Saint Mary’s students gather to support victims of sexual violence

first_imgAs Saint Mary’s students walked around campus Wednesday they may have seen sporting violet t-shirts. On Monday, one fourth of the Saint Mary’s student body were handed t-shirts that read “One in Four” — representing the statistic that one in four college women have been or will be effected by sexual violence in their lifetime. On Wednesday, Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) and Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry held a Belles for Healing Vigil in support of survivors of sexual violence. The prayer service featured reflections, music and prayer. As students gathered on Alumnae Green, the director of Campus Ministry, Regina Wilson, and BAVO student representatives invited students to stand, gave opening remarks and led the group in song. Wilson said it was important for the Saint Mary’s community to gather in support of those effected by sexual violence. “It’s an opportunity to come together and, since we’re a faith-based institution, to express our hope that there is hope for everyone and to pray in solidarity with all those who have suffered — and to stand together as a vision, as a community in prayer and solidarity,” she said.Wilson said the vigil allowed the Saint Mary‘s student body to lift up violence survivors in prayer.“Anytime people gather for prayer, I hope it gives comfort,” she said. “I hope it gives language to people’s feelings of confusion or their feelings of feeling alone. When we’re all here, we’re a sign that we are not alone, even when we feel a deep loneliness.”Between songs, students read the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and passages of scripture on healing. Students were invited to write the names of survivors, messages of hope or their personal stories on slips of dissolvable paper and to place them in water. Students also lit candles and observed a moment of silence. Assistant director of campus ministry Liz Palmer said she hopes students walked away from the event with “a spirit of solidarity.” “Life is one of relationships and one where we should all support and be with one another,” Palmer said.Senior Courtney Driscoll, BAVO Student Advisory Committee (SAC) member and co-chair for the events and campaigns committee, explained BAVO is led primarily by Student Advisory Committees, each with two co-chairs who lead a group of 10 to 15 allies. “Liz Coulston recently joined BAVO as the new director. With my experience working for BAVO the last three years, we could not ask for a better director,” she said. “Liz is everything Saint Mary’s needs. She is punctual, creative and displays all-around leadership.”Driscoll said the vigil was organized in the hope of creating an inclusive space for the Saint Mary’s community to unite and promote a message of hope and healing for those affected by sexual violence.“I aim to create unique visual campaigns,” Driscoll said. “I believe through this — making students more aware and supporting them — will cultivate a safer environment and potentially lower sexual violence in our campus community.” Junior Katelyn Edwards, a committee ally entering her first year working for BAVO, said the event was an emotional and inspiring experience for her.“It supplied students with a safe space to let go and heal from whatever they have been affected by,” she said. “It allowed the community to support them in a silent and respectful way. I look forward to working with BAVO this next year and help plan the events to come.”Tags: BAVO, saint mary’s, sexual violencelast_img read more

Panamanian, US forces seize huge drug cargo

first_img PANAMA CITY — Panama’s Aero-Naval service (SEMAN) and the U.S. Coast Guard seized 1,175 kilograms (2,590 pounds) of cocaine in an operation Aug. 4 in the Panamanian Caribbean coast, authorities said. SENAN Commissioner Ramón López said that after being spotted by authorities, three drug traffickers aboard a 45-foot vessel threw several bales containing the narcotic overboard and headed in the direction of Colombia. So far this year, Panamanian authorities have seized 15.5 tons of drugs, López added. [Critica.com.pa (Panama), 07/08/2012; Diaadia.com.pa (Panama), 07/08/2012] By Dialogo August 07, 2012last_img

Drug courts help keep families together

first_imgDrug courts help keep families together Amy K. Brown Assistant Editor “I’m very proud of you” is not something you usually hear a judge say to a defendant in court. . . but this isn’t your usual court.On a typical Friday in Circuit Judge John Parnham’s Pensacola Family-Focused Parent Drug Court, women approach a podium in front of the judge to talk about staying off drugs in order to keep custody of their children.“I feel myself falling,” one woman says tearfully, with her head down. She is dressed sloppily today, disheveled and dirty. She fears she may relapse into using drugs. And when she uses drugs, she knows she’ll abuse drugs and stay high rather than care for her children. She doesn’t want the court to take her kids away again.“I don’t want to see you fall back into that rut. We’re here to help you.” Judge Parnham offers words of encouragement to guide her through this tough period. Despite her tears, the woman smiles.“I’m tired — really tired. Is this what raising kids is really like?” another woman asks the judge. “It used to be, in times like this, that I would start using again. Now, I call my counselor.”Before her involvement with Dependency Drug Court, after several failed attempts at staying off drugs, after decades of abusing drugs and alcohol, the woman was called an “unfit mother” and had her four children taken away from her. She was locked in jail, away from her children, helplessly stuck in the revolving door of despair.But now, she has a lifeline to grab onto in Dependency Drug Court, where court professionals and social workers hope to keep her clean from drugs so she can reclaim her children and learn how to be a good mother.Rather than adding different types of specialty courts to combat the problem of families broken up by drug abuse, two circuits in Florida have expanded already-existing courts and combined two previously unrelated courts.Dependency Drug court (DDC), which has burgeoned in Miami-Dade and Pensacola, is a combination of dependency court and drug court. Run by a drug court judge, but still a part of civil court, DDC helps drug-addicted parents conquer their addiction and be reunited with their children.This is not only a new system for the clients, who often have spent years cycling in and out of the regular dependency court, failing several treatment programs, and risking permanent termination of their parental rights. This is also new for the judges.“For the judge, [DDC] is an emotional roller coaster,” said Judge Parnham. “In the drug court, you’re afforded the opportunity to invest yourself personally in these clients. A very unique relationship develops between the judge and the client. You kind of ride the roller coaster with the client. When the client’s doing great, you just feel great. And when they relapse, you just relapse with them emotionally.”Judge Parnham, the founding and current presiding judge at Pensacola’s DDC, formed the state’s first DDC in 1996 by taking the drug court model and applying it to dependency issues. He describes the basis of his program as “therapeutic jurisprudence,” a concentration on the law’s impact on emotional life and psychological well-being, which regards the law itself as a social force that often produces therapeutic and anti-therapeutic consequences.“Our whole focus is supporting the client and helping them change their lives,” Parnham said.Circuit Judge Jeri B. Cohen, the presiding judge at Miami-Dade’s DDC, agrees.“You do form relationships you wouldn’t otherwise form with the parents in front of you,” she said. “The parent becomes very co-dependent on the court to stay clean and get their kids back. You want the parent to please the court, but at some point, you have to break that co-dependent relationship and make the parent move into a self-reliant phase.”Despite the emotional strain involved, both judges agree the success of the program is well worth the risk. The parental relationship formed between judge and client is just part of the recovery process, they said.“I’m convinced that for these women to have a chance, with their histories of being victimized and all the problems they have, there has to be some type of interior change for them to have a chance for sobriety,” Parnham said.“Part of that is that they start to understand their sense of worth, of dignity as a human being. The traditional system doesn’t give them an opportunity. My role is to try to instill in them that sense of dignity and self-worth. It’s a very non-traditional judicial approach.”“Our whole push is holistic.. . . The concentration is on parenting, family therapy, treatment, and mental health,” Cohen said.DDCs are similar to many other specialty courts in that they seek to correct the root of a problem, which in this case is drug abuse. Judges have conservatively estimated that 70 to 75 percent of the neglect cases that come before them are related to a parent’s addiction to alcohol or controlled substances.The legal tools available to most courts — reunification of families, placement of children in foster care, termination of parental rights, adoption — often fall short in resolving the underlying issues that initially brought the family to court. That’s where DDCs step in with their holistic approach. They help prevent children from languishing in foster care for years. They help bring families back together through parent education and drug treatment. They help motivate drug-addicted parents to stop the cycle of abstinence and abuse for good.The 1997 federal Adoption and Safe Families Act has given these courts a difficult task by setting firm deadlines. As a result of Florida’s version of the legislation, Chapter 39 of the Florida Statutes, parents within the dependency system have about a year to show they’re capable of reuniting with their children before all parental rights are terminated. And when dealing with a cyclical problem like substance abuse, time limits can make the judge’s job even harder, Parnham said.Both Cohen and Parnham sit on the state Supreme Court’s Treatment-based Drug Court Steering Committee, which has proposed additions to Chapter 39 outlining a judge’s right to request substance abuse assessments during dependency proceedings for people requesting custody of a child, allowing a judge to require and oversee treatment for people requesting custody of a child, and defining precisely what steps the judicial system must take to make DDCs a viable system throughout the state. The propositions will be addressed in the next legislative session. History For years, Pensacola relied on a voluntary treatment regimen for drug-addicted mothers in dependency court.“You’d have mothers who would have multiple children and who were addicted. The way we dealt with it, historically, is we’d take the children away and line up some treatment services for the parent. Most of them, initially, would probably do pretty well in treatment, and they’d complete the treatment and get ready to be reunified with the child. Then they’d relapse, and we’d take the children away,” Parnham said. “That cycle repeated itself oftentimes. When we would get to the point where we had to decide whether to terminate the parental rights permanently, the mother was inevitably doing well in treatment.”To combat this never-ending cycle, Parnham created the first DDC in 1996.“What this drug court did was come in and change the cycle. We developed a treatment protocol that was for a year. We use intensive treatment, intensive accountability, random urinalysis, weekly court appearances, and incentives and sanctions in order to motivate the clients to permanently change their lifestyle.”Parnham said he is confronted with DDC’s success on a daily basis.At a recent hearing, a mother of eight children came before Parnham. Seven of her children had been permanently removed from her care because of her drug addiction, and her parental rights to the children had been terminated. At the time of the hearing, she still had custody of her eighth child, an 18-month-old baby with Down’s syndrome. The woman had been through four or five different treatment programs without any long-term success. But after a year-long stint with DDC, the Department of Children and Families terminated protective services on the eighth child.“I thought to myself, ‘What a wonderful comparison between when you have drug court and when you don’t,’” Parnham said.These are the people Pensacola’s DDC targets — addicted women who have been in the system for an extended period of time.Miami-Dade’s DDC targets a different group of women — those at the “front end” who are just entering the system.“When I first started, I did take mothers in at the ‘back end.’ I still have a few mothers who have lost other children and are still holding on to one child,” said Cohen. “I found that with cases that have been in the system for a long time, some of the mothers are successful, but not a lot of them are.“What we’ve decided is if there’s substance abuse alleged in the [dependency] petition, we’ll refer them on day one to drug court. We can get their services in place and monitor them,” she said.Though their target groups may be different, the 11th Circuit and Pensacola have the same goals in mind.“People who have been using drugs for a long time function a certain way,” Cohen said. “We’re not just making sure their urine is clean; we’re changing the whole way they live their lives. We’re trying to break the cycle of addiction and violence.”It’s very easy to tell which women have been in the program the longest, according to Parnham. As the women move through the DDC process, and as they gain necessary self-esteem, they begin to take care of themselves and their appearance — a very visible change that shows how well the program works.Everyone involved agrees the success of DDCs relies heavily on teamwork.“If you have a judge who cares, the judge has taken the entire system — prosecutor, defense attorney, and treatment providers — and you have a team pulling for success. If the client begins to stray, the system has the ability to say, ‘Oops, not so fast.’ That’s an attention-getter,” said Jim McDonough, director of the Florida Office of Drug Control Policy. “You have the whole system enthusiastic about the success of a client. It’s an excellent mix. The data shows we have something like a 75 or 80 percent success rate. The best treatment besides that may get you 60 percent, but, in actuality, it’s closer to 50 percent.”Parnham is careful to warn incoming clients that drug court will not be easy, but he also says, “If you’re serious about recovery and you want the best opportunity to do it, this is the best program out there.”“In a system that involves local agencies, a lot of times, things are uncoordinated and gaps are created,” said Parnham. “In the [dependency] drug court, through our partnerships, and our collaborations, and the intense judicial oversight, we eliminate those gaps and make sure the system functions appropriately, which, in the long run, ensures child safety, helps family preservation, and certainly helps the client.”Dr. Paul Rollins, director of caseworkers for Department of Children and Families’ Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health in Pensacola, sees how much better the various players in the system work together to reach the common goal of reuniting children with their mothers.“This is a program that looks holistically at someone’s needs. Just because they’re in drug court doesn’t mean that the whole myriad of things they come into the system with are not addressed,” said Dr. Rollins. “That holistic look at the client, the supervision, and the accountability are the essential things that bring everyone together. It forces organizations that didn’t always see things on the same page to work together toward a common purpose.”Judge Cohen agrees.“If I didn’t have this intervention center, I couldn’t do it,” she said. “The dedicated staff, and certainly the judicial oversight, and the collaboration of all the different services make the program work. We have a nurse on staff to take care of their medical needs. We have very strong collaborative relationships that work very closely with the client. That’s what we can most attribute our success to.”The 11th Circuit has developed an intricate relationship with the Linda Ray Intervention Center and the Village Twin Lakes Outpatient Center, both of which provide DDC clients with a wide variety of counseling services. Cohen relies on the intervention center’s “Strengthening Families” program, funded by local, state, and federal grants, to teach her clients how to be better parents.“The parents learn the developmental stages of children so they respond appropriately to their children’s behavior,” said Lynne Katz, program administrator at the intervention center. “Strengthening Families is different from other parenting programs that have typically been used in courts. It’s an interactive parenting program where the clinicians teach the parents about parenting, but the clinicians also witness the interactive play between the parent and child, so they have an idea how the parents utilize the lessons they’ve learned.”Clinicians from the intervention center meet weekly with Judge Cohen to discuss the progress of families in DDC. A second program open to clients, “Ages and Stages,” is a developmental screening measure to test whether the children from birth to three-years-old in the DDC system are suffering developmental delays.“We look to see if the child is developing more slowly than normal in areas like emotional and physical development or their ability to take care of themselves,” said Katz. “If we find that a child is not doing those developmental activities, the child is eligible for early intervention services. Our program provides those interventions. There’s a seamless process that happens.”The developmental delays are not necessarily a direct result of parents’ drug use, Katz said. For children born to a substance-abusing mother, “there is a whole set of risk factors that will impact on their development. Children born into these families are often on a negative trajectory, in terms of development. They come from environments that cannot support their needs.”Pensacola’s treatment providers — the Lakeview Center and the Women’s Transitional Center — focus more closely on keeping the parents off drugs, according to Parnham, but parental education is definitely a strong component.“As the mother demonstrates an ability to stay clean, develops appropriate parenting skills, and so forth, it’s not uncommon to have the family reunited prior to graduation,” he said.Parnham’s court doesn’t have the same level of funding or treatment services Cohen has access to, but he’s working on it.“We need family intervention specialists to work with parents during reunification, and we need a facilitator to talk about the mechanics of clients’ case plans,” he said.Pensacola does have several innovative treatment programs, such as gender-specific and gender-sensitive treatment, and providers in the area have branched out to work with religious organizations. Several clients in Pensacola’s DDC participate in a local African-American church choir for spiritual support. In the future In Judge Parnham’s court, since its inception in 1996, 134 children have been reunified with 48 parents. Parnham also estimates nine clean babies have been born while the mother participated in the program.As of October 2000 — little over a year after its inception — Cohen’s court boasted 50 kids reunited with 13 parents.Cohen’s Miami-Dade court has been chosen as one of three demonstration sites by the Center for Substance Abuse and Treatment, and both Judge Cohen’s and Judge Parnham’s courts serve as “Host Family Drug Court Sites” for the Drug Court Planning Initiative Family Project, sponsored by the Drug Courts Program Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, in collaboration with the National Drug Court Institute and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.“Almost every other week we’ll have judges coming in,” she said, to observe a successful DDC in action.Judge Parnham is ready not only to expand the reach of DDCs to other areas of the state, but also to incorporate the format of DDCs into other areas of the judicial system.“I think we can take some of the knowledge that we’ve gained in [DDC] and expand it into the traditional system,” he said. “I, personally, think that every dependent client ought to be treated like the drug court treats them — where the system is held accountable, the individual is held accountable, the resources are there, there’s monitoring by the court, and so forth. Our goal, quite frankly, is to change the whole system to make it more in line with the drug court experience, because we’re getting better results.”But it’s going to be up to the legislature to fund it, said Parnham.“We’ve got to demonstrate to the legislature and the public that this is cost-effective, this is public safety-enhancing, the results are better, and the community benefits, and then we’ve got to convince the legislature to support it financially,” he said. “I can defend what we do from any perspective — law enforcement, public safety, therapeutic, rehabilitative — and I can show you, in our particular approach, how we do it better than the traditional system.”Overall, Florida’s judiciary is very receptive to these non-traditional methods, said Parnham and Cohen, but some of their peers believe the system is too nonadversarial and hands-on.To that, Judge Cohen said, “I don’t really give a damn. I know what I’m doing works.” September 15, 2001 Assistant Editor Regular News Drug courts help keep families togetherlast_img read more

WHO: Global H5N1 vaccine stockpile may be feasible

first_imgApr 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) says nations and vaccine manufacturers agreed yesterday that it may be feasible to set up a world stockpile of H5N1 influenza vaccine and find a way to ensure that developing countries could access pandemic flu vaccine supplies.Government officials and vaccine producers who met at WHO headquarters in Geneva agreed that “creating a stockpile of H5N1 vaccine, and separately developing a mechanism to ensure broader access to pandemic influenza vaccine for developing countries in the advent of a pandemic, may be feasible,” the WHO said in a news release today.”We have taken another crucial step forward in ensuring that all countries have access to the benefits of international influenza virus sharing and pandemic vaccine production,” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said.Developing countries’ access to pandemic flu vaccines emerged as a major international health issue in February, when Indonesia revealed it had stopped sending H5N1 virus samples to the WHO 2 months earlier. The government complained that drug companies would use its virus samples to make vaccines that Indonesia couldn’t afford to buy.After a Jakarta meeting in late March, Indonesia promised to resume sharing its virus samples immediately, in return for two WHO promises: not to turn viruses over to drug companies without the country’s permission, and to prepare new virus-sharing guidelines. But Indonesia has not yet provided any more samples, according to news reports today.The WHO said vaccine producers from developed and developing countries at yesterday’s meeting expressed willingness to work with the WHO to pursue the possibility of an H5N1 vaccine stockpile and a mechanism to broaden access to pandemic vaccine.The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations, an industry organization, said it expects increased production capacity for seasonal flu vaccines to grow in the next 3 to 5 years, the WHO reported.The WHO said it would now set up “expert groups to focus on the details of how to create, maintain, fund and use an H5N1 vaccine stockpile” and would continue to work with member states and other partners on the problem of access to pandemic vaccines.The WHO statement didn’t suggest how large a stockpile might be. But Dr. David Heymann, the WHO’s assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said officials in developing countries have said they want enough vaccine to protect 1% of their populations, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report today.”We have no idea what our official number will be. . . . But when asking what might be reasonable, one percent is what everybody is saying in the developing countries, that they would feel they need for essential populations,” Heymann told CP.As for where the vaccines for the stockpile would come from, Heymann said, “We believe that there will be a combination of donations from industry, possibly portions of national stockpiles would be made available from industrialized countries and funding.”Global flu vaccine production capacity remains very limited. Chan, in opening remarks prepared for yesterday’s meeting, estimated the annual capacity at 500 million doses of trivalent (three-strain) vaccine, but other recent estimates have typically been lower, about 350 million trivalent doses. World population is more than 6 billion.The WHO statement voiced optimism about the potential effectiveness of H5N1 vaccines now in development. The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization concluded last week that recent studies of H5 vaccines showed them to be safe and immunogenic and that “it was realistic to expect that vaccines offering cross protection (against immunologically related but different viruses not contained in the vaccine) could be developed,” the statement said.Participants in the meeting agreed that all the efforts to provide pandemic flu vaccines must be based on the International Health Regulations as revised in 2005. The regulations, which take effect in June and have been adopted by most countries, are designed to prevent the international spread of diseases and limit the effects of other health emergencies, such as chemical spills.In opening remarks at the WHO meeting, Director-General Chan said the threat of a flu pandemic is universal and requires global solidarity. “Public health security is a collective undertaking, a shared responsibility,” she said, adding that all countries will be affected and all populations will be susceptible. Her speech was posted on the WHO Web site.Chan, who is from Hong Kong, said further, “I believe that developing countries are right to ask us to address the issue of more equitable access [to vaccines] now. To date, developing countries have suffered the most from this virus.”She also observed that the course of the H5N1 avian flu problem has not been what experts expected back in early 2004, when the virus began spreading widely in Southeast Asia.”Most experts expected one of two things to happen,” she said. “Either a pandemic would start fairly quickly, especially since the virus was so widespread in animals, or the virus would attenuate. It would mutate into a form less deadly for poultry, and it would lose its ability to infect and kill humans.”Neither has happened. Instead, this virus has given us a more protracted warning than anyone dared hope.”Meanwhile, Indonesia still has not resumed sending H5N1 virus samples to the WHO and has not offered a clear explanation for the delay, according to news reports today.Reuters reported that Triono Soendoro, head of research and development for the Indonesian health ministry, said, “Last month’s meeting resulted in a new mechanism and there are some administrative issues that need to be sorted out.”An Associated Press (AP) report said it was not clear what has caused the delay. It quoted Soendoro as saying Indonesia would resume sending samples when it has confidence that drug companies won’t obtain the samples without Indonesia’s approval.WHO officials revealed last week that China had not shared any human H5N1 virus samples in about a year, though the Chinese did send some poultry samples of the virus last fall. After that revelation, Chinese officials promised they would resume sending human samples soon.Scientists need samples of the virus to track its evolution and spread, look for signs of resistance to antiviral drugs, and develop vaccines.See also:Apr 26 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2007/pr21/en/index.htmlText of Dr. Margaret Chan’s opening speech at the WHO meetinghttp://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2007/250407/en/index.htmlWHO description of the International Health Regulationshttp://www.who.int/features/qa/39/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Indonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5% if PSBB last for 4 months: World Bank

first_imgIndonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5 percent this year should the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed by several regional administrations nationwide last for four months, according to a worst-case projection by the World Bank, as the government rushes to reopen the virus-battered economy.Under its baseline scenario, however, Indonesia’s economy is expected to grow zero percent compared to 5.02 percent last year, said World Bank senior economist for Indonesia Ralph van Doorn on Tuesday.“This [the baseline scenario] assumes two months of large-scale social restrictions and takes into account a severe global economic slowdown and a very big drop in commodity prices, all of which will have an effect on Indonesia’s economy,” van Doorn told reporters in a livestreamed news conference. “We expect private consumption to slow down due to job losses and a decline in consumer confidence,” said van Doorn. “We also expect a slowdown in investment growth because of weaker economic activity and lower commodity prices.”Indonesia’s economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the weakest since 2001, while household consumption expanded just 2.84 percent year-on-year (yoy) from 5.01 percent during the same period last year. The government’s worst-case scenario sees the economy contracting 0.4 percent this year.Fitch Solutions in its research on May 6 projected private consumption to contract 1.5 percent in 2020 and the economy to shrink 1.3 percent.Four provinces and 11 regencies/cities nationwide had implemented PSBB as of Tuesday afternoon since Indonesia’s outbreak epicenter Jakarta started applying the measure on April 10, forcing offices, factories and retail shops to close and limiting people’s movement. The coronavirus has infected more than 27,500 people and killed at least 1,660 in Indonesia, official data show. The government is now pushing ahead to reopen the economy to prevent further weakening by easing restrictions in areas where infection rates are under control, allowing malls and restaurants to reopen with strict health protocols, despite a surge in coronavirus infections nationwide.The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency director for macroeconomic policy Hidayat Amir said the government’s decision to reopen the economy was aimed at preventing massive bankruptcy and speeding up the economic recovery process after the threat had subsided.“Economic recovery may take place in the third and fourth quarters,” said Hidayat at the same news conference. “We want businesses to survive and prevent massive job losses.”Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati recently projected that 1.89 million to 4.89 million Indonesians would become poor as a result of the pandemic, while 3 million to 5.23 million would lose their jobs.On Tuesday, Van Doorn of the World Bank expected the country’s poverty rate to surge by 2.1 to 3.6 percentage points, which would mean between 5.6 million and 9.6 million people falling into poverty this year.“There is a need for adequate protection for vulnerable communities,” Van Doorn said. “We are concerned that the value of the stimulus package may not be enough to offset the economic impact on households.”The government is rolling out a Rp 641.17 trillion (US$44.3 billion) economic recovery stimulus package to strengthen its safety net programs, as well as to provide cash injections to state-owned enterprises and subsidized loan interest for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), among other things.As much as Rp 149.29 trillion of the fund will be used for bailouts for 12 SOEs, mostly as cash compensation and working capital investments, to reduce the impact of the virus crisis. The funding includes Rp 48 trillion in compensation for electricity firm PLN, Rp 45 trillion in compensation for oil company Pertamina and Rp 8.5 trillion in working capital guarantee for flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.The government will also provide Rp 34.15 trillion in loan repayment subsidies to around 60 million borrowers, while Rp 87.59 trillion will be allocated to banks to support their loan-restructuring programs.It is also planning to provide Rp 172.1 trillion for the social safety net, far higher than the previous plan of Rp 110 trillion, as well as increasing its tax incentives program to Rp 123 trillion from the initial plan of Rp 70.1 trillion.“The government will accelerate spending to help MSMEs and SOEs, apart from a consumer spending stimulus and tax incentives for industry,” Sri Mulyani said in May. “These efforts aim to stimulate the supply and demand sides for economic recovery.”Topics :last_img read more

Mark Lawrenson makes prediction for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Arsenal

first_img Unai Emery on Arsenal’s 5-0 win against Nottingham ForestTo 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 10:34FullscreenUnai Emery on Arsenal’s 5-0 win against Nottingham Foresthttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-arsenals-5-0-win-against-nottingham-forest-2013038/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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.Michael Owen has also predicted a draw and admits he would be ‘surprised’ if Arsenal fail to find the net at Old Trafford.‘After their loss at West Ham on Sunday, Manchester United have now lost seven of their last 15 games in the Premier League – as many as they had in their previous 40 games in the competition,’ the ex-England striker told BetVictor.‘Arsenal continue to frustrate and excite in equal measure, but they came from behind twice to beat Aston Villa on Sunday and they were a man light for the whole of the second period.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘United kept a clean sheet against Leicester City in their last home league game, but I would be surprised if the Gunners did not find the back of David de Gea’s net in what promises to be a fascinating game between two clubs desperate to return to the automatic Champions League places this term.‘Unai Emery will have been delighted by the return from long term injury of Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin in the midweek 5-0 League Cup success over Nottingham Forest.‘Add the impressive belated debut of summer signing Kieran Tierney and two goals from Brazilian teenage striker Gabriel Martinelli, and the suggestion is that the Gunners’ boss is going to have one or two difficult, but welcome, selection decisions to make in the weeks and months to come.’ Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comment Mark Lawrenson makes prediction for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Arsenal Manchester United play host to Arsenal in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Liverpool hero Mark Lawrenson has backed Arsenal to come away from Manchester United with a 1-1 draw on Monday evening.The Gunners sit fourth in the Premier League table after three wins from their opening six games and Unai Emery’s men will be buoyed following a thumping 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup in midweek.United are down in eighth after losing 2-0 away at West Ham last weekend and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side followed this up with a lacklustre performance against Rochdale.Luke Matheson’s stunning volley cancelled out Mason Greenwood’s earlier strike to take the third round tie to penalties where United eventually prevailed.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityLawrenson thinks United’s struggles in front of goal will likely continue at Old, with Marcus Rashford ruled out and Anthony Martial a doubt for the clash.However, the former Liverpool defender believes Arsenal’s problems at the back always make them vulnerable.Predicting a 1-1 draw, Lawrenson told BBC Sport: ‘The Gunners are turning into the comeback kings, although I am sure they would prefer not to be in a situation where they need a fightback in the first place.‘Unlike United, Arsenal do not look short of goals, but it is at the back where Unai Emery’s side still have problems.’last_img read more

One sold out and one about to launch, attached dwellings are hot

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoCanopy Bardon“We chose the townhouse because we’ll have room for a garden wall and there’s a lot of space and a beautiful view. We’ve also got a little dog, so she can have some yard space in the grassed area,” Ms Edith said.“The property has three bedrooms and a beautiful bathroom that looks out onto bushland. That was also a deciding factor for us, because the bathroom is just like a room with a beautiful view! We also have a deck outside, which creates even more openness.”Mr Lawrence said Hive would deliver the same high standard as Canopy, offering a mix of three and four-bedroom designs across two and three storeys, all with generous balconies and terraces.“Hive has many of the appealing elements that attracted owner occupiers to Canopy and we’re already receiving strong interest from buyers who are looking for a high standard of living and unique architecture in a bushland setting,” he said.Hive is nestled into a protected nature reserve in the heart of The Gap with breathtaking views to Mt Coot-tha, just 10km’s from the CBD. Hive at The Gap is offering 61 luxury premium townhomes with three and four-bedroom designs.The homes feature cedar timber detailing, double or triple lockup garages, an abundance of natural light, passive design principals to help reduce energy costs and open living spaces.The project also features two barbecue spaces, a pool with a deck looking out to the nature reserve and Mt Coot-tha and an alfresco dining area.“The days are gone when you can simply produce dull and unimaginative unit developments and expect that investors and owner occupiers will turn up just because of the location and price,” Mr Lawrence said.“We are seeing more and more discerning buyers who know there is plenty of product on the market and can afford to pick and choose to get the architecture and style they want. Smart investors also know that the first rule of a successful investment property is that people must want to live there.” Nigel Douglas and Bronwyn Edith have bought into Canopy Bardon and are loving the views.BRISBANE’S attached dwelling market is on the rise in the inner suburbs with Position Property reporting a sell out of 40 town homes in Bardon and a new project of 61 set to launch in The Gap later this month. Canopy Bardon, developed by Pradella Property Ventures, sold out with the first residents moving in earlier this year. Hive, set to be developed in The Gap by Lantona, is hoping for the same success.Position Property director Richard Lawrence said there was a growing demand for townhomes that suited the needs of downsizers and young families.“When designed well, they really are a great low-maintenance alternative to houses,” Mr Lawrence said.With 38 out of the 40 townhomes at Canopy Bardon sold off the plan, Mr Lawrence said demand was on the increase.“This outstanding level of demand provides further evidence that Brisbane’s attached dwelling market remains robust, especially for projects with a unique design that appeals to owner occupiers,” he said.“Infill sites that are within a few kilometres of the city and large enough to accommodate quality projects like this are becoming increasingly rare. This scarcity will only grow given the new target of 60 per cent urban infill development in the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan.”Canopy Bardon buyers Bronwyn Edith and Nigel Douglas consider their move to their new townhome to be both a downsize and an upgrade.last_img read more

Former Townsville croc puts home on the market

first_imgGreg Vanderjagt is selling his West End home. Picture: Shae Beplate.TOWNSVILLE Basketball general manager Greg Vanderjagt has put his West End Queenslander on the market as he prepares to move south.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 23 Ralston St is listed for sale in the high $400,000s.Mr Vanderjagt, a former Townsville Crocodiles player, announced last month he would be moving to Geelong to take a chief operations officer role with the Supercats. He said he would be sad to leave the home he bought with his wife in 2016 and had extensively renovated. 23 Ralston St, West EndMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The house is on a 1012sq m block and has multiple entertaining areas as well as tropical gardens.It has traditional Queenslander features such as high ceilings, arches, casement windows and tongue and groove walls. Outside there is bench seating with a fire pit and waterfall lighting that winds through the backyard mango tree.Mr Vanderjagt said West End had been a great suburb to live in.“It’s a nice quiet street and it’s also close the city, The Strand, the airport and it’s a 10-minute drive to the hospital,” he said.“It’s also a really house proud neighbourhood and everyone keeps their properties neat and tidy.” 23 Ralston St, West End“We actually had our wedding reception in the backyard so we have a lot of happy memories here,” he said.“We’ve re-done the living areas and the back deck and we’ve also done a lot of work to the backyard.“What really attracted us to the house was its character and charm of the traditional Queenslander home.“It’s been more than just a house to us. It was something we wanted to make our own and we’ve loved coming home to it every day.” 23 Ralston St, West EndElite Properties Townsville principal Glenda Worrall is selling the house after also selling it to the Vanderjagts in 2016. She said it had generated strong interest and she didn’t expect it to remain on the market for long.“It’s been renovated beautifully and we had eight groups through the first open home, which was a twilight viewing,” she said.“I sold it in a week last time and it had multiple offers.” 23 Ralston St will be open for inspection on Sunday from 3.30pm to 4pm. For more details call Glenda Worrall on 0417 731 102. Greg Vanderjagt is selling his West End home. Picture: Shae Beplate.last_img read more

Prime location offers opportunity for development

first_img“You can go up five levels with it, so there’s definitely a great opportunity to develop a boutique unit block.”Mr Di Bartolo said the property had received a range of interest from different types of buyers.“We’ve had a mixture of people coming through looking at holding it for future development, and people who are considering selling existing property so they can buy this, live in it and develop it later down the track,” Mr Di Bartolo said. READ MORE “In the next two to three years, I think we will see more development in Townsville, there are quite a few projects that are already starting to come off the ground now.“It’s an investment for the long term.” Situated in the middle of Townsville’s lifestyle hub, it is within walking distance to The Strand and close to plenty of specialty retail stores and entertainment precincts. The property is on the market for $1.2 million. John Gribbin Realty agent Sibby Di Bartolo, who is marketing the property, said it was zoned medium density residential and had the potential to be developed into a multiple dwelling.“Whoever purchases it will have the opportunity in the future to develop it to be whatever they want,” Mr Di Bartolo said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s in the location where things are just starting to happen in the city and in that area at the moment. center_img 72 Eyre Street, North Ward is on the market for 1.2 Million.A PROPERTY spanning 1012sq m is on the market in one of Townsville’s most in-demand suburbs, presenting a prime opportunity for a developer or resident wanting to invest. The house at 72 Eyre Street in North Ward is two-storey and boasts four bedrooms. There is also a large fully fenced, in-ground pool surrounded by timber decking and lush gardens. READ MORE Transformed pre-war timber cottage named House of The Year Renovation transformation you have to see to believe last_img read more

Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project Receives $20 Million

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, received $20 million to continue construction of the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Flood Risk Management Project.These funds, released yesterday in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2017 Work Plan, will allow the St. Paul District and its partners, the Diversion Authority and the cities of Fargo and Moorhead, to continue construction of the Diversion Inlet Structure, continue design of the Wild Rice River Control Structure and additional features of the southern embankment, as well as continue environmental monitoring and design of mitigation features associated with the project.“Inclusion in this year’s work plan is good news,” said Col. Sam Calkins, St. Paul District commander. “This shows continued commitment to the project and will allow substantial progress. Our goal is to complete this project as soon as feasible to both save money and reduce flood risk for the community. The project could be completed as early as 2024.”The federal project is a 30-mile long diversion channel in North Dakota with upstream staging. The plan includes a 12-mile long southern embankment, 19 highway bridges, four railroad bridges, three gated control structures and two aqueduct structures.It will reduce flood risk for more than 225,000 people and 70 square miles of infrastructure.last_img read more