Shop from Home program revives traditional markets affected by COVID-19

first_imgAs economic activities continue to get battered by the effects of COVID-19, 38-year-old vegetable trader Endah “Betty” Widiarti has found a way to survive despite having lost customers at her shop in Rumput Market in Setiabudi, South Jakarta.Although her shop is not pulling in the revenue it usually does on normal days, Betty has managed to maintain enough sales thanks to city-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya’s recently launched Shop from Home program.The market operator provides a list of traders’ telephone numbers on its website and Instagram account, which allows customers to make purchases via telephone call or text. Read also: Jokowi relaxes loan settlements to help small businesses cope with COVID-19 effectsSales for most micro, small and medium businesses have been hit hard ever since the coronavirus broke out in Indonesia, as residents have opted to stay at home, as instructed by the central government and the Jakarta administration.A state of emergency was declared by the Jakarta administration through to April 19, with calls being made for residents to stay at home. Schools and offices have been temporarily closed and events and religious activities have been postponed or canceled.Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, has recorded at least 808 confirmed COVID-19 cases, nearly half of the country’s confirmed cases in total, and 85 fatalities.In normal times, Pasar Jaya, which manages 105,223 stalls at 153 markets across the capital, records around 2 million visitors per day at all of its markets, according to the firm’s website.The market operator’s president director, Arief Nasrudin, said during a press briefing at City Hall on Tuesday that he hoped the Shop from Home program could fulfill “Jakarta residents’ needs and keep the small traders’ economic situations in good shape.”Read also: Neighborhood authorities help curb COVID-19 spreadHesti Setyarini, a 30-year-old private employee currently working from home, recently used Shop from Home to buy vegetables and spices at a shop owned by a trader named Sapri at Rawamangun Market in Pulo Gadung district, East Jakarta.Unlike Betty’s service, Sapri rides his motorbike himself to deliver orders straight to his customers, including Hesti. He delivers goods a day after payments are made so that orders can build up, allowing him to maximize delivery efficiency.“I was satisfied with the service, but perhaps because at first I had low expectations,” Hesti told the Post in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “The seller was responsive and the vegetables were fresh. The prices were not so different than those of the vegetable seller near my house. This is a helpful alternative.”Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the program was aimed at encouraging residents to stay at home and avoid contracting the virus in public places.“We have to take this measure as we extended the state of emergency in the capital for the next two weeks, which means certain needs will be impossible to fulfill without reaching out to the markets,” Anies said on Tuesday.Topics : The program, which involves traders from at least 50 traditional markets across the capital, gives Betty’s customers the option to buy vegetables via WhatsApp.“My customer sends their grocery list. We will look into it. If we do not have the goods, we search for them at other shops,” Betty, whose shop was established by her mom in 1975, told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview on Wednesday.“When everything’s ready, we make a confirmation. The customer then makes their payment via bank transfer and we will have the goods delivered to them.”Betty prefers using ride-hailing services Gojek and Grab as oppose to conventional forms of transportation to deliver orders because of the lower fares.last_img read more

BKSDA Aceh probes death of young elephant found in oil palm plantation

first_imgThe Sumatran elephant is a critically endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List due to a significant decrease in population as a result of habitat encroachment and poaching.Agus urged local residents to take part in elephant conservation as Sumatran forests, home to the elephant, were constantly being deforested to make way for human and business activities.“The damage of their habitat would trigger conflict with humans,” he added.The finding occurred only a day after a wild Sumatran elephant was brutally killed in Kelayang in Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau. The elephant’s face was severely mutilated though its tusks were still intact. (dpk) Topics : Veterinarians of the agency immediately conducted a necropsy to find the cause of the death. BKSDA Aceh also coordinated with local police to check the areas surrounding the location of the dead elephant.This marks the second finding of a dead Sumatran elephant in Aceh. Earlier this month, local residents found a decaying elephant carcass at a production forest in Kerung Baung village in Peunaroen district, also in East Aceh regency. Authorities estimated that the 1.5-year-old calf died a month before they found it.Its cause of death is also not known.Read also: Riau sees human-elephant conflicts double in 2019center_img The Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Aceh) has started investigating the death of a Sumatran elephant found at an oil palm plantation in Ranto Peureulak in East Aceh regency, Aceh, the second case of its kind this month.The male Sumatran elephant was 4 or 5 years old, Aceh BKSDA head Agus Arianto said.“We do not yet know the cause of the death,” he said as reported by on Thursday.last_img read more

P2P lender Modalku seizes opportunity to fund social commerce borrowers

first_imgThe company’s recent survey of 200 SMEs showed that online sellers were using instant messaging and e-commerce as sale platforms.As many as 77.5 percent and 70.5 percent of the respondents said they were using e-commerce platform Shopee and Tokopedia, respectively, while 62 percent of sellers also used instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and LINE.SMEs, which contribute more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.The government aims to have 10 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) go digital by the end of the year to help ease the economic burdens caused by the ongoing global health crisis. The plan is intended to increase the proportion of SMEs that have gone digital, which currently stand at around 13 percent of around 60 million small businesses. Peer-to-peer lender Modalku plans to expand its funding portfolio to include social commerce amid the rising usage of e-commerce and messaging platforms by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) during the pandemic.Cofounder and COO Iwan Kurniawan said that Modalku aimed to reach “tens of thousands” of online sellers but would remain selective in the industries it chose to fund.“We want to support SMEs that have recently gone online or whose online businesses have grown during the pandemic,” he said during a press briefing on Wednesday. “We see an opportunity to fund online SMEs such as those in the health sector, fast-moving consumer goods and ICT [information and communications technology].” Read also: Govt aims for 10 million MSMEs to go digital by year endThe survey also found that 70 percent of respondents said they were interested in utilizing online lending services to help fund business expansion and online promotion.Modalku’s micro business project manager Yuliana Prabandari said that online SMEs could get loans of up to Rp 250 million (US$17,227) for a 12-month term.She went on to say that Modalku had been working with e-commerce platforms, namely Shopee, Tokopedia and Bukalapak, to make funding easier to access for online SMEs. Modalku is allowed to use data from e-commerce platforms to assess borrower’s credit scores and risk profile.“But as we are targeting social commerce sellers as well, we will also analyze borrower risk profiles based on their bank account history in the past three months,” Yuliana said.She added that the company would target online SMEs in the Greater Jakarta area, as well as Bandung, West Java, and Surabaya, East Java, before gradually expanding.Modalku reported that it had disbursed Rp 4.1 trillion in loans in the first quarter of the year to more than 2.4 million borrowers.Despite the pandemic-induced economic slowdown, the company reported that its non-performing loan (NPL) rate was still below 1 percent.Previously, Tokopedia stated on July 15 that it had around 8.3 million SMEs on its platform, most of which were first-time entrepreneurs.“Their first business started on Tokopedia,” William Tanuwijaya said during The Jakarta Post’s webinar “Expanding market access for SMEs throughout Indonesia”.“With a digital platform like Tokopedia, we can expect that more and more SMEs will rise and, with lots of entrepreneurs, lots of jobs will be created.”Topics :last_img read more

How can food and drink manufacturers avoid supply-chain issues?

first_imgThe Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice. Company: Sage Format: PDFLength: 24 pagesType: White Paper The UK food and drink supply chain is a dynamic model of speedy efficiency, so even a minor disruption can create a ripple effect that magnifies as it widens. In this whitepaper, the most catastrophic and high-profile supply chain breakdowns are examined to understand what went wrong and why – and, crucially, what lessons can be learned.Download this free white paper to find out nowlast_img read more

100+ School Districts Call for Gov. Wolf’s Charter Reforms

first_imgBelle Vernon Area School DistrictBellwood-Antis School District California Area School DistrictCanon-Mcmillan School District Penncrest School DistrictPeters Township School District Middletown Area School DistrictMidd-West School District Altoona Area School DistrictAthens Area School District Sharon City School DistrictSomerset Area School District Bensalem Township School DistrictBethlehem Area School District Conneaut School DistrictConnellsville Area School District Coudersport Area School DistrictCranberry Area School District Gateway School DistrictGreater Latrobe School District Jersey Shore Area School DistrictKeystone Central School District Duquesne City School DistrictElk Lake School District Charleroi Area School DistrictConemaugh Valley School District Stroudsburg Area School DistrictSusquehanna Community School District Albert Gallatin Area School DistrictAllegheny-Clarion Valley School District March 05, 2020 Forest Area School DistrictForest City Regional School District Erie City School DistrictFannett-Metal School District Bradford Area School DistrictBrownsville Area School District Muhlenberg School DistrictNeshannock Township School District Education,  Press Release Leaders of more than 100 school districts across Pennsylvania have called on the legislature to enact Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed Charter School Law reforms. These changes would allow school districts to reinvest an additional $280 million into their classrooms while ensuring charter schools are held accountable for the quality of education they provide.“Every child in Pennsylvania deserves the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, but our current law allows some charter schools to perform poorly at the expense of students enrolled in traditional district schools,” said Gov. Wolf. “My charter school law proposal will benefit all students while helping to ensure all schools are held to the same quality and ethics standards.”Gov. Wolf’s package of policy and budget initiatives include applying the special education funding formula to all charter schools, establishing a statewide cyber charter tuition rate, and improving the tuition redirection process. The changes will better align payments made to charter schools with the actual cost of educating students. Clarification of the redirection process will increase fairness, accountability, and transparency.Taxpayers spent $1.8 billion on charter schools last year, including more than $500 million on cyber charter schools. The rising cost of charter schools is draining funding from traditional public schools, which has forced cuts to classroom programs and property tax increases.A recent 2020 State of Education survey conducted by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) determined that more than 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s public school districts identified mandatory charter school tuition costs as one of their biggest sources of budget pressure.“The charter funding issue is not a new budget challenge, but it is a significant and rising one and its imbalance is causing grave issues for the school districts,” said PSBA Chief Executive Officer Nathan G. Mains. “We appreciate and support Governor Wolf’s attention paid to this in his budget proposal. We are proud of our more than 100 school districts that have adopted the resolution calling for charter school funding reform. Our work will continue until the situation is righted and we are appreciative to have the support of the governor.”The 108 school districts voicing their need for Charter School Law reform are: The School District of Haverford TownshipThe School District of Lancaster West Middlesex Area School DistrictWest Shore School District Indiana Area School DistrictInterboro School District Upper Dublin School DistrictUpper St. Clair Township School District Montoursville Area School DistrictMount Pleasant Area School District Southern Columbia Area School DistrictSouthern York County School District 100+ School Districts Call for Gov. Wolf’s Charter Reforms Highlands School DistrictHopewell Area School District Pittsburgh School DistrictQuakertown Community School District Northern Cambria School DistrictNorthern Tioga School District Oil City Area School DistrictOswayo Valley School District Wallingford-Swarthmore School DistrictWashington School District West York Area School DistrictWilliam Penn School District Ridgway Area School DistrictRinggold School District Northgate School DistrictNorwin School District West Chester Area School DistrictWest Jefferson Hills School District Lackawanna Trail School DistrictLakeland School District Cornell School DistrictCorry Area School District York Suburban School DistrictYough School District Otto-Eldred School DistrictPanther Valley School District Rochester Area School DistrictSayre Area School District Parkland School DistrictPenn Cambria School District Mifflin County School DistrictMillcreek Township School District Laurel Highlands School DistrictLeechburg Area School District South Fayette Township School DistrictSoutheastern Greene School District Central Greene School DistrictCentral Valley School District Delaware Valley School DistrictDerry Area School District Hazleton Area School DistrictHempfield Area School District Jamestown Area School DistrictJefferson-Morgan School District Wilmington Area School DistrictWoodland Hills School District North Hills School DistrictNorthampton Area School District Fort Leboeuf School DistrictFrazier School District Schuylkill Valley School DistrictShamokin Area School District Uniontown Area School DistrictUpper Darby School District Carbondale Area School DistrictCentral Columbia School District SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Funding Announced for New Sea Wall at Dawlish

first_imgUK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (15 February) announced further funding of up to £80 million in the south-west to deliver a new sea wall at Dawlish, providing better protection for the railway and homes behind it.Upgrades to the sea wall will increase its height by 2.5 meters and include wave returns to reduce the impact of waves and the likelihood of the line being closed during adverse weather.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “With up to £80 million of funding available to create a rigorous set of defenses, this new sea wall will help protect this vital route, building on our ambitious plans to grow this region’s economy and prosperity through stronger transport connections.”Today’s announcement was made as the Transport Secretary visited Dawlish, meeting with Network Rail and local businesses, to discuss how government investment is focused on giving people across the south-west the modern, reliable services they deserve.Work on the new sea wall will begin in the spring and is expected to be complete by 2021.The government has already provided £15 million for Network Rail to design a long-lasting solution to this problem, in addition to the £40 million spent by Network Rail to repair the damage caused in the 2014 storm.last_img read more

Olding stars as Ulster win

first_imgStuart Olding was in sensational form as RaboDirect PRO12 leaders Ulster beat Connacht 34-18. Press Association A penalty apiece from Parks and Ruan Pienaar followed before Rory Best grabbed Ulster’s third try to give them a 22-15 interval lead. The scoring dried up in a hard-fought second period, a Miah Nikora penalty getting Connacht closer, although the league leaders showed their class late on with Tommy Bowe’s bonus point try and a fifth from Jared Payne. center_img The provincial rivals shared four tries in a energetic first 18 minutes with George Naoupu running in an opportunist effort to get Connacht off the mark before Olding, with his fourth try in six games, and Andrew Trimble replied for the Ulstermen in rapid fashion. Fetu’u Vainikolo was next over the try-line for Connacht with Dan Parks’ conversion bringing the sides level at 12-12. last_img read more

Key dates for Ferguson’s successor

first_img Monday, May 13: Trophy parade – The new boss will watch on as Ferguson and a United squad he believes has the potential for greatness parade the club’s 20th league title around Manchester. The 21st will be expected swiftly. Sunday, May 19: Final day of the season – As the final whistle blows on Ferguson’s reign following the Barclays Premier League clash against West Brom at the Hawthorns, plans for life after Fergie will begin in earnest. Press Association Saturday, May 25, Champions League final at Wembley – Watching Bayern Munich battle Borussia Dortmund will be a reminder to the new United boss that his team will be expected to be involved in the European showpiece final in 2014. Saturday, July 13: Match debut – The first of five pre-season friendlies on a tour which includes trips to Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka and Hong Kong, will be the new United boss’ first match, versus a Singha All Star XI at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok. Sunday, August 11: First competitive match – Wembley, with silverware at stake, in a possible Manchester derby… that could be the scenario for the first competitive match for Ferguson’s successor as the Premier League champions take on the FA Cup winners, with Wigan or Manchester City to provide the opposition. Saturday, August 17: First match of the Premier League season – United’s bid to defend their title will begin on the opening day of the Premier League season, with the fixtures to be revealed on Wednesday, June 19. center_img After Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would retire at the end of the season, here we look at the key dates awaiting his successor.last_img read more

Martinez heaps praise on Lukaku

first_img Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed Romelu Lukaku as great goalscorer after the striker struck twice in the 3-2 win over Newcastle. Asked whether he thought Chelsea had made a mistake letting him join another club, he added: “It will be easy to say that but you need to remember how many strikers they have. “You need to mention Samuel Eto’o’s record, Demba Ba’s record and Fernando Torres’ pedigree, you are talking about a squad which has phenomenal talent up front.” Martinez was not too disturbed by seeing his side concede twice in the second half, giving the scoreline a lop-sided look considering their excellence before the break. “I thought we were very good in the first half,” he said. “We defended extremely well and kept Newcastle to very little threat and from that point on some of the attacking play was fascinating to see the link-up play up play with Romelu, Ross and (Kevin) Mirallas. “Once that happens you can score too many goals. Sometimes you go into half-time with a one-goal lead and that allows you to keep the tension. “It was normal you are going to get a reaction in the second half. “It was a completely different performance. We showed style in the first half and grit into the second.” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admitted snatching a point would have flattered them, “It would’ve been fortuitous for us if we’d got something from the game,” he said. “The first half wasn’t good enough. The second half was much more like it, we showed a bit of pride and passion, won some headers, won some tackles and made some forward passes – which helped. “It was important I reminded them (at half-time) of the nuts and bolts of the game – there are fundamentals that need to be done in the team ethic and I didn’t think we did those in the first half. “In the second half we made two changes and it looked like we made 11. “They are a good side but we stood off them too much in the first half and a couple of goals were more than defendable.” “Lukaku is a young man who has everything as a striker,” said Martinez. “Sometimes you see a number nine who is powerful and has a great physical presence – what Romelu brings is a real awareness around him. “He is technically really gifted when he has his back to goal and that was a focal point today. “He is a great goalscorer. He looked like a player who felt at home. “I want him to enjoy his football, I want him to develop and become as good as he can.” There was surprise when returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho allowed Lukaku to go out on loan and that has been highlighted by the fact his league tally is already more than all the strikers at Stamford Bridge put together. Fortunately for Martinez, the loan agreement is for a full season so there is no chance of an early recall. “I could be sweating now if that was the case,” said the Spaniard. The Belgium international scored his second and third goals of the season, either side of Ross Barkley’s first Goodison goal, as the Toffees routed the visitors in a one-sided first half. Substitute Yohan Cabaye pulled a goal back within six minutes of the second half kicking off and Loic Remy’s 89th-minute goal made it a more tense finish that it should have been for the hosts. last_img read more

Swaraj Jyoti Neog emerges NE Chess Champion

first_imgA CORRESPONDENTLAKHIMPUR: Swaraj Jyoti Neog has brought laurel to Lakhimpur by winning under 9 North Eastern region FIDE Rating Chess Championship, 2019. The event which was organized in Municipal Hospital auditorium in Gangtok, Sikkim from January 29, concluded on Sunday. Swaraj is the son of journalist Jitumoni Neog and Bijaya Neog, permanent resident of Narayanpur of the district. Around 300 players from the states of North East took part in the said Championship.Also Read: Sports Newslast_img