocene highlights the fundamental importance of the warm pool region for understanding climate change throughout the tropics and beyond. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Athletics Support Short-Term

first_imgThe physical demands are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job.The work environment characteristics are representative ofthose an employee encounters while performing the essentialfunctions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions.A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is onfile and will be provided upon request.The Coast Community College District is a multi-college districtthat includes Coastline Community College , Golden WestCollege , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offerprograms in transfer, general education, occupational/technicaleducation, community services and student support services.Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificateprograms.Since it’s founding in 1947, the Coast Community College Districthas enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community collegedistricts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Boardof Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays animportant role in the community by responding to needs of achanging and increasingly diverse population.This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. Thecrime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 weresubmitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under theJeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus CrimeStatistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the CampusSafety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices forany questions regarding the report.Coast Community College District is an Equal OpportunityEmployerThe Coast Community College District is committed to employingqualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members whoare dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizesthat diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness,promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitablerole models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring andstaff development processes that support the goals of equalopportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for allqualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfullyin providing educational or employment opportunities to any personon the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexualorientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mentaldisability, military or veteran status, or geneticinformation.APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:http://www.cccd.edu1370 Adams AvenueCosta Mesa, CA [email protected] DefinitionUnder direct to minimum supervision of the head of the Division,Department, or Program, the non-academic, non-classified short-termsupport employee will provide services to the department to supportand assist regular employees by performing a variety of neededtemporary tasks.Non-academic, non-classified short-term employees are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified short-termemployees are at-will employees, have no entitlement rights to anyposition in the District, and are not benefits eligible. Short-termemployment shall not result in the displacement of Classifiedpersonnel.Non-academic, non-classified short-term employees perform servicesand tasks, which once completed, will not be extended or needed ona continuing basis. Short-term non-classified employees performservices that are not re-occurring and are not a permanentcomponent of the District’s operations. Short-term employees may beemployed to perform work at a one-time event that occurs on anirregular basis.Short-term non classified employees may not exceed 160 workingdays within a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) and may not exceed 19working hours per week and may only occupy one primary assignmentwithin the District.* Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:On a temporary basis, provide general assistance for athleticevents. Performs additional related duties as assigned.Qualifications and Physical DemandsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Education and Experience:Dependent on the specific Division, Department or Program jobassignment.Or, any combination of education an experience that wouldprovide the required equivalent qualifications. LICENSES OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS :Some job assignments may require a valid California driver’slicense and/or possession of a license and/or certificate ofcompletion from an accredited college or agency relative to theassigned area. Continuing education, training or certification maybe required.Knowledge of:Dependent on the specific Division, Department or Program jobassignment.Ability to:Dependent on the specific Division, Department or Program jobassignment.Conditions of EmploymentUnder direct to minimum supervision of the head of the Division,Department, or Program, the non-academic, non-classified short-termsupport employee will provide services to the department to supportand assist regular employees by performing a variety of neededtemporary tasks.Non-academic, non-classified short-term employees are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified short-termemployees are at-will employees, have no entitlement rights to anyposition in the District, and are not benefits eligible. Short-termemployment shall not result in the displacement of Classifiedpersonnel.Non-academic, non-classified short-term employees perform servicesand tasks, which once completed, will not be extended or needed ona continuing basis. Short-term non-classified employees performservices that are not re-occurring and are not a permanentcomponent of the District’s operations. Short-term employees may beemployed to perform work at a one-time event that occurs on anirregular basis.Short-term non classified employees may not exceed 160 workingdays within a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) and may not exceed 19working hours per week and may only occupy one primary assignmentwithin the District.* Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*Employment is contingent upon verification of employment history,background verification as governed under Education Coderequirements, eligibility to work in the United States, andapproval by the CCCD Board of Trustees. Short term/temporaryassignments do not offer fringe benefits or pay for holidays ortime not worked but are entitled to sick leave per Labor Code2810.5. However, CalPERS retired annuitants are not entitled tothis benefit. The hours of work and effective date of employmentwill be arranged with the supervisor.Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; theinability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employeefrom retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandatedreporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Actand is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CoastCommunity College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.(Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms ofdiversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusiveenvironment within which students, staff, administrators, andfaculty thrive. Individual’s interested in advancing the District’sstrategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicantswith disabilities who self-disclose.Application materials must be electronically submitted on-lineat http://www.cccd.edu/employment . Incomplete applications and applicationmaterials submitted by mail will not be considered.Additional InformationAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTSTo be considered for employment you must submit a completeapplication packet. A complete application packet includes:Online Employment ApplicationAnswers to all of the supplemental questions.Candidates will also be responsible for all travel expenses ifselected for an interview, the Coast Community College Districtdoes not reimburse for candidate travel expenses.Disability AccommodationsIf you require accommodations in the Application or ExaminationProcess, please notify Human Resources by calling (714)438-4714.PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENTlast_img read more

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Costa Rica

first_imgBy Marcy CoburnUniversity of GeorgiaIt looks like an overgrown garbage bag heaped in the middle of a field with a pipe connected to its top. Small holes are patched with duct tape, keeping the biodigestor from leaking its liquid contents.Students from the University of Georgia and North Carolina State University were in Costa Rica on an agro-ecology tour when Ana Quirós, the woman whose farm they were visiting, showed how she takes care of her pigs’ waste.“The waste from the pigs is filtered, and the solids are used as organic compost for the banana and medicinal plants,” Quirós said. “The liquids go into a biodigestor.”Quirós’ farm, which in Spanish is called Finca María José, is a few miles from Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda, or EARTH, an international agricultural college focused on education and sustainable development of the humid tropics. María José is part of a group of eight farms that offer tours of their sustainable farming systems with help from EARTH students and faculty.EARTH has also helped the eight farms devise biodigestors to reduce pollution and achieve energy independence with a water recycling system.“I like the way biodigestors allow farmers to get fuel, feed, fertilizer and income from waste, as opposed to letting the waste run into nearby streams and pollute them,” said Wayne Parrott, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences crop and soil science professor. He heads the annual UGA “Agro-ecology in Tropical America” study-abroad course.A biodigestor looks like an oblong plastic tube about the size and shape of a Volkswagen bus. The liquid waste is pumped into the plastic tube and semi-sealed, where it ferments. Methane gas forms, and the tube inflates.The methane gas is pumped through a set of plastic pipes up to the house to be used as cooking gas. The liquid waste travels through the tube and flows into a series of small lagoons.Water hyacinths filter the water as it makes its way through the gravity-fed lagoons. The final lagoon, at the bottom of the gently sloping hill, has water clean enough to raise tilapia fish.As the water leaves the tilapia pond, it’s pumped back to the top of the hill to be used in the pigpen, completing the cycle.“María José farm was the most sustainable farm we visited,” said Ben Martin, a horticulture major at UGA. “But I still feel like they could do better financially.”Despite her efforts to make a profit, Quirós wasn’t sure her farm could survive if it weren’t for the income generated through tourism.Without agro-ecology tours, she made about $200 a month on her farm. With the tours, the eight farms in the EARTH-supported group generate another $100 a month each, a 50-percent increase in profits.“Profits that are generated by the tours are divided among the eight farms and used to improve the infrastructure,” Quirós said.Quirós farms organically. She uses no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers. Using organic compost produced by her pigs, she raises medicinal herbs, vegetables, bananas and fish.Her farm is similar to many farms in the Costa Rican countryside. The difference is her commitment to sustainability. “The conventional banana plantations spray fungicide on their plants twice a week,” Quirós said.Everything on the farm is done by hand. She uses a machete to chop weeds. A small herd of cattle provides manure to fertilize the home garden.“Seeing María José farm gave me hope,” said Jennifer Johnson, a UGA landscape architecture major. “The way Doña Ana ran her farm was very inspiring.”For more information on UGA’s tropical America agro-ecology study-abroad program, visit www.uga.edu/tropag.last_img read more

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Welch to Obama: Consider using strategic oil reserve

first_imgYesterday, oil prices spiked over $100 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as unrest continues to spread throughout the Mideast. Last week, oil was trading under $85 per barrel. Barclays Capital has estimated the turmoil in Libya has affected upwards of one million barrels a day of production, or roughly 2 percent of global supply. Releasing oil from the SPR has a proven record of driving down prices.  When President George H. W. Bush deployed oil from the SPR in 1991, oil prices immediately dropped by more than 33 percent. When President Clinton exchanged oil from the SPR in 2000, it again drove prices down by nearly 19 percent. And when President Bush released oil from the reserve in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, oil prices fell by more than 9 percent.  Even before this recent spike in oil prices, the Department of Energy was forecasting high gas prices this summer. Earlier this month, the Energy Information Administration (EIA)projected that the nationwide average for regular gasoline would be $3.20 per gallon during the summer driving season, with a 10 percent chance that prices would exceed $4.00 per gallon. In addition, consumers are already facing substantially higher home heating costs this winter as well. Consumers heating with home heating oil are projected to spend more than 23 percent more this winter. Average expenditures on propane are projected to be more than 9 percent more. Right now, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve holds 727 million barrels and is filled to capacity. Releasing even a small fraction of that oil could have a significant impact on speculation in the marketplace and on prices.  It would also remind the world that the U.S. is ready, willing and able to use the SPR aggressively and effectively if needed.  The FY2012 budget request already proposes a ‘$500 million non-emergency sale of SPR oil.’ Signaling your intent to consider selling oil from the SPR in the near term would send a strong signal to oil markets responding to the unrest in the Middle East.  While this is a relatively modest supply disruption, it has the potential to have a disproportionately dramatic impact on global oil markets and prices paid by American consumers. While the OPEC nations with available spare production capacity could easily turn on the spigot to more than offset any disruption in Libyan supply, they also profit from oil price spikes and therefore have little incentive to quickly respond with the increased supply needed to calm markets.  However, one tool that the United States has at its disposal to protect against the threat of supply disruptions and related speculation in the oil markets is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).  As we approach the summer driving season, we must carefully consider all immediate options in order to prevent the runaway increase in prices that we saw in the summer of 2008.  We therefore urge you to consider leveraging the SPR to respond to these supply disruptions and combat the rapid price escalations resulting from rampant speculation in the oil markets.  American consumers are already suffering from high energy prices and the effects of the economic downturn. In the long term, we need to develop clean energy alternatives that can reduce our dependence on oil and insulate us from supply shocks. Clean energy, fuel economy and innovation are American made solutions that will end our dangerous reliance on foreign oil and OPEC. However, in the short term, considering releasing oil from the SPR as we approach the summer driving season could help prevent oil prices from escalating as they did in 2008. Thank you for your consideration of this request. With turmoil spreading across the Middle East, light sweet crude oil spiking above $100 a barrel for the first time since 2008, and summer driving season fast approaching, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and two House colleagues have asked President Obama to reprise a tactic used by the last three presidents and consider using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve [SPR] to reduce prices in the short-term for American consumers and businesses.‘As we approach the summer driving season, we must carefully consider all immediate options in order to prevent the runaway increase in prices that we saw in the summer of 2008,’ write Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). ‘We therefore urge you to consider leveraging the SPR to respond to these supply disruptions and combat the rapid price escalations resulting from rampant speculation in the oil markets.’Even before the recent spike in oil prices, the Department of Energy was forecasting high gas prices this summer. Earlier this month, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected that the nationwide average for regular gasoline would be $3.20 per gallon during the summer driving season, with a 10 percent chance that prices would exceed $4.00 per gallon.The SPR currently holds 727 million barrels and is filled to capacity. The current budget request from the president already proposes a $500 million non-emergency sale of SPR oil. The letter notes that while OPEC nations have available spare production capacity that could easily offset any disruption in Libyan supply, ‘[OPEC nations] also profit from oil price spikes and therefore have little incentive to quickly respond with the increased supply needed to calm markets.’‘Releasing even a small fraction of that oil could have a significant impact on speculation in the marketplace and on prices,’ write Reps. Markey, DeLauro and Welch. ‘It would also remind the world that the United States is ready, willing and able to use the SPR aggressively and effectively if needed. Signaling your intent to consider selling oil from the SPR in the near term would send a strong signal to oil markets responding to the unrest in the Middle East.’The letter notes this is an important short-term step to help consumers, but ‘in the long term, we need to develop clean energy alternatives that can reduce our dependence on oil and insulate us from supply shocks. Clean energy, fuel economy and innovation are American made solutions that will end our dangerous reliance on foreign oil and OPEC.’LETTER:February 24, 2011The Honorable Barack ObamaPresidentThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500 Sincerely, REP. EDWARD J. MARKEY REP. ROSA L. DELAURO           REP. PETER WELCH# # # Dear President Obama:last_img read more

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Opponents win round in fight against Adani’s planned Carmichael mine

first_imgOpponents win round in fight against Adani’s planned Carmichael mine FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The federal government will have to reassess water infrastructure for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine after conceding in a legal challenge that was lodged with the federal court.The Australian Conservation Foundation has succeeded in its appeal against the government’s assessment of Adani’s north Galilee water scheme, with the federal government admitting it failed to properly consider public responses to the proposal and even lost some submissions.The new environment minister, Sussan Ley, will now have to reconsider the proposal, which would see a 100 km-long pipeline constructed to transport 12.5bn litres of water a year from the Suttor river and Burdekin basin. The project would also expand an existing 2.2bn-litre dam to 10bn litres. The government will need to reopen the project for public comment.While the decision is a win for the environment movement in its fight against the project, it will not prevent Adani from commencing preliminary construction at the mine site if it receives approval for its groundwater plans from the Queensland government on Thursday.But the ACF said the government’s concession in the case is a demonstration it has not properly scrutinised Adani’s plans. “Once again this case outcome shows the federal government failed to properly scrutinise Adani’s proposed Galilee Basin coalmine,” the ACF’s chief executive, Kelly O’Shanassy, said.The ACF lodged the appeal last year, challenging Price’s decision not to apply the water trigger in her assessment of the water scheme. Through the proceedings it became evident that the process leading to the minister’s approval hadn’t properly considered the more than 2,200 public submissions that had been made, with some even being lost.More: Adani coalmine: minister loses legal challenge on water pipeline assessmentlast_img read more

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Congress: Stick to budget for foreign travel

first_imgThese trips can serve valuable purposes — boosting the morale of troops, promoting commercial opportunities for U.S. businesses, evaluating foreign-aid spending.They can foster bipartisanship by offering a chance for Democrats and Republicans to spend time together (though the most ideological members mostly opt to travel with their own kind.)In recent months, senior lawmakers have mounted emergency missions to soothe the nerves of allies alarmed by President Donald Trump’s erratic foreign policy. Despite the benefits, the weak oversight of congressional trips lends itself to abuse.Overseas travel by members and their staffs must be approved in advance by committee chairs.But under a law dating to the 1970s, Congress doesn’t pay for its trips out of appropriated funds.Instead, the government is obligated to pay for any and all congressional travel expenses, with almost no strings attached. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following is an editorial from Bloomberg News: Responding to revelations of the Trump administration’s luxe travel habits, which have already cost one cabinet secretary his job, the House government oversight committee has opened an investigation.That scrutiny should apply to members of Congress and their staffs as well. By its own accounting, Congress spent 27 percent more on foreign trips last year than it did in 2015.The Treasury Department, which pays the legislative branch’s travel expenses, estimates that Congress spent a record $20 million on overseas trips in 2016.And that only covers commercial flights — Congress does not itemize the cost of flying on military planes, whose premium services are typically used by large delegations.Nor does Congress account for the costs borne by U.S. embassies to organize and host congressional delegations, which often include not just aides but members’ families, too.  Lawmakers thus have little incentive to limit what they spend. Some of the costs are eye-popping.In 2016, lawmakers and their staffers booked at least 557 commercial flights costing $10,000 or more.Last November, a six-day trip to Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines by three staff members on the House Armed Services committee cost more than $105,000 in airfare alone.Earlier this year, two Senate staffers flew commercial to South Africa on behalf of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Transportation costs were $48,460.24. The public deserves more transparency about what it’s getting.Senators and their aides don’t even have to disclose dates of travel and the numbers of days spent in each country.center_img They should, as their colleagues in the House do.All members should be limited to one staffer on foreign trips, a rule currently enforced only by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.And it’s more than reasonable that Congress establish and adhere to an annual budget for its international travel. Stricter limits on taxpayer-funded congressional delegations should also be accompanied by tougher disclosure requirements for overseas trips funded by private organizations, which totaled at least $4.4 million in 2016. Americans give their elected representatives considerable discretion to travel widely and engage with the world.Congress needs to be careful not to abuse that privilege. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Indonesia to electrify 433 remote eastern villages

first_img“The number is small compared with the total number of villages in the country – around 75,000 – but we still have to get this done,” said Jokowi on Friday when announcing the plan prior to a limited Cabinet meeting.The program is part of the effort to achieve a 100 percent electrification ratio this year. PLN achieved a 98.89 percent ratio last year but it is struggling to cover the last mile, mainly due to logistical hurdles in the world’s largest archipelago.Read also: Electrification hits rocky roads“Once things return to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic, we will execute the program,” said PLN president director Zulkifli Zaini after the meeting. “In fact, if possible, we want most of the 433 villages electrified by August 17th,” which is Indonesia’s Independence Day. The government has set a target of electrifying 433 remote villages in Indonesia’s four most impoverished provinces before year end as the country struggles to provide electricity for the entire population.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has pledged to introduce regulations that boost funding for the village electrification program, which will cost at least Rp 1.26 trillion (US$76.14 million).State-owned electricity firm PLN pledged to deploy new technology in mapping and electrifying the 433 remote villages in Papua, West Papua, East Nusa Tenggara and Maluku. To achieve this the state electricity company plans to deploy new mapping technology in charting the hard-to-access villages, including their power needs and most readily available energy sources. Many of the targeted villages in Papua are located in densely forested mountain areas.PLN will also deploy an unconventional electrification strategy by installing electricity charging stations around the four provinces and distributing handheld Talis battery packs to villagers. The battery packs, which were jointly designed by five Indonesian universities, have a 15-year lifespan.“[The Talis] are similar to a power banks except that they can light up a house,” said PLN’s Zulkifli.PLN’s system allows villagers to light their homes by recharging the battery packs at the charging stations, which will be powered by small, mostly renewable energy-based, power plants.The system is similar to supplying water by digging a well and distributing buckets. It is also unconventional as Indonesia previously relied on distributing solar photovoltaic (PV) kits to power remote households.Zulkifli went on to say that PLN would spend Rp 735 billion on installing the charging stations while regional administrations would pool Rp 525 billion from their respective coffers to buy the battery packs.PLN will coordinate with the Indonesian Military (TNI) to escort PLN technicians into the conflict-prone regions of West Papua and Papua. The company’s office in Wamena, Papua, was torched by residents in September last year amid social unrest.Jokowi stressed that the village electrification program “has to really add value in increasing economic productivity” within the eastern Indonesian villages.His statement resonates with the critique of energy watchdogs and politicians, who say that the 98.89 percent electrification ratio does not fully represent field conditions.Read also: PLN can only fund one fifth of $803m needed to power isolated regionsMany villages do not enjoy 24-hour electricity and many have low-power electricity that is only enough to power lightbulbs and charge mobile devices. Neither conditions are suitable for powering the electronics needed for productive economic activity“There are still people in rural areas who have electricity poles right in front of their houses, but can’t afford to connect them to their homes,” said Surya Dharma, chairman of the Indonesian Renewable Energy Society (METI), the country’s largest renewables association.Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Electrification Director General Rida Mulyana previously said Indonesia needed Rp 11 trillion to power all of its isolated regions this year yet PLN could only fund one fifth of the projects.“Hopefully, we’ll have a solution in the first half of the year. We could have PLN and the private sector work together to resolve the issue,” he said in February.Topics :last_img read more

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Government to allocate extra spending of Rp 56 trillion in 2021 to revive economy

first_imgBappenas set a pessimistic tone in its poverty and unemployment eradication effort as the government lowered its economic growth target to 2.3 percent for this year under the baseline scenario, and to a contraction of 0.4 percent under the worst-case scenario.However, the government expects an economic rebound in 2021 with an economic growth rate between 4.5 and 5.5 percent, according to the macroeconomic assumption for the 2021 state budget plan.Suharso said the additional Rp 56.5 trillion for ministries would be used to support economic recovery efforts focusing on infrastructure construction, tourism and manufacturing, as well as funding for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The government will also continue its key projects listed under the RPJMN to help the country’s economic recovery, which include the super priority tourist destination development project and the development of nine industrial zones outside of Java, the agency’s chief added.Responding to Bappenas’ statement, Gadjah Mada University labor expert Tadjudin Noer Effendi urged the government to be prudent in analyzing the country’s unemployment level before launching large-scale initiatives.“We have to be careful in establishing unemployment projections during a time of crisis, as there are people who were forced to take unpaid leave, while furloughed informal workers aren’t registered by the Manpower Ministry,” Tadjudin told The Jakarta Post in a separate phone interview.He added that workers not counted by the government as unemployed could be left out of the government’s social safety net program, which would make the program ineffective.To reduce unemployment, Tadjudin urges the government to focus on initiating labor-intensive projects and maintaining household spending.The Public Works and Housing Ministry is among ministries that has reallocated spending to finance labor-intensive projects.Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said on Monday said that the ministry would allocate Rp 1.8 trillion to fund the projects, which are expected to absorb 78,000 workers in 2,865 locations. For the second strategy, Tadjudin has called on the government to alter its staple aid program into a cash disbursement program (BLT) for low-income families to keep the economic engine running.“Indonesia’s household spending accounts for around 57 percent of our GDP. If we want to maintain economic growth, we have to boost the circulation of money at the grassroots level, which could be attained through the BLT program,” he said.Fitch Solutions projected in April that  household spending growth, which accounts for 57.4 percent of GDP, would slow to just 1.2 percent this year from 5 percent last year.The United States-based institution also revised its forecast for the country’s GDP growth, to negative 1.3 percent this year, compared with 2.8 percent economic growth in its previous projection, as the country is likely to see a slow recovery and remain under lockdown for a prolonged period. The agency projects unemployment numbers to increase by 4.22 million people in 2020, with the open unemployment rate estimated to spike to around 7.8 and 8.5 percent, far beyond the 2019 rate of 5.28 percent.According data published by Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the number of unemployed people in the country increased slightly to 6.88 million in February, from 6.82 million people in the same period last year.Indonesia’s poverty rate is also predicted to increase by around 0.5 to 1 percentage points in 2020 from the 2019 level of 9.2 percent. In 2021, the poverty rate is also projected to stay at the 9 percent range, Bappenas data shows. “We have revised our poverty rate target to around 9.2 percent, higher than the 8.4 percent stipulated in the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN). However, I’m not confident about our revised target as the poverty rate could be above the target,” Suharso said. The government plans to allocate an additional Rp 56.5 trillion (US$3.8 billion) to a number ministries and agencies in 2021 to revive the economy, according to the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).Bappenas chairman Suharso Monoarfa said on Tuesday that the extra funds would be allocated to cover non-operational expenditures for the economic recovery and social security programs, as the agency had projected a spike in unemployment and the poverty rate due to the harsh impacts of emergency measures imposed to halt the spread of COVID-19. “Budget allocation for ministries and agencies’ non-operational expenditure will increase by 55 percent or Rp 56.5 trillion, which will be used [to fund] infrastructure projects, human capital development and other prioritized sector projects,” he said during the agency’s national meeting.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Pakistan embassy officials leave India after spying charges

first_imgPakistan had summoned India’s charge d’affaires to express its “condemnation” of the expulsion order.The foreign ministry called the allegations “baseless” and said Delhi’s action was a “clear violation” of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.Kashmir has become a bigger source of tension between the two powers since India last August scrapped the Muslim-majority region’s semi-autonomous status and imposed a major security clampdown.In response, Pakistan recalled its ambassador from Delhi and sent back the Indian envoy.India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir.Shelling and the exchange of fire across their Kashmir demarcation line is a near-daily occurrence, and in February 2019 they conducted tit-for-tat airstrikes.On Monday in Indian-administered Kashmir, police officer Chandan Kohli told AFP three men were killed after a brief shootout near the de facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC).A military source told AFP the men were killed just after crossing the LoC.New Delhi regularly accuses arch-rival Pakistan of arming and sending rebels across the heavily militarized border. Islamabad denies the claims.Rebel groups in Indian-administered Kashmir have battled for decades for the region’s independence or its merger with Pakistan.Since 1989 the fighting has left tens of thousands dead, mostly civilians.India has more than 500,000 troops in Kashmir, where clashes are a common occurrence but last month extended into the regional capital Srinagar. Two Pakistani officials expelled by India over spying allegations returned home Monday, an embassy spokesman said, as the nuclear-armed rivals wrangled over the claims.The Indian government said Sunday that the two had been detained for “indulging in espionage activities”, and given 24 hours to leave the country.The pair returned to Pakistan via the Wagah border crossing, which has been closed for several weeks because of the coronavirus lockdown, a Pakistan embassy spokesman told AFP. The move came amid heightened tensions between the foes over the Himalayan region of Kashmir, which was split between them in 1947 when they gained independence from Britain.Indian media said the two officials — both working in the embassy visa department — had been detained Sunday while trying to obtain information on an Indian security establishment.In a statement late Monday, New Delhi police said one of the men had allegedly posed as the brother of a journalist looking to gain information about Indian Railways, one of the world’s largest train networks.The man was instead trying to procure information about the “movement of [Indian] Army units and hardware” on trains, Delhi Police claimed.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal ‘increasingly confident’ of completing Kieran Tierney deal after breakthrough in talks with Celtic

first_imgTierney is valued at around £30m (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are nearing an agreement for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney after making a breakthrough in talks with the Bhoys.The Gunners have had two bids rejected by the Scottish giants this summer, who are seeking around £30million for the Scotland international.Celtic were unhappy with the number of ‘unachievable’ add-ons included in Arsenal’s bids for Tierney but Sky Sports claim the two clubs have made significant progress in the last round of talks.While a third bid is yet to be submitted, it’s understood that the two clubs are closer to an agreement which ‘satisfies’ both parties.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal ‘increasingly confident’ of completing Kieran Tierney deal after breakthrough in talks with Celtic Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 27 Jul 2019 5:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Tierney is keen on a move to the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Capturing Tierney would be a significant coup for the Gunners, who have stepped up their transfer business in the last week.AdvertisementAdvertisementWilliam Saliba and Dani Ceballos both signed on Thursday, while widespread reports on Friday night claim the Gunners have agreed a club record deal for Lille star Nicolas Pepe.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLille have accepted offers from four clubs for Pepe but Arsenal are believed to have offered better personal terms to the Ivory Coast international than their rivals.Arsenal take on Lyon at the Emirates on Sunday in the first of three final pre-season matches before they open their Premier League campaign against Newcastle in a fortnight’s time.MORE: Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku drops cryptic transfer hintlast_img read more

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