Challenges loom to maintain staple food supply until Idul Fitri: Economists

first_img“If rice production in April and May is according to [the ministry’s] estimation, the surplus could be a reality. But once again, the surplus pattern always fluctuates throughout the year as it follows the development of the harvest field area and added production,” he said.He added that national rice prices, which hovered at around Rp 11,750 per kg to Rp 11,900 per kg in 2020, were not reflected in the February inflation as its prices have remained stagnant since the start of the year. This is despite the current price exceeding its ceiling price, which ranges between Rp 9,950 and Rp 11,085 per kg, depending on the province.The increase in garlic prices, among other commodities, led to an increase in headline inflation instead to 2.98 percent in February from 2.68 percent in January. Indonesia recorded a benign inflation rate in March as the government’s measures to maintain food prices remain in check but eggs, onions and sugar prices still spiked during the month, BPS data showed on Thursday.Yet even with the expected surplus, the average price of garlic nationwide was still at Rp 45,350 per kilogram on Friday or double the usual price of Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000 per kg, according to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS). However, the price has slightly fallen from what was above Rp 50,000 per kg in mid-February.Sugar prices sat at Rp 18,150 per kg on Friday, exceeding the price ceiling of Rp 12,500 per kg since January as import realizations were late. Bird’s eye chili declined to Rp 44,300 per kg on Thursday from around Rp 50,000 per kg in mid-January and mid-February.Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) researcher Felippa Ann Amanta also calls the data “very optimistic”, considering how COVID-19 has disrupted the agriculture sector. She added that the current large-scale restrictions could potentially disrupt logistics for distribution, threatening food availability.“If we don’t control the coronavirus spread immediately, it is also possible to have labor shortages in the supply chain, which then would hamper food security,” she said.Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Rusli Abdullah said the tightening restrictions would also prevent many workers in Jakarta from going home to their rural areas to work during peak harvest season, delaying production.The government has remained adamant so far. The Trade Ministry said in a statement on March 25 that the average prices of rice, cooking oil, wheat flour, soy, chicken egg and red onions were “relatively stable” as of March 24. It also noted that chicken meat, curly red chili and large red chili prices decreased compared to the previous month.The Agriculture Ministry echoed the sentiment on Friday. “We have assured today that 11 staple foods are ready and under control to fulfill needs. Three commodities that faced problems, including sugar, garlic and brown onion, are now at a safe level,” Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said during a visit to a warehouse, as quoted by a press release.Topics : Economists are warning against roadblocks that will endanger the supply of staple food and push up prices as the Ramadan and Idul Fitri holiday season approaches and the coronavirus still grips the country.Agriculture Ministry data indicates that there is a large enough supply of basic commodities until Ramadan and even a surplus of them, despite concerns over supply disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Agriculture observers, however, are skeptical about the data. University of Lampung (Unila) agricultural economics professor Bustanul Arifin said people’s stockpiling behavior as a response to stricter social restrictions combined with the actual supply figure in the field would soon push up prices. “Don’t play around with the staple food supply. Don’t let it be empty,” he warned.Bustanul’s words reiterate numerous calls to ensure there is a sufficient supply of staple goods during the Ramadan and Idul Fitri holiday season when demand for food increases sharply. Ramadan is expected to begin on April 24, yet prices have risen well in advance despite a projected surplus until May.Among other commodities, the Agriculture Ministry data indicated that rice is expected to have a surplus of 8.35 million tons by May while the surplus for garlic will reach 263,851 tons for garlic, 584,709 tons for sugar and 68,904 tons for bird’s eye chili, among other commodities.However, Bustanul said the government had overestimated the rice surplus. His analysis showed a monthly deficit of about 1.08 million tons in February, bringing down rice stock from 4.26 million tons in January to 3.18 tons in February. He projected the supply in March will reach 3.97 million tons with an added production of 0.79 tons.last_img read more

Chart of the Week: Auto-enrolment boosts UK pension coverage

first_imgEmployees with workplace pensions (%)Chart MakerIn 1997, at the start of the ONS’ data series, 55.2% of workers in the private sector had some form of pension savings. The majority were members of a defined benefit (DB) scheme (45.7%), while defined contribution (DC) plans accounted for just 8.7%.By 2012, DB coverage had fallen to 29.4% of the workforce, but DC was still just 8.4%. In the intervening period, use of group stakeholder and group personal pensions – alternative versions of traditional DC plans – grew their market share to collectively account for 11.6% of private sector workers.Since the introduction of auto-enrolment, DB membership as a proportion of the private sector workforce has fallen gradually to 27.8%. In contrast, regular DC plans now account for 25.9%, and group personal and group stakeholder arrangements have 20.9%.Types of pension among UK employees with workplace pensions, 2018 (%)Chart MakerChris Connelly, propositions and solutions director at administration provider Equiniti, highlighted that “perhaps the most transformational element” of auto-enrolment was the increase in coverage for younger workers. People aged at least 22 and earning at least £10,000 (€11,560) are eligible for auto-enrolment.“Once again it was the youngest who saw the biggest rise in participation with a six percentage point increase in scheme membership for 22-29 year olds – in total, 79% now have a workplace pension,” Connelly said.“Obviously with minimum contributions starting to rise, hopefully people are now starting to see the long-term value in a pension pot and will not opt out. With great new innovations like the pensions dashboard looming into view, it is heartening that the industry is not standing by and admiring the success of auto-enrolment, but putting a framework in place that will help people value what they have and seek to save more.”Further readingAuto-enrolment grows globallyA growing number of countries are planning to reduce the strain placed on public finances of providing pensions to ever more retirees by encouraging individuals to make more adequate provision for their own retirementAuto-enrolment: A call for clarityThe UK government should set out its long-term policy on auto-enrolment contributions with a view to increasing the overall level, argues Jenny Condron, chair of the Association of Consulting Actuaries Data published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week has revealed that the introduction of auto-enrolment in 2012 has led to the proportion of workers saving in a workplace pension increasing by more than half.From 6 April this year, minimum contributions for employers into auto-enrolment plans rose to 3% from 2% of salary, while employees must now pay 5%, up from 3%.In 2012, when the first major UK companies were compelled to enrol full-time employees into a pension scheme, the ONS said 49.8% of the UK private sector workforce had some form of occupational pension savings. By the end of last year, this proportion had risen to 76.2%, according to the statistics bureau.last_img read more

Boskalis Kicks Off Peterhead Harbor Dredging

first_imgImage source: McLaughlin&HarveyA joint venture between Boskalis Westminster and McLaughlin & Harvey has begun dredging at Peterhead Harbor.Overall, the £50 million worth North Harbor development project includes strengthening and deepening of quay walls within the port as well as 430,556sqft land reclamation with revetment, widening of the harbor entrance, and demolition works.According to the Peterhead Harbor, the development project will fully address the dual need for fishing vessel deep-water berthing in the extensive North Harbor.In order to allow the inner harbor floors to be dredged from -3.2m to -6.5m chart datum (CD), the existing quay walls are being strengthened using an innovative ‘RD Piling’ solution developed in Scandinavia.This system has been tailored to suit the specific requirements at Peterhead as a result of close collaboration between McLaughlin & Harvey and RPS Consulting Engineers, Peterhead Port’s design engineers.Boskalis Westminster will undertake this rock dredging project utilizing its large backhoe dredger, the MP 40.last_img read more

Capitol allots P150M to prov’l school board

first_img* Jose Marie Bedro representing thenon-academic personnel of public schools * Vice Gov. Christine Garin, thechairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalwigan’s Committee on Education ILOILO – The Iloilo Provincial SchoolBoard (IPSB) has a budget of P150 million this year. The IPSB has been reorganized.Defensor as governor is the board chairman. His co-chair is Dr. Roel Bermejo,superintendent of schools. The members are: * Engr. John Arcosa, president of theFederated Parents-Teachers and Community Association/PN * Jean Maire Umadhay, provincialtreasurer “This year the governor wants theutilization of the IPBS budget maximized,” said Mamon. * Provincial Board member Ma. AngelicaBianca Requinto, president of the provincial federation of the SangguniangKabataancenter_img Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. approved theallocation which is P50 million higher than the board’s 2019 budget of P100million. Provincial Administrator SuzetteMamon, secretary of the IPSB, said the 2020 budget would be used to improvepublic school buildings and facilities, procure learning materials andequipment, install potable water systems in schools, and purchase sportsequipment. The goal, according to Mamon, is toimprove the quality of education in Iloilo’s public schools. Iloilo Provincial Capitol. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * Rogelio Esguerra, representing theIloilo Public School Teachers’ Association In 2019, only P30 million of the IPBS’P100-million was utilized. One factor was the “banning” during the electionperiod, said Mamon.last_img read more

Cardinals Split Games With Panthers

first_imgThe St. Louis 7th grade boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker to thevisiting St. Lawrence Panthers 32-31 at home Monday evening.CJ Grote and Cayden Pohlman pulled much of the load with Abe Streator defending low post attacks most of the game. Streator was high scorer followed by Thomas Raver, Cody Mohr and CJ Grote. A couple steals by Adam Vogelsang and big offensive rebounds by Ryan Reder kept the game close and with St. Louis controlling the ball. However, the last few shot attempts and stickbacks by the home team wouldn’t fall to give the Cardinals the thrilling last second win with which they were looking.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.The St Louis 8th grade Cardinals defeated the visiting St. Lawrence Panthers 34-8 last nite at the St. Louis Activity Center.It was 8th grade night for St. Louis and the team turned in a solid performance both offensively and defensively as they held the Panthers to eight points for the game and eight players for the Cardinals made it into the scoring column.The team had a balanced scoring attack consisting of Tyler Kuntz with 1, Kurt Siefert 8, Riley Schebler 3, Jack Forbeck 3, Andrew Oesterling 2, Lletyon Ratcliffe 5, Will Freeland 7, and Sam Voegele had 6.  Defensively the team was led by Karson Macke on the inside and Jacob “Weasty” Wuestefeld on the perimeter.The Cardinals play on the road Tuesday against South Dearborn and return home and play South Ripley on Thursday.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Orgy shame footballers say sorry

first_img “It’s especially disappointing given the efforts the owners are going to to ensure we’re a popular club in Thailand.” The players could face the sack after the club announced it will carry out an investigation into the scandal. A Leicester City spokesman said: “The Board of Leicester City Football Club is deeply concerned about an incident involving three of our young professionals during a recent trip to Thailand. “Our players at every level are expected to behave as representatives and ambassadors for our football club, both on official club duty and in their personal lives, so we treat their conduct extremely seriously. “Following a preliminary meeting in consultation with the three players earlier today, the players involved in the incident are now returning to the UK, in advance of the rest of the squad. “Tom Hopper, James Pearson and Adam Smith would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behaviour – to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club’s fans and to their families. “A formal process of investigation will be undertaken with the players in conjunction with their representatives and, as such, no further comment can be made at this stage.” He added: “Leicester City remains wholly committed to promoting equality in football and in wider society and to our players recognising their responsibilities as role models to young people.” All three players alleged to have been involved have taken down their Twitter profiles. Piara Powar, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), accused the stars of being “privileged young men” who are “exerting their power” over women and “demeaning them sexually and racially abusing them”. He added: “There is no point in pretending that videos like this aren’t made and shared all the time, but the arrogance of doing it while on a goodwill trip to the country of your owners, the people paying your salaries, is mind blowing. “The fact that they are Premier League footballers, and one of them is the manager’s son, means that there is a responsibility to behave, like it or not. “I hear Nigel Pearson takes a strong stance against discrimination. It’s a shame he hasn’t passed the message on to his players and even more of a shame his son doesn’t get it.” The scandal is a huge embarrassment for the club, which has campaigned against racism and is owned by a Thai billionaire family who have pumped millions into the club and building its fan base in the Far East. Nigel Pearson, is a patron of the charity Show Racism the Red Card, which uses the high profile football enjoys to campaign against racism. The side’s Thai owners, father and son Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, will also be angered by the revelations, which could damage the club’s close relationship with the country. Leicester have been in a “strategic, international partnership” with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for three years and the authority’s Amazing Thailand branding is on the back of team shirts. A number of Thai people have told of their outrage and called for the players to be sacked. An open letter on Leicester’s Facebook page posted by Papitchaya Gully and signed off as “Thai people” says they are “infuriated” at the video and calls for something “to be done”. Leicester said it is “deeply concerned” and has launched an investigation after the emergence of a video apparently showing three of its squad in the offensive video, in which a woman is called a “slit eye”. Defender James Pearson, 22 – the son of the club’s manager Nigel – striker Tom Hopper, 21, and goalkeeper Adam Smith, 22, all appear naked in the video, obtained by the Sunday Mirror. Press Association In a statement the club said the players “would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behaviour – to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club’s fans and to their families”. Fans and members of the Thai community have called for the trio to be sacked, and the players are flying back to the UK where they will be investigated by the Midlands club. The video appears to show the three men naked in a hotel room laughing and egging each other on while they make racist and crude remarks as Thai women engage in sex acts. One of the players also appears to call one of the women “minging – an absolute one out of 10” as his friends laugh. The club is owned by Thai billionaires and the shocking video was reportedly filmed while players were touring the country celebrating staying up in football’s top flight. It is alleged the trio shared the explicit video with friends back in the UK. Today, fans told of their disgust on the fans forum FoxesTalk, where one posted: “Get rid of them, never getting near our squad anyway.” Another wrote: “Disgusting and inexcusable behaviour, exactly the sort of stuff that gives British tourists a bad name when we go abroad. Three shamed Premier League footballers who allegedly filmed themselves in an orgy in which a Thai woman was racially abused have apologised amid calls for them to be sacked.last_img read more

Nigeria Pitch Awards to Host Winners Next Month

first_imgOrganisers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards are set to host the 2015 Award Winners in an event in Lagos in November.The event which will have in attendance top officers of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and sport editors is billed to honour and celebrate the winners and formally present certificates and statuettes to those who were unavoidably absent at the award ceremony in Kaduna.The President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Philips, stated that organisers are constantly working to maintain the core values of integrity, credibility and transparency which have helped the football awards carve a niche for itself in Africa and to improve on the voting process and organisation of the award ceremony itself. He also stated that the annual award ceremony would henceforth hold on one of the International Match Days in the month of March especially on Super Eagles Match Days.“This will enable all members of the Super Eagles, football stakeholders and sports journalists to come together to celebrate all winners at the same time”, Philips said.Philips further reiterated the determination of the organisers to stage award ceremonies which will guarantee the presence of award winners stressing that this was the key reason the ceremonies would hold on match days.He said, however, ‘ nomination and voting would commence in December every year because by then, the NPFL would be over and voters would have had one full year to assess the foreign based players’.“As organisers, we are proud of the great work that Shehu Dikko, Nduka Irabor and the entire staff of League Management Company have done to revive our domestic league,” he commended.“The attendance in the final match between Rangers and El Kanemi is an indication of the success the LMC has achieved with our domestic league.“The match recorded an unprecedented attendance of 48, 000 spectators and 3.5 million TV viewership.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse struggling with service errors despite recent wins

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Santita Ebangwese served the ball out of bounds. Instead of crippling North Carolina State, it led to another wasted opportunity in the first set in the Sept. 25 matchup.Head coach Leonid Yelin quickly pulled the middle blocker out of the game. After she was pulled with Syracuse down, 15-8, the team didn’t recover and lost that set, 25-15, and eventually the game.It continued what Yelin called a “painful” learning process that began after the team’s second game of the season against Colgate.Since that game, the team is 5-11 and has won four conference games, but its serving problem has persisted. SU (5-13, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) is in the middle of its longest road stretch of the year. The team has struggled to serve the ball consistently.The team has averaged 7.2 service errors per game on the season and have out-errored their opponents 130-119.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYelin compared serving the ball to taking free throws in basketball. Players practice dribbling and taking deep breaths as they prepare to hit the ball to the opponent. However, even with practice, the execution is still lacking.“It’s still more kind of mental,” Yelin said. “(You have to) hold yourself accountable for mistakes (when) you do it. It’s different form the club (teams) and high school when it’s mistake ‘it’s OK.’ (At) the college level it’s not OK.”In four of the five games SU has won, it has had at least six service errors. Service errors have contributed to some of the Orange’s losses. Early in the season against then-No. 17 Penn State with Syracuse trailing, 23-22, a service error at the end of the first set by Dana Valelly led to a brief meltdown that led to a lost set. Syracuse never came as close to winning a set again and lost that game 3-0.Syracuse beat Boston College 3-1, on Sept. 23 despite a season-high 16 service errors. Libero Belle Sand echoed Yelin after the N.C. State game and said practicing is the only way to improve serves as a team.“We need to practice (serves) like we would in a game and I feel like that’s our hardest stepping-stone,” Sand said. “… It’s hard to put that (in-game) pressure on yourself because no one wants to feel that pressure.”According to outside hitter Mackenzie Weaver watching film, as well as receiving pointers from her mother, a former assistant at Ohio State, has helped her improve her serve.“After the games, she’s like ‘try this next time or try this next time,” Weaver said.After watching the film on ESPN, she noticed what shots she or her teammates missed and what caused the miss. Sometimes it was lack of communication or being too quick. Most times it was a lack of velocity because of foot placement.“If your feet are (around a foot far apart) you can’t get off the ground,” Weaver explained. “You have to keep your feet tight together like you’re taking an approach.”As the team takes on correcting each issue, the ultimate goal is to improve steadily while still going back to the basics of the serve.“You can’t go back there and think “I’m going to get an ace’,” Sand said. “… You kind of gotta start small and not aim too big, because that’s where you get errors.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse drops in AP Poll; Mangakahia advances on 2 national award watchlists

first_imgSyracuse (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) dropped one spot to No. 16 in the AP Poll announced on Monday. The Orange were dominated by then-No. 2 Louisville on Feb. 7 for their third loss in five games. Sunday, SU rebounded with a blowout win of Boston College.On Monday, it was also released that Orange point guard Tiana Mangakahia is one of 30 players on the Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy Midseason Team. The junior is averaging 15.0 points, 8.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game with four double-doubles. The four finalists will be named during the Women’s Final Four in early March.Mangakahia was also named to the 2019 Nancy Lieberman Award watchlist, which recognizes the top point guard in NCAA Division I women’s college basketball. SU’s Australian-guard is the only ACC point guard on the list. Mangakahia is third in the nation in total assists (198), while ranking second in assists per game. She also leads the ACC in free throw percentage (.886).SU hosts No. 12 North Carolina State on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on February 11, 2019 at 3:45 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Europa League: Pepe double rescues Arsenal in 3-2 win over Guimaraes

first_imgSubstitute Nicolas Pepe rescued Arsenal with two sublime free-kicks in the last 10 minutes of their Europa League group game against Vitoria Guimaraes at Emirates Stadium.Arsenal were losing 2-1 when Pepe came on in the 75th minute and he scored five minutes later with a curling effort from 25 yards.He repeated the feat in stoppage time as Arsenal avoided their second straight defeat and retained their place at the top of Group F.Former Tottenham youngster Marcus Edwards had earlier cut inside and fired into the bottom corner to give Vitoria a shock lead, before Arsenal’s Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli nodded in his fifth goal in just his third start to make it 1-1.Bruno Duarte restored the visitors’ lead on 36 minutes, pouncing on a rebound to send Arsenal into the half-time break a goal behind.The Gunners, who were poor for large patches of the game, burst into life in the final 10 minutes as Martinelli was denied from close range before Rob Holding’s header was well held by the goalkeeper.Arsenal manager Unai Emery made 10 changes from the side that lost to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday but was forced to bring on Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos at half-time, before Pepe made the difference.Pepe heroics – the start of something?There was huge excitement this summer when Arsenal signed Ivory Coast winger Pepe from Lille for a club record fee of £72m.He showed glimpses of brilliance against Liverpool on his first Premier League start in August and picked up an assist in the following game against Tottenham.But the winger has been largely underwhelming and needed to make an impression from the bench in this European tie.And that is exactly what he did, curling both set-pieces past a helpless Miguel Silva to give Arsenal another three points in the group, as they maintained their 100% record in the competition this season. Source: BBClast_img read more