Topics : “Our transportation sector is sloping but our food and logistics delivery orders are still doing quite good,” said Grab Indonesia public affairs head Tri Sukma Anreianno during a press conference on March 23.The company’s food, logistics and grocery shopping delivery services have seen increased business, said a Grab Indonesia spokesperson. “We will expand GrabMart, our daily essentials delivery service, as well as GrabAssistant, our on-demand concierge service so that more people can stay home. This would also provide our driver-partners access to more earning opportunities through the Grab platform,” the spokesperson wrote in an email to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.To help its employees, Grab has committed to US$10 million in initiatives, such as giving a one-time payout of Rp 1.5 million and Rp 3 Million to any GrabBike or GrabCar driver-partner, respectively, who undergoes the government-mandated quarantine or tests positive for COVID-19, among others. The government’s appeal for people to work from home or travel by personal vehicle has left ride-hailing drivers with almost no customers. As such, ride-hailing providers have strategized to help their driver-partners and keep business afloat.A report by big data firm Statqo Analytics said Grab and Gojek had experienced 16 percent and 14 percent downturn, respectively, among its active ride-hailing users within the last week of March.A significant drop was seen on March 19, three days after schools and many businesses closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The initiatives are partly funded by voluntary Grab employee donations that are matched dollar-for-dollar by the company.Previously, Grab had also given 100,000 face masks, hair nets and hand sanitizers, as well as helmet cleaning vouchers, to their drivers.Similarly, Gojek’s chief of public policy and government relations, Shinto Nugroho, said on March 23 that since the implementation of physical distancing, the company’s ride-hailing business had seen an overall decrease in orders, while its food and delivery service GoFood and GoSend, were said to be stable.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.Gojek chief of corporate affairs Nila Marita said on Wednesday that the company had also halted its house-call massage service GoMassage since March 26 and had implemented health safety measures for house cleaning service GoClean.“We’ve temporarily stopped the GoMassage service to comply with the government’s call for social distancing,” she told the Post.She went on to say that for the GoClean service, cleaners went through daily health check-ups and were equipped with masks, gloves and disinfectant. They can also decline a house-call if the customers are visibly ill. Meanwhile, customers must also present travel history from the last 14 days to ensure they have not been in contact with patients under treatment for COVID-19.Recently, the company’s senior management cut their salaries to allocate more than Rp 100 billion to help drivers and employees cope with low demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.It has also imported face masks to be distributed to its drivers and the country’s healthcare providers. Drivers who get COVID-19 or become a patient under treatment can also receive financial aid from Gojek and its foundation, Yayasan Anak Bangsa Kita.
Philippe Coutinho could be on the verge of a sensational move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal completed one of the shocks of the transfer window when they signed Nicolas Pepe for £72m from Lille last week and they could be on the brink of securing another incredible deal on the eve of the transfer deadline.According to reports in France, Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan from Barcelona in what would represent one of the most remarkable transfers of the summer.The 27-year-old has endured a difficult spell at Barcelona following his £142m move from Liverpool in 2018 and he has frequently been linked with a return to the Premier League with Chelsea, Manchester United and his former club all mentioned as suitors.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s interest in Coutinho, though, has seemingly come out of nowhere and considering the club can call upon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Dani Ceballos and Alex Iwobi at present, it is difficult to work out exactly where he would fit in.ADVERTISEMENTUnai Emery would have his work cut out to configure a side featuring his best players but here are three possible ways he could set Arsenal up if Coutinho were to join.1. All-out attackIt doesn’t take a genius to work out that Arsenal’s strength lies in their attack rather than their defence and should they fail to secure the signing of a new centre-back – and possibly even a left-back – their squad will have a very unbalanced look to it.Regardless, while Arsenal might face problems at the back, they would certainly fancy themselves to outscore anyone given the quality of their attack. One way in which Emery may look to assemble his best players into their optimum positions could be by employing an offensive-minded 4-2-4 system.Coutinho has spent much of his career roaming infield from a left-wing position, while Pepe was predominantly deployed in a similar manner on the right by his former club Lille. The presence of energetic full-backs like Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin would ensure that the flanks are adequately covered.Such a system would also allow Aubameyang and Lacazette to play in their favoured positions as central strikers and both players have admitted that they prefer to play in tandem rather than on their own at the top-end of Arsenal’s side.There would be a danger of Arsenal over-crowding central areas of the pitch due to Coutinho and Pepe’s tendencies to wander from the flanks, while it would leave Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos with a frightening amount of work to get through in midfield.It would be a lot of fun to watch, mind.2. A *slightly more reserved* 4-2-3-1A 4-2-4 formation sounds like something taken from the 1950s but in reality, it would be much more fluid than simply being a six-pronged attack accompanied by a five-man defence.Arsenal could still find a way of incorporating their four principal attacking threats – Coutinho, Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe – into the same forward line while also adding a bit more solidity in midfield through the inclusion of Granit Xhaka rather than the more forward-thinking Ceballos.AdvertisementAdvertisementIn a 4-2-3-1 system, Arsenal could utilise Xhaka and Torreira as a double pivot – a tactic that worked well, particularly during the first half of last season – while freeing Coutinho up to play in a more advanced position just off the frontman.Although Coutinho’s creative output has waned alarmingly since his move to Barcelona, he was posting excellent numbers at Liverpool prior to making the switch, creating 2.9 chances per game for Liverpool during the first half of 2017-18 and registering six assists in total across 14 matches.There would be a pretty similar attacking make-up at Arsenal for him to feed off as he did at Liverpool too, with Aubameyang and Pepe providing rapid, goalscoring options out wide similar to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and Lacazette offering a hard-working presence centrally, not dissimilar to Roberto Firmino.It is worth considering, though, that since Coutinho’s departure – and Virgil van Dijk’s arrival – Liverpool have become a far more complete team without losing any of their attacking potency and Arsenal would have to try and find a better overall balance.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City3. Emery’s back-three Plan BA feature of Emery’s first season was the tactical versatility the Spaniard employed, with the team regularly set out in different shapes and systems. It was a far cry from the Arsene Wenger days when the Frenchman used 4-4-2 in his first decade, 4-2-3-1 in his second and dabbled with a back three towards the end.Emery is far less wedded to one shape than his predecessor and often switched things up by alternating between a back four and a back three, playing either a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation last season.AdvertisementThe drawbacks of doing so with his current squad is that using a three-man central defence with wing-backs requires five defenders as opposed to four, which would, therefore, result in one of the attacking players having to be sacrificed.Given Pepe’s status as the club’s record-signing, Aubameyang’s consistency in front of goal and Lacazette’s invaluable contributions both on and off the ball, all three would have to start in the most advanced positions.That would leave Coutinho having to occupy a rather unfamiliar central midfield position, although it perhaps wouldn’t be the most catastrophic role for him with the tenacious Torreira tasked with getting through much of the defensive work.This would be Emery’s most ambitious experiment yet, however.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Three ways Unai Emery could set Arsenal up with Nicolas Pepe and Philippe Coutinho in the side Advertisement Advertisement Oliver Young-MylesTuesday 6 Aug 2019 4:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.4kShares Comment
December 11, 2018 New Low-Interest Financing from Wolf Administration to Support Renovation of Technology Center in Lawrenceville Economy, Infrastructure, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced a new low-interest loan approval through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program. The loan will support the renovation of the Lawrenceville Chocolate Factory, part of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s (RIDC’s) Lawrenceville Technology Center. The project will open the way for further business occupation and job creation in the Chocolate Factory.“Pittsburgh continues to grow as a globally-recognized hub of technology and innovation,” Governor Wolf said. “Supporting projects like this will enable that growth to continue. This administration is committed to helping our tech sector thrive, both in Pittsburgh and across the commonwealth.”The Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) was approved for a $1.5 million, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate. The loan will support costs associated with renovations and improvements to RIDC’s Lawrenceville Chocolate Factory site which houses multiple high-tech and robotics firms. Project plans include tenant build-outs and improvements to four units, roof rejuvenation work, and the addition of a roof patio. Additionally, common area improvements consist of new carpeting, signage, tenant mailboxes, landscaping, and bike racks. The total cost of the project is $3 million.In 2018, PIDA has approved $82 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $118 million in private investment and supported 4,296 created and retained full-time jobs. PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The letter is in response to plans from the European Commission (EC), supported by the Council, to impose budget cuts and freeze staff member numbers across the ESAs.The chairs said this would reduce the “capacity to continue to deliver on the objectives set out in the ESAs’ regulations and tasks” set down by legislators.The letter adds: “These cuts do not reflect the fact that, in 2015, the ESAs will still be in a ‘growing phase’, which – as acknowledged by the Commission in its overall approach to European Agencies – should be reflected by additional resources.”The ESAs were set up in 2011 in response to the financial crisis and have seen remits and legislative agendas grow over the years.EIOPA is currently finalising the standards and guidelines for Solvency II requirements on insurers, while also contributing to IORP II, designing pension fund investment stress tests and consulting on solvency requirements for pension funds.The letter did welcome the Council’s view that ESA resources should be adequate in relation to growing responsibilities, but said there was an urgent need to identify a “more robust and long-term solution to the financing of ESAs”.It added: “The review should be used to discuss possible solutions, be it funding through an independent budget line in the general budget of the EU, financing by industry or a combination.”The incoming Commission president, Jean-Claude Junker, has given the financial services commissioner, Jonathan Hill, a mandate to overhaul the financing of the ESAs – with expectations that EIOPA’s funding will fall on the pensions and insurance industry.EIOPA is currently funded through a combination of EU taxpayer money and contributions from national regulators.The proposal for taxpayer-independent funding is favoured by Bernardino, and backed by European parliamentarians on the economic and monetary affairs (ECON) committee.Proposals aside from funding also included only allowing ESAs to operate one stakeholder group, flying in the face of EIOPA’s separate insurance and pensions groups.EIOPA chair Bernardino recently told IPE he fully rejected this idea and personally saw the merit in keeping the stakeholder entities separate. The European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) have hit out at planned budget and staff freezes from the legislative bodies, suggesting financial curbs would hamper policy implementation.In a joint letter to the president of ECOFIN, the collective of EU finance ministers, and the secretary general of the Council of the EU, the ESA chairs decried budget cuts and called for a more long-term solution to financing.The ESAs consist of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA).Gabriel Bernardino, Andrea Enria and Steven Maijoor chair the authorities, respectively.
The UK government is facing a legal challenge over its veto on local authority pension fund investments.The government says these funds, steered by local councillors and worth more than £200bn (€238bn) in total, must follow national foreign policy.The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the organisation making the challenge, is fearful the government’s veto will curtail pension funds’ ability to act in their members’ best interest and has applied for a judicial review of the powers.The trade union Unison has previously called on its 1m members in local government to campaign for divestment from companies involved in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The government says a judicial review is unnecessary and that the powers exist to prevent local authorities from pursuing a political, non-financial agenda with members’ savings.The PSC’s challenge argues that the UK government veto could contravene EU law, which prohibits governments from directing where pension schemes put their money.The UK government claims local authority pension funds are exempt from this law because town hall workers, unlike private-sector pension schemes, are guaranteed retirement benefits regardless of whether their savings in the pension fund do well or badly.Government minister Marcus Jones, speaking in Parliament in November, said benefits were guaranteed by statute.This claim is repeated in a legal response from the government to the PSC’s lawyers.But the claim is disputed.The Scheme Advisory Board, which monitors the entire £200bn Local Government Pension Scheme, has legal opinion that there is no statutory guarantee from central government.The PSC has now hired the same lawyer who gave that opinion, Nigel Giffin.Peter Wallach, head of the Merseyside Pension Fund, one of the largest in the Local Government Pension Scheme, said: “There is no legal underpin to LGPS benefits. It is purely an assumption.“I do not worry overly about this, but, at the same time, we cannot dismiss the possibility that this could be an issue at some point in the future.”Cllr Kieran Quinn, chair of the UK Local Authority Pension Fund Forum and executive leader of Tameside Borough Council, is also fairly relaxed about the intervention power.In the January issue of IPE magazine, Quinn writes: “While I agree there is a greater scope for central intervention in theory, I remain relaxed about what this will mean in practice.“Pension funds can often do better than the likes of the Foreign Office in both identifying investment opportunities abroad and realising when it is prudent to step back, and, in my experience, the people who are the quickest to accuse pension funds of playing politics are almost always unable to provide specific examples to support their argument.”
Conrad Petroleum will start drilling an appraisal well at its Mako prospect, in the Duyung Production Sharing Contract, offshore Indonesia, within days, according to a partner in the project. Conrad Petroleum is the operator of the PSC with 90% interest and Empyrean Energy is its partner with the remaining 10% interest.Duyung PSC is set in the Natuna Sea in water depths of 60-100 meters and associated shallow drilling depths of up to 2,000 feet. It includes the Mako shallow gas discovery which, according to the LEAP CPR, is estimated to contain 400 Bcf to 1.3 Tcf of gas in place.Empyrean reported on Friday that the COSL Seeker jack-up rig had arrived on location for the drilling of the Mako South-1 well. The jack-up is presently continuing to rig up in preparation for drilling operations to start within days, Empyrean added.The objective of the well is to flow test the gas sands and provide key data on the permeability and gas saturation properties of the reservoir.Earlier this week, Empyrean said that the Mako project drilling would establish reservoir quality and conduct a gas flow test on the 430-650 Bcf conventional contingent gas resource.Regarding its other operations, Empyrean informed that the seismic acquisition program on its 100 percent owned Block 29/11, offshore China, is progressing well with approximately 1/3 of the acquisition complete. The program started earlier this month and it is conducted by China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL).“The data collected so far has been of good quality,” the company briefly concluded.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Share NewsSports SKABA wants you to “Name our Team” by: – October 29, 2011 267 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Basketball City, St.Kitts (October 28th 2011):-In light of the recent developments by the St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association in the reviving and or re-establishment of our National Basketball Teams which are integral to the promotion of basketball in St. Kitts and Nevis and regionally, SKABA is seeking the help of the general public via a Facebook in the naming of our National Basketball team in the promotion “Name Our Team”Fans, Kittitians and Nevisians based locally and worldwide are asked to LIKE the SKABA Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SKABA.Basketball and make their suggestions as potential names for the basketball team. According to officials of SKABA a very vigorous pursuit to re-establish or revive the national team programmes in all categories including Senior and Junior mens and females has begun starting with a SKABA select team which is expected to face Dominica in November. The association will also seek to establish a National Development team which will be comprised of the top players under the age of 23. The St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association seeks to keep the general public closely informed with the direction basketball is being carried in St. Kitts and Nevis.
After taking the lead on a lap seven restart, Kyle Smith led to the checkers in the April 21 Pennsylvania Sprint Series show at Port Royal Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker)PORT ROYAL, Pa. (April 21) – Kyle Smith was the winner when the Pennsylvania Sprint Series returned to Port Royal Speedway Saturday for Beer Hill Cup race number two of the season.Dylan Shatzer ran the middle groove while others ran the high side and led the first four laps. Christian Rumsey took over up front before Smith used a lap seven restart to gain the lead.Jeff Miller Jr. garnered a second place finish while hard-charging Darren Miller ran out of laps and settled for third.Unseasonable temperatures had officials expecting a car count in the mid-20s but a warmer than anticipated weekend helped put 40 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars in the pits for the Alan Kumpf benefit event.Kumpf ran the number 40 which matched the unexpected car count. Many PASS teams made their first start of the season and Western Pennsylvania racers eager to get started traveled to the Speed Palace.A total of $821 was raised for the family of Kumpf, who was a part-time racer for more than a decade with PASS. He passed away recently at the age of 37 and is survived by a wife and three children. It was an impressive amount of generosity from the racing community once again for a driver that many people may have never met.Feature results – 1. Kyle Smith; 2. Jeff Miller Jr.; 3. Darren Miller; 4. Christian Rumsey; 5. Dylan Shatzer; 6. Zach Newlin; 7. Ken Duke Jr.; 8. Jonathan Jones; 9. Drew Ritchey; 10. Kassidy Kreitz; 11. Nick Sweigart; 12. John Scarborough; 13. Jaremi Hanson; 14. Kyle Ganoe; 15. Josh Dressler; 16. Reed Thompson; 17. Roger Irvine; 18. Colton Hoover; 19. Fred Arnold; 20. Erin Statler; 21. Stephanie Dodson; 22. Josh Guiher; 23. Andrew Hake; 24. Vince Dougherty; 25. Wally Eshenaur.
RelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Gaetano Miccichè has resigned as the president of Serie A following an investigation into his election last year.Miccichè, also the president of Banca IMI investment bank, was chosen unanimously in March 2018 by the Italian league’s 20 clubs.But the Italian soccer federation opened an investigation last month after Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi alleged there were irregularities with how Miccichè was elected.In a statement on Tuesday, Miccichè said: “The rumours in today’s newspapers, relating to the closure of the investigation into my appointment 20 months ago and to its possible outcome are unacceptable and forced me to make this decision.”Lega Serie A, which runs the Italian top flight, had been without a president for almost year before Miccichè was elected.Tags: Banca MIGaetano MiccicheSerie A
After getting turned over at Punchestown following his brave Cheltenham run last spring, there were questions to be answered on his reappearance over two and a half miles in the John Durkan Chase in December. But he was sparkling in brushing aside some top-class rivals and this has been the plan since. “He’s only seven and if he hadn’t already been second in a Gold Cup the hope you’d have would be that he’s still improving.” Smad Place was a devastating winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup before finishing fourth in the King George when different tactics were employed after he made all of the running at Newbury. “It’s no secret that trying to win the Hennessy first time out last year was a disaster,” trainer Alan King told Racing UK. “He ran very well but got extremely tired and I don’t think he ever really got over it. “This year we’ve done things differently. We got him started at Kempton in a graduation chase and had a lovely school around there which brought him on – it made such a difference in the Hennessy. “Rightly or wrongly, we went the King George route. I just didn’t want to make the running as it would have suited the opposition. “I just thought Vautour would have loved to have sat on our tail at Kempton, and I think that’s what would have happened. “I’m very happy with him and I want to try to make up my mind and see which race we run him in at the Festival.” Oliver Sherwood’s Grand National winner Many Clouds lost little in defeat in trying to give subsequent Lexus hero Don Poli 5lb at Aintree in December and his team are building back up towards the big one on Merseyside in the spring. “He’s in really good shape,” said jockey Leighton Aspell. “I schooled him on Thursday and he’s in tip-top form .” Connections of Djakadam hope the Gold Cup runner-up is still improving ahead of his run in the BetBright Trial Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday. With Willie Mullins farming big races in England this season, everything appears to be in his favour. Owner Rich Ricci’s racing manager Joe Chambers said: “He looked very good in the John Durkan. “That was his first run back and he had questions to answer whether or not a tough end to last season had left a mark or not. “There were no signs it had, though, as he showed plenty of pace, travelled well and jumped super. It was nice to see him do that. “We saw this as a good chance to take him back to Cheltenham with a view to March. All the practice you can get is a good thing. “We weren’t surprised with how much speed he showed in the Durkan as he had won plenty over shorter trips – so much so that we were confident enough to run him in the JLT as a novice. “The fact he fell that day, when we felt he was still going very well, meant he crept under the radar a bit for a time. “We’ve always thought the world of him and chasing was always going to be his game. Press Association