PREMIUMIndonesian telcoms record data traffic surges as people start staying home

first_imgWe have been relying a lot on our internet connection, mostly for daily communication, work and entertainment. Since the government instructed the public to stay at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, the need for internet access has jumped, with people needing to ensure that they can remain connected while staying and working from home.After the government called on people to work from home (WFH) and practice social distancing on March 15, many day-to-day activities from working to schooling have shifted online. This has led to a surge in demand for digital communications services in the country. Endita Prima, a university lecturer in Yogyakarta, for example, spends much more time online than usual, as she has been required to provide her student lectures online from home since last Tuesday. She uses the… Facebook Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here social-distancing work-from-home study Internet internet-connection telecommunications data data-access Telkomsel XL-axiata Linkedin Googlelast_img read more

Frijns: Dutch should shift toward PAYG pension arrangements

first_imgThe Netherlands should increase pay-as-you-go (PAYG) arrangements in its predominantly capital-funded pensions system to better address the impact of low interest rates, according to Jean Frijns, former CIO at the €355bn Dutch civil service pension fund ABP.In an interview with Dutch financial news daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), Frijns said capital-funding was “no longer fit for purpose”.“The pensions sector failed to foresee how much participants would be exposed to market shocks, and the pensions system no longer provides the certainty we expected,” said.Given the level of interest rates, he said PAYG arrangements, such as the state pension AOW, would now be more attractive than pensions saving – ageing population notwithstanding. Frijns’s proposal is likely to raise eyebrows in the industry, as the Netherlands has always dismissed pensions systems in neighbouring countries that rely heavily on PAYG.“We always thought capital would offer greater security, as well as pension value, than PAYG, which depends on political promises,” he said. “Because this is no longer true, we shouldn’t be afraid to adjust the ratio slightly between capital-funding and PAYG.”He said he was surprised by the lack of debate on this issue in the Netherlands.According to the FD, Frijns took pains to emphasise that he did not advocate raising the AOW, as non-workers would “unjustly benefit”.Instead, he called for a new national scheme with income-based contributions and benefits, which could also accommodate self-employed workers.The industry veteran conceded that introducing an additional PAYG system would not be easy.“But, from an economic point of view, it would be fantastic, as it would mean less saving, and it has the potential for increased spending,” he said. The Social and Economic Council (SER) is preparing a recommendation for the Dutch government on how best to design a sustainable pensions system.The SER is expected to call for a switch to defined contribution arrangements, with individual pensions accrual combined with various forms of risk-sharing.It marks the second time in five years that a reform of the Dutch pensions system has been the subject of debate.The first effort stalled after transition arrangements were deemed as overly complicated.“If new reform plans also turn out to be infeasible, pension funds should close and start new pensions accrual under individual arrangements,” Frijns told the FD.“That would be a simple and quick solution.”last_img read more

Minimum liquor price law outlook grim 4 July 2012 Despite ongoing work on a minimum alcohol price, a proposal to introduce a pricing regime looks set to fail.Justice Ministry officials are running two meetings this week with industry leaders on a plan that would drive up the cost of some liquor.Prime Minister John Key appeared opposed to the proposal, saying some people would switch to the lowest quality alcohol rather than drink any less volume.“I am not convinced minimum pricing will do that much,” he said.Labour’s justice spokesman Charles Chauvel said that, like tobacco, the price of alcohol had a big influence on how often and how much people drink.“It’s time to get serious about the pricing issue if we’re going to make any significant impact on our binge drinking culture.”Labour has drafted an amendment to the alcohol legislation which would introduce a minimum pricing regime. read more

House yields dead body

first_imgBY CYRUS GARDE and MAE SINGUAY The 29-year-old Paul Adrian Pabontosacommitted suicide, a police report showed. Officers of the Binalbagan municipalpolice station have ruled out foul play in the incident./PN His cadaver was brought to theBinalbagan Infirmary for a “post mortem examination.”center_img BACOLOD City – He was found dead hanginginside their house in Barangay San Teodoro, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Pabontosa’s lifeless body was found byhis father Efren in the kitchen area of the house around 6 a.m. on April 15, itadded.last_img read more

Area Softball and Baseball

first_imgCongratulations to the area schools who made a great run in the softball and baseball state tournaments this year.  Milan and Franklin County girls both made it to the semi-state in softball.  Ironically, both schools lost 1-0.  I know in the case of Franklin County they were a very young team and should be a power the next few years.In baseball Milan boys made it to the regional as did Rising Sun.  Both of these schools are members of the ORVC.  Milan also had the county golf champion in Travis Butte.  Travis will be taking his golf talents to Hanover College this fall.  It was a very good season for the ORVC and the EIAC conferences.last_img read more

Van Genderen gets first XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour win at Lee County

first_imgDONNELLSON, Iowa (July 14) – Mike Van Genderen was consistent in finishing second in 2013 point standings for the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour.His IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series-first victory will go a long way toward winning the 2014 tour championship.Van Genderen emerged as the new point leader Monday night following a back-and-forth battle at Lee County Speedway with Jesse Sobbing. The two swapped the front spot as the 30-lapper wound down and were virtually side-by-side com­ing to the white flag. Sobbing scraped the frontstretch wall before Van Genderen surged ahead to take the $1,000 checkers by a car length. Pole starter Hunter Marriott led the first nine laps before giving way to Sobbing. The only caution of the night waved on lap 18; Van Genderen was scored first across the stripe on lap 20 but Sobbing was back in front the next time around. Richie Gustin, Marriott and Jeff Waterman completed the top five. Hard charger Jeremy Mills ad­vanced nine spots to sixth. Tim Ward went into the night tied with Van Genderen for first in the points race, started 17th and finished 12th. Van Genderen was already on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional by virtue of his Desert Classic victory at Canyon Speedway Park in Ward’s home state of Arizona. The fourth XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour event of the season is Tuesday, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. in the third of five installments in IMCA’s Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek. That feature also pays $1,000 to start and is a qualifier for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Feature results – 1. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 4. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 5. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 6. Jeremy Mills, Gar­ner; 7. Bill Roberts, Burlington; 8. Steve Stewart, Burlington; 9. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 10. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 11. Jeff Joldersma, McClelland; 12. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 13. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Mike Jergens, Plover; 16. Kyle Brown, Kel­logg; 17. Jeff Mueller, New London; 18. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 19. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 20. Brandon Banks, Washington; 21. Dustin Brown, Thornton; 22. Levi Smith, Donnellson; 23. Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington; 24. Jim Lynch, Bloomfield. 1st heat (top three) – 1. Sobbing; 2. Murray; 3. Joldersma; 4. Drake; 5. Ward; 6. Lynch; 7. Joey Franklin, Las Vegas, Nev.; 8. Kurt Kile, Nichols. 2nd heat – 1. Van Genderen; 2. Gustin; 3. Roberts; 4. Mueller; 5. Jergens; 6. Smith; 7. Kevin Cale, Donnellson. 3rd heat – 1. Banks; 2. Stewart; 3. Waterman; 4. Mills; 5. Lauritzen; 6. Scott Dickey, Packwood; 7. Dustan Fenton, Burlington.4th heat – 1. Marriott; 2. Elliott; 3. Dustin Brown; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Carter; 6. Roberts; 7. LaVeine. 1st “B” feature ( top five) – 1. Drake; 2. Mills; 3. Ward; 4. Lauritzen; 5. Lynch; 6. Dickey; 7. Franklin; 8. Fenton; 9. Kile.2nd “B” feature – 1. Mueller; 2. Kyle Brown; 3. Carter; 4. Jergens; 5. Smith; 6. Roberts; 7. LaVeine; 8. Cale.Provisionals – Roberts and LaVeine.last_img read more

Rodgers charged by FA

first_img In his post-match comments following the Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City, the Northern Irishman appeared to question whether it was correct to have an official from Greater Manchester in charge of the game. As a result he has been landed with an FA charge to which he has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond. “Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by The FA over post-match media comments he made following his side’s game against Manchester City on 26 December 2013,” the FA said in a statement. “It is alleged the comments by Rodgers called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute; and/or amounted to a failure to act in the best interests of the game.” After the City defeat, Rodgers was particularly angry at the decision to disallow a Raheem Sterling goal for offside, despite the player being at least two yards behind the last defender. “I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance,” he said of the officials at the time. “I thought it was throughout the evening. Hopefully we don’t have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game. “I was surprised we are playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester. “I am sure we won’t get (for) Liverpool-Man City someone from the Wirral.” The day after the game Rodgers insisted he was trying to make a valid point and did not intend to slight Mason. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by the Football Association for allegedly questioning the integrity of referee Lee Mason. “In terms of geography, I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees,” he said. “It was more than logical (as a comment) in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester. “I wouldn’t suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years. “I was only speaking honestly after the game. I think the FA and the Referees’ Association know perfectly well I am someone who engages in supporting the referees.” last_img read more

Adam Lallana warns Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool revolution will not happen overnight

first_img “It was never going to just change overnight,” said Lallana, who had another good game under the German. “Maybe the reaction to him coming in was a bit over the top but he’s a great manager who has had great success. “He’s asking people to do different things to what they were used to so it will take a bit of time. “I think in his first two games you have seen glimpses and moments of the style he wants to play. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but I’m very confident we’re going to succeed under him. “The fans here demand success here and we want to give them that.” In his two matches in charge obvious elements of Klopp’s style – the high-tempo pressing, for example – have been evident but the side are a long way from being where the manager wants them to be. There is plenty of work still to be done on the training ground but with the return from injury of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino and striker Daniel Sturridge set to come back into contention for Sunday’s visit of Southampton Klopp is at least being able to work with most of his squad. Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits successive draws in new manager Jurgen Klopp’s first two matches have added a dose of realism to temper fans’ sky-high expectations. The former Borussia Dortmund coach’s arrival at Anfield a fortnight ago sparked a wave of optimism on Merseyside with many fans predicting great things from the off. From the start Klopp insisted he was not a miracle worker and change would take time and a 1-1 Europa League draw at home to 10-man Rubin Kazan, on the back of a goalless stalemate at Tottenham, have highlighted exactly that. Press Association The return of captain Jordan Henderson, Klopp’s archetypal hard-running midfielder, from a broken foot cannot come soon enough but the manager will have to wait late into the season before Danny Ings comes back from anterior cruciate ligament surgery and even longer for Joe Gomez, who sustained a similar but more serious problem. Benteke and Firmino both came off the bench against Kazan and Klopp will hope they can add more threat in the final third, something which has been a problem all season. “It was great to have Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino back fit and hopefully Daniel Sturridge won’t be too far away,” added Lallana. “Looking at the squad, there are definitely goals there. “We’re disappointed we didn’t take the three points (against Kazan). “We created a lot of chances but the ratio of shots on target to off target wasn’t high enough and that probably explains why we couldn’t get the second goal. “Parts of the performance were bright and encouraging as we got into good areas. We need a bit more ruthlessness from everyone. “Moving forward there are encouraging signs. Everyone is warming to the manager and how he wants to play. “There’s lots of hard work and lots of yards to put in to get to where we want to be. “Jurgen has made it clear that he demands 100 per cent. He wants us to win the ball back as soon as it’s given away. “Going forward, it’s going to improve.” Lallana’s former club are next up at Anfield and will pose a more significant test than the 10-man Russians did. “They are playing well at the minute and recruited well,” said Lallana. “I’m looking forward to meeting up with a few old friends but Sunday is about getting the business done and ensuring we get the three points. “It’s back to the training ground for us on Friday and we want nothing less than three points on Sunday.” last_img read more

Speed will be a factor in Hong Kong – King

first_imgPATRICK King has emerged as one of Guyana’s most important components in rugby over the last year, especially in the Sevens format.Having been one of Guyana’s premier athletes in Track and Field, it comes as no surprise that his sublime speed and agility would catapult him to being an asset for the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU).King’s exploit on the rugby field didn’t go unnoticed by others in and around the Caribbean, given the fact he was named to the recently resuscitated West Indies rugby team, along with fellow Green Machine teammate Claudius Butts.However, on April 7-9, King will have his chance to see just how good he is when he faces some unfamiliar opposition when Guyana participate at the IRB’s Hong Kong Sevens. It will be the Green Machine’s second showing (first in 2012), but King’s first taste of competition at one of the IRB’s grandest stage.Guyana were placed in Pool G, alongside Spain, Uruguay and Papua New Guinea. The ‘Green Machine’ as they are more popularly known, will open their account on April 7 against Spain and would wrap up day one of the tournament against Papua New Guinea.The men from the Land of Many Waters will play their South American neighbours Uruguay on April 8 in their final Group stage game.“At the highest level, most teams, speed is one their attributes,” said King during a recent interview with Chronicle Sport, as the winger pointed out,“I think that one of our plus is that we have a lot of speed, not only from me but actually everyone has the speed because that’s needed at the top level since Sevens is a fast-pace game.”Ryan Gonsalves was named captain of the team, and will be joined by Butts, King, Richard Staglon, Ronald Mayers, Avery Corbin, Vallon Adams, Blaise Bailey, Rupert Giles, Rickford Cummings, Peabo Hamilton and Rondell McArthur.King pointed out that “most teams now working on speed on the main circuit and we could match them, whether it’s on the wing or at the forwards, so that’s something good for us.”A member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), King didn’t shy away from the fact that he’s eager to see where exactly he stands amongst some of the world’s best, adding, “I’m very excited to play in Hong Kong. I think it will be good for me to know just how good I am and what I have to work on to be the best at what I do and also to help Guyana Rugby go forward.”The team will depart next week for New York, where they will play several warm-up matches to fine-tune preparations before heading to the East Asian city.last_img read more

Dembele’s late double knocks Man City out of Champions League

first_imgMANCHESTER City’s Champions League ambitions are in ruins once more after Lyon shocked Pep Guardiola’s side in the quarter-final in Lisbon.City started as firm favourites but came out second best against a fiercely determined Lyon in a game that swung on controversy and uncharacteristic errors in the closing stages.Lyon went ahead in the 24th minute with Maxwel Cornet’s smart finish but City, lifeless as Guardiola chose to play a three-man central defence, looked to have been revived by Kevin de Bruyne’s precise strike from Raheem Sterling’s pass after 69 minutes.Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, on as a substitute, restored Lyon’s lead in contentious circumstances 11 minutes from time, the video assistant referee (VAR) ignoring what appeared to be an obvious foul by the goalscorer before he ran on to beat Ederson.City pressed for the equaliser but Sterling was guilty of an atrocious miss, somehow sending his finish over the top of an open goal from Gabriel Jesus’ pass.It proved to be hugely expensive as seconds later Lyon set up a semi-final meeting with Bayern Munich when Dembele scored his second after Ederson fumbled a shot from Houssem Aouar’s routine shot. GUARDIOLA MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITYGuardiola has rightly been showered in plaudits for the wonderful football and success he has brought to Manchester City – but his biggest target remains elusive and this was a miserable night for the manager.Guardiola, who has been accused of over-thinking his approach in the Champion League before, adopted a three-man central defensive system and chose to leave many of City’s creators and manipulators on the bench.Lyon deserved respect after eliminating Juventus but this was a ploy that took it too far and resulted in a stuttering City lacking urgency and creativity.He eventually introduced Riyad Mahrez after the break to some effect but Lyon were offered hope and encouragement by Guardiola’s approach and showed magnificent grit and resilience to secure the win.City will rightly claim an injustice over the VAR decision that did not penalise what appeared to be a foul on Aymeric Laporte by Dembele but the team defending for the second goal was horrific, with every City player bar keeper Ederson in the Lyon half when the goal was created when the game was finely balanced at 1-1.City and Guardiola have suffered Champions League disappointment before but this may hurt more than any other – and make no mistake, the much-feted Catalan must take his full share of responsibility for a flawed game. (BBC Sport).last_img read more