Indonesia to develop 89 new ‘strategic’ projects in 2020-2024

first_imgThe government has vowed to continue the development of national strategic projects during the COVID-19 health crisis with the addition of 89 new projects of an estimated Rp 1.422 quadrillion in investment value.Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on May 29 that the new projects were an addition to the existing 223 national strategic projects., and were expected to employ around 4 million workers every year from 2020 to 2024.“During the projects’ development over the next five years, [the projects] are hoped to involve a total of 19 million [workers],” Airlangga told a virtual press briefing on Friday, following a Cabinet meeting. The government’s statement on the planned projects comes on the heels of its plans to ease the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in COVID-19 “red zones” across the country and to introduce the “new normal” protocols for daily activities, despite the increase in confirmed cases. Official estimates show that the economy is likely to contract 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario for the year.The President also ordered the acceleration of programs that could drive the “people’s economy”, such as the land certification, the transmigration land legalization and the social forestry programs. Jokowi also instructed to “solve the problems in the field as soon as possible, because I still hear that land clearing is still a major problem” in developing the national strategic projects.Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said at Friday’s briefing that the five “super priority” tourist destinations was among the strategic projects that had been earmarked for continued development.The “super priority” tourist destinations are Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Borobudur in Central Java, Likupang in North Sulawesi, Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara.Basuki added that several toll road projects would break ground this year, including the 14-kilometer section 4 of the Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road, the 33 km sections I and V of the Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road, and the 131 km Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road. Indonesia currently has 223 national strategic projects worth around Rp 4.2 quadrillion on its priority list, which has seen several revisions since 2016.The country completed 92 infrastructure projects in 2016-2019, against the 144 projects that the Committee for Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure Delivery (KPPIP) has targeted for completion by 2020.Topics : Airlangga said that the 89 new projects comprised 15 road and bridge projects, 13 dams and irrigation systems, 13 border infrastructure projects and 12 energy projects.The remaining projects comprised six railway projects, six clean water projects, five airports, five seaports, five industrial zones, three technology projects, three smelters, one seawall, one waste management project and one land procurement project in Central Kalimantan.Read also: At least 50 major infrastructure projects to be completed this yearPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said at the briefing that although Indonesia was facing the COVID-19 pandemic, the development of national strategic projects must go on while adhering to the relevant health protocols.last_img read more

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A healthy environment is everybody business, says Mr. Prevost

first_img Share 40 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews A healthy environment is everybody business, says Mr. Prevost by: – June 7, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Student of the St. Mary’s Academy participating in this morning road march with a placardThe Ministry of Health Environmental Department held a very succesful  road march with fifteen primary schools on island in an effort to create awareness on the eradication of mosquitoes, flies, rats and cockroaches.The theme of the march was “Healthy Environments, Healthy People” which was chanted by the students through the streets as they marched.Chief Environmental Officer Mr. Anthony Scotland encouraged the students to declare war on rats, mice, mosquitos, and flies. He also urged them to dispose of garbage properly as this increases the number of vectors which spreads diseases.Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency Honourable Norris Prevost who marched through the streets with the students, encouraged them to keep their environments clean.“If a healthy environment is everybody’s business then each of us must become an environmental health officer and make everyday an environmental health day. ”Mr. Prevost also made a call to our City Council and Government to restore in the city of Roseau the cleaning and washing down of the streets every day as well as the collection of garbage everyday which will assist in declaring war on vectors.Mr. Jeno Jacob of the Dominica Solid Waste Management Co-oporation also urged the students to keep our environments clean, to dispose of garbage in a proper manner and to take the message home to their parents.[nggallery id=42]The students had a fun time marching through the streets while chanting a remix of the popular song “Hold your distance” by Asa Banton of Grandbay.[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/24779525[/vimeo]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Amid late season turmoil, Badgers celebrate senior weekend

first_imgSean Dolan and the Badgers hope to get a win in their final series of the regular season after struggling to 0-5-1 in their last six games.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s hockey team hasn’t had a lot to celebrate lately, but the Badgers know this weekend calls for a commemoration.It’s senior weekend as Wisconsin (19-13-4, 11-12-3) hosts Colorado College (18-15-3, 12-12-2) for the final regular season series at the Kohl Center. The Badgers sit one point behind CC for sixth place in the WCHA standings and three points behind Minnesota for fifth place (the top six teams receive home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs).The six-man senior class – comprised of goaltenders Scott Gudmandson and Brett Bennett, forwards Patrick Johnson, Sean Dolan and Podge Turnbull and defenseman Craig Johnson – will be honored alongside their parents in what is always a special weekend for the soon-to-be graduates.The class of 2011 is a unique one for head coach Mike Eaves. Each of these seniors has had to fight for playing time regularly throughout their UW careers. It’s a class devoid of stars or prolific goal scorers. Instead, this class is filled with players who have waited for their time make an impact, players who have accepted their roles from year to year.“It speaks to their perseverance and they get some reward for that hard work,” Eaves said.When asked for their thoughts on senior weekend and what could potentially be their final games at the Kohl Center, several UW seniors were visibly emotional just thinking about it.“It went by quick,” Craig Johnson said with a smile. “It means a lot to me, especially the guys who have stuck around here with me… It’s going to be something I’ll hold in my heart. Especially being a hometown boy from Wisconsin it’s going to be pretty special.”“Its obviously a pretty harsh reality as a senior knowing this could be the last two games that you’ll ever play at the Kohl Center,” forward Podge Turnbull said. “We look back on it and every game you may have taken for granted and now it’s about to end and that inspires us.“You never appreciate it until it’s gone. That’s something that has really started to hit me here in the last few weeks of our season.”Turnbull has become a fixture in the UW lineup during his senior season, but during the Badgers’ Frozen Four run last year, he played in just 12 games. Despite that disappointment, Turnbull says he wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, it makes him more appreciative of his time at UW.“If I could go back to day one and go through all the pain and everything, I would do it again in a heartbeat, just because it’s been so much fun,” Turnbull said. Johnson started his UW career as a walk-on and it will end that way. He played in just three games last season before emerging as a regular defenseman for Eaves in his final year. But much like Turnbull, Johnson believes the opportunity to play at UW has been well worth the wait.“The three years prior to this year I was fighting in and out of the lineup. Coming in here as a walk-on I knew I would have to earn my playing time,” Johnson said. “But I would never change it. I always wanted to be a Badger and I’m glad I got the opportunity… these two games just really mean a lot to me.”These two games mean a whole lot to everyone in a Badger uniform.In addition to the ongoing battle for home ice in the WCHA playoffs, the Badgers must earn some wins to stay in the hunt for a spot in the NCAA tournament.The Badgers are winless in their last six and there isn’t much time left to turn the season around. Something drastic needed to happen. An hour-long team meeting, which took place after last Saturday’s loss to St. Cloud, has been well-documented.As team captain, Dolan was admittedly vocal throughout the discussion.“It was really emotional. I think I showed the most emotion out of anyone. I just tried to show my true colors, how I feel about this team and where I feel this team needs to go,” Dolan said. “I think we learned a lot about each other.”Dolan and his teammates acknowledged the value of that discussion, but they know the improvement must show up on the ice.The Tigers are a formidable foe and they’ve played well against the Badgers historically. But for UW, this weekend’s visitor may as well be a faceless opponent.“If it was an NHL team coming in here, it wouldn’t be any different,” Dolan said. “We need these points.”“We don’t want to take any credit away from Colorado College because they are a really good team,” Turnbull added. “But it doesn’t matter who we are playing, this is a playoff game for us.”Combine senior weekend with the late season turmoil, and UW is left with one emotion-filled series at the Kohl Center.Eaves is optimistic those emotions will propel the Badgers out of their slump.“I hope that’s all good emotion and that we can use it as fuel to get the job done.”last_img read more

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