Brussels forces policy rewrite

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USA beats Canada 3-0 in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying final

first_imgThe United States beats Canada 3-0 on Sunday in the final of the CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying tournament, a last formality for the team that booked its 2020 Tokyo berth with semi-final victory.The World Cup champion United States had punched its ticket to Tokyo with a 4-0 victory over Mexico, while Canada secured its spot with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica.With North American bragging rights on the line, Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe scored for the United States, who is unbeaten in 28 games. They didn’t conceded a goal in five tournament matches, outscoring opponents 25-0.”I think this is our expectation, we go into every tournament with the pressure to win,” said Christen Press. “The most important thing is to qualify. We’re super-excited, we’re proud of ourselves for that and then to top it off with this game is excellent for us.”Press fired a shot off the crossbar in the 32nd minute and Canadian striker Christine Sinclair’s shot six minutes later was stopped by US keeper Alyssa Naeher.Williams broke the stalemate in the 60th minute, seizing upon an error by Canada’s Jayde Riviere and firing into the upper corner. Horan made it 2-0 in 71st and Rapinoe, subbed in in the 62nd minute, capped the scoring in the 87th with an easy finish against a clearly flagging Canadian side.The United States has played in every Olympics since women’s football was added to the program in 1996.The team has won four gold medals, but is out for redemption after being knocked out of the quarter-finals by Sweden in Rio in 2016.Canada, meanwhile, will be gunning for a third straight podium finish in Tokyo, after earning bronze in London in 2012 and Rio.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Jokowi promises Microsoft simple regulation for data center investment

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has promised United States-based technology company Microsoft it will create a simple regulation to allow the tech giant to invest in a data center in the country.“Microsoft would like to immediately invest in Indonesia, so we will decide within a week to issue a simple regulation to support investment in a data center,” Jokowi said after a meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Jakarta on Thursday.The decision to issue a new regulation was made as the House of Representatives’ deliberation of a data protection bill continues to lag. The bill mandates the formation of an independent data protection authority (DPA) to monitor and analyze personal data usage by corporations. The DPA must also ensure data regulations do not interfere with technological developments.Read also: Google, Facebook to set up data centers in Indonesia: MinisterThe President said Nadella wanted to push the country’s businesses to be more efficient and effective in line with the government’s vision.“We predict that [businesses] will continue improving after the development of our telecommunication infrastructure, namely the Palapa Ring,” said Jokowi, referring to a billion-dollar fiber optic development project to connect all corners of the country.He explained that the government would continue improving internet network across the country, adding that the development of the country’s digital economy was crucial to boost the marketing of local products.Indonesia’s digital economy is expected to dominate Southeast Asia, with its market expected to triple in value to US$130 billion by 2025 from $40 billion in 2019, according to the annual e-Conomy Southeast Asia study published last year by American tech giant Google, Singaporean holding company Temasek and management consulting firm Bain & Company. (awa)Topics :last_img read more

In drastic step, Italy bishops cancel weekday Masses in coronavirus areas

first_imgItaly’s bishops on Thursday ordered that Masses not be held during the week in churches in areas of the north of the country affected by the coronavirus outbreak, a step believed to be unprecedented.It was believed to be the first time such a draconian step had been taken in Italy, the European country worst hit so far by the coronavirus outbreak. Masses were not even cancelled when the plague struck Milan in the 17th century.A statement from the bishops conference said Masses would not be held from Monday to Saturday in churches in the Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna region as well as in the provinces of Savona in the Liguria region and Pesaro and Urbino in the Marche region. The statement did not mention Masses on Sunday, when according to Church teaching Catholics are obliged to attend Mass unless they are ill.The move comes during the season of Lent, where more Catholics go to weekday Mass than at other times during the year.The Italian government has ordered the closure of cinemas and theatres and has told Italians not to shake hands or hug each other. Schools and universities have been closed until March 15.The death toll from coronavirus in Italy stood at 107 on Wednesday while the accumulative number of cases totaled almost 3,090.Several conferences that were to have taken place in the next few months with the participation of Pope Francis have been postponed.The Vatican has said the 83-year-old pope, who cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy, is currently suffering from a cold that is “without symptoms related to other pathologies”.Topics :last_img read more

‘We don’t want people to panic’: Jokowi says on lack of transparency about COVID cases

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has admitted that he was deliberately holding back some information on COVID-19 cases to prevent the public from panicking. “Indeed, we did not deliver certain information to the public because we did not want to stir panic. We have worked hard to overcome this, since the novel coronavirus outbreak can happen regardless of the country border,” Jokowi said on Friday.He assured the public that his administration had tried its best to overcome the pandemic through several measures. He also told the public to remain calm and vigilant. Read also: COVID-19: Mr. President, you need professional help“We will inform the public eventually. However, we have to think of the possibility that the public will react to it by panicking or worrying, as well as the effect on the recovered patients. Every country has different policies,” Jokowi said, adding that he would inform the public whenever a new cluster appeared. The government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 Achmad Yurianto announced that the number of confirmed cases had risen to 69 on Friday. As of now, four patients have died due to the disease, while five patients have recovered. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMSurakarta administration battles to keep beloved cultural site public

first_imgGoogle Forgot Password ? Linkedin Log in with your social account Topics : The administration of Surakarta in Central Java has vowed to keep the Sriwedari Park complex, one of the city’s most beloved historical sites, open to the public amid a messy legal battle over land rights.Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo vowed to keep fighting to keep Sriwedari a public space, as he has reason to believe it won’t be spared once it falls into private hands.The Surakarta District Court moved to conclude a drawn-out land ownership dispute over the Sriwedari complex by ordering the restoration of rights to the descendants of the heir, RMT Wirjodiningrat, based on a 2016 Supreme Court ruling. The court ordered to seize and vacate the land on Feb. 21, reigniting a dispute that has persisted since 1970.Rudy’s administration will be working with the prosecutor’s office as the city’s legal counsel to persuade the legal … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook surakarta heritage-sites land-dispute Sriwedari-Parklast_img read more

Fisherman in East Java arrested for catching protected dolphins

first_img“Fishermen know where to catch dolphins or mackerel fish,” he said. “If we only found one or two dolphins, we may have believed him. However, we found nine.”Eva said the police would investigate further to discover whether there was a black market of protected animals operating along the southern coast of Tulungagung.The police also arrested Febri, a fish trader accused of buying the dolphins from Sunar. According to the police, Febri paid Rp 5,000 (32 US cents) per kilogram for the dolphins. Each dolphin weighed about 30 kg.Febri is accused of selling the dolphins at a market on Sine Beach, about 30 kilometers south of Tulungagung.A 1990 law on natural resources conservation law restricts all people from catching protected species. Anyone convicted of violating the law faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, as well as a fine of Rp 100 million. (kuk)Topics : Tulungagung Police in East Java arrested a fisherman for catching nine long-beaked common dolphins from the sea to be sold to a local fish trader.The dolphin is included in the list of protected plants and animals in a 2018 environment and forestry ministerial regulation.The suspect, identified as Sunar, 49, was apprehended at his home in Sine hamlet, Kalidawir district in Tulungagung on Friday. A few hours earlier, investigators seized nine dead dolphins from a trader at a nearby fish market. Their fins had already been butchered.”I didn’t mean to catch dolphins. I found them dead, entangled in my fishing nets,” Sunar told journalists during a press briefing at the Tulungagung Police headquarters on Saturday.Read also: How you can help conserve Indonesia’s endangered speciesTulungagung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Eva Guna Pandia said the police had gathered sufficient evidence they believed indicated that the fisherman had intentionally hunted dolphins.last_img read more

Fed aims ‘bazooka’ at coronavirus to backstop economy

first_img“It’s their bazooka moment,” said Russell Price, chief economist at Ameriprise Financial Services in Troy, Michigan. “It’s their ‘we’ll do whatever it takes’ moment which should be a sign to financial markets and investors that the Fed will provide any and all liquidity necessary to support the economy through this period.”Under the new programs, the Fed will lend against student loans, credit card loans, and US government backed-loans to small businesses, and buy bonds of larger employers and make loans to them in what amounts to four years of bridge financing.Nearly a third of the US population is subject to new rules that close non-essential businesses and discourage people from leaving their homes in order to slow the spread of the virus. Hundreds of thousands of people have already filed for unemployment insurance in California alone, the state’s governor said at the weekend, and many analysts are projecting declines in economic output next quarter that are far worse than the steepest drop during the Great Recession.A Reuters poll of economists estimated initial jobless claims rose an astounding 1 million last week, and some believe the number could be higher. The US Federal Reserve on Monday rolled out an extraordinary new array of programs aimed at blunting the “severe disruptions” to the economy caused by the coronarvirus outbreak, backstopping an unprecedented range of credit for households, small businesses and major employers.In a series of actions the Fed agreed to historical measures that would see it for the first time back the purchases of corporate bonds and direct loans to companies, expand its asset holding by as much as needed to stabilize financial markets, and roll out “soon” a program to get credit to small and medium-sized business.It marks both a massive intervention into the US economy by the central bank, and an quickly conceived move to adapt to the fact that the US economy may need to shut its doors to keep people safe. Stocks initially rose, then fell after the Fed announcement. US Treasury yields ticked higher.The move helped lower risk premiums in key corporate credit markets that have been disrupted in the outbreak, analysts said.In a statement the Fed said the effort, approved unanimously by members of the Federal Open Market Committee, was taken because “it has become clear that our economy will face severe disruptions” as a result of the health crisis.“This is the Fed’s all-out effort to ensure that the business sector and households can continue on,” said Sam Bullard, senior economist for Wells Fargo Securities.“The Fed is doing everything they can” to keep markets functioning smoothly after economic activity was disrupted, he said “We take this as a huge easing.”Republicans and Democrats failed over the weekend to reach a deal on a $1 trillion-plus coronavirus stimulus package.“We’ve known that the magnitude of help needed has been massive and growing for days now,” said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst of Bankrate. “The Federal Reserve continues to do all it can to keep markets operating. Now, the spotlight is on elected leaders to do their jobs as well.”Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: TNI, ACT to distribute aid to affected residents in parts of Greater Jakarta

first_imgThe Indonesian Military (TNI) and humanitarian organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) are set to distribute up to 1,000 tons of rice and 1,000 boxes of drinks for residents affected by the coronavirus outbreak in capital Jakarta and neighboring Tangerang, Depok and Bekasi within the next one month.In the first stage, they are to give out 70 tons of rice packed in 5-kilogram sacks and some 600-milliliter bottles of water to people living in, among others, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, Pulau Gadung, East Jakarta, Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, Kebun Jeruk, West Jakarta, Pademangan, North Jakarta, Legok, Tangerang and Bantar Gebang, Bekasi.Military personnel and volunteers with ACT would hand-distribute the assistance from door to door, Antara reported. Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic move”Hopefully, our contribution can ease the burden of the public. We also hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon,” TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said in a statement read out by his aide, Lt. Gen. Joni Supriyanto, at the TNI headquarters on Wednesday.He said he also appreciated the help from ACT in channeling the aid. “It’s time for us to unite and support each other.”Aside from the food assistance, the military also planned to donate 25,000 face masks and 10,000 packages of hand sanitizer as many people nationwide faced shortages of such items essential for preventing COVID-19 transmission.As of Thursday — a month since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the country’s first two confirmed cases — a total of 1,790 people in Indonesia have been infected by the disease, with 170 fatalities, according to the government’s official count.Jakarta had half of the cases with 897 confirmed infections and 90 fatalities. (vny)Topics :last_img read more