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first_imgA study by the 10 November Institute of Technology (ITS) in Surabaya shows that Indonesia’s sea transportation sector has recorded Rp 12.2 trillion (US$821.9 million) in output losses in the first half of the year, due primarily to the drop in passenger demand as a result of government restrictions imposed to contain COVID-19 transmission.The ITS study evaluated the impacts on the sector from the Transportation Ministry’s ban on mudik (exodus) from April 24 to June 1 during the Idul Fitri holiday season. The ministry imposed the travel ban as part of the government’s coronavirus response in an attempt to halt the disease’s spread.Among the losses to the sector that the study attributed to the mudik ban are an estimated loss of Rp 862 billion for state-owned shipping company PT Pelni and combined losses of Rp 44 billion for inter-island ferry companies. These include ferries operating the Merak-Bakauheni route between the provinces of Banten and Lampung, as well as those operating the Ketapang-Gilimanuk route between East Java and Bali. “We’ve seen a huge decline in passengers during the pandemic, especially at three main ferry ports and routes. On the Merak-Bakauheni route, the number of passengers dropped around 80 to 95 percent,” ITS rector Mochamad Ashari said on Tuesday, during a webinar held by the ministry.The decline in economic activities in the transportation industry had contributed to the 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy) contraction in gross domestic product (GDP), according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).BPS data for the second quarter also show that the transportation and warehousing sector contracted 30.84 percent yoy, with the sea transportation sector suffering a 17.48 percent yoy decline.During the webinar, ITS researcher Ardi Adji said that the contraction in the sea transportation sector in turn caused a ripple effect in local economies, with the provincial economy of Bali suffering the worst blow. “Bali is highly dependent on its tourism sector and tourist flows by sea transport. Therefore, the decline in the sector caused the island [province] Rp 824 billion losses in the regional GDP, making it the worst-affected province,” Ardi said.He suggested that the government provide fiscal incentives for shipping lines to cushion the economic impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis.“The government could roll out several alternative incentives for sea transportation operators, such as interest subsidies and payment deferrals,” he said.Read also: Port operator Pelindo III records decline in ship trafficCarmelita Hartoto, who chairs the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA), expanded on Ardi ’s statement, saying that the government had still not responded to the association’s request for non-tax revenue (PNBP) waivers.“We have to cushion the severe income decline caused by the pandemic. It’s hard to sustain our operations if the economy continues to worsen, and this could [in turn] lead to a wave of layoffs,” she said.State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, who also chairs the COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee, made assurances during the webinar that the government would maintain steady distribution of its stimulus funds until next year to boost the economy.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion to stimulate the economy, focusing on healthcare, social protection and economic recovery programs. Six months into the crisis, however, it had disbursed only 34.1 percent of the funds, or around Rp 237 trillion.Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgILOILO – A high school teacher isunder fire for showing an explicit sex instructional video to his Grade 10Biology class at Pili National High School in Ajuy town. An upset AjuySangguniang Bayan member Angel Briones, chairperson of the committee on publicorder and safety, described the video as “lewd and offending.” Teachers may use supplementarymaterials to enrich the students’ learning “but appropriateness should serve ascriteria in choosing the materials,” he stressed. “We want to know the details,” saidBermejo. “We will study the principal’s report.” Regarding the video in question, Rojassaid, “Kon tan-awon mo gid, pang-married couple ini nga ma-spice up ang ila sexual life. Ti, angaudience mo kabataan, suited bala ini sa ila?” “We cannot deny that minors aresexually active now. We want to guide them and protect them from unwantedpregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases,” said Rojas. But still, he said, it wasinappropriate for minors as it showed graphic sex acts. Citing the seriousness of the matter,Briones said the SB members on Monday decided to summon the teacher. The director is expected to act on thematter within 72 hours upon receiving the report, Bermejo added. The video is also accessible to thepublic but one must have a YouTube account. SB member Briones wondered if thevideo was “authorized by DepEd to be viewed by minors.” From what he had gathered, the teachergot the video (“A Girl’s Guide to 21st Century Sex 2018”) from popular videosharing internet application YouTube. He believed what he was made to seewas already a sanitized version of the video. “It was a form of abuse sa mgaminors,” he said. He did say what would happen to theteacher. On Monday, Nov. 25, Briones delivereda privilege speech during the regular session of the Ajuy SB “to expressmy outmost concern regarding sang ginhimu sang manunudlo showing an obscene, lewd and offending video.”center_img But he warned that impressionableyoungsters could form silly ideas from materials not suitable for their age. If the video in question is determinedto be inappropriate for the students, Bermejo said, DepEd would introducepsycho-social intervention. Bermejo said the DepEd investigationwould also cover allegations that the teacher was not “licensed”. The Department of Education (DepEd) isconducting an investigation. Dr. Roel Bermejo, DepEd-Iloilo Schools Divisionsuperintendent, said the school principal had been ordered to submit anincident report, stressing the importance of due process. Bermejo said DepEd has an accessibleportal for teaching materials related to sex education. He also asked who, under DepEd’sguidelines, is the proper person to handle sex education in schools – is it thescience teacher or the guidance councilor? He got wind of the controversial videofrom concerned parents. According to Briones, the teacher madehim wait for over half an hour. Bermejo said the school principal’sreport would be submit it to the disciplinary authority which is the directorof DepEd Region 6. A week before deciding to deliver hisprivilege speech, Briones revealed, he personally went to Pili National HighSchool to talk to the teacher and check the video himself. LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX. “Teachers may use supplementary materials to enrich the students’ learning but appropriateness should be a criterion in choosing the materials,” says Dr. Roel Bermejo, Iloilo Schools Division superintendent. For his part, Mayor Jett Rojas said hehas no problem with sex education in schools but stressed the importance ofusing teaching materials suitable to the target learners. According to Briones, informationreached him that the teacher was not a passer of the Licensure Examination forTeachers and that his college course was Biology. (With a report from the Philippine News Agency/PN)last_img read more

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first_imgSEASON PREVIEW PODCASTS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STAndy Isabella fantasy outlookIsabella was one of the most productive college receivers in the country during his time at UMass, but whether that would translate into the NFL remained to be seen. He missed the first week of the preseason, but he got into Arizona’s game late on Thursday and beat everybody deep for a 59-yard TD.What speed and what a catch from Andy Isabella down the field for #Arizona #Cardinals. @UMassFootball #NFL @MayfieldFBpic.twitter.com/B6aNQLFJ8n— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) August 16, 2019Isabella hasn’t been able to break into three-WR sets, in part due to being hurt. Rookie KeeSean Johnson is currently ahead of him to be on the field with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. More plays like the one from Thursday will give Isabella a shot at carving out a role in a high-speed offense at some point in 2019. The NFL preseason is the time fantasy football owners go crazy over the littlest things. The next couple weekends are prime draft times, so owners are especially tuned in to the latest action. You should be careful not to change your rankings too much, but some sleepers can start to emerge. Thursday night, five notable rookies stood out on the offensive side of the ball: Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Miles Sanders, Justice Hill, and Andy Isabella. You probably know more about some than others, but this will give you a better sense of what they did Thursday and if that really means anything for your draft strategy.We’ll be here all preseason long providing you with the latest updates, including a refresher on what rookies did in Week 1 of the preseason. For more on NFL rookies, you can read our rookie rankings, and for your preseason listening needs, check out our season preview podcasts. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetKyler Murray fantasy outlookIn the first week of the preseason, Murray faced no blitzes. The Raiders made sure that wasn’t the case in the second week of the preseason, bringing extra rushers on almost every snap Murray took. He struggled under pressure, completing just 3-of-8 passes for 12 yards and adding one carry for four yards. Murray was also called for two false starts for abrupt claps as part of his cadence. 🙏Kyler Murray gets pressured and the safety puts #Oakland up even bigger. #Arizona is probably keeping the concepts in the bag, but blitzes are killing them tonight. #Cardinals #OAKvsAZ pic.twitter.com/6UFqwvdKGX— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) August 16, 2019Everyone can pump the brakes a little bit now. Odds are that the Cardinals aren’t using their full offense and will have more counters to break out against blitzes come Week 1, but after Murray’s ADP soared last week, his second game showed two things: He still needs polish, and Kliff Kingsbury’s offense might not be as perfect for the NFL as believers want to think. There’s upside here, but counting on Murray as your QB1 right out of the gates might be riskier than you think.2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200Dwayne Haskins season outlookCase Keenum started ahead of Haskins for the second-straight game, but a week after throwing two interceptions, Haskins showed more promise by completing 7-of-14 passes for 114 yards and a TD. The score came under pressure and traveled nearly all of its 55 yards in the air, a great exhibit of Haskin’s arm talent.Dwayne Haskins, under immense pressure, throws a dime for the TD for the #Redskins. That’s a first-round throw. #NFL #CINvsWAS pic.twitter.com/116HOw0SFy— Sporting News Fantasy (@sn_fantasy) August 16, 2019Washington’s receivers will have the most upside with Haskins starting at QB, but it will take an especially good showing from Haskins during Week 3 of the preseason to unseat Keenum at the start of the year. The more Haskins makes throws like he did Thursday, the sooner the first-round pick will make the job his.DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STMiles Sanders moving up Eagles depth chart?Sanders received five early-game carries on Thursday night, totaling 31 yards. That included runs of 16 and 12 yards. After the game, NJ.com wrote that it’s hard to project Sanders as anything less than the Eagles’ top running back. 💪Miles Sanders keeps on chugging. #PHIvsJAX #Eagles #NFL pic.twitter.com/grMWTZIhDr https://t.co/bNa0KlV9jU— Sporting News Fantasy (@sn_fantasy) August 15, 2019Even if Sanders is Philly’s No. 1 back, it’s hard to imagine Jordan Howard doesn’t get an almost equal share of the backfield action. That’s without even considering the other RB depth that the Eagles still have. It’s always good when a high draft pick’s talent shines through early, though, rather than never showing up. Sanders will likely get drafted as an upper-end FLEX, but he has legit RB2 potential if he can stake claim to majority of touches.FANTASY SLEEPERS: 8 QBs | 14 RBs | 11 WRs | 11 TEs | 6 D/STs | One from each teamJustice Hill sleeper potentialThere hasn’t been a ton of clarity in the battle for Mark Ingram’s backup in Baltimore. Gus Edwards was the assumed favorite after he looked solid in 2018, but the rookie Hill ran 10 times for 49 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night. He was the third RB into the game, after Ingram and Kenneth Dixon and played zero snaps with Lamar Jackson.🏈Justice Hill shifts his way into the end zone for the #Ravens. #BALvsGB #NFL👉See where he fits in @vinnieiyer’s rookie rankings: https://t.co/2Xyy7z24zapic.twitter.com/dFoh7Jjh3p— Sporting News Fantasy (@sn_fantasy) August 16, 2019Hill’s usage with the backups suggests he won’t have a huge role early in the season. The ability he showed last night was reminiscent of his talent at Oklahoma State, which is a good sign no matter what it means for early-season workload. last_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Palmdale High School photography students will show their finest images in an exhibit that opens tonight at the Palmdale Playhouse art gallery. The Palmdale High School photography program showcase will feature nearly 60 photos illustrating the diverse techniques of more than two dozen students enrolled in photography classes ranging from basic to advance. The exhibit runs through June 18, with a reception for the artists from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The reception is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The photography students were taught by Palmdale High teacher Jim Gardner, who established the school’s photography program 30 years ago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Gardner says the classes are geared to approach photography as an art, not simply a technical process. He encourages his students to develop the artistry of their photo projects by using both traditional and digital techniques. Admission to the Playhouse gallery is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the Palmdale Playhouse at (661) 267-5684.last_img read more

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