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Outbreak impact: Scarcity makes garlic price skyrocket in North Sumatra

first_img“The lack of stock makes [the garlic] so expensive,” said M. Siddik, 40, a merchant at Medan Petisah Market on Friday, adding that the garlic supply mostly came from China.Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, which was first detected in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province in China, the markets in the province have seen a decline in supply.Siddik said that the high prices had caused his sales to decline. However, he had to continue selling the garlic at the current price as he had to pay similar high prices to his distributors.Read also: Jokowi asks aides to assess coronavirus impact on economy, Indonesia-China trade Over the past week North Sumatra residents have seen a skyrocketing rise in the price of garlic, a staple ingredient in Indonesia, as supplies run short with some believing the shortage is a result of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China.The price currently stands at Rp 52,000 (US$3.81) per kilogram, more than double the usual Rp 25,000 per kg.Looking at the trend, merchants in the province have expressed their concerns over possible higher prices, if the scarcity continues. Jakson, a garlic seller in the Medan Metropolitan Trade Center, said the price was getting higher every day. He said he was concerned the price would hit Rp 70,000 per kg within the next few days if the supply remained limited.”If the supply is still disrupted, the price could reach between Rp 60,000 and Rp 70,000 per kg, and maybe even higher,” he told The Jakarta Post.Garlic distributor Utari said she decided to double her supply to 2 tons per day as a strategy to maintain the price.”The same thing is done by merchants. They stock up on garlic from us because they think tomorrow the price will go up again,” Utari said.According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), North Sumatra’s garlic imports declined by 58.4 percent to 29.24 million tons last year from 70.41 million tons in 2018. Of the 2018 imports, 70.18 million tons were imported from China, while the rest came from India.The Trade Ministry’s price monitoring team head for North Sumatra, Gunawan Benjamin, the continuous news about the coronavirus had shaken up domestic food prices – especially imported ingredients.He urged the government to open imports of garlic from other countries to maintain the domestic stock at an affordable price. (eyc)Topics :last_img read more


Conte’s Inter on a ‘mission’ to kill off Juventus domination

first_imgMondayAC Milan v Bologna (1845) The fiery Italian looked poised to leave after a dramatic outburst following Inter’s Europa League final loss to Sevilla, despite finishing just one point behind Juve in the league.”I’m not going backwards. I don’t want another year like that,” he said, blasting lack of support from team management.Clear the air talks persuaded him the club’s Chinese owners shared his burning ambitions to lift a first Serie A title since 2010, the year of their historic treble under Jose Mourinho.”I have never seen someone who works so hard, with such intensity, like Conte, this characteristic also unites us,” said Inter president Steven Zhang. Fixtures (all times GMT)SaturdayFiorentina v Torino (1600), Hellas Verona v Roma (1845) Juventus upheaval Juventus kick off their campaign at home against Sampdoria on Sunday, the team against which they claimed their 36th title in July. Coaching novice Andrea Pirlo, a former Italy and Juventus star, took over from Maurizio Sarri who lasted just one season on the Bianconeri’s bench.The upheaval could give Juve’s rivals hopes of a changing of the guard.There have also been changes in Juve squad with veterans Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain making way for promising youngsters Arthur, Dejan Kulusevski and Weston McKennie.A new center forward is expected with Barcelona’s Uruguaya striker Luis Suarez reported to be set to arrive if he obtains an Italian passport, and possibly Roma’s Edin Dzeko. Conte, meanwhile, will be counting on the attacking duo of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez who so effectively the powered Inter attack last season.The other two Italian representatives in the Champions League, Lazio and Atalanta, have opted for continuity. European Golden Shoe winner Ciro Immobile renewed his contract with Lazio until 2025 after banging in 36 goals last season, with Kosovo’s Vedat Muriqi arriving from Fenerbahce to support the Italy forward.Atalanta’s Slovenin striker Josip Ilicic has returned to training after missing last season’s Champions League knockout stage in Lisbon due to personal problems. Roma have changed ownership with US businessman Dan Friedkin now in charge of the capital side, who along with AC Milan are gunning for a return to the Champions League. “European football is where a club as storied as this one belongs, we want to get back there,” sai Milan coach Stefano Pioli, whose side have not won the ‘Scudetto’ since 2011. Milan are counting on Zlatan Ibrahimovic again providing the spark with the 39-year-old having signed for another season.The veteran should provide guidance for a squad, which includes youngsters like recently-arrived Italy midfielder Sandro Tonali, 20. Topics : SundayParma v Napoli (1030), Genoa v Crotone (1300), Sassuolo v Cagliari (1600), Juventus v Sampdoria (1845) Playing September 30Benevento v Inter Milan, Udinese v Spezia (both 1600), Lazio v Atalanta “Reflection was necessary, I found our coach serene, constructive, far from the moods we were told by the media.”Inter have a mission, a plan, strategies aimed naturally towards victory… I really believe that the path taken is the right one.”As Serie A returns behind closed doors this weekend, both Inter and Atalanta have been given a one-week delay because of their European exertions last month.Inter’s first match will be against Fiorentina on September 26, followed by a trip to newly-promoted Benevento in their rescheduled opening day fixture four days later.Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta meanwhile start at Torino a few hours before Inter begin their season and then travel to Lazio in their postponed first round match. Antonio Conte begins his second season as Inter Milan coach with a mission to stop his former club Juventus winning a 10th consecutive Serie A title.Conte led Juve to the first three of their current run of nine straight league crowns starting in 2012 before moving on to coach Italy and Chelsea, taking over Inter in May last year.The 51-year-old’s turbulent first season with Inter was played out against a backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic which caused havoc in northern Italy before spreading across Europe.last_img read more


UK National Grid pension fund to offload in-house asset manager

first_imgThe National Grid UK Pension Scheme is to sell its in-house asset manager in changes to its investment and governance model.The £17bn (€23.4bn) pension fund for the UK’s electricity network management company manages around 75% of its investments through Aerion Fund Management, wholly owned by the pension scheme and managing only its assets.However, after the scheme reviewed its investment and governance models with the aid of consultants Redington, the trustees decided to offload the asset management business.Aerion’s sale, preceded by the exit of chief executive Paul Sharman in March, is likely to see all of its remaining staff move with the asset manager, according to chair of trustees Nigel Stapleton. Stapleton said the decision to sell the asset manager was not about costs or Aerion’s performance as an in-house manager.“The trustees must focus on how they can do their own job most effectively,” he told IPE.“Aerion is a very strong team, but the scheme is maturing, and, as you mature, you must become more risk averse.“It is not cost or the team, but, eight years on from when we last looked at this, the scheme’s profile has changed and matured, with asset and liability management becoming more complex. We need more specialist skills.”The pension fund will now create a small and specialist “executive team” to support the trustees with asset manager monitoring, investment strategy and liability management.The team will report directly to the trustees, focusing on the scheme’s needs on a full-time basis.Fenchurch Advisory, an asset manager buy-and-sell specialist, will assist with Aerion’s sale.last_img read more


2H Offshore boosts management in Malaysia

first_img“This year we have a strong requirement for minimum facility platforms delivery and installation engineering. As a result, they will together lead the day-to-day business management and operations. He will be the focal point for all technical work as well as lead business development for Thailand and Vietnam. Yussof Ismail is the new director of the 2H Kuala Lumpur and will co-manage the business with Shreenaath Natarajan. In addition, Ching secured promotion to engineering manager, also in the 2H Kuala Lumpur office. center_img 2H Offshore, a riser and conductor specialist in subsea services group Acteon, has made several promotions within the organization. Yann Helle, 2H Offshore managing director said, “Promoting Yussof and LiShen will enrich the variety of expertise we offer to our client base in the region and strengthen our ability to provide riser and conductor engineering services to the local market.”last_img read more


Comelec conducts simulation voting for PWDs

first_imgRegistration resumed on yesterday, Jan. 20. Election offices alsoentertain requests for transfer of registration records, change/correction ofentries in the registration record, reactivation of registration record, andreinstatement of name in the list of voters. * very small sizes of letters in the ballots The following concerns cropped up during the simulation: Comelec’s Commissioner Al Parreño was here to oversee the simulation. She called, too, PWDs to register with Comelec so they could vote. * lack of interpreters for deaf-mute voters Election offices are open Monday to Saturdays, including holidays,from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m./PN * lack of ramps An election officer helps a person with disability feed her ballot into the vote-counting machine during a simulation voting at Central Philippine University in Iloilo City on Jan. 21, 2019. The simulation is a project of the Commission on Elections to further fine-tune the voting processes for persons with disability. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * lack of wheelchairs / lack of assistants to help movewheelchairs “The voting simulation for PWDs was a brainchild of CommissionerParreño. Gusto niya ma-enhance ang voting experience sang PWDs although we already have therules,” said Doronila. Doronila also urged local election officers to review and updatetheir list of PWD voters. The objective is to make the voting processes for PWDs moreefficient, she stressed. Doronila said these concerns would be brought to the attention ofComelec for proper action. Over 200 PWDs from this city and Iloilo province participated,said Atty. Elizabeth Doronila, Iloilo provincial election supervisor. The goal was to further fine-tune the voting processes for PWDs,said Doronila, in preparation for the May 2022 national and local elections. ILOILO City – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Region 6conducted a simulation of voting for persons with disability (PWDs) at CentralPhilippine University yesterday.last_img read more


Nadal says he’s ‘very pessimistic’ about return of tennis

first_imgRafael Nadal said on Sunday that he was “very pessimistic” over a full resumption of the professional tennis circuit which has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic.“From my point of view, I’m very pessimistic that the circuit can resume a normal activity,” said the world number two in a virtual chat origanized by the Spanish Federation of Tennis (RFET) involving the team that won last year’s Davis Cup.Rafael Nadal last played when he won the Mexican Open on February 29 and is not optimistic about playing again soon “In tennis, you need to travel every week, stay in hotels, go to different countries,” Nadal said. “Even if it we play without an audience, to organise any event you need a lot of people involved, which cannot be ignored. At an international level I see a serious problem.” Nadal said he hoped that restrictions can be relaxed gradually, but added that he was aware that the global health situation is serious. “We have had a very tough month and a half, with many irreparable losses as well as others that are less important that will still bring great suffering to society, I hope only for a few months, at the economic level,” he said. “Many people are going to lose their jobs.” “These are sad moments when you see so many people dying,” he said. Loading… Nadal had already told Spanish radio that he thought it would be “difficult” to stage one of the majors “in the short or medium term.” Read Also: No dates set for return of Spanish football Nadal has been working with his friend Pau Gasol, the Spanish basketball player, to raise funds in the fight the coronavirus. Along with other leading tennis players such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Nadal is one of the promoters of a plan to create a fund to help low-ranked players who are suffering financially. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more


Ex-Eagles’ keeper joins Kwara United

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Kwara United have completed the signing of former Super Eagles goalie Dele Aiyenugba ahead of the 2020/21 Nigerian Professional Football League season.At the outgone NPFL season that was canceled due to the continuous threat of Coronavirus, Kwara United were aiming to finish among the top clubs on the final standings. The club’s management under the leadership of Kumbi Titiloye and Bashir Badawiy are now in top gear to bolster the squad so as for the Harmony Boys to soar next term in all competitions.Before leaving Nigeria in 2007, Aiyenugba recorded his name in the history books of the Nigerian and African football considering his awesome achievements.He actually started his career at Kwara Stars in 1998 before his brilliant performances then made ways for him to join Enyimba in 2001.—Tags: Dele AiyennugbaKwara UnitednpflSuper Eagleslast_img read more


Wenger backs Jack to meet challenge

first_img Wilshere was photographed outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning as players wound down following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Napoli earlier in the week, when the 21-year-old had started on the bench. The England midfielder’s representatives maintained Wilshere was taking part in a ”prank” where he agreed to hold the cigarette as part of a ”dare”, stressing he was ”utterly committed to fitness and a healthy lifestyle”, while the player himself on Friday afternoon responded by posting a photograph on his official Twitter feed of France World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane smoking, which he then followed it up by saying: ”But for the record….I don’t smoke!” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels Jack Wilshere can meet the challenges of competition for places in Arsenal’s dynamic midfielder head on despite making headlines for the wrong reasons after being pictured with a cigarette – but warned there can be no guarantees of selection for anyone. Press Associationcenter_img Wenger, whose side head to West Brom on Sunday looking to maintain their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League, spoke out against the health issues of smoking in his pre-match press conference, and said he would to take up the issue directly with the player. While Wilshere will have been left in no doubt as to what is expected from his future conduct, Wenger moved to quash suggestions the combative midfielder, who has battled through a number of injury problems in recent seasons, was now on the periphery following the fine start to the new campaign by Wales international Aaron Ramsey and the club-record £43million signing of Mesut Ozil. “I told you Jack is an important player for the squad, and he will play, but there is competition for places of course. On one side, people want you to have good players, on the other, that means you cannot give any guarantee to anybody,” said Wenger, who revealed full-back Bacary Sagna was set for around three weeks on the sidelines because of a hamstring problem. “Higher up, he is less comfortable at the moment. He does not like to be back to goal, he likes to face the game. Why? Because he has a burst to pass people with the ball at his feet. “From deep he does that very well, he creates the openings for that little burst to run with the ball. He is a physically strong boy he has a good body. He can win the challenge and make the difference and open the game up. “He is getting it (his burst) back. I think to play on the flanks helps him to find that back, because on the flanks you have to do a lot of that.” England manager Roy Hodgson has again called Wilshere into his squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. Wenger has no doubts the Arsenal man can make a major impact at Wembley, despite making headlines for the wrong reasons this week. “Even with one cigarette, he will be good,” the Gunners boss added. last_img read more


Track tunes up for home meet

first_imgIn a final tune-up before indoor conference championships, the UW men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the Wisconsin Open, which will be held Friday at the Shell.The Badgers will host athletes from UW-Oshkosh and UW-La Crosse, along with many other open athletes, all of whom use the event as an opportunity to compete one final time before conference championships. Field events get underway at 3 p.m. with running events following at 3:30 p.m.Although the meet is relatively minor compared to events in weeks past, it remains a valuable precursor for Wisconsin to the 2007 Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships to be held Feb. 24-25. Bloomington, Ind. is the site for the men’s conference championships, while Champaign, Ill. is the women’s locale.”It’s a preparation meet leading up to the Big Ten [Championships],” men’s head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. “For a lot of the athletes it’s an opportunity to put a finishing touch on their preparations for the championship part of the season.”Looking to further pad his résumé before the conference event is senior decathlete Joe Detmer. Detmer, who was not recruited out of high school and had to earn his spot on the track and field team, has rewritten many records during his tenure at UW, including setting the American record in the 1,000 meters three weeks ago, with a time of 2:30.86. His performance this winter has been enough to automatically qualify him for next month’s NCAA Indoor Championship.Detmer said that while many of the top athletes for UW may not participate this weekend, neither the quality nor the intensity of the competition will suffer.”With Big Tens coming up, we’ve got a lot of distance guys [who] are looking to do pretty well,” Detmer said. “We’re hoping to do really well in the heptathlon, and just get points wherever else we can.”One especially important event, Nuttycombe says, will be the heptathlon.”The heptathlon is going to be very important to us,” Nuttycombe said. “That’s probably the heart and soul of the team this year.”UW-Madison sophomore Chavon Robinson particularly likes the way this year’s group works with and supports one another, and he foresees a successful month ahead.”What I like most about our team is that we stick together really well,” Robinson said. “Sometimes if you lose that sense of why you’re here, it can become stressful and performances go downhill.”last_img read more


Marshall School hosts talk with nonprofit founder

first_imgUSC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab held its first Lunch and Learn talk of 2017 Thursday at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The presentation featured Luz Rivas, the founder of DIY Girls, and was co-sponsored by USC Women in Computing, the Society of Women Engineers and Girls in Tech. Rivas spoke about how her interest in technology developed when she was 10 years old and found out that programming could be pursued as a career. She continued to participate in technology-related activities in middle school and high school.“My teacher told me that this was a career, and that I would be paid for programming computers,” Rivas said. “I had so much fun doing this, and that was the very first time I got interested in computer science and engineering.”Rivas began her career as a hardware engineer for Motorola and has worked in the STEM industry for 15 years. While volunteering at a community center in Chicago, Rivas realized that kids weren’t exposed to computer science or any engineering-related subjects. That is when she took the decision to transition from her job as an engineer to work in an education field.“I was a bit nervous about switching careers because I thought I would be an engineer at a big company and move up within the company,” Rivas said. “But then I made a decision and went to graduate school at Harvard and learned a lot about education and spoke to a lot of people about my interests.”When Rivas decided that she wanted to start her own organization, she started preparing herself by enrolling in a yearlong leadership development program called Leadership L.A.“I did other things, like volunteer to speak in groups, just to develop skills that I thought I didn’t have to be a leader or a founder of a social enterprise,” Rivas said. “The first thing I did for DIY Girls [was] start a Twitter account and interact with others who were interested in STEM.”The DIY Girls is a nonprofit organization founded in September 2011 and believes in creative freedom, opportunity, relationships, empowerment and skill-building. Over 1,200 girls in Los Angeles have used the skills taught to them to create their own projects. DIY Girls offers after-school and summer programs that give girls hands-on opportunities with science, technology, engineering, art and math, also called STEAM.After a year of planning, Rivas started a program for fifth grade girls at her own elementary school in 2012. Her first grant was funded by the Sparkplug foundation, but it was a $10,000 matching grant. She had six months to raise $10,000 and then the foundation would match it.“First, I was a little disappointed as to how I would get $10,000 in six months,” Rivas said. “It was a challenge, but I started working towards it and connected with a lot of people.”Rivas started the program with only $205 and no Wi-Fi at the school but still managed to hold the program twice a week for the girls. She brought tools from her apartment and asked friends for anything that they had. As funding started to come in, she started buying tools for her programs.“I was also fundraising while the program was on and was multi-tasking because I would teach the kids and was working full-time, too,” Rivas said. “I didn’t wait until I had something to start, and I just thought that I have tables and chairs, I have 30 girls that come and a little bit of money to start with. And as I got started, people would come visit and donate more.”On Oct. 1, 2013, Rivas decided to quit her full-time job and give all her time and attention to DIY Girls. They have grown five times since they started. However, in mid-Oct. of last year, Rivas decided to leave DIY Girls, as she was appointed the commissioner of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, where she works now.last_img read more