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COVID-19 aid stalled, used for political stunts

first_imgWhile millions of people out of work are depending on the arrival of social assistance to weather the COVID-19 crisis, bureaucrats have dragged their feet in the distribution process and have even taken the opportunity to boost their popularity among voters.The distribution of food packages and cash assistance is lagging outside of Jakarta as many regencies and cities continue to gather data about their poor populations, a problem that economists warned about.In Central Java, Klaten Regent Sri Mulyani faced criticism for putting her image on bottles of hand sanitizer in aid packages sponsored by the Social Affairs Ministry. She is seeking a second term in office in the regional elections scheduled to take place in December.Sri denied that it was her choice to put stickers of her likeness on the bottles of hand sanitizer, saying that the aid packages were distributed with those of other institutions, including the regency administration and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).“The aid from the social ministry was limited. More packages came from us. I personally also gave out hand sanitizer,” said the PDI-P politician. Sri said the stickers might have been placed on the bottles by people who wanted to tarnish her image.Read also: ‘Omnipresent’ Klaten Regent Sri Mulyani draws mockery About 24.8 million Indonesians, 9.22 percent of the population, are considered poor, living on under US$1 a day, Statistics Indonesia data shows. According to a World Bank report titled Aspiring Indonesia, more than 60 million Indonesians are at risk of falling into poverty.The central government has gradually implemented physical distancing across the country under large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) over the past month. It is also carrying out social assistance programs to help underprivileged communities endure the social and economic difficulties of the restrictions.The government has set aside Rp 110 trillion ($7.49 billion) for social safety net programs, including for the expansion of existing programs like the Family Hope Program (PKH) under the Social Affairs Ministry’s Integrated Data on Social Welfare (DTKS) and other forms of social aid and cash transfers for those who are not in the database.Problems have emerged in tracking down those who are not on the list. Some poor families have complained about not receiving packages while nearby well-off neighborhoods reportedly had.In Batam, Riau Islands, Mayor Muhammad Rudi said many residents had not received the aid. He told them to report to their subdistrict and district heads and promised them that help would arrive soon.“We will provide more packages. For instance, today [Sunday] I received 1,000 food packages. I will give them to those who have not received them,” he said, adding that he would prioritize the poor.  The NasDem Party politician said the city administration did not have enough money to enforce social restrictions on the island, which is located next to Singapore.Regions implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) (JP/Hengky Wijaya)In East Java, in addition to the social aid that is set to be distributed to 5.91 million families, the local administration will give Rp 100,000 to each family for three months. However, Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said municipalities and regencies in the province had not yet submitted the names of recipients.In Jakarta, the country’s COVID-19 epicenter, there were reports that several companies that the government had appointed to help pack staple foods for distribution to affected families had experienced delays caused by a shortage of special bags printed with a message from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.Jakarta-owned food security company PT Food Station Tjipinang Jaya has been packing staple foods into red-and-white cloth bags with the printed message: “Aid from the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Together We Fight COVID-19.”One of the firm’s workers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said his company had received an order to pack 20,000 bags per day in mid-April but that it had not been meeting the daily target because of insufficient packaging.Read also: Staple food distribution hampered as bags with President’s message run short Governor Anies Baswedan said that about 1.6 percent of the packages meant for 1.2 million beneficiaries had been misallocated in the first phase of distribution, which ended on April 25.“They did not reach the beneficiaries because of a wrong address or a case where the recipient had died,” Anies said on Friday.The distribution of aid is currently on hold and will resume 10 days before Idul Fitri. Anies said the administration was updating its data to include more beneficiaries.SMERU researcher Luhur Bima said the government had shown some improvements in updating the list of beneficiaries from 2005, when the first cash transfer program was rolled out. However, a lack of human resources has made it challenging for the administration to achieve 100 percent accuracy on poverty data.“The data updating process is still not optimal. This causes confusion over who is eligible for the aid programs,” he told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.Donal Fariz of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) criticized the politicians who used the aid distribution for political gain, saying that it was tantamount to corruption.  “But even the Corruption Law cannot charge such attempts as a form of corruption, [unless] they occurred during the election,” he said.ICW coordinator Adnan Topan Husodo pointed out that the mass distribution of aid during the pandemic could trigger many illicit practices, from illegal levies to price gouging.“During an emergency situation like this, unfortunately, supervision is lacking,” Adnan said.Topics :last_img read more

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BLOG: State Police Served and Protected During Winter’s Worst

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 26, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img BLOG: State Police Served and Protected During Winter’s Worst Blizzard 2016,  The Blog,  Weather Safety Just like the National Guard and so many others, the Pennsylvania State Police went above and beyond to keep fellow Pennsylvanians and people from across the country safe during one of Pennsylvania’s worst winter storms in years, especially between Somerset and Bedford on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.Nearly 600 troopers worked statewide during the worst of the storm to keep Pennsylvanians, our communities and our roads safe.PA State Police helping get people unstuck on I-81 N at the Enola exit. @abc27News #27WinterAlert pic.twitter.com/NUexRkirIq— Justin Raub (@Justin_Raub) January 23, 2016At a backlog on the Turnpike, more than 40 state troopers helped and assisted at the interchanges and throughout the Somerset and Everett station’s patrol area.There, Pennsylvania’s finest took charge of the scene, pushed vehicles, assisted checking on stranded motorists, passed out food and water, and stayed vigilant for any medical emergencies.Our rescue. Many thanks to @PennDOTNews @PAStatePolice @PANationalGuard and local Fire & Rescue #jonasblizzard pic.twitter.com/m3MGaGWYyQ— Franciscan U (@FranciscanU) January 24, 2016State Police leaders at the scene relayed some incredible stories of individual and collective bravery and service. From their perspective and mine, those troopers on the scene went above and beyond the call of duty – just like they have time and again.Some troopers were outside of their vehicles for over 17 hours – even as the temperature dropped to well-below zero at times. One trooper took it upon himself to commandeer a front end loader and directed the operator to make a path through the backlog so they could get to passenger vehicles, work with the National Guard to dig them out and push them out and onto the road to exit.@KnOwensboro @PA_Turnpike @PAStatePolice @PennDOTNews @PANationalGuard Thank you from a NE Mom for helping our kids on MM 127 #MFL2016— SteveLisaMiller (@slkmbhusker) January 24, 2016Along the backlog, troopers carried pets and even a baby out of cars, through snow and over barriers, to get them into warm buses and to a shelter. Another trooper heard there was a driver with a diabetic condition in the backlog. The trooper gave them his lunch he packed earlier in the day before work. He then put a flare out and marked the driver’s location so they could be checked on throughout the incident.Shoutout to Trooper Hophey of @PAStatePolice for going out of his way to help us out of the snow near New Baltimore on the PA turnpike— Joshua Herman (@TheHermanator91) January 23, 2016The Captain of the local troop said that in his more than 26 years with the department, these were the worst conditions he ever witnessed his members having to work in, especially for so long. He said he never heard one complaint about the cold or long hours, and his troopers never slowed down.I know he is proud of his troopers and I could not be more proud myself. The State Police’s Call to Honor, includes the promise:“It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress, and at all times so conduct myself that the honor of the force may be upheld.”In situations like we saw on the Turnpike and across Pennsylvania during this blizzard, this call was tested and our troopers passed that test with the highest marks and I thank them for their selflessness and commitment to service.last_img read more

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Cherry eyes Nordic takeover with full buyout of ComeOn shares

first_img Related Articles Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share The governance of Cherry Gaming AB has confirmed that it has executed its right to acquire the remaining 51% of shares in European igaming operator ComeOn Malta (ComeOn).Last July, Cherry had acquired 49% of equity in ComeOn for a shares + cash combination valued at €80 million.Moving to buy ComeOn outright, Cherry governance detailed this morning that it had agreed to acquire all ComeOn assets for a maximum deal consideration of €280 million (initial €80 million deducted from purchase fee).The deal will see Cherry pay for the remaining 51% of equity in ComeOn through a combination of 40% new share issuance in Cherry AB and 60 per cent cash commitment. Cherry’s cash commitment is set at up to €135 million and will be issued with a rate of 104.5 of nominal amount corresponding to an annual coupon equivalent to 7.58 per cent.Cherry governance stated that the total purchase price for acquired assets was based on a multiple of 10x ComeOn’s operating profit (EBIT) for the full year 2016. Updating the market, Cherry stated that the deal had been approved by its investors, as the company seeks to expand its footprint within lucrative Nordic online gambling markets. Cherry governance further stated that once completed, its new group entity is expected to triple its revenues and become the third largest Nordics-focused private sector gaming company. Fredrik Burvall, President and CEO, Cherry commented on the acquisition. “We are very pleased to be able to now conclude the acquisition of ComeOn, which means that we considerably strengthen our position in the market. Together we will create an entrepreneurial-driven gaming company where both Cherry and ComeOn have significantly stronger organic growth than the market, and the acquisition improves the Group’s results considerably. This deal also means that Cherry iGaming will increase its revenues from sports betting. Cherry already has a unique income stream diversification from five different business areas along the gaming value chain”.Cherry will takeover all ComeOn multi-brand assets, which include  ComeOn.com, Mobilebet.com, CasintoStugan.com, MobilAutomaten.com, folkeautomaten.com, Suomikasino.com, GetLucky.com and Kasyno.plEnding its acquisition statement, Cherry expects that with the acquisition of ComeOn, it will generate total revenues for the full year 2017 of between SEK 2600 and SEK 2700 million with an EBITDA of SEK 550 to SEK 600 million.last_img read more