Village authorities in East Nusa Tenggara climb tree to get internet connection

first_imgAuthorities of Wolo Klibang village in West Adonara district, East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, had to travel 1 kilometer from their village and climb a tree in search of an internet connection to be able to attend a virtual meeting with the East Flores regent on Friday.“What can we do? If we did not climb the tree, we would not be able to get an internet connection and would not be able to attend the meeting,” head of Wolo Klibang village Anselmus Sili said Monday as quoted by kompas.com.The meeting, which discussed the handling and prevention of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region, lasted for two hours. Read also: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/05/09/university-student-in-sulawesi-dies-after-falling-while-searching-for-internet-signal.html” target=”_blank”>University student in Sulawesi dies after falling while searching for internet signalAnselmus said his village did not have access to the internet, which meant residents had to walk or drive around 1 km away to get a signal.East Flores Regent Agus Boli said his administration had sent a letter to the Communications and Information Ministry asking for more base transceiver stations (BTS) to be installed in the regency, as there were still some areas without an internet signal.“Hopefully, we will get a response to our request in the near future,” Agus said, adding that the existing telecommunication network was often disrupted due to a weak signal. (iwa)Topics :last_img read more

Despite looming deadline, Pertamina’s clean fuel goals remain distant

first_imgThe two brands do not meet regulatory emissions standards, which are pegged to the Euro 4 standard, a widely adopted benchmark developed by the European Union.“The biggest issue here is breathing problems, especially during the dry season in big cities or in industrial areas,” Dwi Saung, a clean energy campaigner with the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati acknowledged on June 29 that the company had “actually been obligated to use Euro 5 since 2017” but said, “We would have to import 100 percent if we were forced to sell Euro 5.”Her statement reflects Pertamina’s aversion to importing additional oil, per Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry policy.  Oil and gas imports are a leading contributor to Indonesia’s gaping trade deficit, which has put pressure on the rupiah exchange rate. Fossil fuels accounted for 15 percent of total imports last year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows.Jakarta was declared to have the worst air pollution of any capital city in the world in August of last year, according to data from AirVisual, Switzerland’s privately-funded air quality monitoring platform.Pertamina plans to produce Euro 4 and Euro 5 fuel domestically through six refinery megaprojects that will double Indonesia’s fuel output to 2 million barrels per day. The facilities are scheduled for completion between 2022 and 2027.“If we don’t build them, we will import fuel every day,” said Nicke.However, the six refineries are facing hurdles such as land permit issues and financing problems. Two of the projects were put on hold after their partners, Oman’s Overseas Oil and Gas LLC (OOG) and Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, pulled out.Oil refineries have a slim internal rate of return (IRR), which is unattractive to many foreign investors. Pertamina is developing petrochemical facilities alongside the refineries to improve the projects’ financial appeal, said Ignatius Tallulembang, president director of PT Kilang Pertamina Internasional (KPI).Read also: Pertamina loses partners, eyes new investors for refinery megaprojects“Oil refineries alone have marginal profits. IRRs are just enough. Foreign inventors wanted IRRs of 12 or 13 percent. Saudi Aramco wanted 15 percent,” he told House of Representative (DPR) lawmakers in Jakarta on Wednesday. He did not state refineries’ expected IRR.Despite the challenges, Environment Ministry air pollution control director Dasrul Chaniago maintained that Indonesia was “still on target to enter Euro 5”.“But looking at how other countries are on Euro 5, 6 and even 7, Indonesia is better off jumping to Euro 6,” he said at a webinar hosted by the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) in June.Topics : State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina has reaffirmed plans to phase out pollutive fuels but a top executive has made clear that the company will not do so until certain multibillion-dollar projects are completed.Pertamina, which operates over 90 percent of Indonesia’s gas stations, is legally bound to stop producing its best-selling but pollutive diesel fuel, Solar, by April 2021. It stopped the production of gasoline brand Premium in October 2018, as required by Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) Regulation No. 20/2017 on motor vehicle emission limits. Read also: Airvisual: Jakarta declared world’s most polluted city on Thursday afternoonlast_img read more

​EIOPA considers action over ‘unsuitable’ DC investment options

first_imgThe IORP Directive could be further revised to establish a clear link between the needs of defined contribution (DC) members and a fund’s investment strategy, according to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).Publishing a detailed report on DC investment behaviour across EU member states, the supervisor noted the diversity of approaches, with some savers required to select an investment option, while others were offered a default fund they could opt not to use.It said the funds should have an Investment Policy Statement (IPS), outlining how long-term investments would be and the fund’s liquidity needs, with the document also laying out return objectives and a member’s willingness to take on risk.Accepting that such practices were already in place in some markets, notably the Netherlands and UK, EIOPA said there would still be “room to improve the link between the Statement of Investment Policy Principles (SIPP) […] and the characteristics of the target group”. It added that it would conduct a review of the IORP Directive’s clause on the SIPP, which currently only mandates a review of the policy every three years and that asset allocation be in line with the “nature and duration” of liabilities.The SIPP must also be made available to members upon request, and EIOPA questioned whether this would be required of the IPS.The review would seek to offer “concrete” recommendations on strengthening governance, the report said, with EIOPA open to drafting guidance on how to mitigate investment risk for DC members.Additionally, it said it could offer advice on “unsuitable” investment strategies or investment options, extending to options deemed inappropriate for default funds.EIOPA said the clear regulatory focus on a pension fund’s fiduciary duty had already seen funds in the Netherlands base its investment approach around a member profile.The supervisor’s report was published on the same day as a consultation paper on good practice for transfers between occupational pensions.The call for advice, closing 10 April, was asking for feedback on voluntary transfer agreements and criteria that could be used to halt any transfer, including when a transfer would impact the future sustainability of a scheme.Read more on the debate surrounding the nature of pensions provision in Europe in the current issue of IPE,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to EIOPA report on DC investment optionslast_img read more

China LNG Group to build LNG facilities in Jiangyin

first_imgChina LNG Group has signed an agreement with the Jiangyin Management Committee to jointly invest and build LNG facilities in Changjiang port area, Jiangyin City.The two companies will jointly work on developing an “LNG vessel terminal, LNG storage tanks, LNG tanker logistics base, LNG distributed energy, LNG refueling station and industrial coal-to-gas project.”Under the agreement, the state-run Jiangyin Management Committee will support China LNG Group in the legal matters related to establishing the LNG business in Jiangyin City. The company will also provide policy support, including support on the construction o the plant and ancillary facilities, financing support.China LNG Group plans on investing 3.5 billion Chinese Yuan ($528.6 million) for the construction of the facility.The company noted that the facility will be located in an area rich in upstream LNG resources with Rudong and Qidong LNG receiving terminals in the Jiangsu province nearby. In addition a third LNG import terminal in the Jiangsu province, the Binhai terminal is expected to be completed in 2019.The facility will also be close to the Yangtze River, enabling it to cover the inland transport sector.last_img read more

ADNOC poised to boost oil production capacity as 333 graduates exit drilling training center

first_imgDrilling contractor ADNOC Drilling, an ADNOC subsidiary, on Monday marked the graduation of 333 Emiratis from its Drilling Training Center, as ADNOC evolves to seize the opportunities created by the technology transformation taking place in the oil and gas industry.  Today’s graduates, the latest batch to have completed their training at the center, will play a key role in ensuring efficient, reliable and safe onshore and offshore well-drilling operations, as ADNOC creates a drilling workforce critical to enabling its objective of increasing oil production capacity, ADNOC said on Monday.The graduation ceremony, held at ADNOC Drilling’s Bida’a Al Oshaneh Base, in Al Dhafra Region, was attended by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO.He said: “ADNOC’s training programs aim to provide ADNOC with the technologically skilled workforce we will require to effectively deliver our 2030 smart growth strategy and to ensure we will continue to lead, thrive, and compete in the future,” Dr Al Jaber said.“Efficient and safe drilling operations are critical in delivering ADNOC’s target to reduce well duration by 30 per cent, by the end of 2019, and will help ensure we remain resilient in a changing energy environment as we optimize production costs and create greater returns from our upstream assets and resources.“In parallel with the delivery of our strategic objectives, ADNOC is committed to playing its part in a sustainable and prosperous future for the nation, in line with the leadership’s directives, by providing skilled employment opportunities, for nationals, that contribute to the development of the country’s broader knowledge economy.”According to ADNOC, the Drilling Training Center with its facilities and instructors offers industry-specific training programs and customized courses that address the latest in industry thinking and operations. Using high-tech equipment, and advanced training techniques and methods, the center prepares ADNOC’s Emirati employees to operate the rigs, while maintaining the highest levels of HSE and asset integrity. ADNOC said that the center’s drilling rig simulation system helps familiarize trainees with the well-control operations of a rig, and introduces them to the work environment in the drilling locations.Since 2010, when it had 28 rigs, ADNOC Drilling has expanded its operations three-fold, with 94 rigs in its fleet. NDC’s drilling fleet has drilled over 7,700 wells.last_img read more

Lennon: Kellett was stunned

first_img Press Association The 21-year-old left-back’s switch from Bolton to Old Trafford for the rest of the season was the most surprising deal done on transfer deadline day. And it was not just fans who were taken aback by the news. Neither Janko nor Bolton’s other three deadline-day signings are eligible for Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Liverpool. The Trotters held Brendan Rodgers’ side to a goalless draw at Anfield last month to earn a crack at the Premier League giants at the Macron Stadium. Bolton’s ground could be the venue for Daniel Sturridge’s first start since August. The England striker has been sidelined by a thigh injury but made a goalscoring return as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Ham. Bolton know full well what Sturridge’s capabilities are, with the 25-year-old spending a very profitable spell on loan at the club in 2011. Lennon said of Liverpool: “They’re on a good run. I know they lost at Chelsea but they bounced back really well with a good win over a very good West Ham team, and Daniel coming in will obviously make them better. “He’s been missed, there’s no question of that. He’ll be hungry to play and that’s obviously very dangerous for us. “I think he walked round the back of the goal in the first tie and got a huge reception from the Bolton fans. Speaking to the chairman last night about him, he said he was fantastic here so I think he’ll get a nice reception. But if he scores that might change a little bit.” Bolton have their own new striking star in 19-year-old Zach Clough. The teenager announced himself by scoring the winner on his debut in the third round of the cup against Wolves. Injury kept him out until Saturday’s Championship meeting with Wolves, when he scored twice in a 2-2 draw. Should Clough make a similar impact in front of the TV cameras against Liverpool, the attention on him will sky rocket, but Lennon has no concerns. He said: “I don’t want to talk too much about Zach because everyone’s asking about him and I don’t want to build him up into something that he might never be. But he’s a very good young player and he’s made a tremendous start to his career. “We had no hesitation in putting him in the team and as soon as he was fit we put him back in the team. “He seems to handle whatever pressure he feels – he looks to me like he doesn’t really feel the pressure at all – and tomorrow night will be no different. “He’ll certainly want to play. Whether I pick him or not is another thing but if he does play then I’m sure he’ll be really looking forward to it.” Trotters boss Lennon said: “He hadn’t got a clue. He was on his way to Plymouth. He thought I was winding him up. “It took a good five or 10 minutes. He wouldn’t believe us. We told him to ring his father and we’d tell him, and once that happened I think it started to sink in. “It’s a great story but now he’s got to knuckle down and learn.” Kellett came through the Bolton academy but has made only one start and three substitute appearances for the Trotters. He impressed during a two-and-a-half-month loan spell with Plymouth in League Two and had been set to return to Home Park before United intervened. Pacy midfielder Saidy Janko has headed in the other direction, also on loan until the end of the season. Lennon said: “We were aware of the interest from Manchester United a week ago or so and then when we made the call about Saidy they asked would Andy go the other way. “He’s a great kid. This was an opportunity that we couldn’t stand in his way so hopefully he’ll go and make the most of it.” Bolton boss Neil Lennon had trouble convincing Andy Kellett that his loan move to Manchester United was not a wind-up.last_img read more

Senegal can repeat 2002 WC success in 2018: Cisse

first_imgYekaterinburg, June 23: Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse said on Saturday that his team could repeat their 2002 FIFA World Cup success at this years tournament in Russia. Senegal defeated Poland 2-1 in their first encounter at this year’s World Cup, reported Sputnik news agency.During their first appearance at the World Cup in 2002, Senegal stunned then defending champions France 1-0 in the tournament opener.Senegal, who had Cisse on their 2002 roster, reached the quarter-finals, eventually losing 0-1 to Turkey.”We had a great generation of players then (in 2002), we have a good generation now. I think we have everything we need to put in such a good performance as then. The team is very motivated, we’ll try to do our best to continue playing good football. We won the first match, and the victory in the second match can become the key one,” Cisse told journalists.Senegal will next take on Japan here on Sunday.”We know that Japan is a good team, they’re good at passing, they can put pressure (on the opponent), they’re very disciplined,” Cisse added.The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches set to be played in 11 cities across Russia. IANSlast_img read more

Rainoil Sponsors Tennis Prodigy to Barcelona

first_imgIntegrated downstream oil and gas company, Rainoil Limited, has pledged a $90,000 sponsorship to Sylvester Emmanuel, as part of its CSR efforts and in a bid to further support the sport in Nigeria.The deal which is in tripartite of$30,000 is renewable for three consecutive years under the management of Political Adviser, Embassy of Switzerland in Abuja to Nigeria, Chad and Niger, Pasacal Holliger.The sponsorship will see Emmanuel move to a Tennis Academy in Barcelona, Spain where he would be integrated in extensive coaching for his development in the sport and compete in different tournaments. In his remarks, Pascal appreciated the contribution of the company to the growth of Sylvester, noting that the sponsorship provided an opportunity for the prodigy’s full potential to blossom, and will make a difference in his life and dream of becoming one of the top 200 players in tennis ranking within the next three years.In a statement by Group Managing Director, Rainoil Limited, Gabriel Ogbechie , “I have watched him play and I am amazed at his talent at such a young age. It is our desire that Sylvester gets the right opportunity to achieve his potential. I have always dreamt of seeing a Nigerian compete at the highest levels on the international stage and Sylvester has a proven track record of dedication and the skill it takes to succeed, hence our resolve to use our resources to support him”. The tennis sensation won the Ikoyi Club Tennis Master tournament sponsored by the company in 2014.PREMIERSHIP RESULTS & FIXTURESSwansea 1 – 2 LiverpoolHull City 0 – 2 ChelseaSunderland 1 – 1 West BromWatford 2 – 2 AFC BournemouthMan United vs Stoke 12:00pmTottenham vs Man City 2:15pmLeicester vs Southampton 2:15pmBurnley vs Arsenal 4:3ppmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Malta moves to power-up MGA with Gaming Act revamp

first_img Related Articles Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Share Submit Malta’s Parliament has approved new provisions to be added to its national ‘Gaming Act’, which will move to strengthen the Maltese Gaming Authority‘s powers to enforce industry compliance, standards and regulatory guidelines on gambling/betting stakeholders.The revision of Gaming Act, will deliver a new regulatory mandate for Malta gambling enterprises to adhere to, primarily focusing on strengthening the industry’s anti-money-laundering framework and improving player protection standards.As national gambling regulator, the MGA secures a greater supervisory role, gaining the power to investigate, intervene or monitor, betting enterprises deemed to have breached AML policies.Aiding the MGA’s compliance operations, will be the development of a new ‘player support unit’, designed to be a mediator between players and operators relating to potential disputes.Further, provisions will see the MGA move to revamp Malta’s responsible gaming measures and mandate for licensed operators and gaming-related services.Updating the market, the MGA’s Chief Executive Officer, Heathcliff Farrugia, said: “This is a very important milestone for the MGA. The new law establishes very robust compliance and enforcement powers and structures, and lays the necessary foundation to continue to strengthen player protection.”Should the new provisions secure final approval, the MGA will look to install its mandate by July 2018 for remote gaming operators, followed by a January 2019 for land-based enterprises. StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Kershaw adds to MVP campaign with 10 strikeouts in win over Arizona

first_imgThe first four batters from that May 17 game were out of the lineup. No A.J. Pollock, Chris Owings, Cody Ross or Paul Goldschmidt. Kershaw didn’t have a bad outing after that, which has been 3½ months. “I don’t think anything really changes,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Kershaw. “He stays the same, good or bad. He doesn’t have many bad ones. I’m sure getting kicked around fueled him.”The Dodgers maintained their five-game lead in the National League West and have won six consecutive road games against division opponents. Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth inning and earned his 100th career save. He kept the ball and will treasure that milestone. “You play this game once,” Jansen said. “One day when you’re done playing, you’ll want to remember it. I’ll definitely keep that and do something with it.”He’s done plenty as the Dodgers’ closer. Kershaw for eight innings and Jansen for one has worked well.“That’s a good formula,” Kershaw said.Kershaw allowed just six hits in eight innings and walked two. When he allowed baserunners, he worked out of those jams. In the seventh inning, he struck out the side and needed just 10 pitches to do it. For his final out of the eighth, he struck out Alfredo Marte with a curveball. Kershaw smiled when asked about the bases-loaded situation afterward. After loading the bases, Kershaw got Aaron Hill to pop up to second base and Mark Trumbo to fly out to left field. “That’s what A.J. said,” Kershaw said of his first time loading the bases all season. “I guess I blew that streak. It’s a good spot to be in.”Kershaw also had a 41-consecutive scoreless innings streak this season, too. The Dodgers used a three-run third inning to build a 3-0 lead that was more than enough comfort against the hapless Diamondbacks. Dee Gordon led the inning with a bunt single, which extended his hit streak to seven games.Yaisel Puig drew a walk — which he did in his first at-bat in the first inning as well – and Matt Kemp doubled to right field to score Gordon and Puig. Kemp tried to turn the double into a triple and was thrown out at third base. Scott Van Slyke then homered to left field to extend the lead. The Dodgers didn’t come out of Arizona unscathed. Van Slyke left the game in the fourth inning with what the Dodgers said was a mild right ankle sprain. X-rays were negative, and he is listed as day-to-day. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I had a bad start, really,” Kershaw said. “I felt guys were on base the whole night and I was working in and out of jams, which is never fun to do.”It was no pool party, but Kershaw’s heavier-than-usual workload still equaled success. When Kershaw pitched here in May, he allowed seven earned runs in the Dodgers’ 18-7 loss and was chased after 1 2/3 innings. “It’s just a completely different team, I don’t know how many people from that game are in the lineup,” Kershaw said. “It’s not an easy place to pitch here … Obviously, it’s a little different gameplan (Wednesday), and it worked out OK.”Sure did. center_img PHOENIX — You could hear the sounds of “MVP!” chants for Clayton Kershaw, even here at Chase Field. Kershaw was back to his usual self in Arizona, as he threw an eight-inning gem in which he struck out 10 and allowed an unearned run in a 3-1 Dodgers win. His campaign for MVP is gaining steam with each outing. The previous time Kershaw pitched here in May was the lone debacle in his otherwise unblemished season in which he could win the Cy Young Award and MVP. Kershaw started slow, and by slow, that means he allowed baserunners. He walked Ender Inciarte to start the game, and he faced a bases-loaded situation — unbelievably, for the first time all season — in the fourth inning. He loaded the bases with one out, and got out of the jam. Kershaw improved to 16-3 and lowered his ERA to 1.73.last_img read more