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  • Pertamina offers 50 percent fuel cashback for app-based ‘ojek’ drivers

    first_imgState-owned fuel distributor Pertamina rolled out on Tuesday a fuel discount scheme for app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers, who are the logistical lifeline for many self-isolating Indonesians.Pertamina’s promotion, which will run until July 12, grants a driver a 50 percent discount worth up to Rp 15,000 (95 US cents) when paying for nonsubsidized gasoline using LinkAja, an e-wallet app partly owned by Pertamina. The discount will be given as a cashback within the e-wallet.The scheme is also limited to 10,000 drivers per day and, in enforcing the limit, drivers have to register with the MyPertamina app. The fuel company has allocated Rp13.5 billion for the promotion. “We hope this three-month program will reduce the costs borne by drivers when working,” said Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati on Monday.Read also: Four upstream oil and gas projects worth $45m set to kick off in first quarterDemand for online delivery services, whether for meals or groceries, has risen over the past month while demand for rides has fallen as many Indonesian cities, including Jakarta, implement stricter physical distancing measures.A report by big data firm Statqo Analytics said ride-hailing apps Grab and Gojek had experienced a 16 percent and 14 percent downturn, respectively, among their active ride-hailing users within the last week of March.Meanwhile, a study by mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform AppsFlyer showed that downloads of food and beverage delivery apps had risen 23 percent from January to early March in Indonesia, while food delivery orders rose 11 percent.A sign of MyPertamina apps service are seen at Cikini gas station, Jakarta, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (JP/Seto Wardhana )Pertamina, also on Monday, inaugurated a door-to-door delivery service for fuel, cooking gas and lubricants in 67 cities, including Greater Jakarta, Bandung in West Java and Denpasar in Bali. The service can be accessed through the company’s call center number 135 or WhatsApp account at 08111350135.Topics :last_img read more

  • Arrest of fugitive Djoko Tjandra took a week to plan, minister says

    first_imgHandcuffed and wearing an orange shirt, Djoko arrived with police personnel at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta on Thursday evening. He was immediately taken to Bareskrim’s headquarters, where he is currently being detained.Djoko, a convict in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, made headlines last month after he managed to return to Indonesia undetected, have his new identity documents issued and file for a case review for his two-year prison sentence with the South Jakarta District Court.He was at large for more than a decade after fleeing to Papua New Guinea a day before the Supreme Court convicted him in 2009.The South Jakarta District Court, however, announced before his arrest on Thursday that Djoko’s plea could not be accepted because he had repeatedly failed to show up for his hearings.But Mahfud said Djoko still had the change to file another case review because the court had not officially rejected the plea but had merely dropped the case because it did not fulfill the administrative requirements.”There is a possibility that Djoko will resubmit his case review request to the court. However, once he files his plea, it is no longer under the government’s jurisdiction because the judiciary is under the Supreme Court,” he said.Read also: Court drops fugitive Djoko Tjandra’s case review plea after consecutive no showsThe failure to detect Djoko’s sudden return to Indonesia in June has implicated three high-ranking police generals who were removed last week for their alleged role in helping the convict travel within the country.Of the three, only Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo has been named a suspect by the police for allegedly assisting and issuing forged travel letters for Djoko in the one-star general’s capacity as the head of Bareskrim’s Civil Servant Investigator Supervisory and Coordination Bureau.On Thursday evening, the National Police named Djoko’s lawyer, Anita Kolopaking, a suspect and brought multiple charges against her for her alleged role in using the forged letters to travel and helping a criminal on the run.Antigraft activists have lauded the police for their efforts in tracking down and arresting Djoko, but watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) reminded them that they needed to look into the possible involvement of other police generals in the case.“The police should examine the possibility that more National Police top brass are involved in covering Djoko Tjandra’s tracks,” the ICW said in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday. The group also urged the police to immediately name Djoko a suspect for allegedly forging a letter for his personal interests as stipulated in Article 263 of the Criminal Code.  Topics : The National Police planned the arrest of graft fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra more than a week before they finally ended his 11 years on the run on Thursday, a senior minister has revealed.Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said he was first informed on July 20 about the police’s plan to capture the convict, who had been staying in Malaysia after filing a case review against his conviction in June.center_img At that time, the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) chief Insp. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo came to Mahfud’s office and told him that the detective unit would cooperate with their Malaysian counterparts to make the arrest.”He told us that the police would begin the operation that evening as they had already located [Djoko’s] whereabouts,” Mahfud said on Thursday.Besides himself, the minister said only President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis knew about the operation.Read also: Indonesia brings graft fugitive Djoko Tjandra back from Malaysialast_img read more

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jurgen Klopp perfect fit at Liverpool, says Stephen Warnock

    first_imgAubameyang is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Stephen Warnock believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining Liverpool would be a perfect fit for the player and the club and insists the Reds could agree a bargain deal for the 31-year-old.Arsenal are trying to convince Aubameyang to sign a new long-term deal, but the striker has been linked with a host of clubs, including Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.But Warnock, who came through Liverpool’s youth ranks as a player, urged Klopp to go after Aubameyang to act as a back-up frontman. ‘If I was Jurgen Klopp, I’d be going for him with a year left on his contract, and you’re wanting a goalscorer who can either come off the bench or play on a regular basis,’ Warnock told BBC 5 Live.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He will challenge the front three natural, he doesn’t need time to settle, you know he’s proven, he knows the manager and the manager knows what he’s about.‘Aubameyang will be on big wages, but he won’t cost you big money to get him out with a year left on his contract and the age that he’s at.‘Would Aubameyang like to go to a club like Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United? Advertisement Klopp coached Aubameyang at Dortmund (Picture: Getty)‘From his point of view, being a squad player at 31, competing for Champions League, competing for leagues, and he will win some trophies going to one of those three clubs – that’s what he wants at the end of his career.‘And when you retire, to have that association with one of those clubs, as well as Arsenal, as well as Borussia Dortmund, what a CV you’ve got then.’Aubameyang is a proven star in the Premier League and became the quickest Gunner to 50 league goals with his brace against Norwich.The Gabon international achieved the feat in just 79 games, bettering Thierry Henry’s record of 83 matches. Arteta speaks to press after Arsenal thrash Norwich 4-0To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenArteta speaks to press after Arsenal thrash Norwich 4-0https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-press-arsenal-thrash-norwich-4-0-2202798/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Mikel Arteta identifies out how Arsenal must improve despite Norwich thrashingMORE: Trent Alexander-Arnold sets himself Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi targets at LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img Coral BarryThursday 2 Jul 2020 1:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link178Shares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jurgen Klopp perfect fit at Liverpool, says Stephen Warnock Advertisementlast_img read more

  • IPE Views: The UK’s local government reforms could be revolutionary

    first_imgAs the UK industry awaits the government’s response to LGPS reforms, Taha Lokhandwala wonders what collective investment vehicles could mean for the futureIn the coming weeks, the UK government is expected to launch a consultation on its vision for the future of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). Local government schemes, unlike the remainder of the public sector, are funded defined benefit (DB) schemes, and, with combined assets of around £148bn (€177bn), and more than 4.5m  members, the schemes together create a formidable force.However, their assets are in no way combined – there are 89 of them in England and Wales alone. This has been a constant source of annoyance for the current coalition government since it came into power. Many of the schemes are heavily underfunded, remaining open to new members and ever-accruing liabilities.As a result, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the section of government responsible for the LGPS, opened a call for evidence on the future structure of the schemes, the results of which it will soon publish. What basically is known is that it wants scale, and it wants it big. When local government minister Brandon Lewis announced his vision of the funds, it involved the creation of five super pension schemes based on the merging of funds by geography.However, there has been ever present resistance to merging liabilities, essentially due to the complex demographics of the LGPS. This is why several options remain on the table, including the formation of collective investment vehicles, namely around five, based on either geography, or perhaps even investment strategy.Schemes are as reluctant to merge asset allocation as much as they are liabilities, which is problematic for a general collective investment vehicle, and which is why the latter option should intrigue the industry most.The concept is mildly comparable with that of Sweden’s AP6 private equity fund, which, in a recent review of the AP system, was singled out for praise.Why this could benefit the LGPS is simple. The biggest arguments against the current system are the schemes being a beacon of inefficiency with regards to external costs on asset managers and consultants.Vehicles focused on specific assets, however, still give full control to each individual scheme in terms of allocation and liability management, but remove the inefficiencies of management and manager selection fees.The biggest win from such a system could be infrastructure – long has been the call for UK schemes to combine and invest. The LGPS funds are prime candidates for this given their open and long-dated liabilities, taxpayer-backed covenants and, frankly, their £148bn in assets.Some of the larger schemes, Strathclyde and West Midlands, have also committed to the Pensions Infrastructure Platform. While this fund lacks a tailwind, it does highlight the funds’ commitment to the asset class.Greater Manchester is another example of a local government scheme keen on infrastructure, as it has moved to build housing and communities in its own region, while London schemes have already made similar moves.A combined infrastructure fund from the LGPS could open the door for smaller schemes to push assets towards it, removing cost barriers and political risks, while allowing long-dated assets. Aside from infrastructure, this could translate across other asset classes such as hedge funds, real estate and private equity, while also saving fees on passive equity and fixed income.The benefits for the schemes’ assets could potentially be unlimited, as they could be for the wider communities and economy as a whole, as government ministers tire of calling for insitutions to step-up.Which route the government will take is still unknown. However, should it choose collective asset-specific funds, we could potentially look back at this decision as the day it modernised public sector investing.last_img read more

  • Jamaican PM to tender formal resignation on Sunday

    first_img Tweet 14 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Jamaican PM to tender formal resignation on Sunday by: – October 19, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce GoldingKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The transition of leadership of the Jamaican government will be completed on Sunday, when Prime Minister Bruce Golding formally tenders his resignation to the governor-general and a new prime minister is sworn in.This will take place at a special ceremony at King’s House commencing at 4.00 pm.On Tuesday, Golding presided over his final Cabinet meeting. He used the occasion to thank his ministers for their support and hard work under his leadership. He noted that the government had overcome significant challenges over the last four years but emphasized that much remains to be done to accelerate the pace of economic recovery in order to be able to tackle the country’s urgent social needs.Golding also noted that, while some elements of the government’s reform agenda had been completed, other important items are yet to be implemented. These, he said, were at an advanced stage of preparation and urged his colleagues to complete the process as a matter of urgency.The prime minister also thanked the cabinet secretary and the staff of the Cabinet Office as well as the permanent secretary and staff of the Office of the Prime Minister for their support during his tenure.After the Cabinet adjourned, Golding convened a meeting of government MPs and received their unanimous formal endorsement of Andrew Holness to succeed him as prime minister. Golding will convey this advice to the governor-general and tender his resignation on Sunday afternoon shortly before the ceremony at King’s House.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

  • Mourinho to manage use of Lampard

    first_img Club record goalscorer Lampard was a near ever-present in Mourinho’s first spell in charge and signed a one-year contract extension just before the self-proclaimed Special One’s return was confirmed. Lampard has had an Achilles injury during the club’s tour of Asia, which concludes against the BNI Indonesian All-Stars XI on Thursday night, and the future of the midfielder is about management. “I believe he is the same player (as before), with the difference of, he is 35 and the time (needed) to recover from match to match is not the same for a man of 25 to a man of 35,” Mourinho said. “The role doesn’t have to change. What has to change is the way we analyse competition. “Before we didn’t analyse, before it was ‘every match: he plays’. “Sometimes I wanted to give him a rest in a Carling Cup match and he said ‘if you give me a rest the next match I will not be the same, because I have to play every three days’. “He can’t play 60 matches like he did before, but the quality of the player and what he represents for the way I like to play football is exactly the same.” Mourinho believes the 35-year-old midfielder can be as influential a player in his second spell at Chelsea as during the first, when Lampard scored the goals which sealed the Blues’ first championship in 50 years. Mourinho said: “Performance is how good you are, not your passport or birth certificate. It’s about performance, nothing else.” Young or old, Jose Mourinho is determined to get the best out of his Chelsea players, including Frank Lampard.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Lifeguards warn about rip currents this Memorial Day weekend

    first_imgRip currents are expected to occur at Florida beaches this Memorial Day weekend.Beachgoers are being urged to stay in sight of a lifeguard post if choosing to swim.Robert Molleda with the National Weather Service in Miami said the waves are blamed for around seven deaths a year in South Florida.“Rip currents are South Florida’s number one killer,” said Molleda.He added if you ever get caught in rip current, don’t panic.“Don’t fight the current. Don’t swim directly against the current, it’s too strong,” said Molleda.Stay afloat until you’re free from the current and from there, swim parallel to shore until you can safely make your way back in.Be sure to listen to lifeguards and stay safe this Memorial Day Weekend!last_img read more

  • Badgers fall for 6th straight game

    first_imgUW head coach Bo Ryan walks off the court after the Badgers fell to Northwestern for their sixth straight loss.[/media-credit]EVANSTON, Ill. — It was the same story on a different night for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.Leading 49-45 with 8:24 left in the game against Northwestern Saturday night, the Badgers managed to squander their lead en route to a 66-63 loss in Evanston, making it their sixth consecutive defeat.“Those six games right there, we have been in all of them, and we haven’t pulled them out,” Wisconsin guard Jason Bohannon said. “That’s on us. That’s not on coach or on anyone else. That’s our fault. He’s the one telling us the right things to do and we are just not getting it done. We have to get it done to win.”The last time the Badgers faced the Wildcats, Wisconsin had a 74-45 victory at the Kohl Center, which also marked their last victory before they started their losing streak. UW has only had two wins in the month of January, coming against Penn State on Jan. 3 and Northwestern on Jan. 7.While they may have beaten the Wildcats by almost 30 points at the beginning of the month, Northwestern played a completely different game. NU shot 57.1 percent from the field throughout the game and 66.7 percent in the second half. They were also 8-of-13 from 3-point range, which included four 3’s to start the game.“Anytime when a team shoots like that, it’s tough to win a game,” Bohannon said. “They hit some tough shots. There were times we were there and they still hit it. You know, we just have to play through it and keep forcing it. There were times where our defense broke down and gave them easy baskets, and we can’t have that if we are going to win basketball games.”In addition to having the hot hand, Northwestern stifled the Badger offense with a 1-3-1 defense that limited Wisconsin’s inside presence until late in the game. It also cost the Badgers eight turnovers in the first half.“We could have settled in a little bit earlier,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “We were just in too much of a hurry. But to add to that, we only had five [turnovers] in the second half and, you know, if you get 10 turnovers in a game, you are in pretty good shape.”After finishing the first half tied at 27, Wisconsin was able to go on a 7-2 run, including a three from Bohannon, who finished the game with 11 points, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Junior forward Jon Leuer also had a solid game with 12 points, including a three.Despite good games from Leuer, Bohannon and Trevon Hughes, who finished the game with 15 points, it was Northwestern guard Craig Moore who came up in the clutch down the stretch against the Badgers. With 11 seconds to go in the game and the Badgers fouling to stop the clock, Moore hit six free throws on three trips to the line to help cement the win for the Wildcats. Overall, Moore had a game-high 26 points, including going 4-for-6 from 3-point range.Besides having problems stopping Moore, the Badgers also found themselves in foul trouble in the second half. Two quick fouls by Keaton Nankivil in the beginning of the second half put him on the bench. Forward Marcus Landry also had four fouls with 8:14 left in the game, which put him out of play until the last few minutes.“You can’t blame anybody,” Ryan said of Landry’s foul trouble. “You have to be accountable to yourself.The Badgers have not won a game in 24 days, which is moving them closer to being out of tournament contention come March. But, down the stretch, Wisconsin is still trying to take the season one game at a time.“I wasn’t thinking about the losing streak in the last couple of seconds, I was thinking about the win,” Hughes said. “Yeah, it’s hard to get back on the left-hand side of things, but this is life and we have to get it together, and we are running out of time.”last_img read more

  • USC faces tough road test in Colorado

    first_imgThe USC women’s soccer team looks to bounce back from a tough loss last Friday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as they head to Boulder to face Colorado on Friday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. and to Salt Lake City to take on Utah on Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon.Stalled · USC sophomore midfielder Natalie Donaldson and the rest of the team’s offense has mustered only four goals in the past seven matches. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy (6-7-2, 1-4-1 Pac-12) suffered a tough 3-2 loss in overtime at the Coliseum against Arizona (7-5-3, 2-4-0 Pac-12). After the Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 12 minutes remaining, USC got two goals from sophomore defender Marlee Carrillo to send the game into overtime. Just when it seemed like USC had taken all of the momentum, Arizona used a strong offensive push and some questionable officiating calls to set up a free kick for the Wildcats’ Jazmin Ponce. Ponce curved a shot to the top far right corner and put it in the back of the net to give Arizona a 3-2 win, despite junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley getting her hand on it.“It’s something that we’re going to need to overcome here in a hurry and try and get our act together,” USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin said after last week’s loss. “We’re at that point in the season where some of the kids that have been carrying a lot of the weight need some time off. We’ll be able to get some people some rest and get people prepared for [this] weekend.”Freshman midfielder Kayla Mills is the team’s points leader with 13 (3 goals, 7 assists). Senior forward Elizabeth Eddy leads the Women of Troy with five goals, and sophomore forward Katie Johnson has added four of her own.The late-game surge could provide an offensive spark for USC, which has been unable to consistently achieve the kind of offensive success they had early in the season. The team scored 12 goals in their first three games and put up five goals against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 15, its most since scoring five against California on Oct. 10, 2010. The Women of Troy scored more than one goal in a game for the first time since a 2-0 win at home against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 19.“We’re just moving on, ready to go, making the next step towards what we need to do in order to succeed and win and do well this season,” Carrillo said.Colorado (11-3-1, 3-2-1 Pac-12) is led by Anne Stuller (eight goals, six assists) and Brie Hooks (seven goals, one assist), while goalkeeper Annie Brunner has a .780 save percentage and eight shutouts on the season. The Buffaloes are returning from a road trip to Washington, where they lost 3-0 to Washington State, but beat Washington 1-0 in overtime. Colorado also played Cal to a 1-1 draw after the Washington trip.Utah (7-3-5, 3-2-1 Pac-12) is coming off a 1-0 loss to No. 10 Stanford. Their offense is led by Katie Taylor’s five goals and three assists, while goalkeeper Lindsey Luke has compiled a .903 save percentage on the season.Both Colorado and Utah are outscoring their opponents 24-11 on the season. USC is outscoring their opponents 25-18 and outshooting them 246-145.The Women of Troy are 3-1 all-time against the Buffaloes and 4-1 all-time against the Utes. USC lost to Colorado 1-0 in double overtime last season, and beat Utah 1-0.last_img read more

  • See how Man City silenced the Bernabeu with UCL win over Real Madrid [VIDEO]

    first_img Tags: Man CityReal MadridUEFA Champions League Source: BBC Sport Manchester City produced a stunning late fightback as goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne secured a memorable 2-1 win at Real Madrid to take control of their Champions League last-16 tie.After a cagey first half, the hosts capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Rodri and Nicolas Otamendi to take the lead as the impressive Vinicius Junior raced towards goal before neatly squaring for Isco to slot home.Sergio Ramos shot over as Real Madrid looked to double their advantage but City equalised 12 minutes before time when Jesus nodded in from close range.It was the least City deserved for what had been an impressive away performance by Pep Guardiola’s side and things got even better seven minutes from time when substitute Raheem Sterling was brought down inside the box and De Bruyne stepped home to confidently convert from the spot.It got even worse for Real Madrid when they were reduced to 10 men with five minutes remaining. Ramos brought down Jesus as he ran through on goal and the defender was shown a red card.It was the first time City had beaten Real Madrid in the Champions League and means they are in the driving seat before the second leg at the Etihad on Tuesday, 17 March.The win will have been all the more welcome for City fans after their side were earlier this month banned from European club competitions for the next two years.The club’s appeal against the decision has been registered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the issue will continue to overshadow their immediate future, but this display in Madrid will give them hope of progressing far in the current campaign.last_img read more