Government pays $3.76b for land in 77 strategic projects

first_img“The projects’ development over the next five years is expected to involve a total of 19 million [workers],” Airlangga said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has raised concerns over land acquisition for strategic national projects and has asked ministers to solve the problems quickly.“I have received reports that the biggest obstacle [in strategic national projects] is land acquisition,” Jokowi said on May 29. He asked ministers to accelerate the projects to speed up the nation’s economic recovery.Jokowi ordered the acceleration of programs that could fuel the economy, such as the land certification program, the transmigration land legalization program and the social forestry program. “I would like to ensure that these programs continue as planned,” he said.Topics : The agency, which is responsible for the reimbursement of state-owned companies for land acquired in strategic national projects, has paid Rp 22.24 trillion to toll road operator PT Jasa Marga, Rp 11.88 trillion to construction company PT Waskita Karya and Rp 6.35 trillion to construction firm PT Hutama Karya.Basuki said the agency had procured land worth a total of Rp 4.38 trillion from March 16 to June 24 – during the coronavirus pandemic. He said the agency would continue to reimburse funds to help companies endure depressed toll road traffic.The government has said it will continue the development of strategic national projects during the COVID-19 health crisis with the addition of 89 projects with an estimated investment value of Rp 1.42 quadrillion.Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said recently that the new projects were an addition to the existing 223 strategic national projects and were expected to employ about 4 million additional workers each year from 2020 to 2024. The Finance Ministry’s State Asset Management Agency (LMAN) has reimbursed Rp 53.3 trillion (US$3.76 billion) owed to state-owned companies for land acquisition in 77 strategic national projects, including toll roads and irrigation systems, as of June 24.The agency paid Rp 47.7 trillion for land acquisition in 40 toll road projects, Rp 3.5 trillion for 25 dam projects, Rp 1.3 trillion for seven railway projects and Rp 539 billion for a port project, LMAN president director Basuki Purwadi said on Friday.“The government’s commitment to build infrastructure will continue as it does not only boost economic growth but also creates jobs and connects regions,” Basuki told reporters in an online press briefing, adding that the government was hoping to improve the reimbursement process.last_img read more

Brown back with a bang

first_imgWes Brown marked his return from injury with a goal as Sunderland defeated Tottenham 3-1 to reach Saturday’s Barclays Asia Trophy final in Hong Kong. There was no Gareth Bale, linked with a move to Real Madrid by reports in Spain, in the Spurs side because of injury, while Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio included summer signings Vito Mannone, Cabral, Emanuele Giaccherini and Jozy Altidore. Conditions remained difficult, but the Londoners took the lead with 28 minutes gone when full-back Kyle Walker broke down the right and squared for Sigurdsson, whose snapshot was unwittingly deflected past keeper Mannone by John O’Shea. Sunderland levelled within six minutes when Altidore capitalised on Tom Huddlestone’s error to play in midfielder Cabral, who finished adeptly. Altidore passed up a golden opportunity to open his account two minutes after the restart and after half-time substitute Jan Vertonghen had departed on a stretcher following an awkward landing, Mannone saved well from Emmanuel Adebayor. The Italian produced a fine stop to deny replacement Jermain Defoe on the hour, but Brown headed the Black Cats in front from replacement Karlsson’s 64th-minute corner. Altidore might have made sure nine minutes from time but was denied by Brad Friedel, but the keeper could do nothing to prevent Karlsson from making it 3-1 in the final minute. Press Associationcenter_img The 33-year-old, who last played in pre-season a year ago, headed home David Moberg Karlsson’s 64th-minute corner after new boy Cabral had cancelled out Gylfi Sigurdsson’s opener, before Karlsson himself made sure with a third at the death. Kick-off at the Hong Kong Stadium was delayed for half an hour by torrential rain which left surface water on the pitch, and the decision was taken to restrict the match to two 40-minute halves when it did eventually get under way. last_img read more

Arum confident Crawford, Pacquiao fight can happen soon

first_imgBy Kenneth FriedmanBOB Arum believes he has a way of putting together the long-anticipated fight between WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford and WBA champ Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao after the current crisis ends. Top Rank promoter Arum says Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) and his team reached out to him about making the fight with Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs).With everything that’s happened recently with the pandemic, Arum hasn’t been able to pursue the big fights for Crawford against Pacquiao as well as IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs). If not for the pandemic, Crawford and Spence would be fighting later this year.Instead, that fight will need to wait until 2021, at the very least. Boxing needs to restart before Arum can start planning to put Crawford in with Spence and Pacquiao.Manny is coming off of what some fans view as a career-best win over WBA welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman last July. If Crawford could face Pacquiao next, he would be catching him at an ideal time.“If we hadn’t had this [global pandemic] situation and if we’d continued doing fights in March and to this day, we’d be talking about a Crawford-Spence fight towards the end of the year,” said Arum to Top Rank Boxing. “So I’m optimistic that it’ll happen next year once this situation clears itself up and once we’re operating as usual again.“Pacquiao and his people have reached out to me on the possibility of a Crawford fight, and we were hoping to schedule that fight outside of the United States. We’ll have to see. But it’s certainly an interesting fight, and once this clears up, I think we have a way where it can happen.Crawford reminds Arum of Donald Curry“The fighter he reminds me the most of is Donald Curry,” said Arum when asked who Crawford reminds him of. “Crawford was such a great welterweight, a good puncher with a lot of skills. A lot of people thought that Curry during his heyday was going to eclipse the great Sugar Ray Leonard. Whenever I see Crawford fight, I always think back to Donald Curry.“It’s very hard to compare the welterweight fighters from today [from the ones in the past] because the one’s today have the benefit of better nutrition, better training, more advanced training than the welterweights than Ray and Curry’s era,” said Arum.(Boxing News)last_img read more

Mookie Betts kneels on his own for national anthem before Dodgers debut

first_imgMookie Betts is the only Dodger kneeling during the anthem. Cody Bellinger has his hand on his shoulder. pic.twitter.com/6DIOzAdtLF— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 24, 2020″I think everybody’s on board with what’s going on in the world, how we have to make some change. It starts here and we have to do our part,” Betts told ESPN’s Michael Eaves. “It’s amazing to know that everybody here is on board with something that, like I said, we have to find a way to make change and this is the first step.”Before the anthem, everyone except Giants relief pitcher Sam Coonrod knelt for a moment of silence in an act of solidarity with recent nationwide protests against police brutality. Coonrod told reporters after the game (per Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic) that, as a Christian, kneeling would have made him a hypocrite. He also expressed concern about things he has read about the Black Lives Matter organization, which it should be noted is now part of a much broader movement that transcends its original framework.More Coonrod: “I’m a Christian and I can’t get on board with a couple things I read about Black Lives Matter. How they lean toward Marxism. And they said some things about the nuclear family. I can’t get on board with that.”— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 24, 2020MORE: Yankees, Nationals kneel before anthem in D.C. openerThis week has marked a surge in activism among MLB players, who have historically been quiet on the subject of racism. Reds first baseman Joey Votto was among several players to kneel during the anthem in exhibition games when he made the gesture Wednesday afternoon.MORE: MLB players explain sudden decisions to kneelBaseball is not the only sport finding its social justice voice during the U.S. response to the killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd by police in May. NASCAR, which has also typically steered clear of race-related issues, has voiced support for the country’s protests against unnecessary law enforcement violence toward Black people.Led by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NFL players introduced kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest in 2016. The gesture has been controversial among fans since its inception, causing a rift in pro football between Black activists and league interests. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts knelt during the national anthem before Thursday’s game against the Giants in apparent support of the Black Lives Matter movement.Betts, who is Black, was the only Los Angeles player to kneel during the playing of the anthem, though teammates Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy placed their hands on his shoulders. Ten members of the Giants organization knelt, including manager Gabe Kapler. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently apologized to players for not supporting their protests in the face of criticism.The NBA, which has been more active on such issues, is allowing players to replace their names on jerseys with messages supporting social justice causes.Betts signed a 12-year, $365 million contract extension with the Dodgers on Wednesday. He had never protested during the anthem before Thursday’s opener but did express regret at not speaking up more about racism in the past. He said after the game (per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register) that he isn’t sure whether he will continue to kneel.last_img read more

Gor narrows down on two foreign coaches

first_img0Shares0000Former head coach Zdravko Logarusic had applied for the job.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, July 5 – Former Gor Mahia head coach Zdravko Logarusic had expressed interest in returning to the team, but the club’s management has not considered him as they narrow down their search for a new boss to two foreign coaches.The Croatian, who coached the record 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions from 2012 to 2013, had expressed interest in returning to the club he helped to the GOtv Shield and KPL Top 8 titles in his debut season, having left Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko. Gor have now whittled down their search from the initial applicant list of 12 to two, former Simba SC head coach Briton Dylan Kerr and Italian Stephano Maccoppi, who is the immediate former head coach of Romanian second tier side Ceahlăul Piatra Neamt.“We will contact both of them today, listen to their terms and lay out what we have to offer. We will then weigh both and whoever we will agree terms with should be the new head coach. This should happen by latest Thursday and by our next league match, the new man should be here,” Gor Mahia deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala has told Capital Sport.Briton Dylan Kerr has previously managed Tanzania giants Simba SC.PHOTO/courtesyEnglishman Kerr, 50, is a former Leeds United and Reading FC defender and he coached Tanzanian giants Simba in 2015 before parting ways and starting work back at his native England as the Chesterfield FC Under-18 coach.He has also managed Vietnamese top tier side Hải Phòng. Previously, Kerr worked as part of the technical team at the Vietnamese National Team for the Suzuki Cup and Asian Games, assisting the technical bench and heading the Fitness program.His biggest managerial success was leading Hải Phòng to the Veitnamese FA Cup title in his debut season in 2014.Italian Maccoppi will be making his first sojourn to Africa, if he is successfully picked as the new man at the helm of K’Ogalo.The 55-year old former defender has spent most of his coaching time in Switzerland, having worked as an assistant coach at FC Sion, a top Swiss side in 2014.Italian Stephano Maccoppi, who is the immediate former head coach of Romanian second tier side Ceahlăul Piatra Neamt. PHOTO/courtesyHe has previously been head coach at fourth tier side FC Bellinzona, third tier side FC La Chaux-De-Fonds, Yverdon Sport and fifth tier side FC Locarno.K’Ogalo has not had an Italian manager in the recent past while if Kerr is successful, he will be the third Englishman to work at the club with Bobby Williamson and Frank Nuttall having previously held the post.Club legend Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno has been holding forte at the club since the departure of Brazilian Jose Marcelo Ferreira who asked for termination of his contract to join Albanian top tier side KF Tirana.In the league, Otieno has seen the side pick only a point from two games with a loss at the hands of Sofapaka and a draw with Ulinzi Stars last weekend.He has been successful in Cup competitions, leading the side to a 3-1 win over Nairobi Water in the GOtv Shield first round and triumph at the SportPesa Super Cup in Tanzania.Former head coach Zdravko Logarusic had applied for the job.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, the club will be shifting their attention to the history making tie against English Premier League side Everton FC next week Thursday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.Gor will depart the country on Monday with their entire 28-man squad ahead of the duel against Ronald Koeman’s men.“It is a very huge opportunity for the club to play against an EPL opponent. These are players they are used to seeing on TV but getting to actually play against them is a huge privilege. We will go there to compete fully and hope we can win,” Ngala said ahead of the trip.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more