Govt to set up cash transfer mechanism before imposing quarantine

first_imgAccording to this year’s state budget plan, the government aimed to keep the state budget deficit at 1.76 percent of GDP – lower than the 2019 realization of 2.2 percent.The government is currently drafting a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to allow a fiscal deficit exceeding the 3 percent ceiling.“We will put a provision in the upcoming Perppu allowing us to widen our fiscal deficit for three years starting from 2020. Therefore, the deficit will return to 3 percent by 2023,” said Luhut.Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic moveOnce the mechanism has been completed, the government will impose health quarantines in the regions hardest-hit by COVID-19.“We won’t call it a lockdown because we only acknowledge a quarantine as stipulated in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law. We don’t want to be hasty about implementing the regulation. Everything has to be calculated thoroughly,” the coordinating minister said.Despite an increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the government has been adamant against calling a lockdown to prevent the disease from spreading further. Indonesian health authorities confirmed 1,528 COVID-19 cases across the country on Tuesday, with 136 deaths and 81 recoveries. (glh)Topics : Read also: Jokowi declares COVID-19 health emergency, imposes large-scale social restrictions“The finance minister is now calculating how much we should add to the budget for social-assistance programs for those who will be affected the most by the quarantine.”The government had previously determined that underprivileged citizens would receive cash transfers (BLT). However, Luhut said it was still deliberating whether the assistance would be given to 20 or 40 percent of the overall low-income families across the country.He went on to say that such disbursements might also cause the state budget deficit to surpass the 3 percent threshold of gross domestic product (GDP) as mandated by the 2003 State Budget Law. Regional quarantines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will only be imposed when the government has prepared a mechanism to distribute social assistance for impoverished citizens, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet is currently deliberating such a mechanism to cushion the economic impact of the quarantine policy on the poor, who are prone to financial risk once the restriction takes place.“The President keeps saying that the poor should not endure additional difficulties, owing to the fact that the President himself was also less-fortunate when he was young,” Luhut said during a press briefing on Tuesday.last_img read more

Shafer on matchup with No. 1 Florida State: ‘Why not us?’

first_imgSome of the few instances when Scott Shafer smiled during his Thursday morning press conference came as he discussed Syracuse being the biggest underdog it’ll be all season.No. 1 Florida State brings its 21-game winning streak to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at noon, posing another challenge for an Orange team that’s faced distractions all week long. But Shafer rejected questions about his new-look coaching staff and instead looked to embrace the underdog mentality.“The good thing about football is that … (it) doesn’t always bounce the same way every weekend,” Shafer said. “If we can control the things we can, why not us?”Thirty years ago, Syracuse knocked off No. 1 Nebraska at home for the program’s only upset of a top-ranked opponent. But Shafer hasn’t really used that game as motivation, he said.Instead, he showed his players the college football teams that, over the last three weeks, won games in which they were underdogs by more than 12-point spreads.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer pointed to some of the games Syracuse wasn’t supposed to win, but did, since he arrived in 2009 — defeats of West Virginia both on the road and at home and a 2012 upset of Louisville. Shafer added that he was once a 41-point underdog and a winner on the same day.“The one common element in all those victories is that teams have been upset, any given team on Saturday, the same thing happened,” Shafer said. “They tackle better. They block better. They stay in tune with each play. When you try to play above yourself, that’s when you get in trouble.“When you try to just play better than you did the last play, each play of the game, that’s when I’ve seen those types of games go your way.”Then he added, with a grin, “And you look for maybe a ball to ricochet off someone’s helmet or something and fall into your hands. Those things have happened in some of the upsets I’ve been a part of.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

Syracuse forces 32 turnovers in blowout win over No. 12 Duke

first_img Published on January 3, 2016 at 5:45 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Crystal Primm was trapped along the sideline just beyond half court. She tried pivoting to create space and move the ball. But surrounded by Syracuse defenders, there was nowhere to go.Primm was called for a five-second, closely-guarded violation and Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman pumped his fist as he took steps onto the court.Duke’s next two possessions ended on turnovers by freshman Kyra Lambert. While waiting for the inbounds pass after the second, SU point guard Alexis Peterson slammed her foot into the ground and screamed, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.”Syracuse began the game on a 17-3 run — the Blue Devils committed seven turnovers in that span — and played with the urgency it discussed at a team meeting earlier on Sunday morning.“We knew that if we could get into our pressure, we could cause some problems,” Hillsman said. “And we did.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange (11-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) obliterated the No. 12 Blue Devils (11-4, 0-1) by forcing 32 turnovers and scoring 27 points off them en route to an 86-50 win in the Carrier Dome. With the win, Hillsman picked up his 200th as SU’s head coach and Syracuse beat a ranked opponent for the first time in four tries this season.“We were all locked in,” Peterson said. “Once we got locked in from the beginning, we stayed there and we never let up.”With less than three minutes left in the second quarter, Duke pulled within nine, the closest it would be the rest of the game.But then Maggie Morrison recorded a steal, hit a 3 and got another steal. A minute later, Morrison stepped in front of the Blue Devils’ Azurá Stevens, who travelled near half court while being smothered by defenders.“You can really exploit (the press) if you move the ball and find your teammates,” Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “If you hang onto the ball and dribble two or three times, suddenly two people are upon you.”Another turnover and another made 3 off it gave Syracuse a 16-point lead, ending the half on a 9-2 run.The Orange jogged off the court to a standing ovation having already forced 17 turnovers, just two fewer than Duke’s season average.Following the win, Hillsman recognized his team was running out of chances to beat a ranked opponent after losing to then-No. 4 Tennessee, then-No. 5 Maryland and then-No. 24 Arizona State.Two days ago, the head coach said his goal is to get to 20 wins to make the NCAA tournament, but added that his team could use a couple resumé boosters. By beating Duke, the Orange got the one it was looking for.With six minutes left in the third quarter, Duke’s Oderah Chidom drove toward the basket but Brianna Butler stepped in front of her and drew a charge. About 30 seconds later, Cornelia Fondren caused Stevens to turn the ball over, forcing the Blue Devils to call timeout down by 20.As Syracuse’s bench flooded onto the court, Briana Day yelled, “That’s how you fricken play, y’all!”And that’s how the Orange has been playing all season. SU nearly always presses and McCallie said she knew it was coming.Syracuse had averaged about 19 steals per game in its last four games, but all of those were against much weaker nonconference teams. With the 36-point win on Sunday, the Orange handed Duke its biggest conference loss since 1993.“You can’t ask for a better win, in a better fashion, than that,” Peterson said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more