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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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Dutch watchdog orders metal scheme PMT to cut pension rights

first_imgPMT said it would reverse the second discount as soon as its financial position allowed it.At year-end, the metal scheme’s funding was 103.8%, whereas the required minimum coverage was 104.2%.The PMT board based its initial decision to refrain from a rights discount on the pension fund’s coverage of 104.4% at the end of January. The €48bn pension fund PMT will still have to cut pension rights by 0.4% on 1 May, following pressure from the Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). The DNB disagreed with PMT’s reasoning that the limited funding shortfall at year-end did not justify a corresponding cut in pension rights.The metal scheme initially argued that a second discount – after a 6.3% cut last year – was not in the interest of its participants or pensioners.In its opinion, other measures – such as leaving its contributions at the same level while decreasing the annual pensions accrual – would have improved its coverage ratio sufficiently.last_img read more

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Saints final cuts include defensive linemen Edwards, Hunt

first_imgLast Updated: 6th September, 2020 06:47 IST Saints Final Cuts Include Defensive Linemen Edwards, Hunt The New Orleans Saints have waived veteran defensive linemen Mario Edwards Jr. and Margus Hunt while keeping veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso on the physically unable to perform list FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img First Published: 6th September, 2020 06:47 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By The New Orleans Saints have waived veteran defensive linemen Mario Edwards Jr. and Margus Hunt while keeping veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso on the physically unable to perform list.New Orleans trimmed 25 players at the deadline to reduce active rosters to 53 players for the regular season, which begins next week.For now, several undrafted rookies — receiver Marquez Calloway, defensive tackle Malcolm Roach and punter Blake Gillikin — are on the roster as Week 1 approaches. The Saints kept Gillikin as a second punter in addition to veteran Thomas Morstead.Also still on the roster are linebacker Chase Hansen and offensive lineman Derrick Kelly II, both second-year pros who did not play last season. Kelly was on the Saints’ 2019 practice squad while Hansen missed his rookie season with a back injury that was classified as not football related.Meanwhile, safety Sequan Hampton, a Saints sixth-round draft choice in 2019, was waived with an injury designation, meaning he could wind up on the club’s injured reserve list if he is not claimed off waivers. Tommy Stevens, a seventh-round draft choice this year, also was waived after being converted from college quarterback to tight end during his first NFL camp.Among the veterans the Saints cut were linebacker Anthony Chickillo, receivers Austin Carr and Bennie Fowler, offensive lineman Cameron Tom and tight end Ethan Wolf.Defensive end Anthony Lanier II was placed on injured reserve, while offensive lineman James Hurts was designated as suspended by the commissioner.Rounding out the cuts were: receivers Emmanuel Butler, Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Juwan Johnson; linebackers Joe Bachie, Andrew Dowell and Wynton McManus; defensive backs Kemon Hall and Keith Washington II; offensive linemen Jordan Steckler and Calvin Throckmorton Jr.; defensive end T.J. Carter; tight end Garrett Griffin; and running back Tony Jones Jr.Because the coronavirus pandemic could potentially cause roster upheaval during the season, practice squads have been expanded from 10 to 16 players. Many players trimmed from rosters this weekend could wind up on practice squads.Image credits: AP last_img read more

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Think Critically About Everything But Evolution

first_img(Visited 148 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Researchers found that courses in critical thinking help humanities students overcome pseudoscience. One important pseudoscience, though, is not in their list.CEH strongly advocates critical thinking. That’s why we have a Baloney Detector. It’s also why we daily examine the claims coming from scientific journals, to see whether they can stand up to the tests of evidence and logic. So it was encouraging to see North Carolina State validate the teaching of critical thinking in overcoming superstition and fake news.A recent study by North Carolina State University researchers finds that teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience” that is unsupported by facts.Anne McLaughlin and Alicia McGill ran an educational experiment at their university. They believe their experiment improves on prior tests of critical thinking education in that it included a control group.For this study, the researchers worked with 117 students in three different classes. Fifty-nine students were enrolled in a psychology research methods course, which taught statistics and study design, but did not specifically address critical thinking. The other 58 students were enrolled in one of two courses on historical frauds and mysteries – one of which included honors students, many of whom were majors in science, engineering and mathematics disciplines.The psychology class served as a control group. The two history courses incorporated instruction explicitly designed to cultivate critical thinking skills. For example, students in the history courses were taught how to identify logical fallacies – statements that violate logical arguments, such as non sequiturs.All students were rated before and after the experiment on whether they believed in various ideas classed as pseudo-history, pseudo-archaeology or pseudo-science. In the History class, some 16 pseudoscientific ideas were explicitly covered, including (a) Aliens built the pyramids, (b) The moon landings were faked, or (c) Bigfoot exists.At the end of the experiment, students were quizzed on additional pseudoscientific ideas that were not explicitly covered in the course. This was to see if those schooled in critical thinking had transferred their ability to discern ‘fake news’ to other subjects. Appendix 2 of their paper in Science & Education lists those additional pseudoscientific ideas that were used in the post-class questionnaires:Men are genetically predisposed to be more violent than women.Archeologists can locate ancient sites with dowsing techniques.The Earth is approximately 6000 years old.Scientists can prove the existence of other intelligent life forms in the universe.Creationism is a science similar to evolutionary biology.In all societies, ideas about gender and differences between males and females are the same.The number 13 is truly unlucky.The planets and stars affect peoples’ personalities.Aliens from other worlds have visited the earth.Breaking a mirror can bring bad luck.Alternative medicine is more effective that Western biological medicine.Crop circles were created by aliens as spacecraft landing strips.Some people can communicate with the dead.The Illuminati are a secret society with great influence and power over politics and the economy.The U.S. government hides evidence of alien beings.Healing through faith is more effective than biological medicine.Some dreams predict future events.The planets and stars affect events in peoples’ lives.Evolution is a theory.People have been abducted by alien beings from other planets.The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of Jesus of Nazareth.References in the paper to “the scientific method” and to Carl Sagan’s “baloney detector kit” provide clues to the researchers’ own biases.He who controls the definition of pseudoscience controls the propaganda. While we celebrate the teaching of critical thinking, the students should have turned around and taught their instructors a few things: like, “Why did you leave Darwinian evolution out of the list?” Evolution is not even a theory. It’s job security for storytellers (6/25/14). How can you consider Darwinian evolution a theory, when it says nothing more than Stuff Happens? That’s not even pseudoscience. It’s anti-science.Now most of the items in the list are clearly goofy, but I predicted that creationism would be in their list. It was easy, because I know the Darwin Party’s habit of using the Association Fallacy and Card Stacking trick against their enemies— those creationists who keep debating them on the scientific evidence and winning. This is just another example in the Darwinian tradition of DOPE pushing, taking impressionable students down the primrose path to think they are becoming wise when they are becoming fools.To a critical thinker reading this commentary, wondering “Aren’t you doing the same thing?”, I’m glad you asked. You will indeed find a pro-creation, anti-Darwin bias here (everyone has a bias, you realize, which is not wrong per se, as long as one is fair-minded and open to evidence), but there’s a major difference. WE GIVE YOU THE DARWIN PARTY’S BEST ARGUMENTS. You get to read all the best arguments on both sides of each question (something Darwin himself advocated), so that you can think for yourself. Did the propagandists at NCSU do that? Absolutely not. Their goal was not to get you to think critically, but to TELL you what they BELIEVE is pseudoscience. Success is measured by how much you spit on creation and embrace Daddy Darwin with a hug.Glad as I am if some students learned to question astrology and UFOs, I am not happy, nor should you be, that they pulled the wool over students’ eyes with subversive associations. Do you think for a minute that these teachers and testers wanted any student to read the best books on intelligent design or the Bible and science? No; they wanted students to toss out the baby of creation with the dirty bathwater of astrology. They wanted students to sneer at creation without thinking about it or learning anything about it. That, by definition, is propaganda.last_img read more

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Design in Chemistry Explained by a PhD Chemist

first_imgAMAZING CHEMISTRYby Dr Henry RichterWhy is chemistry the way it is?I recently wrote an article “Ode to the Amazing Atom” marveling at the way this elementary particle operates and exists (7 Jan 2019). This is a follow-up to that piece, marveling at how the varieties of atoms exist in ways to produce all sorts of different chemical elements.Universal Building BlocksThere are now about one hundred twenty different chemical elements, whose atomic structure varies only slightly from one to the next. About 25 of those are so radioactive they do not exist in nature but have only been made in the laboratory.Atoms are the fundamental building block of all matter in the universe. The number of atoms in one ounce of iron for example is enumerated in what chemists call the Avogadro number and is 0.6023 x 1024 which is really a whole lot! [600 billion trillion atoms in one ounce!] So atoms are really, really tiny. So how are elements built up through the atomic structure? Let’s see how the chemical properties of the elements differ wildly with just a few changes in the content of the atom. It does turn out that the general property of elements shows patterns of repeating characteristics (gas, metal, non-metal, etc.) in certain sequences of the growing atom structure.  The pattern of this repetition can be explained as more and more protons are added to the atomic nucleus – but not why.My BackgroundFor more on Dr Richter’s early interest in chemistry and progress to a PhD at Caltech, read his book Spacecraft Earth.The following is distilled from the book General Chemistry by Linus Pauling (Freeman Press 1953). This is the textbook used in Pauling’s general chemistry course taught at the California Institute of Technology where for two years I was a graduate teaching assistant in the course. Dr. Pauling gave the general lectures, where the freshman students were then gathered into sections with a dozen graduate teaching assistants holding detailed classes and supervised laboratory work.Basic StructureAtoms consist of a nucleus with one or more protons and none to a large number of neutrons.  The nucleus is surrounded with a cloud of electrons whirling at speeds approaching the speed of light. The cloud of electron is divided into shells, very precisely defined. The shells have differing numbers of electrons possible, and somehow the electrons are placed properly in each atom. In a neutral atom (no net electric charge) the number of electrons matches the number of protons in the nucleus. The atom can lose or gain electrons to become an ion, but the change in the number of electrons does not change the chemical nature of the atom/element.Orderly SystemLet’s look at the big picture. Chemists have a scheme called the periodic table of the elements. The elements populate the table lined up by their atomic number which is the number of protons in the nucleus. They are grouped into rows, and the vertical columns across the rows contain elements of similar characteristics. The column may be noble gases (column 0), reactive metals (column 1), other metals, non-metals (column 4 and up), and reactive gasses (column 7), as will be explained later on. Here is the table:It turns out that there is a physical basis for the table, and this has to do with the electron shell of the atom. The first shell, the so-called K shell can accommodate only two electrons, so only the first two elements have only a K-shell, hydrogen (one electron) and helium (two electrons).  The next element has three protons and therefore three electrons, and then the next shell is needed for the third electron. The next shell is called the L-shell and can accommodate eight electrons. That shell is progressively filled with electrons until there are eight and then it is full. This corresponds to the second row of the table with elements three to ten, the latter having ten electrons with two in the K shell and eight in the L-shell.Perpetual MotionAdd one more proton making eleven now, a new shell is again added, the M-shell, which can accommodate up to eight more electrons. Atomic number eleven gives us the metal: sodium. And the process continues as you move up the scale of adding to the size of the nucleus. I should mention at this point there has been no mention of adding neutrons in addition to protons. Adding neutrons affects the atomic weight, but not the basic nature of the element. In Pauling’s book, he publishes a chart of how the electron shells accumulate and increase as protons are added. In the illustration, as one moves up the atomic number scale, it needs to be recognized that all the basic shells are retained, with new shells added. This chart mentions electron spin which we will not deal with here, except that electrons do spin, and they enter the shells in pairs of opposites. Electrons have always spun, since they were each created. What keeps them going?  That is original perpetual motion! The chart showing electron  shells is:Now let me point out some interesting features that these two tables show. First, looking at the periodic table with its rows and columns, if you look at the columns all the elements in the column have pretty much similar characteristics. For example, column 0 starts with the noble gas helium and the rest of the boxes going down with neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and radon are also noble gasses. Then column 1 starting with lithium and going down are pretty much reactive metals. This column starts with lithium, then sodium (reacts strongly with even water), potassium (reacts so strongly with water that it bursts into flame), then rubidium, cesium and then francium. Column 2 starting with beryllium is all reactive metals including magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, and then radium. Column 3 has more metals starting with boron, then aluminum, selenium, yttrium, lanthanum, and actinium. Actually Column 3 starts the transition from metals to non-metals called metalloids with boron, then diagonally to silicon, germanium, arsenic, antimony, tellurium, and polonium.Something interesting happens. Between columns 4 and 5, several rows down the table 14 elements show up called the rare earth metals, and just below these are nine elements called the uranium metals. Note that the left side of the periodic table contains elements called metals. The right side are non-metals. The non-metals are from Column IV with familiar carbon, the source of all life, and moving across to nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, etc.Now think about this: what makes the vertical columns is the addition of additional shells to contain more electrons as protons are added. Let’s look at Column 1. All the newly added shells (above shells which are completely filled with electrons) have just one electron position. This gives each element metallic properties. Column 2 now has the second electron position available, and everything in this column still has metallic properties. As you move across the table to the right, each column has progressively one more electron position available, and moving down each column we see that each element has similar properties. How does this happen?Elegant, Functional DesignThe thing that gives each element its unique characteristic is the number of protons in the nucleus. The number of electrons surrounding each nucleus can vary, from an even match of electrons to protons for an electrically neutral atom to a negative ion-atom if an extra electron is added, or a positive ion-atom if an electron is missing. But it is the number of protons that characterize the element, not the number of electrons present. Also the number of neutrons in the nucleus can vary without changing the characteristics of the element, only affecting the atomic weight – except in the radioactive elements, the number of neutrons plays a large role in the degree of radioactivity of the isotope, such as Uranium  (U238 versus U235 – used in bomb making).Atoms can be described mathematically by elegant laws of nature. Credit: Illustra MediaNow my bottom line question: how could nature construct itself to make such a marvelous and perfect constitution? To construct everything in the universe to be based on such a foundation of minor changes in atomic structure resulting in widely differing types of matter. Just adding one proton to an atomic nucleus can change the resulting element from a gas to a metal. Wow! Well, that is the way our universe operates, and this is way beyond any accidental assembly of nature. Think about this. The kind of super-intelligence and super-creative power that was required to put it all together vastly exceeds our understanding. At the very least, it leaves us awe-struck. And it all works perfectly!Recommended Resource: Watch this short film by Illustra Media to see how many atoms fit in a grain of sand or a drop of water.Dr. Henry Richter was born in Long Beach, California, and served a short tour of duty in the U.S. Navy in World War II. From there he received a BS and PhD (Chemistry, Physics, and Electrical Engineering) from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena California. Then he went to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which became part of NASA. While there he headed up the development of the free worlds first earth satellite, Explorer I. He then oversaw the scientific instrumentation for the Ranger, Mariner, and Surveyor Programs. From JPL, he went to Electro-Optical Systems becoming a Vice President and Technical Director. Next was a staff position with UCLA as Development Manager of the Mountain Park Research Campus. He then owned an electronics manufacturing business and afterwards became the Communications Engineer for the L.A. County Sheriffs Department. Since 1977, he has been a communications consultant to Public Safety organizations. He is a life member of APCO, the IEEE, and the American Chemical Society. His book America’s Leap into Space details the origins of rocketry and his own role in the launching of the first American satellite, Explorer 1, in 1958. Henry Richter is also author of Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, with co-author David Coppedge (Creation Ministries International, 2016). Creation-Evolution Headlines is honored to have Dr Richter as a contribution writer. See his Author Profile for his previous contributions.(Visited 668 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Introducing IoT Marketplace from AT&T

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Connect and Launch Your IoT Devices with AT&T. Until recently, scalable IoT solutions that could transform businesses were only available to those with large R&D budgets or those with connections with manufacturers. Now, the IoT Marketplace makes the benefits of this transformative technology accessible to everyone.The IoT Marketplace represents a first in the IoT industry. It’s a single, digital location where individuals and companies can explore the diverse world of IoT products, ranging from complete end to end solutions to tools and building blocks for developers.The IoT Marketplace helps businesses gain access to an ecosystem of connected solutions, devices and elements that historically have been hard to obtain.Smart devices have been around for several years and Cisco projects there will be 50 billion of them by 2020. The explosive growth has created a fragmented market making the process of getting started with a viable project a random set of events. Those interested in learning have had to search for resources and cobble together their own components, and when they are ready to move from concept to deployment they still need to assemble multiple parts and services with little ability to evaluate their options.The IoT Marketplace makes it simple and efficient to explore the growing landscape of IoT solutions. It’s a one-stop shop with options for companies seeking plug-and-play solutions that come ready to use and ready to connect to the AT&T cellular network. Those wishing to build their own devices can choose from a variety of IoT starter kits, which come with all the necessary components to build and connect IoT prototypes.Ready to UseBusinesses of all sizes are seeking ways to leverage the potential of IoT. For various reasons, companies often struggle with finding the right components and assembling them into systems that can be deployed in the field. The IoT Marketplace helps simplify the process by providing a path to IoT enablement for almost all levels of experience across multiple industries. Companies with little-to-no IoT experience can now gain access to ready-to-use solutions and services, quickly and efficiently deploying and manage IoT solutions within the business environment. For example, a company with a fleet of vehicles can learn about IoT fleet management solutions for monitoring and streamlining operations, then compare and buy those solutions. The solutions come ready for deployment over the AT&T network via AT&T IoT Data Plans (also available in the IoT Marketplace), so there’s no need to engineer a large project to configure and deploy the devices. These types of ready-to-use solutions makes it easier for companies to comply with new regulations, fuel usage, driving times, and recordkeeping—without costly capital expenditures.Ready to ExperimentThe bedrock of developing new IT applications is experimentation. Experimenting with an idea and the tools available to bring that idea to life have lead to breakthroughs throughout history. However, experimentation has been hard for small and midsize companies because it requires R&D time and budgets, followed by testing and iterations to make the solution robust enough for field deployment.The IoT Marketplace makes it possible for companies of any size to experiment with IoT and turn their own ideas into reality. A range of starter kits let both technical and non-technical users test their ideas and create an IoT device prototype, bypassing the difficult and confusing process of assembling a set of hardware and software components that work together. Starter Kits include all the elements required to collect sensor data, connect to the AT&T network, and utilize various cloud services for the management, storage, and analytics of a connected IoT device.Ready to ConnectWhether a company chooses to procure an off-the-shelf and field-ready solution or build their own, they still need to connect the devices to a network and manage usage. That, too, is conveniently available in the IoT Marketplace. IoT Data plans (with optional international roaming) can be purchased and managed in one environment, and shared across any number of devices. Compatible SIMs can also be ordered to match demand—from one deployed device to hundreds.Ready to StartAs IoT opportunities and benefits to industries continue to grow, identifying, acquiring, and even creating an optimal solution will become a critical function of the business environment. With the launch of the IoT Marketplace, these opportunities become available to companies for whom the benefits of connected devices have been, until now, out of reach. Having access to the information, products, and connectivity necessary for deploying and scaling IoT solutions means companies can turn their ideas into reality, and they can get started today. Tags:#engagement Related Posts 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT AT&T Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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2013 X-Blades National Touch League Update

first_imgPlease find enclosed updated information regarding the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League.Related Filesntl_memo_-_8_6_2012-pdfRelated Links2013 NTL Updatelast_img

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18 days agoShaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leader

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Shaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leaderby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winter Xherdan Shaqiri considers himself one of the leaders in the squad.Swiss star Shaqiri has often spoken about his disappointment at not playing enough for the Reds.While he has impressed when given a chance, he is behind Mohamed Salad and Sadio Mane for a position on the wings.Speaking about his role at the club, he told Schweizer Illustrierte: “Apart from the fact that I would like to play more, I’m happy in Liverpool. “I have a certain status in the team because I am one of the more experienced players. “I think I’m one of the leaders.” last_img