Jokowi must make case for lockdown as COVID-19 may spark social unrest: Report

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration must make the case for a lockdown in Indonesia as the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to overrun health systems and put a strain on the economy, which may lead to social unrest, according to a recent report by a London-based business consulting group, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).The report, released on Friday, casts a dark outlook over the country’s fight against the pandemic while also emphasizing the need for a lockdown to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. The group stated that Indonesia did not have enough resources and lacked the ability to contain the spread of COVID-19.“The possibility of social unrest is high. It is essential that the government makes the case for lockdowns with clarity, precision and sensitivity, or else a greater number of lives will be lost,” the report said. The EIU projected Indonesia’s health system to be overrun with cases, as access to intensive-care beds are limited while protective measures toward health workers remain insufficient.A leaked document obtained by The Jakarta Post on March 13 shows that, of the Health Ministry’s list of 132 COVID-19 referral hospitals, only 49 are “ready”. The document is the minutes of a meeting involving several institutions, including the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and the Health Ministry, on March 10.“As in many low- and middle-income countries, this lack of capacity is likely to raise the fatality rate. Health workers will also face higher risks than in some developed countries owing to a lack of protective equipment,” the report stated.On the economic front, the EIU projects COVID-19 to severely disrupt the Indonesian economy despite coordinated and swift responses from the government and Bank Indonesia (BI) to keep the economy afloat. Topics :center_img “The government and BI have so far provided a coordinated response, but a steep slowdown this year is certain. The economy will suffer deeply,” according to the report.Indonesia has allocated Rp 120 trillion (US$7.5 billion) from this year’s state budget for stimulus packages to cushion the economic impacts of the pandemic. The central government has also bought about Rp 163 trillion worth of government bonds to stabilize the country’s financial market.Despite such efforts, BI data recorded Rp 105.1 trillion in capital outflow as of Thursday, of which foreign investors dumped Rp 92.8 trillion worth of government bonds and Rp 8.3 trillion in stocks.The rupiah has weakened more than 15 percent against the dollar this year, touching Rp 16,000 per US dollar as of Friday, a level unseen since the 1998 crisis.The EIU also put a spotlight on the impact the COVID-19 will have on Ramadan and Idul Fitri, when the group predicts millions will be barred from going to their hometown during the holiday season’s annual exodus.“We believe that the government will be forced to restrict travel during Idul Fitri, if not before. This would be unprecedented, and a significant military and police presence could be required to maintain order,” the report said. (mpr)last_img read more

Trophy Stall on board with Rio Indoor Streetball championship

first_img… Tournament resumes today KNOWN for its unwavering support of sporting disciplines, Trophy Stall of Bourda Market became the latest entity to throw its support behind the inaugural Rio Indoor Street-ball championship, donating the playing vests which will be used by the competing teams during the tournament.The presentation occurred at the entity’s Bourda location. Speaking on behalf of the tournament coordinator Three Peat Promotions, Wayne Griffith stated, “We are elated for the timely support which will aid in making the tournament a success.”Trophy Stall is an entity that is synonymous with sport development at all levels, especially the community and grassroots levels through its esteemed proprietor Ramesh Sunich.“We are thankful for the contribution and will work to ensure that the sponsorship is used in a manner that reflects overall professionalism and commitment of the company towards sports.  We also look forward to maintaining this wonderful relationship for years to come.”The competition resumes today at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue with another round of matches.In the opening match, Kingston will oppose Melanie from 19:00hrs, while Tiger Bay battle Ol Skool Ballers from 19:30hrs and Spot-7 engage Back Circle at 20:00hrs.In the fourth match, Gold is Money will match skills with Island All-Stars from 20:30hrs while Future Stars take aim at Showstoppers from 21:00hrs and Sophia lock horns with Gaza Squad at 21:30hrs. In the final match, Bent Street will confront Avocado Ballers from 22:00hrs.The competition will continue on Saturday at the same venue. Island All-Stars will face-off with Gaza Squad from 19:00hrs, while Rio All-Stars oppose Spot-7 at 19:30hrs and Stabroek Ballers clash with Albouystown at 20:00hrs.In the fourth match, Avocado Ballers will oppose LA Ballers from 20:30hrs while BV tackle Bent Street at 21:00hrs and Gold is Money challenge horns with Sophia. In the final match, Sparta Boss face-off with Alexander Village from 22:00hrs.FixturesDay-3 Thursday, November 21Melanie vs Kingston – 19:00hrsTiger Bay vs Ol Skool – 19:30hrsSpot-7 vs Back Circle – 20:00hrsGold is Money vs Island All-Stars – 20:30hrsFuture Stars vs Showstoppers – 21:00hrsSophia vs Gaza Squad – 21:30hrsBent Street vs Avocado Ballers – 22:00hrs Day-4 Saturday, November 23Island All-Stars vs Gaza Squad – 19:00hrsRio All-Stars vs Spot-7 – 19:30hrsStabroek Ballers vs Albouystown-A – 20:00hrsAvocado vs LA Ballers – 20:30hrsBV vs Bent Street – 21:00hrsGold is Money vs Sophia – 21:30hrsSparta vs Alexander – 22:00hrslast_img read more

Five Ivy League Colleges jostle for Trinidadian teenager

first_imgFive U.S. Ivy League universities are lining up to enroll a brilliant 17-year-old Trinidadian youngster who has aced the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).The teen, Malcolm Reid has landed acceptance letters from five United States Ivy League universities, including the prestigious Harvard University.Reid, also known as “Jamieson”, will make his decision by April 25 on which university he will choose as he will spend the next couple weeks visiting the institutions and meeting the staff and alumni.Malcolm was also accepted into the College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University and Brown University.The young man migrated to the United States two and a half years ago.last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Flames’ Game 1 jerseys hold special significance

first_imgBut for the team from Alberta, there’s a cool reason for why — other than the fact these red and yellow sweaters are some of the coolest in the NHL.These are the same jerseys the team wore 30 years ago in the 1988-89 season. Related News That was the last — and only — time the Flames won a Stanley Cup.Calgary Flames jerseys tonight are 🔥🔥🔥. Sabres need to take note… pic.twitter.com/6y6dxCU6Yd— Wiscoy Headwaters (@The_Headwaters) April 12, 2019During that season the Flames finished with a 54-17-9 record, accumulating 117 points on the year.The Flames’ 107 points this season is the most the team has had since that year. So Calgary is doing all they can to bring about as much juju from that year as possible.The players are even doing their best to channel the facial hair of that season as forward Sam Bennett is rocking the Lanny McDonald mustache and looking pretty good with it in fact.Sam Bennett looking like a boss #flames pic.twitter.com/aqrF88MZqt— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) April 11, 2019The Flames received a tough draw in the first round by catching one of the hottest teams in the NHL via the Avalanche, but Calgary has home-ice advantage and one of the best lines in the league with Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm. So it can counter Colorado’s best which was one of the highest scoring units in the league. NHL playoffs 2019: Jets’ Mark Scheifele levels Blues goalie Jordan Binnington during first shift The Flames did something a little bit different for the first game of their playoff series with the Avalanche on Thursday.Calgary came out in their third alternate jerseys which are a fan favorite, but a bit of a surprise as teams don’t wear alternates all that often in postseason games, especially in openers.last_img read more