Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz today presented 23 Vermont organizations and individuals with the 2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Honorees were recognized for their efforts to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. This year’s recipients by category are: Environmental Excellence in Pollution Prevention – Projects that reduce or eliminate the generation of pollutants and wastes at the source including toxics use reduction (TUR) efforts.89 North, Inc. – Designed first mercury-free, long life (50,000 vs. 200 hrs.) light source for fluorescence microscopy.Aline Gadue Stirling and Gadue’s Dry Cleaning – Leader in green dry cleaning and replacement of perchloroethylene solvent with less toxic alternative, Solvon K4.Central Vermont Public Service – Replaced 5000 gals/yr petroleum bar chain oil with biodegradable animal-based oils in chainsaws, reducing pollutants in clearing rights-of-way. Environmental Excellence in Resource Conservation – Projects that conserve resources and protect the environment by minimizing resource consumption or by applying the strategies of reuse or recycling.Advance Transit – Reduced greenhouse gases and pollution through comprehensive energy efficiency improvements in expanded and renovated building including solar electric and rainwater reuse. Added hybrid buses and vans to fleet.Green Mountain Power – Provided innovative financial incentive for renewable energy through net metering and additional payment (6¢ per kwh), leading to a 400% increase in renewable energy projects which eliminated 3.6 million lbs. carbon.Heritage Aviation & TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design – Developed sustainability model in renovated aviation facility with green roof, wind turbine, ecological landscaping, porous pavement, and water reuse.IBM’Facilities Manufacturing, Environment and Chemical Lab Team – Designed innovated air pollution scrubber technology that substantially reduced pollution releases, energy consumption, and water use.IBM’Waste Water and Chemical Lab Team – Created wastewater treatment improvements that reduced 11,000 lbs/yr nitrate discharges to the Winooski River and saved 19,000 kWh/yr energy.Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center – Comprehensive, volunteer led, sustainability program at a small hospital.Omega Optical Solid Waste Reduction Program – Comprehensive solid waste reduction program to reach zero waste by 2014.Vermont Agency of Transportation – Implemented innovative roadway sensor technology for bad weather that saves travel time, reducing energy use thus reducing greenhouse gases. Environmental Excellence in Earth Stewardship & Resource Protection – Projects with measurable and direct benefits to air, land or water ‘ or fish, wildlife and human communities dependent upon a clean and healthy environment.Jim Sabataso – As coordinator of Sustainable Rutland led the community to promote and implement environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability throughout the Rutland region.Marshall Webb – Designed and administers a controlled deer hunt on an annual basis at Shelburne Farms to minimize deer impact to the forest ecology.Stowe Mountain Lodge – Established strong company-wide commitment to sustainability and carbon footprint reduction, with over 80 facility-wide initiatives implemented. Environmental Excellence in Land Use & Land Use Planning – Projects that preserve or conserve land to create ecological and environmental benefits or that advance smart growth alternatives.Vermont Woodlands Association – Created and provides weekend Forestry School programs for woodland owners. Also sponsors the Vermont Tree Farm Program. Environmental Justice and Sustainability ‘ Projects that achieve greater environmental/economic justice and/or efficiency and help Vermonters to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.Vermont Assistive Technology Reuse Project – Reuse, rehabilitation, and exchange program for durable medical equipment and adaptive vehicles directed to schools and the needy. Environmental Excellence in Education & Outreach – Projects that inform and educate others about environmentally responsible practices or that empower citizens to enhance the quality of the environment for local, regional or global communities.Grafton Elementary School – Student study of plastic bag impact, leading to promotion of reusable bags in the community and a proposed legislative ban of plastic bags.Mad River Glen Cooperative – Since 1996, their nature program has offered environmental education including year round guided walks, the Kent Thomas Nature Center, and interpretive displays that encourages citizen science, volunteerism, and activism.Marion Cross School – ‘Learning about the Environment through Experiential Education Projects’, model program integrating environmental teaching in all classes and grades.SolarFest, Inc. – 17 years of providing a renewable energy conservation educational event and festival.Steven Long and Virginia Barlow – Co-founders of Vermont Woodlands Magazine (now Northern Woodlands), and the Center for Northern Woodlands Education, providing conservation education for students, landowners, and the public.The Keewaydin Foundation – Longstanding model residential outdoor educational program for elementary and middle school students. Youth Environmental Citizenship Award – Projects accomplished by a young person or young people (21 years or younger) that achieve significant positive environmental outcomes.· The ECHO E-team – Volunteer student team that designed and implemented quality educational programs in their communities after training at the ECHO center.
Red State City Makes 100% Renewables Pledge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A city in central Oklahoma has made an environmental resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy in its buildings by 2035. The Tuesday resolution makes Norman the first city in Oklahoma to make such a commitment to renewables, the Norman Transcript reported.The city will tap into sources like wind and solar for electricity. The resolution also calls for 100 percent clean energy commitment across the board by 2050, including heating and transportation.“We’ve already been taking baby steps toward this, and I think this is the public commitment to take us the rest of the way,” said Councilwoman Breea Clark. “We’re getting noticed for our efforts; now it’s time to follow through.”Norman officials are still determining how the city will reach its energy goals. The city is still negotiating a long-term franchise agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric, but the resolution has received broad community support.More: City in Oklahoma Commits to Clean 100 Percent Energy
It is expected that FAB will use the new aircraft during the UNITAS 56-2015 international exercise, which will be held off the coast of Brazil, representing a unique opportunity to train in interoperability with the U.S. Navy’s P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft and the Peruvian Navy’s Fokker 50. By Dialogo September 30, 2015 I think non-confidential information, from the exposition about “Operation Formosa”, about the training exercises mentioned would be useful.Congratulations!Ernesto George DiederichsenSecond Lieutenant Reserves R2, Cavalry.email@example.comReserves R2, Cavalryegd21@hotmail.com When they are delivered, the eight aircraft will be distributed among and operated by the Phoenix (2nd / 7th Aviation Groups) and Neptune (3rd / 7th Aviation Groups) squadrons, headquartered in the Florianopolis (Santa Catarina state) and Belém (Pará state) air bases and strategically located in the country’s north and south. In addition to being guardian of Brazil’s seas, the FAB’s Aviation Patrol has a long historical tradition within the country, as it was also responsible for the FAB’s “baptism of fire” during the South Atlantic phase of World War II. The P-95 aircraft can now track up to 200 targets simultaneously, perform land mapping and detect other aircraft. The primary mission of the “Bandeirulha,” as it is called locally, is the aerial surveillance of Brazil’s territorial sea, but it is also essential for maritime traffic control, search-and-rescue operations, to identify environmental crimes, and carry out missions to combat illegal fishing and piracy. The aircraft can also be equipped with two pods for unguided SBAT-70-type rockets to enable the performance of maritime interdiction missions and carry out attacks against small vessels. By updating the electronic systems, they will have increased capacity to perform air-clearing missions and operate as tactical air coordinators, making them an important aerial platform for signals intelligence missions as well. The installation of an electro-optical sensor with thermal and laser rangefinder imaging systems is also anticipated to allow crews to perform night-vision searches and low-visibility search operations. This will enable the acquisition and designation of targets for Military Interdiction Operations such as anti-piracy and anti-terrorism missions, as well as capturing and sending live images to drives on land and to Brazilian Navy ships. The analog stick was replaced by four modern multifunctional digital screens running software developed by AEL’s Brazilian engineers. The new systems enhance situational awareness and increase crew safety, while the integration of the Selex Seaspray 5000E modern radar, which weighs almost 50 kg, will allow for detection of ships up to 370 km away. P-95 is the FAB’s new name for the EMB-111, a maritime patrol version of the internationally successful transport twin-engine C-95 Bandeirante, developed by Embraer. This type of aircraft is also used by the Chilean Navy. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) received the first modernized P-95 maritime patrol aircraft in September as part of an initiative to improve the capacity of its fleet. The modernization project was undertaken by AEL Sistemas, a Brazilian company that has been employed in the design, development, manufacturing, maintenance, and logistic support of military and space electronic systems for applications in aerial platforms, sea, and land for the past 30 years. Conducted at the Dos Afonsos Aeronautical Material Park in Rio de Janeiro, the project’s focus is to replace the aircraft’s electronic and communications equipment and install new search radar in order to increase its operational capacity and extend its operational life by 15 additional years. *Brazilian journalist specializing in matters of national security.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Another season change means a whole new slew of events for Long Islanders of all stripes to enjoy. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, the solstice or general seasonal merriment, here’s a list of happenings:A Christmas CarolFollow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future—in this fine performance of the Charles Dickens classic. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $15-$30. Days, times vary. Through Dec. 24.Holiday Lights SpectacularThis brilliantly illuminating 2.5-mile display returns for the second year after a seven-year absence. It will feature new themed displays throughout the park as well as returning favorites including the “12 Days of Christmas” and “Santa’s Beach Party.” The park will also feature an expanded Holiday Village, including a new ice skating rink as well as returning favorites, such as pictures with Santa, Holiday Hay Maze, cheerful holiday music and movies, and plenty of refreshments. There is also a Twofer Tuesday special—two trips for the price of one. Jones Beach State Park, West End, Ocean Pkwy. seetheholidaylights.com $20 per car Mon.-Thurs., $25 Fri.-Sun. Dusk-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., open til 11 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Through Jan. 3.Miracle on 34th Street: The MusicalEveryone knows the story of the well-mannered, white-bearded weirdo claiming to be the real Santa who brings about a true miracle in New York City. But do you know the musical version? Expect masterful performances. Expect show-stopping songs. Expect to be wowed! John W. Engman Theate, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $69-$74. 3 p.m. Days, times vary. Through Jan. 3.Christmas at HicksAnimated characters star in “Christmas at the North Pole,” a walk-through story telling how Santa picks out gifts for his friends who are penguins, elves and more. Enjoy the festive sounds of the brass band, take pictures with the jolly old man himself, and meet live reindeer! Donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares accepted. Hicks Nursery, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. hicksnurseries.com Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Dec. 24.Boardwalk LightsA nautical themed holiday light show display on the boardwalk. Long Beach boardwalk. longbeachny.gov Free. 5 p.m. Everyday. Through Jan. 17.Bayville WonderlandVisit the elves hard at work in Santa’s toy factory funhouse, ride the holiday express train, brave the arctic ice skating adventure, meet Mrs. Claus and other holiday characters, plus much more! Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvillewinterwonderland.com $22. Days, hours vary. Through Jan. 3.Barnaby Saves ChristmasThe littlest elf and his reindeer friend, Franklynne, set off on their journey to save Christmas. Along the way, they meet some new friends and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah and the holiday season. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $10. Days, hours vary. Through Dec. 26.A Joyful Toyful HolidayThe toys come to life right in time for the holidays in this delightful holiday play. Studio Theatre, 141 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. broadhollow.org $10. 1 p.m. Dec. 12, 19, 26 and Jan. 2.Frosty the SnowmanJoin Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from the mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow and ruin winter! John W. Engman Theate, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. Days, times vary. Through Jan. 3.It’s a Wonderful VillageFour Saturdays of holiday merriment! A Parade of Lights featuring decorated fire trucks marches down Windmill Lane to Agawam Park followed by the tree lighting on Nov. 28th, plus horse and buggy rides, pictures with Santa, shopping, carolers, hot chocolate, cookies and more! Southampton village. Full list of events here: southamptonchamber.com Free. 12:30-4 p.m. Dec. 12 and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 19.The Lighting of Malverne 2015Enjoy bowling, breakfast and a movie with Santa, a holiday gala, a parade of elves, as well as the Menorah and tree lighting. There will also be hayrides, horse and buggy rides, a live ice sculpture demonstration and a living Nativity. Full listing of events at malvernevillage.org Various prices. Days, hours vary. Through Dec. 162015 Annual Holiday Model Train DisplayInteractive fun for the whole family! Explore 240 square feet of history inspired by local landmarks. Town of Babylon History Museum, Old Town Hall, 47 W. Main St., Babylon. townofbabylon.com Free. Days, hours vary. Through Jan. 3.Menorah LightingJoin city officials and Rabbi Goodman of Bach Temple of Long Beach for music, coffee, doughnuts, Hanukah Gelt and hot potato latkes as they kick off the Festival of Lights! The main lighting will be at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, but make sure you come back every day as another light is added. Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov Free. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 5 p.m. Dec. 13.Mrs. Claus Saves the Day!Ever wonder what Mrs. Claus was up to on that foggy Christmas Eve when Rudolph became famous? This play tells the classic story from Mrs. Claus’ point of view. Bayway Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip. broadhollow.org $11. 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 19, 26 and Jan. 2, 12 p.m. Dec. 13 and 27.A Charlie Brown ChristmasThe Peanuts gang, on stage, like you’ve never seen them before! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $20-$25. 7 p.m. Dec. 11.Tree LightingLit up will be the magnificent 35-foot Japanese Umbrella Pine, which is located on the south side of the Camellia Greenhouse. Afterward, see view the spectacular poinsettia display, hear the madrigal singers perform, visit Coe Hall decked with holly and meet Santa at the Hay Barn! Visit Periwinkles Café in the Visitor Center and enjoy egg nog, hot chocolate and cider, gingerbread men and other assorted holiday sweets. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Route 25A, Oyster Bay. plantingfields.org Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 11.Glenn Miller Orchestra: In the Holiday MoodHear all your favorite holiday songs in the band’s unique style. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $25-$65. 8 p.m. Dec. 11.Holiday ConcertCelebrate the spirit of the holidays with the FTC Concert Pops Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Five Towns College Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, 305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. ftc.edu/ftcpac $10. 2 p.m. Dec. 13Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker BalletWorld-renowned ballet stars of the Leggz Ballet Company team up with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra to bring this classical ballet to life. This is one of the few productions on Long Island that features a full orchestra so don’t miss it! The Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Center. madisontheatreny.org $25-$39. 7:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Dec. 11, 4 p.m. Dec. 12, 4 p.m. Dec. 13.Not Quite Christmas CabaretCocktails, dinner, desert and performances by Broadway actors Catherine Walker, Jeff Kready and Catherine Porter. Castle Gould, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $100-$110. 7 p.m. Dec. 12.13th Annual Reenactment of the Flying SantaRelive the days when Santa would visit the Fire Island Lighthouse keepers and their families by flying by in small plane. Fire Island Lighthouse, just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5, Fire Island. fireislandlighthouse.com Free. 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12.Skate with SantaChildren are invited to go ice skating with Santa, have their pictures taken in front of the tree and decorate cookies. Free hot chocolate. Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Road in Roslyn-North Hills. nassaucountyny.gov/parks $22 adults, $15 kids, $4 veterans, seniors and first responders. Discounts with Leisure Pass. $5 skate rental. Days, hours vary. Beginning Dec. 12.Elf on the Shelf Craft EventCountdown to Christmas begins! Children will create their own goody jar containing a secret message left by the Elf himself. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com $20 per child. 12 p.m. Dec. 12.3rd Annual West End Electric Light ParadeCome see antique cars, fire truck, floats and bicycles wrapped in lights for this festive holiday parade! There will be antique fire truck rides, trolley rides and hot cocoa. Yum. Ohio Avenue and Beech Street, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 12.Christmas Tree LightingJoin the mayor, Santa, his elves, and the fire department as they light the tree. Islandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. newvillageofislandia.com Dusk, Dec. 12.The Nutcracker Suite with Full OrchestraThe Atlantic Wind Symphony teams up with the Ovations Dance Repertory Company to bring you this famous ballet like you’ve never seen it before! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 13.Chanukah on IceDon’t miss the sculpting and lighting of the largest Ice Menorah in New York! Skate to Chanukah music then enjoy pizza, latkes and chocolate gelt. Long Beach Ice Arena, 150 W. Bay Drive, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov $16 per person or $80 per family (includes skates and dinner). 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13.4th Annual Candlelight Carol SingThis wonderful evening of Christmas songs quickly became a family tradition, featuring the timeless carol “Silent Night” sung in the candlelit church. Arrive at 7 p.m. sharp to enjoy warm cider and hot chocolate around the fire while a brass quintet plays. Saint William the Abbot Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Seaford. facebook.com/events Free. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16.The NutcrackerNew York Dance Theatre, under the direction of Frank Ohman, will present what’s billed as the largest Nutcracker on Long Island with added music, scenes and dances—the only one performed in the tradition of New York City Ballet’s legendary George Balanchine. John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. ohmanballet.org $25-$50. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20.Long Island Traveling Road Show Christmas ConcertTwo of Long Island’s favorite acoustic musicians, Rich Broillet and Bob Otto, introduce their new Christmas single and play all your holiday favorites. Mills Pond House Gallery, 199 Mills Pond Rd., St. James. stacarts.org Donation to Smithtown Township Arts Council. 1 p.m. Dec. 20.Celebrate Winter SolsticeSqueeze in as much fun as possible on the shortest day of the year! Arts and crafts, storytelling and a wintery walk in the woods. Nassau Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. nassaumuseum.org $10 per family. 1 p.m. Dec. 20.A Gospel According to Jazz ChristmasGrammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum continues this annual event, bringing excellent holiday entertainment to all. This year’s holiday jazz extravaganza will feature Gerald Albright, Norman Brown and female vocalist, Shelea. The Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Center. madisontheatreny.org $45-$75. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 26.-Compiled by Desiree D’iorio
Over 1,1 million tourist nights were realized in October Looking only at July, the numbers are significantly better. / / / EUROSTAT: Tourism statistics – nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments According to the eVisitor system on October 5, 2020, during September 2020, 396.829 arrivals of foreign tourists were recorded (index 18,85) and 141.835 arrivals of domestic guests (index 76,95). The number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in September was 3.623.199 (index 31,97), while domestic tourists realized 1.240.791 overnight stays (index 83,92). Also, Croatia achieved the highest number of overnight stays in tourist facilities among Mediterranean countries compared to the same period last year.The data show that in the period from January to the end of July, Croatia achieved a level of 63 percent of domestic tourist arrivals and 39,2 percent of foreign tourist arrivals compared to last year. In the period from January to the end of October, there were 7.596.097 arrivals and 53.623.053 overnight stays in Croatia, which is 50 percent of last year’s result in the same period measured by overnight stays. In July, Croatia achieved 91,9 percent of the level of domestic tourist arrivals and 65,4 percent of the level of foreign tourist arrivals. Regarding tourist overnight stays realized in tourist facilities, in seven months Croatia realized 41,1 percent of overnight stays compared to the record year of 2019, while in July 57,5 percent of overnight stays were realized compared to July last year. In September, a drop of 80% in the number of arrivals Read the full Eurostat report in the attachment. Total tourist turnover (foreign and domestic tourists) in September amounted to 538.664 arrivals (index 23,52) and 4.863.990 overnight stays (index 37,97). The markets with the highest tourist turnover are Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria.In October alone, there were 207.778 arrivals and 1.188.658 overnight stays, and the markets with the largest tourist turnover in October were Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic. Last published data Eurostat on tourist traffic in the first seven months of this year in the European Union member states show that in the period from January to July this year, Croatia recorded the smallest decline in the number of domestic and foreign tourists.
What’s covered by the latest state budget revisionThe new budget aims to strengthen the health care system, direct more spending toward social protection to boost consumption and provide incentives to rescue Indonesian businesses from bankruptcy and workers from layoffs.The government will spend Rp 87.55 trillion in the health care sector, Rp 203.9 trillion to strengthen social safety net programs and Rp 123.46 trillion to provide incentives for micro, small and medium businesses, according to the new budget.About Rp 120.6 trillion will be allocated for tax incentives for larger entities, and Rp 97.11 trillion has been designated to support ministries and regional administrations. Rp 44.57 trillion will be used to provide a stimulus for state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and labor-intensive businesses. Stimulus too small to handle economic fallout: ObserversEconomists and businesspeople have long agreed that the government will need a much bigger stimulus to counter the economic impact of the virus.Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah said the government’s stimulus was “far from ideal” to counter the virus’ blow.“The country needs bigger health care budget to manage the outbreak […] If we are not ready, then there is a possibility of a second wave of the virus crisis,” Piter said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the proposed budget for social protection is too small amid the threat of rising poverty.”The government estimates that 1.8 million to 4.8 million people may fall into poverty this year, while 3 to 5.2 million may lose their jobs because of the severe economic impact of the pandemic.Meanwhile, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) called on the government last month to boost its budget to fight the pandemic.According to Kadin chairwoman Shinta Kamdani, the government will need Rp 400 trillion for health care, Rp 600 trillion for social safety net programs and Rp 600 trillion for economic recovery.“Demand for stimulus is increasing even after the latest package,” Bank Danamon economist Wisnu Wardana said. “The government must now focus its resources on making the spending more productive and cutting unnecessary spending.”Meanwhile, World Bank senior economist Ralph van Doorn has called on the government to take steps to maintain market confidence as debt mounts during the outbreak.“The government must [provide assurances about its] fiscal strategy to raise revenue back to at least the 2018 level to flatten the debt curve,” said van Doorn.It should unwind “exceptional measures” taken to battle the pandemic after the virus subsides, including by reinstating the deficit ceiling of 3 percent of GDP and ending Bank Indonesia’s partial financing of the deficit, he added.Indonesia’s debt-to-GDP ratio will rise to 37 percent this year from 29.8 percent at the end of last year, van Doorn predicted.Indonesia’s economic futureThe government remains hopeful that the economy will not shrink sharply in the second quarter and will begin to recover in the subsequent quarters, said Finance Ministry Fiscal Policy Agency head Febrio Kacaribu on Thursday.“There is a possibility of a severe economic crisis and recession. We are currently revising the state budget to ensure that negative growth does not happen,” Febrio told reporters.Indonesia’s economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the weakest since 2001, as household spending and investment growth slowed in response to the outbreak.The World Bank now expects zero percent growth for Indonesia if large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) last for two months amid a severe global economic slowdown and falling commodity prices. Under the organization’s worst-case scenario, which allows for four months of PSBB, Indonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5 percent.Topics : Indonesia’s 2020 budget deficit will widen further to accommodate a larger stimulus package announced on June 3, but economists and business representatives say it will still not be enough to prevent the economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said she expected the budget deficit to swell to 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), an increase from earlier estimates of 6.27 percent in May and 5.01 percent at the end of March.The state budget to fight COVID-19 is now Rp 677.2 trillion (US$48 billion), higher than the Rp 641.17 trillion allocation in May and the Rp 405.1 trillion initial allocation. This was the third alteration to the state budget in just over two months. The rapid changes underscore the ferocity with which the virus has torn through the economy.“We are hoping that this stimulus will keep our economic growth above zero percent,” Sri Mulyani said during the latest budget announcement on June 3. The government expects Indonesia’s GDP to grow by 2.3 percent this year under the baseline scenario or contract by 0.4 percent under the worst-case scenario.The government now expects the total state budget in 2020 to be 2.74 quadrillion. State revenue is expected to be Rp 1.69 quadrillion, leaving a budget deficit of about Rp 1.05 quadrillion. Debt financing is expected to swell to Rp 1.22 quadrillion this year to cover the widening budget deficit and to pay for the government’s investments, which will be covered mostly by the issuance of bonds.“We will treat the widening budget deficit carefully in terms of sustainability and financing,” Sri Mulyani added.
Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Feb 2019 11:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Rabiot stayed at PSG in January after a family tragedy (Picture: Getty)Tottenham fear Liverpool will hijack their move for Adrien Rabiot after Spurs narrowly missed out on signing the midfielder in January, reports say.Rabiot was on the verge of a switch to Tottenham from Paris Saint-Germain before his father died and his transfer plans took a backseat.Liverpool, Barcelona and Arsenal have been linked with Rabiot, while Manchester United are the latest Premier League side thought to be considering a move.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Mirror claim Spurs believe they are in danger of losing Rabiot to either Liverpool or Barcelona in the summer, despite coming so close to signing him in a £20million deal last month.AdvertisementAdvertisementRabiot is thought to favour a move to Liverpool over Tottenham, and could be convinced to snub Spurs so he can work under Jurgen Klopp.PSG are furious to have missed out on a fee for Rabiot in January as the 23-year-old will now run down his contract and leave a free agent at the end of the season. Tottenham concerned Liverpool will lure Adrien Rabiot away from Spurs transfer Rabiot is a free agent in the summer (Picture: Getty)Rabiot has even been suspended by PSG for refusing to sign a new deal and has not played since December for the French side.Tottenham see Rabiot as a major target and were keen to end their transfer drought by signing the Frenchman.Spurs have not added any new additions to their squad in the last two transfer windows and expect a battle for Rabiot at the end of the season.MORE: Jurgen Klopp and James Milner heap praise on Georginio Wijnaldum after Liverpool win Advertisement Advertisement Comment
Chris Smalling wants to stay with AS Roma. Smalling The England defender is on a season-long loan with the Giallorossi from Manchester United, where he has rebuilt his career this term. Corriere dello Sport says Smalling has now informed both clubs he wishes to stay with Roma next season.Advertisement Indeed, the stopper has told Roma he’d be willing to accept a hefty pay-cut to help smooth negotiations. Read Also:Smalling heartbroken as beloved dog killed by mystery poisoner For their part, United are upping their valuation for Smalling from an original £10-12m to now £25m. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Best Tarantino Movie Yet10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Best Cars Of All Time15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple Mistake9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Loading…
Indianapolis, Ind. — Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has been named to serve on the bipartisan Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity. President Donald Trump formed the committee Thursday through an executive order and appointed Vice President Mike Pence to be the chairman.The committee will be made up of 15 members appointed by the president with experience with election operations, fraud detection and voter integrity efforts. The mission of the group will be to study the federal registration and election process.The committee will advise the president on strategies and practices to increase confidence in federal elections, identify rules and policies that undermine voter confidence and isolate vulnerabilities in the voter registration and the voting process.
O’Mahony trained on Tuesday as he continues his recovery from hamstring trouble suffered against England. The Munster captain is another who will be reassessed on Thursday. Plumtree conceded the call on Sexton will come down to Thursday’s session. “I think he’ll be pretty good for the weekend, just as long as Joe [Schmidt] makes that call on Thursday, and I think that’s positive news,” said Plumtree. “It looks like the scan is clear, so again it’s just how that thumb feels. “I guess there are certain aspects of the game, like tackling and grappling that will give it a true test. “So we’ll give all that a bit of test on Thursday.” Fly-half Sexton is now expected to be fit for selection for Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy in Dublin on Saturday. Ireland assistant coach Plumtree revealed the latest scans on Sexton’s thumb problem show no lasting damage. The Racing Metro playmaker must prove his full recovery in “tackling and grappling” on Thursday, said Plumtree. Sexton damaged his thumb in Ireland’s 13-10 defeat to England at Twickenham on Saturday, February 22. Racing Metro last week predicted the former Leinster star could miss between 10 days and six weeks, with Ireland bosses quickly downplaying that estimation. Sexton took part in Ireland’s training session on Tuesday, and could now be fully fit in line with the IRFU timescale, not Racing’s wide-ranging suggestions. “Jonny trained today and he did really well,” said Plumtree. “He was sort of in and out with Paddy [Jackson] and Mads [Ian Madigan], so we’ll make that final call on Thursday but he didn’t look in too much discomfort at all.” Sexton’s fitness will prove a moot point if head coach Joe Schmidt chooses to rest him in any case, with one eye on a potential title-decider in France on Saturday, March 15. Schmidt has already admitted he could opt to give several regulars a breather against the Azzurri, with flanker Peter O’Mahony falling into the same category. Johnny Sexton will face the “true test” of fitness on his thumb ligament problem in Ireland’s training session on Thursday, according to John Plumtree. Press Association