Govt partners with food, ride-hailing companies to guarantee food supplies during outbreak

first_imgThe Agriculture Ministry is partnering with food producer PT Indoguna Utama and ride-hailing company Grab Indonesia, among other businesses, to secure supplies and offer them an online grocery platform.The partnership is part of the government’s anticipatory efforts to meet surging demand, especially for beef and chicken meat during Ramadan and on Idul Fitri. Both events will likely be celebrated at the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo.“Protein helps our [body repair tissue], improves our immune system and helps us grow,” Syahrul said at the signing of the partnership agreement on Tuesday. “How can we overcome this outbreak if our source of animal protein is insufficient or inaccessible to the people.” Indoguna Utama, which has sold food products to hotels and retailers worldwide since 1982, is expected to provide enough beef, chicken meat, fish, milk and other processed products.Grab Indonesia, which offers food delivery services through the GrabFood feature, will provide an online platform to sell the products and deliver them.Concerns have been raised about the possibility of food shortages, brought on by disruptions to the country’s distribution chains as a result of government measures to fight COVID-19.The Agriculture Ministry has estimated the demand for chicken meat to reach 881,204 tons and beef 201,730 tons between March and May. With the rate of COVID-19 transmissions showing no signs of slowing down, the government began improving regional requests for large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), which temporarily suspend school and offices, as well as religious and public activities.Read also: Explainer: Indonesia to finance coronavirus battle mostly through debtAs of Tuesday, Indonesia has recorded 4,839 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 459 deaths and 426 recoveries. Because half of the cases are in Greater Jakarta, the capital imposed heightened PSBB measures on Friday and its satellite cities will soon follow suit. “Under these conditions, two things must not cease: health care and agriculture,” said Syahrul. “Therefore, by complying with health protocols, medical workers and farmers will keep working.”To serve stay-at-home consumers under social restrictions, the ministry is partnering with online grocery shopping platforms Sayur Box, Tanihub and Etanee, as well as food companies PT Charoen Pokphand Indonesia, PT Triputra Panganindo, PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia and PT Cimory.Last week, the ministry established a similar partnership with ride-hailing company Gojek and the Toko Tani Indonesia Center, a grocery store in South Jakarta that sells affordable food and groceries.Gojek, which employs over a million drivers across the country, is offering free delivery services for minimum purchases of Rp 40,000 (US$2.50) at Toko Tani and within a 25-kilometer distance from the store.“The activities of Jakartans may slow down with the introduction of large-scale social restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19,” Gojek chief executive officer Kevin Aluwi said in a statement released on Friday. “But we have prepared several measures to keep operating as best as we can while complying with health and safety procedures.”— Eisya A. Eloksari contributed to this story.Topics :last_img read more

Georgia Officials Arrest, Charge Man Who Filmed Ahmaud Arbery Killing

first_imgThe Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested the man accused of recording the deadly February shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on a felony murder charge.Officials say 50-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr. was taken into custody Thursday on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.The GBI released a statement that reads, “On May 21, 2020, the GBI arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., age 50, on charges of Felony Murder and Criminal Attempt to Commit False Imprisonment. These charges stem from the February 23, 2020 incident that resulted in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. He will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.”On May 21, 2020, the GBI arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., age 50, on charges of Felony Murder & Criminal Attempt to Commit False Imprisonment. Read the updated press release here :https://t.co/VJCuz8chVr pic.twitter.com/MXcs8qEY8m— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) May 21, 2020 Arbery was killed by 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his son, 34-year-old Travis McMichael. The pair allegedly armed themselves and then chased the 25-year-old black man while he was jogging on their street. They are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.This is a developing story.last_img read more

Fired-up Ravens beat Steelers 26-6 without Rice

first_imgBaltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) gets a hand on, but does not catch, a pass as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) defends during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)BALTIMORE (AP) – A short and tumultuous work week for the Baltimore Ravens ended with a surprisingly lopsided victory.Playing three days after running back Ray Rice was released, the Ravens got a pair of touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and rolled past the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night.Rice was reaching the end of a two-game suspension for domestic violence when a video of him striking his then-fiancee surfaced Monday. By the end of the day, the three-time Pro Bowler had been cut by Baltimore and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.The media immediately descended upon the team’s training complex, and the line of questioning had little to do with this heated AFC North rivalry.The Ravens (1-1) shrugged off the distraction to bounce back from a season-opening loss at home to division rival Cincinnati.Bernard Pierce took over for Rice to gain 96 yards on 22 carries as part of a ground game that finished with 157 yards. Flacco went 21 for 29 for 166 yards and two TD throws to tight end Owen Daniels, and Justin Tucker kicked four field goals.Pittsburgh (1-1) managed only two field goals and committed three turnovers – one that halted its opening drive, another that set up a fourth-quarter field goal by Tucker, and an interception by Ben Roethlisberger with 1:51 remaining.It was only the second time in the last 11 regular-season meetings between the teams that the outcome was decided by more than three points.Roethlisberger completed 22 of 37 passes for 217 yards. It was the first time since Nov. 26, 2006, that Baltimore held Pittsburgh without a touchdown.After Tucker kicked a 23-yard field goal for a 20-6 lead, Steelers tight end Heath Miller fumbled on a hit by rookie C.J. Mosley, who took the loose ball to the Pittsburgh 20.That led to a 22-yarder by Tucker with 11:14 left.Although the Rice video and the reaction was the talk of Baltimore for much of the week, a few fans showed their loyalty to the banished running back by wearing his No. 27 jersey.But the crowd of 71,181 was quick to turn its attention to on-field action at the opening kickoff.Aided by a roughing the passer call against Courtney Upshaw on the third play of the game, Pittsburgh held the ball for more than eight minutes before Justin Brown fumbled and Baltimore recovered at its own 15.The Ravens then moved 85 yards in 12 plays with the help of two Pittsburgh penalties, the last a 23-yard pass interference call against Cortez Allen that set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Daniels.Pierce and Justin Forsett combined for 32 yards on Baltimore’s next series, which ended in a field goal for a 10-0 lead.Pittsburgh finally broke through with 2:50 left in the half, getting a field goal to cap an 11-play, 73-yard drive.It was 10-6 before Flacco connected with Daniels on a 1-yard touchdown pass to cap an 80-yard drive highlighted by Flacco’s 24-yard completion to tight end Dennis Pitta.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Former Leaf Nick Newman all smiles after Brooks Bandits win RBC Cup

first_imgNick Newman has seen a lot since heading north of the 49th parallel to pursue his junior hockey career.However, Sunday in Summerside, PEI, the former Nelson Leafs center got to experience the feeling of winning a Canadian National Championship after the Brooks Bandits won the 2013 RBC Cup with a 3-1 victory over host Summerside Western Capitals.Newman and the Bandits become the eighth team from the Alberta Junior Hockey League to win Canada’s National Junior A Championship, and the first to do it since the Camrose Kodiaks won their lone national title in 2001. Newman, who spent the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with Nelson where he led the Leafs in scoring after arriving during training camp via the Vernon Vipers of the B.C. Hockey League, joined Brooks this season scoring 10 goals and seven assists in 52 games.Newman, the oldest of two sons of Tina and David Newman of Saugus, California, scored once in 12 playoff games for Brooks.The 6’1, 185-pound 19-year-old forward joins a handful of other Nelson Leaf graduates to achieve success after leaving the Heritage City.Leaf rookie of the year Dylan Walchuk won the RBC Cup playing for Vernon Vipers in 2009 and 2010 while Geoff Kinrade captured the 2011 Calder Cup playing for Binghamton in 2011 and recently the 2013 Swiss League title as a member of Bern.Goalie Grant Rollheiser won a NCAA National Championship playing for Boston University while Nelson Minor Hockey defenceman Isaac MacLeod helped Boston College win the NCAA title in 2012.Bruno Campese helped Portland win the Memorial Cup in 1983 as a member of the Portland Winterhawks.last_img read more

Murray ‘likely’ to play Wimbledon after former champ handed Paire test

first_imgThe 31-year-old Scot has played just three matches since making his comeback last week after 11 months on the sidelines.Murray, whose ranking has dropped to 156, had an operation on his right hip in January and only returned to action on June 18 when he was beaten by Nick Kyrgios at Queen’s Club.The three-time Grand Slam winner saw off Stan Wawrinka at Eastbourne on Monday, but after losing to fellow Briton Kyle Edmund on Wednesday he conceded his fitness was still an issue.Despite his lack of match practice, Murray has opted to give it a go at his home Grand Slam, where he will play in a best of five sets tournament for the first time since his Wimbledon quarter-final defeat against Sam Querrey 12 months ago.“I feel all right, not much different to how I felt two days ago really,” Murray said after Friday’s draw.“I’ll chat to my team this afternoon and also see a bit how the next two days go.“I’m playing sets and stuff (on Saturday), and then, yeah, but most likely yeah, I’ll play.“The thing is I obviously don’t know every single day how things will be. I need to play it a little bit by ear.“I can’t predict how I’m going to feel in two days. But if I feel like I do today in a couple of days, I’ll be playing.”Murray, who defeated Paire in straight sets at Wimbledon last year, could still withdraw from the tournament right up until the scheduled start of his clash with the world number 48.Wimbledon starts on Monday and Murray, who hasn’t publicly announced he is definitely fit enough to play, is due to face the media in a press conference on Saturday.If he does take part, Murray is scheduled to face former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the third round and may have to get past Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and Roger Federer in the final.Defending champion Federer, in his 20th visit to the south London tournament, opens his bid for a ninth Wimbledon crown by facing Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.The 36-year-old has potential encounters with Lukas Lacko, Leonardo Mayer and Borna Coric, who beat Federer in the Halle final last weekend, knocking the 20-time major winner off the top of the ATP rankings.A possible quarter-final against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson lies in wait for Federer, followed by a semi-final clash with newly crowned Queen’s Club champion Marin Cilic, who lost to the Swiss star in last year’s Wimbledon final.If Federer makes it through those six opponents, he has a potential final date with his old rival Nadal on the 10th anniversary of their epic five-set Wimbledon final won by the Spaniard.French Open champion Nadal, who hasn’t won Wimbledon since 2010, will aim to avoid adding to a long list of embarrassing early exits when the world number one takes on Israel’s Dudi Sela in the first round.Djokovic, who plays American Tennys Sandgren in the first round, could face British number one Edmund in the third round and French Open finalist Dominic Thiem in the last 16.With his ranking down to 17 after a long spell marred by injuries and poor form, three-time Wimbledon winner Djokovic has already claimed he isn’t a contender for the title.One of the most eagerly anticipated ties of the first round will see three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka, unseeded after his ranking fell following knee surgery, meet sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Andy Murray will face Benoit Paire in the Wimbeldon first round © AFP / Glyn KIRKLondon, United Kingdom, Jun 29 – Andy Murray revealed on Friday he is “likely” to compete at Wimbledon after the two-time champion was handed a first-round tie against France’s Benoit Paire.Murray had left his participation in the grass-court Grand Slam to the last minute as the former world number one makes tentative progress in his return from hip surgery.last_img read more

Europa May Be Another Geyser Moon

first_imgA re-assessment of data from the Galileo spacecraft appears to confirm suspected eruptions from the surface of Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon.The “active body club” may have gained a new member. The earth and Io have volcanoes; Triton has nitrogen eruptions, and Enceladus famously stunned Cassini scientists who witnessed over 100 geysers shooting icy particles and dust out of cracks in its south pole. Is Europa bringing the count of active bodies to five? (Note: Mercury, Venus, Mars, possibly Pluto, and even the moon have extinct volcanoes, but only a few bodies are actively erupting now.)Europa (top) compared to Earth and Mars.The Hubble Space Telescope caught hints of plumes a few years ago, but confirmation was difficult. The data to clinch it may have been sitting in archives from the Galileo spacecraft (1996-2003). Jet Propulsion Scientist Xianzhe Jia now believes he found the “smoking gun,” so to speak: variations in Europa’s induced magnetic field. A JPL press release on Monday shared reasons for thinking Europa may also be erupting:Data collected by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in 1997 were put through new and advanced computer models to untangle a mystery — a brief, localized bend in the magnetic field — that had gone unexplained until now. Previous ultraviolet images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2012 suggested the presence of plumes, but this new analysis used data collected much closer to the source and is considered strong, corroborating support for plumes. The findings appear in Monday’s issue of the journal Nature Astronomy.An embedded video clip in the article shows animations of what the plume might look like. Jia used newer techniques of data analysis to make a convincing case. “The data were there, but we needed sophisticated modeling to make sense of the observation,” he said. His results show not only evidence that the plume is real, but that the spacecraft actually flew through it.As could be expected, the press release plays up the possibility of life. Europa is believed to have a subsurface ocean that accounts for the induced magnetic field. If the moon is erupting particles through its icy crust, scientists are imagining that the plume could serve up organisms, making detection easier than having to dig down through the icy crust.“If plumes exist, and we can directly sample what’s coming from the interior of Europa, then we can more easily get at whether Europa has the ingredients for life,” Pappalardo said. “That’s what the mission is after. That’s the big picture.”A mission called the Europa Clipper may be called on to look for not Europeans, but Europans. One letter makes a big difference.Speaking of magnetic fields, there’s a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters about Ganymede, Europa’s neighbor, the largest moon in the solar system. Galileo mission scientists were surprised to find years ago that Ganymede has an intrinsic (not induced) magnetic field. Most of the paper concerns details of the magnetic field, but here’s part of the “plain language summary”—NASA’s Galileo spacecraft made the first ever flyby of Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, on 27 June 1996, discovering that it is the only moon known to generate a magnetic field. As at Earth, Ganymede’s magnetic field projects a magnetic bubble around it called a magnetosphere. Galileo carried a package called the Plasma Subsystem (PLS) that was designed to measure charged particles. Although PLS collected data during this first flyby, the results were never published. Resurrecting the original flight software, we processed these data and present them here for the first time, permitting us to go back with a fine detail brush and fill in some of the structure of this complex and exotic magnetosphere. Charged water‐based particles were observed escaping from the moon, having been blasted off the icy surface by an energetic rain of particles from Jupiter.The scientists also describe Ganymede’s auroral zones, its ionosphere and other manifestations of a magnetic field. Since magnetic fields decay with time, it remains a puzzle that a body this size would have a magnetic field. The comparably-sized moon Titan does not.Planetary scientists need to kick the hydrobioscopy habit and explain how little Euroopa could be erupting material into space for billions of years. Enceladus is even smaller. Another paper in Icarus was just published that tried to keep Enceladus going, but admitted that “Explaining Enceladus’ endogenic power requires ocean and shell thicknesses that are smaller than the expected values.” Deal with that question instead of doing a sidestep with a distraction about life. (Visited 313 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Four Notable Depth Chart Omissions

first_imgIf you were able to peruse the depth chart released yesterday, you may have seen some notable omissions from the list. So let’s take a look at some of the players  that were not listed, and the chances they break into the rotation this season.Todd Mays – Running BackMays suffered a minor injury in the spring, and with Childs, Carson, and Carr (the Killer C’s) all having a great fall camp, Mays is nowhere to be found on the depth chart. Mays is a versatile player who played quarterback and running back at EMCC. Even though he is not listed on the depth chart, I still think he will get a few chances to see the field early in the season if he is healthy.Justin Phillips – LinebackerWe’ve talked all spring about the incredible depth at linebacker that Glenn Spencer has returning. As Kyle mentioned, his [approximately] 39 tackles in Bedlam filling in for Josh Furman was an incredible performance for a true freshman, and I projected him to break the two-deep before fall camp began. Jordan Burton and Gyasi Akem have the star position locked down though, and it’s been reported that some sophomores could be utilizing a redshirt this season due to the depth on the roster. Sophomores.Kirk Tucker – LinebackerTucker filled in at linebacker sparingly last season and also saw some time on special teams as a true freshman. Although he could potentially redshirt, I would bet that he’ll become a special teams mainstay this season.Sione Palelei – Running backPalelei is in his second season in Stillwater and has had injury concerns since his senior year in high school. After suffering a season ending leg injury last season, he has yet to make a crack at the rotation in the early going so far, with several reports that he suffered a set back again this year. I am a little concerned about his health, and at this point it is not a surprise to not see him, but more concerning.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

9 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde: Morata a great player

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde: Morata a great playerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has talked up the qualities of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Morata missed Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle due to “tactical reasons”.The Spaniard has been linked with a move to Nou Camp to provide support for an ageing Luis Suarez, and amid speculation over the futures of Denis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi.When asked about Morata, he said: “I can only say the same thing. That he’s a great player, that he’s at another team and that we respect that a lot.”We have to look at it, it’s clear that after Munir’s departure we have a space.”We’ll see if we can sign a player, although we have to take into account the club’s economic conditions. We will see if we can, if someone comes.” last_img read more

a month agoReal Sociedad striker Isak: I turned down Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad striker Isak: I turned down Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Alexander Isak has revealed he could’ve joined Real Madrid earlier in his career.The Swede moved to La Real this summer from Borussia Dortmund.He recalled to Marca: “When I played in Stockholm, I had several options and Real Madrid was one of them.”I spoke to several clubs to understand what they proposed and I chose Dortmund and this is the most important thing. “But it is true that since I was a child, I considered the LaLiga the best in the world and I dreamed of playing here one day. I am therefore happy to participate.” last_img read more

17 days agoFrance coach Deschamps fears Tottenham keeper Lloris out long-term

first_imgFrance coach Deschamps fears Tottenham keeper Lloris out long-termby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance coach Didier Deschamps fears Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing an extended period out injured.Spurs have confirmed Lloris will be sidelined for the remainder of 2019 after dislocating his elbow in defeat at Brighton.And Deschamps says: “We are talking about weeks and even months, and he will not be back on the field in 2019, that’s as good as safe.”He has been examined, but it is difficult to say exactly how long he has been out, because I am not an expert.”Of course, he will neither attend here nor the next national team meeting (in November) – and now we have to find out how how long it will take to recover.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more