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Due to the current shortage, the national average price of sugar was Rp16,450 (US$1.13) per kilogram as of March 12.“The government must intervene,” Rusli said “The risks that we may face include price spikes prior to and during the fasting season as well as during Idul Fitri,” he said.The demand for basic needs, especially food, usually increases sharply during the fasting month, which is expected to begin on April 24. The demand will peak during the Idul Fitri holidays, which will be held after the end of the fasting month.As of March 3, the Trade Ministry said in a release that it had issued import permits for 428,802 tons of sugar, which is expected to fulfil domestic demand until May. The Food Resilience Agency (BKP) has also proposed importing 130,000 tons of white sugar from India, while the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) also proposed importing another 200,000 tons of sugar. However, Rusli said the COVID-19 pandemic could disrupt future imports, as the government tightened regulations on imported products to prevent the spread of the deadly virus from abroad.He urged the government to request exporting countries to provide assurances that their shipping crews were healthy enough to travel to Indonesia.Rusli is not the only person to raise such concerns. Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Kadin) chairman Rosan Perkasa Roeslani said in Jakarta on March 12 that while the current supplies would suffice until Idul Fitri, the government needed to improve coordination and its bureaucracy to accelerate the issuance of import licenses to assist price stabilization efforts.”Don’t let this problem put people at a loss,” Rosan said in a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.Import delays have impacted the supply of garlic this year. The Trade Ministry has only issued import permit permits for 25,829 tons of the 103,000 tons recommended by the Agriculture Ministry. Food Resilience Agency (BKP) head Agung Hendriadi said in late February that the ministry needed to issue a permit for at least 80,000 tons of garlic to meet domestic needs, considering that monthly garlic consumption reached 46,000 tons.The national average garlic price was recorded at Rp 44,400 on March 12, nearly double the usual Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000 per kg, according to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS). Average retail prices have been stuck around Rp 40,000 to Rp 50,000 for the last two months.Onion prices have also increase, with Vegetable and Fruit Importers and Exporters Association (Aseibsindo) data showing that retail prices for the commodity leaped to Rp 170,000 per kg in March, a sharp increase from Ro 62,500 in February and Rp 35,500 in January amid the commodity’s increasing scarcity.Trade Ministry Foreign Trade Director General Indrasari Wisnu Wardhana told Kontan on Wednesday that the government had just issued an import permit for 2,000 tons of onion from New Zealand.Meanwhile,  Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said in press releases in February that issuing import permits and coordinating with regional authorities were among the ways it could maintain supplies for the Idul Fitri holidays. The releases also noted that it had temporarily halted live animal imports from China through a ministerial regulation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.“We need to anticipate these situations in advance so that people can worship in peace, without the burden of rising food prices or scarcity of goods,” Agus said.Topics : The government needs to further simplify import procedures for basic needs such as sugar, meat and garlic to ensure sufficient supplies during Ramadan and the Idul Fitri holidays, when demand increases sharply, analysts and businesspeople have warned.The tightening of import procedures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus from aboard has partly caused shortages in commodities such as sugar and garlic.The government has repeatedly claimed it could meet demand during the festivities. But Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Rusli Abdullah has expressed doubt over such claims, citing soaring sugar prices. read more

first_imgPennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan Receives Final Approval SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Pennsylvania’s federally-required replacement to No Child Left Behind has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). Pennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan is the state’s most comprehensive federal education blueprint since 2002.“Today’s approval serves as an historic moment for public education in the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania is committed to ensuring that all students have access to an equitable, high-quality, well-rounded education, and our ESSA plan greatly enhances that mission. The plan provides critical resources to schools and a flexible framework through which teachers can teach and students can learn.”The plan sets ambitious goals for closing, and ultimately eliminating, achievement gaps; increases attention to student growth in school accountability and improvement efforts; and commits to a full, fair, and transparent presentation of school success based on a more comprehensive set of measures. As an example, a focus on STEM education, and the implementation of a new Career Ready Indicator, will highlight school success in career exploration activities, even down to the elementary level.Additionally, the plan includes the development of the Future Ready PA Index, a new, public-facing school progress report that expands the indicators used to measure school performance, and extends the comprehensive approach to ensuring student and school success. The Index will place additional emphasis on academic growth, a robust chronic absenteeism measure, attention to both four-year and extended-year graduation rates, and assessments of postsecondary readiness.“Pennsylvania’s plan reflects our guiding principles of transparency, equity, and innovation, and provides new flexibility to schools as they prepare students for success after graduation,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “We are particularly proud of the extensive stakeholder engagement efforts undertaken during the planning process, which ensures that the plan aligns with the needs and priorities of Pennsylvania’s educators, students, and communities.”Pennsylvania’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan was submitted to USDE on September 18, 2017, after an extensive stakeholder engagement process. To develop the plan, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE):Assembled four work groups – comprised of teachers, charter school and district level administrators, advocates, civil rights leaders, former policymakers from both parties, and others – to study key aspects of the law and develop framework recommendations;Commissioned an independent study to examine work group recommendations in the context of academic literature and other evidence;Testified before the House and Senate Education committees and worked with lawmakers to address plan components;Held six dedicated town halls in regions across the commonwealth to gather additional stakeholder feedback;Participated in approximately 30 statewide conferences, professional association meetings, and parent forums to reach more than 2,000 Pennsylvanians and present on the state’s ESSA planning and early implementation;Consulted with national nonpartisan policy and technical experts (American Institutes for Research, Council of Chief State School Officers, Education Commission of the States) to solicit additional insight, feedback, and suggestions for specific plan components; andPresented the plan for public comment in English and Spanish for a 30-day period, during which time PDE received more than 400 comments and suggestions.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, or to read the approved ESSA Consolidated State Plan, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.center_img January 17, 2018last_img read more

first_imgVernon, IN—The current closure on S.R. 7 in Jennings County will move north on or after Wednesday, October 16, weather permitting, as crews begin work on the fourth and final box culvert between Vernon and the Jefferson County line.The road will close 5.71 miles north of the county line on Wednesday, just south of the S.R. 3/S.R. 7 junction near Vernon for box culvert maintenance and repair. The road will reopen at the previous culvert location, where crews have been working since mid-September.The official state detour for the closure is S.R. 3 to S.R. 256. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and use caution near the work zone. The project is currently expected to be completed by October 31, 2019. All work is weather dependent.last_img read more

first_img Ronaldo became a cult hero at United after enjoying six successful years under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Portuguese winger moved to Real Madrid for £80million in 2009, but he still remembers his time at Old Trafford fondly. Press Association Although he says he is happy at the Bernabeu, Ronaldo appears open to the possibility of going back to United in the future. When asked about the possibility of playing for United again, Ronaldo told MUTV: “I love Manchester and you never know in football. Of course I’m happy at Real Madrid; it’s my home, it’s my club, but United treated me unbelievably, so you never know. “I am still in contact with some people there because I had a good relationship with everybody – it was like my second family.” Under Ferguson, Ronaldo won three Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy before departing for Real Madrid for a then world-record fee. United were well below-par under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, who led the team to seventh last season – their worst-ever finish in the Premier League era. However, Ronaldo thinks United are now destined for success under their new manager Louis van Gaal. “I think Van Gaal is going to do a fantastic job,” Ronaldo said in the interview, which was broadcast on the eve of United’s friendly against Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, near Detroit. “He’s an experienced manager and I think he’s going to do well for United. “It will be a better season, for sure. I hope United come back like people know they can; they are always so strong and I’m looking forward to seeing them this year.” center_img Cristiano Ronaldo admits he could one day make a sensational return to Manchester United.last_img read more