COVID-19: Govt to allocate Rp 100 billion to protect Indonesians abroad

first_imgThe Foreign Ministry will allocate Rp 100 billion (US$6.1 million) from its 2020 budget for the protection of Indonesian citizens living abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.The ministry’s proposal to reallocate its Rp 8.6 trillion budget was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.During a virtual working meeting with House Commission I, which oversees foreign affairs, on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry secretary-general Mayerfas said the Rp 10 billion budget had initially been earmarked for the management of the ministry building in Jakarta. “The reallocated budget will be used to fulfill the needs of about 49 Indonesian missions abroad and to ensure the wellbeing of Indonesian citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayerfas said during the meeting.Read also: Govt urges Indonesians abroad to stay put, promises aid during COVID-19 pandemic“The Indonesian missions are asked to report their needs in their accredited working areas,” he went on to say.Commission I approved the proposal and agreed that the budget be used for the procurement of emergency shelters and staple food deliveries for Indonesian citizens.The House also asked the Foreign Ministry to heighten communication, monitoring, mapping and protection to ensure the protection of citizens abroad, said Commission I chairwoman Meutya Hafid.As of Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry recorded that 302 Indonesians had tested positive for COVID-19 abroad, resulting in eight fatalities. Meanwhile, 37 citizens have recovered from the disease.Topics :last_img read more

Grenada government salary payments delayed

first_img Share 31 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Grenada government salary payments delayed by: – July 2, 2012 Sharing is caring! Finance Minister Nazim BurkeST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Scores of government workers in Grenada queued up in long lines in front of automatic teller machines on Friday afternoon after failing to receive their monthly salaries on the scheduled June 28 date on Thursday.The late payment of salaries appears to be the latest sign of a cash flow problem for the government, which recently failed to meet wages for fortnightly workers employed in “debushing,” such as cutting branches overhanging roads and unblocking clogged drains.A new round in the fortnightly “debushing program” was scheduled to begin on Monday but reports are that it was put on hold at the last minute. Sources say the reason is concern about the availability of cash to meet wage demands at the end of the two-week period.Local journalists who attempted to call Finance Minister Nazim Burke at his office on Friday were unsuccessful in reaching him.It is believed that Burke was visiting St Kitts for the 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.The late-payment of wages and salaries could cause more grumbling among Grenadians, who have been critical of government’s approach at creating jobs and reducing unemployment.The finance minister has, however, maintained that Grenada has done comparatively well in light of the world economic crisis, and that the country is on the road to economic recovery.“In the present economic crisis that the world is facing, Grenada is not exempt from the consequences,” Burke told a Canadian journalist while visiting Toronto recently.“Obviously, with the slowdown of the world economy, Grenada, as a small open island developing state, is suffering from the consequences of the slowdown,” added Burke, who is deputy leader of the ruling National Democratic Congress.“We are not experiencing the level of buoyancy that will generate the type of jobs that people would like to see, so high unemployment is a natural outgrowth of that circumstance as it is in most parts of Europe, the United States and the Caribbean.” Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

National glory for Kilkenny

first_img Two Michael Fennelly goals in the first half set the All-Ireland champions up for another league crown, achieved in the absence of their manager Bran Cody, who is recovering from heart surgery. Fennelly rifled home a third minute goal to give Kilkenny an early boost, and after Tipp had fought back with points from Eoin Kelly, Noel McGrath and Seamus Callanan, Fennelly fired in a second goal from a tight angle in the 21st minute. Press Association Once again, the Premier county battled their way back into the game, hitting quality scores through Brendan Maher (3), Kelly and Noel McGrath. But late scores from Lester Ryan and Fennelly sent the Cats in with a 2-7 to 0-11 interval lead. Brendan Maher brought Tipperary level with his fourth point midway through the second half, moments after a flare-up had resulted in the straight red card dismissals of Kilkenny full back JJ Delaney and Tipp attacker Lar Corbett. Kilkenny pushed on in the closing stages with Eoin Larkin, Ryan and Michael Rice hitting the points that saw them over the finish line. center_img Kilkenny retained their National Hurling League title with a 2-17 to 0-20 win over Tipperary at Nowlan Park.last_img read more