Indonesia working on $1b solar-driven green economic recovery scheme

first_imgA think tank and the government are working on an ambitious billion-dollar plan to recover Indonesia’s virus-ridden economy by installing thousands of rooftop solar panels.The scheme ultimately entails installing panels with a combined capacity of 1 gigawatt of peak power GWp) a year for millions of Indonesia’s poorest households over the next four to five years. The scheme, dubbed the Solar Archipelago (Surya Nusantara) plan, is expected to cost Rp 15 trillion (US$1.07 billion) annually. Local think tank Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR), which initiated the plan, estimates the scheme will generate up to 22,000 jobs from installing the panels and save the government billions of dollars in electricity subsidies.  Energy analysts globally are calling for governments to invest in green technology as countries begin disbursing billions of dollars in post-COVID-19 economic recovery schemes. The analysts argue that such investments could stimulate growth and create jobs without sacrificing environmental commitments.“The period after the COVID-19 crisis could determine whether the world meets or misses the emissions goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement,” said consultancy McKinsey & Company in an article on May 27.Indonesia, a signatory of the landmark Paris Agreement, has pledged to make solar contribute 5.7 percent of the country’s power by 2025, yet solar only contributed 0.1 percent last year.The Indonesian government has budgeted Rp 695.2 trillion in economic recovery funds, slated for healthcare system, social safety nets, incentives for small businesses and job creation, among other things, but there is no specific mention of renewable energy.“To put that money back into coal would be a mistake,” Rudolf Rauch, renewable energy program coordinator of the GIZ, Germany’s federal enterprise for international cooperation, told the Post on Monday.Rauch commended the green economic recovery plan but pointed out that Indonesia lacked the manpower to “just jump” into installing 1GWp of panels. He suggested that the government start by installing 200 MW in the first year, then double the figure every following year.The Energy ministry’s renewables director Harris said the ministry was in talks with the BKF over the plan. He also expected the scheme to create local employment opportunities and grow the domestic solar industry.“Everyone can benefit, and the government can save on long-term subsidies,” Harris said.The government has allocated Rp 97.42 trillion for this year’s energy subsidy, according to Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 54/2020 on the 2020 state budget revision. However, Finance Ministry Fiscal Policy Agency head Febrio Nathan Kacaribu said earlier this month that the energy subsidy budget had been lowered to Rp 92.2 trillion following the plunge in oil prices.Indonesia currently has 31 million households eligible for electricity subsidies. The government spent Rp52.7 trillion on subsidies for those homes last year.BKF special advisor Joko Tri Hariyanto said the agency was trying to diversify the green economic recovery program’s funding, such as by adding government debt papers (SUN) and sharia-compliant bonds (sukuk), instead of fully relying on the state budget (APBN), as IESR initially planned.The BKF is currently awaiting feedback from the energy ministry and the IESR on the scheme, Joko told the Post on Friday.“If the energy ministry were to redirect electricity subsidy funds, they would need to talk to PLN,” he said. “If this program does have a good multiplier effect, whether in terms of people’s income or local job creation, then that Rp 15 trillion may come from the state budget.”Topics : Cutting back subsidies is particularly attractive for the cash-strapped Indonesian government, namely the Energy and Mineral Resources and the Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF), both of whom are working to develop the scheme.“We expect implementation to start next year, but preparations must begin from today,” IESR executive director Fabby Tumiwa told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Fabby, who is also a member of the Indonesian Solar Energy Association (AESI), said much work remained, including training new panel installers via a government training program. Indonesia currently lacks the manpower to install one GWp of panels each year.He said the project would “realistically” kick off with 100-200 megawatt (MW) in Nusa Tenggara and Bali in its first year. Those provinces have the highest electricity supply costs (BPP) in Indonesia.last_img read more

France to make masks compulsory in most workplaces from Sept. 1

first_imgThe French government plans to make wearing a mask compulsory in the vast majority of workplaces from Sept. 1 to try to stop a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.The labour ministry said on Tuesday the new arrangement would apply to all shared spaces in offices and factories, but would not extend to individual offices where only one employee is present.It also said that working from home would remain its recommended option for employees. A government official said masks at work would become mandatory from Sept. 1. He further said there would be talks with employers and unions about borderline cases, such as when only two people are present in one large open-space and sitting well apart.Details will also be worked out for special work environments such as frozen food warehouses, where masks are not practical as they would freeze.Mask-wearing is also compulsory nationwide on all public transport and in most indoor public spaces such as shops and museums, as well as in crowded outdoor areas in some cities.France imposed some of Europe’s toughest lockdown restrictions earlier this year, greatly reducing the rate of coronavirus infections. But in the past few weeks the numbers of new COVID-19 cases have climbed, and public health officials have warned that contagion could spin out of control.The government has been under pressure from trade unions to step up protective measures in time for September, when people return to work after long summer holidays, and when children are due back at school.”The best thing we can do to prepare for the return from vacations is to reassure employees that, together, we are taking the precautions to avoid spreading the virus,” Elisabeth Borne, the labour minister, was quoted as saying by the ministry.  Topics :last_img read more

Townsville leads the way in affordable housing

first_imgA TOWNSVILLE development is dispelling the myth that home ownership is no longer affordable.The Village in Oonoonba fought off competition from four national finalists to take home the coveted Gough Recruitment Award for Best Affordable Housing Development.In doing so, the State Government-led development has set a national example that affordable housing is achievable.Property Council of Australia chief executive Ken Morrison said the award recognised the developer’s commitment to put inner-city home ownership back within the reach of Townsville residents.The Village in Oonoonba has been named Best Affordable Housing Development in Australia.“The Village offers a diverse range of high quality housing options — from affordable terraces to waterfront homes. This mix of housing caters to a wide demographic and creates a liveable and vibrant community,” Morrison said.Owned by Economic Development Queensland, The Village is just 3.5km from the centre of Townsville and will eventually be home to around 1000 ­families.Townsville property agent Mark Pritchard is among those to call The Village home, drawn to the area by its affordability and community feel.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“A lot of the homes sit on small blocks, around 400sq m which is how they keep it affordable and low maintenance,” he said. “It’s a great concept bigger cities could certainly benefit from.“(But) it’s not just the affordability factor that makes The Village a great place to live. It’s a great community with people from all walks of life.”Award sponsor and Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation director Chris Marais said increasing affordability concerns in Townsville meant many buyers had been priced out of the market.“As lots range from 70sq m up to 700sq m, EDQ was able to offer a greater variety of dwelling size and price points,” he said.“And a massive 78 per cent of all residential dwellings are priced at or below the median house price in Townsville — which far exceeds the 50 per cent target set by EDQ.”last_img read more

Wenger: No complacency at Arsenal

first_imgManager Arsene Wenger insists there can be no complacency from Arsenal if they are to secure a top-four finish despite Everton’s unexpected home defeat by Crystal Palace. “We never had and we never tried to influence the decision of Sky or any other company. “If you want to know more, you look at the teams who have been protected since the start of the season and the teams who had the biggest rest between games. “You will see and you come to your own conclusions. I don’t question the objectivity of the television companies, but sometimes their choices don’t look very rational.” Wenger added: “If you want an objective view, I haven’t made it – just make your analysis between Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City, Man United and all the other teams who play in the Champions League and you will come to your own conclusions.” Both Arsenal and Hull are set to receive 25,000 tickets for the FA Cup final, with the rest passed on by the Football Association to their ‘football family’ and Club Wembley members. Wenger feels the lack of a fair split between the two sides at the 80,000-seater national stadium could have an impact on the atmosphere. “One of the charms of the FA Cup final was always that the stadium was reality divided in two. It’s a shame that it doesn’t happen any more because that was always an absolutely fantastic atmosphere,” said the Arsenal manager, whose side were cheered on by some 50,000-plus Gunners fans in the semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Wigan last weekend. “I remember I have been at European Championship finals of the nations and World Cup finals and always there’s a little bit of a lack of atmosphere because it is so divided. I think the atmosphere will lose a little bit.” Arsenal will have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from a two-match suspension at the KC Stadium, while Ozil may also travel up to east Yorkshire if he is deemed fit enough. The German playmaker has not featured since limping off at half-time in the Champions League second leg against Bayern Munich on March 11. Wenger is in no doubt the best is yet to come from the 25-year-old, who has struggled for consistent form after a positive start when joining from Real Madrid on deadline day for £42.5million. “He had a period where he was tired, because he was not used to playing through the season and he was a bit jaded,” said Wenger. “Mesut Ozil is a fantastic football player, and I would put him on the list to be player of the season next season.” The Gunners, who beat West Ham on Tuesday night, saw their hopes of Champions League qualification receive a boost after Roberto Martinez’s side saw their seven-match winning streak brought to an abrupt end by the Eagles, now safe in the Barclays Premier League for another season. Wenger, though, insists there is still plenty of work ahead for his side, who travel to FA Cup final opponents Hull on Easter Sunday where they could have record signing Mesut Ozil available again following a hamstring injury. “It is of course a big encouragement but there is a lot of work to do for us, and that’s what we want to continue to do,” said Wenger, whose side are a point ahead of the Toffees. “We have a big game at Hull, we just want to prepare as well as we can for it. “I think mentally we are in a better shape than a week ago, because we had two important wins, and that of course puts us in a better condition on the confidence front.” Arsenal’s trip to Hull was rescheduled following the decision by the Premier League to move Chelsea’s home game against Sunderland forward ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. The switch was berated by Gunners’ fans, many of whom had already made travel plans for the original date of Saturday. Wenger feels while the alteration “is not too disturbing” in terms of preparations, it leaves questions over just which fixtures can be changed, having seen Arsenal have to play at Manchester City on a Saturday lunchtime kick-off earlier this season soon after returning from a crunch Champions League game away to Napoli. He said: “We never got any help on that front. Never. “There is no written rule. When you speak to the Premier League, it is not the Premier League. It is the television companies who help, they decide who plays when and some clubs have maybe better introductions with television companies. Press Associationlast_img read more

Woods Park has reopened

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The flooding water from Tuesday’s storm has receded and Woods Park in Wellington is now open. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

End of road for world champions Volkswagen

first_imgOgier’s former employers Citroen have already announced their driver line-up for 2017, as have South Korean outfit Hyundai.That leaves the French ace with a possible move to Toyota or Ford.Ogier and his teammates enjoyed a phenomenal success rate with the Polo, winning 42 of the 51 rallies they competed in with 621 best times in special stages.“The team has done great things,” said VW Motorsport director Sven Smeets.“At the same time, our vision is firmly ahead, because we are aware of the great challenges facing the entire company,” added Smeets.“From now on, the focus is on upcoming technologies in motorsport and on our customer sports range.”News of VW’s decision to turn their back on rallying comes eight days after they agreed to pay US suppliers $1.2 billion to settle claims emanating from the Dieselgate pollution scandal.Share on: WhatsApp Wolfsburg, Germany | AFP | Volkswagen, world champions for the past four years with Sebastien Ogier, said Wednesday they are withdrawing from the world rally championship dealing a major blow to the series.The German auto giants, reeling from the Dieselgate scandal, announced last week that luxury brand Audi was pulling out of Le Mans and the endurance world championship to concentrate on Formula E.The shock withdrawal means that Ogier, who has already secured the 2016 title, along with other team drivers Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala and Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen are jobless.But Ogier at least seemed confident.“I feel so sorry for my fantastic team. We had four outstanding years! Thanks for their passion and support! Don’t worry about me, we’ll see us again,” Ogier said on Twitter.The Volkswagen board decided on the rally withdrawal at a meeting on Tuesday at the Wolfsburg headquarters.“The commitment to the FIA world rally championship is coming to an end after four historically successful years, in which Volkswagen won WRC titles in the driver, co-driver and manufacturer rankings in a row with the Polo R,” the company said in a statement.Since their arrival in 2013 VW have enjoyed unprecedented WRC success with Frenchman Ogier driving to four consecutive world titles to go with the constructor’s honours.last_img read more

Condee Wood to lead Olympia’s Thurgood Marshall Middle School

first_imgFacebook248Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Olympia School DistrictCondee Wood has been named Principal of Thurgood Marshall Middle SchoolCondee Wood has been named principal of Thurgood Marshall Middle School in the Olympia School District. The position became open with the announcement that current Marshall principal John Hitchman has decided to return to a teaching position within the school district. Wood will assume her new responsibilities July 1 pending school board approval.Since 2011 Wood has served as Assistant Principal at Washington Middle School. Prior to joining the Olympia School District, Wood served as Assistant Principal for five years at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus and one year at Pacific Cascade Middle School in the Issaquah School District. She became a school administrator after having taught high school Language Arts for six years in the Puyallup School District.“I am so excited to continue my professional journey with the students, staff and families of Marshall Middle School,” Wood said. “Although I will deeply miss the Washington Middle School community, I am thrilled to be able to stay in Olympia and to work with such a nurturing, talented staff at Marshall. Having grown up in Olympia, I care greatly about this community and the success of every student who grows up here. I look forward to getting to know each and every student and working hard to ensure the very best educational program for them academically, socially and emotionally. I can’t wait to get started!”Wood earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education with Language Arts and Speech Endorsements from Western Washington University in 1997. She earned her Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in 2004 and her Administrative Credentials from the University of Washington in 2005.Marshall Middle School, located on Olympia’s west side, serves about 400 students in grades 6 through 8.last_img read more

Ice coaches keep options open following Major Midget evaluation camp

first_imgStep one on the road to playing for the Kootenay Ice came and went during the weekend at the NDCC Arena.More than 50 players test the Major Midget waters to sway evaluators sitting in the stands and find a spot on the Ice roster.”The camp went very well,” said Kootenay Ice head coach Mario DiBella.”We had 54 players at came, which is the largest turn out to date.” The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15-17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.Players from throughout the Kootenays took to the Heritage City to be part of the Kootenay Ice, one of 11 teams in the league.”We have 14 players returning from last season,” DiBella said.”At this point we have committed to (goalie) Adam Maida, (defenceman) Tyler Podgorenko and Austin Tambellini and (forward) Nolan Percival,” DiBella added.The Ice has a few weeks before taking to the ice for exhibition dates in September.Final roster cuts will be make September 15.The BCMMHL season opens in late September.last_img read more

PH archers miss gold target anew, settle for bronze medals

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ The Philippines’ archers stayed off target for a gold medal as both the men’s and women’s teams settled for bronze medals in the recurve events in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at National Sports Center Synthetic Turf Field in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The men’s squad, featuring Florante Matan, Gabriel Moreno and Mark Javier, secured bronze after beating Vietnam, 6-0, (50-49, 55-54, 54-53).ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH cyclists Aquino, Salamat fall short Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Filipinos were shut out, 0-6 (54-57, 53-58, 49-52), by the Malaysians in the semifinals.The women’s side, composed of Nicole Marie Tagle, Mary Queen Ybañez and Kareel Meer Hongitan, also blanked Vietnam, 6-0, (51-44, 50-47, 55-47) for third place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTagle and company bowed to their Indonesian counterparts, 2-6, (50-52, 55-54, 54-56, 52-55) in the semis.The 15-year-old Tagle bagged the silver medal in the individual women’s recurve Sunday.The country’s archers still have a chance to win that elusive gold in the mixed doubles event on Tuesday. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View commentslast_img read more

Ronaldo arrives as Serie A returns in FIFA19 video game

first_imgMilan, Aug 20 (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Italy has boosted the international popularity of Serie A which will return in the FIFA 19 video game to be launched next month, the Lega Serie A confirmed today. Lega Serie A chairman Gaetano Micciche said they had agreed a partnership with EA Sports that will see the league feature in the new edition of the world’s most famous football simulator. “We are very happy to come back in a famous and popular game like FIFA 19,” Micciche said in a statement. “The agreement signed with an internationally renowned partner such as EA Sports testifies to the worldwide recognition that our championship has.” Rival video game company Konami had held the rights for the last few seasons and while EA Sports included Italian clubs and players in its FIFA games it had to refer to Serie A as “Calcio A” and could not use Serie A logos. Maurizio Finocchiaro, Electronic Arts Italy General Manager, underlined “the high potential of the next season for Italian football”. Ronaldo, 33, made his Serie A debut for Juventus in a 3-2 win at Chievo at the weekend after a 100 million euro move from Real Madrid. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was the cover star in the FIFA 18 edition with his former club. The Italian league has also seen the return of former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti to Italy as coach of Serie A runners-up Napoli. The new edition, which will be available from September 28, also allow fans to compete in the new UEFA Champions League tournament mode, which includes all stages of the competition. (AFP) ATKATKadvertisementlast_img read more