Food industry can weather global economic shock: BKPM

first_imgThe food industry is considered stable enough to weather the global economic shock, backed by strong domestic investment, the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) says.The industry recorded the highest investment realization figure in the secondary sector compared to other industries in the past five years, until as recent as the first quarter of 2020, totaling Rp 293.2 trillion, BKPM data show. The figure is higher than the base metals industry and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.Domestic investment dominates the industry, with Rp 7.3 trillion (US$494.6 million) from January to March this year, compared to $298 million in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the same period. She said Indonesia also had the potential to be a manufacturing hub in the ASEAN region as it has a strategic geographic location and a big domestic market.Investment realization for the food industry in the past five years has grown 3 percent per annum and remains in the top rank of total investment realization in the secondary sector.Meanwhile, investment in the base metals industry over the same period has an average growth of 11 percent per year.“Investment growth in the basic metals industry also signals that industrial development in the country is proceeding rapidly as both domestic and foreign investors continue to invest in Indonesia,” Farah said.In the first three months this year, Indonesia’s total investment figure grew 8 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 210.7 trillion. The figure represents 23.8 percent of the agency’s 2020 investment target of Rp 886 trillion.The agency’s head Bahlil Lahadalia said earlier in May that the BKPM did not rule out the option of revising the target down if the pandemic dragged on to July. (eyc)Topics : “Compared to the two other sectors, only the food industry records higher domestic investment than foreign investment. We are sure that this industry will be quite stable from the shocks of the world economy,” the agency’s deputy director for investment climate development Farah Indriani said in a statement on Tuesday.However, domestic direct investment (DDI) in the food industry for the first quarter this year still shows an 18 percent decline from the same period last year at Rp 8.9 trillion, while FDI also fell 20.6 percent as the global economy begun to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.BKPM data also show that since the first quarter of 2015 to date, investment in manufacturing has reached Rp 1.3 quadrillion.”These figures show that the Indonesian domestic market is an investment magnet, especially the food and beverage industry,” Sarah said.last_img read more

Graca Machel launches Mandela Day at community-built township school

first_img“We should reach out to each other.” This was the message Graca Machel, global activist and widow of South African statesman and international icon Nelson Mandela, brought to the launch of this year’s Mandela Day at the Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School in Tembisa, a large township east of Johannesburg. Machel said to the gathered students and dignitaries that, as her late husband believed, every single human being deserves a life of dignity.Mandela Day is held annually on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. This year the focus will be on education and literacy, food security, shelter and the environment. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is urging South Africans and international supporters to help establish food gardens, read to children, paint schools and support recycling initiatives run by young people.Graca Machel addresses schoolchildren at Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School in Tembisa, urging them to do their best in their schoolwork.Nelson Mandela Day is a global event, officially declared by the UN in November 2009. On this day, the UN and the Nelson Mandela Foundation call on people across the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others. This is seen as a way to celebrate the spirit of South Africa’s great humanitarian.A 2009 United Nations press statement explains: “For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.”Machel said Mandela Day was a reminder of our duty to improve the lives of those less fortunate than us. “There is no end in doing better. We have to do it again and again.”She said while we can all do good individually, doing good in a movement, with others, had a bigger impact. “We, together, have the responsibility of making the country a better place to live.”The spirit of active citizenshipAs part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship, Brand South Africa is a key partner of Mandela Day, supporting it with the Play Your Part programme. The initiative recognises the power of young people to spur the country’s social and economic development. Play your Part celebrates South Africa’s spirit of Ubuntu and commitment to human development, as outlined in the National Development Plan.“Mandela Day is an initiative dedicated to giving back to those less fortunate, the vulnerable and marginalised in our society,” Kingsley Makhubela, chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, said in a press release. “In fact, Mandela Day actively encourages service to others, just as Madiba himself gave many years of his life in service to humanity.”Mandela’s nickname “Madiba” is his clan name, as the Nelson Mandela Foundation explains. A clan name is more important than a surname, as it refers to an ancestor. The original Madiba was a Thembu chief who ruled in the Transkei, today part of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, in the 18th century.“The nation and the world remembers the profound and lasting impressions of Madiba, who is recognised and celebrated as an icon for racial equality and freedom,” Makhubela said. “South Africans are encouraged to play their part towards positive change by building their communities and upholding a spirit of Ubuntu and social cohesion.”A school built by a communityAccording to Sello Hatang, chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School was chosen for the launch because the communitythere built it themselves. “They saw a need. They didn’t wait for somebody else to do something,” he said. Locals, he added, even contributed to teachers’ salaries.Hatang said Mandela Day should inspire change every day, not only during the 67 minutes on 18 July. “We want to say to the community of the school: ‘You began the process. Don’t stop!’”Volunteers at the launch sort books donated to primary school’s library, while others put up bookshelves and spruce it up with a coat of paint.The school, attended by 1 601 children, is named after Mathole Motshekga, a South African politician, lawyer and former premier of Gauteng province.Principal Tabitha Kulima said that in celebration of Mandela Day volunteers will tile and paint classrooms, renovate the library, extend the school’s food garden and plant trees. These improvement will be complete by 18 July. At the launch, the school was also given a donation of food and books.Being positive, giving hopeAlso helping out at the launch were actors from the South African soap opera Isidingo: The Need, and representatives from private companies Tiger Brands and Procter & Gamble, and the NGOs Food and Trees for Africa, and Stop Hunger Now.Izak Davel, who plays the character Bradley in Isidingo, said he was happy the focus of the launch was on children. “There is so much negativity going on in this country. We as adults are moaning most of the time. How can we expect the children to be positive about things?”Davel was also glad the volunteers at the launch were leading by example. “In life, many of us are caught up in working to survive, to provide for our children. We forget sometimes that there are other people who need love and other necessities.”He said he played his part by showing love every day, with little acts of kindness like helping an old person cross a street.From left, Brand South Africa’s Keneiloe Phakathi and Tshepiso Malele, Isidingo actors Robert Mpisi and Robert Whitehead, school principal Tabitha Kulima, and actors Izak Davel, Sophie Ndaba and Lindani Nkosi.Lindani Nkosi, Isidingo‘s Lincoln Sibeko, said Mandela Day should encourage us all to discuss the importance of reconciliation, hope and unity. “A day like this gives hope to the children. It gives them hope in seeking help in various areas. Our participation strengthens the sense of hope.“It shows them that there is someone taking care of them and that things are happening for them. Hope would be the driving thing for me this Mandela Day.”Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Femtozones Could Enable New Class of Mobile Applications

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#Trends Femtozone ServicesAccording to new research from ABI, consumer-grade femtozone services could include things like family alerts, security alerts, social media updates and other “connected home” services like content synchronization, remote control applications, home energy management and more.Already, these types of services exist, but are triggered through the use of other technologies. For example, geo-fencing technology is currently used by a number of mobile applications, from the coupon alerting app Cellfire to the automatic Foursquare checkin service Mayor Maker. But these applications use smartphone-grade GPS signals to determine location. With Femtozone services, the location element would be determined through the use of the femtocell device itself.Femtocell-Triggered Family AlertsABI Research provides a simple example of how such a system could work in the case of a family alerting system. A family member would arrive home, and therefore, into the home’s femtozone. This would trigger an alert on their mobile phone and could also send an SMS text message to other family members. It could additionally activate home security systems or sync content from the phone to other devices in the home, like TVs, laptops or media players. The system could work in reverse, too – triggering actions that occur when you leave the femtozone and even providing remote access to digital content stored within the home when you’re out.Femtozone Services: $2 Billion by 2015This isn’t an entirely new technology, says ABI, as similar systems are already being used in Japan. The technology will see further adoption in the Asia-Pacific region in the coming months, boosting the number of femtozone subscribers in 2012 to around 2.3 million. The related services will then have a revenue of more than $100 million. In 2015, the numbers will rise sharply when 45% of femtocell users subscribe to femtozone services. Although initial adoption will take place in the Asia-Pacific market, ABI says ultimately the North American market will be the largest.The need for indoor mobile coverage won’t even necessarily be the deciding factor that prompts consumers to buy a femtocell. It will be the services the device offers. “Femtozone services will be bundled with femtocell subscriptions and will also be available individually, increasing the perceived value of having a femtocell in the home,” says Practice director Aditya Kaul. “Eventually, mobile apps available from Apple or Google App stores may be designed to work via a femtocell. The femtozone services market is expected to reach almost $2 billion in revenue by 2015, but operators need to act fast, as the popularity of Wi-Fi/GPS-based over the top applications could pose a hindrance.”That last word of caution from Kaul is important to note here. This trend is heavily dependent on operator adoption. If they drag their heels on this, this market could easily fizzle, from what it sounds like. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for the technology in non-consumer facing femtocell devices like access points, gateways, modems and other hardware used by business or retail establishments. No more manual Foursquare checkins to Starbucks thanks to femtocells? Yes, please. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Femtocells, the consumer-grade cell signal boosting devices sold by operators like AT&T here in the U.S., may soon offer additional value beyond simply enhancing cellular coverage indoors. The proliferation of the devices could soon contribute to a whole new class of mobile applications, using key attributes like location and presence to trigger specific actions when a user crossed into or out of a “femtozone” – that is, an area covered by these devices. Related Posts sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Nokia Teases New Lumia 928 Flagship Windows Phone

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The spring line of smartphones is almost complete. We have entries from HTC, Samsung, LG and a variety of other smartphone makers for consumers wishing to upgrade to the best new thing. The only company that has been missing from the spring device season is Nokia. It looks like that is about to change. Nokia has teased its new flagship Windows Phone smartphone, the Lumia 928, with a billboard and magazine ad in Vanity Fair. We know next to nothing about the Lumia 928 except that it is apparently coming to Verizon in the United States. There are various rumors about an all-metal body and camera components that will be a distinct upgrade over Nokia’s previous Windows Phone flagship Lumia 920. The Lumia 928 will feature Carl Zeiss optics for the camera and focus on Nokia’s PureView camera features found in its other signature devices. The magazine advertisement tells us to “stay tuned.”Are you excited for the next flagship Windows Phone from Nokia? What features do you wish Nokia would include? Let us know in the comments. Image source: Nokiacenter_img readwrite Tags:#Nokia#now#Windows Phone The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Alli hails special HeungMin Son

first_imgTottenham forward Dele Alli has praised teammate Heung-Min Son as “a special talent” after the South Korean scored a beautiful curler in their 2-0 win at Leicester.Son sent a curling shot to the top left corner of the post to break the deadlock in the first half and Dele Alli’s diving header ensured Tottenham all three points at the King Power Stadium on  Saturday.“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and it’s at times like that you need someone to produce a little magic and Sonny certainly did that,” Alli told the club’s website when asked about Son’s goal.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s something he works on every day after training, that exact finish, coming in off the right and whipping it in. No-one was surprised when it went in.“It’s a special talent. A lot of players don’t have that. A lot of players are very one-footed but Sonny is someone who can do it.“It’s difficult for defenders because you don’t know which way to send him because as he showed tonight if you put him on his left foot he can hit it sometimes better than his right, so it’s difficult.”last_img read more

Eurozone Inflation and Growth to Remain Low ECB Survey

first_imgA latest survey of professional forecasters by the European Central Bank showed that inflation and growth in the region will remain low for the year due to oil prices slowdown and the sluggish economic recovery in the Eurozone.ECB surveyed 61 economists and experts who predicted inflation to come in at 1% in 2014 and 1.4% in 2016. The new figures are down from earlier projections of 1.2% and 1.5% respectively. However, over a five-year term, rates are expected to close in at 1.8% – more or less near the figures ECB predicts.Consumer prices are also forecasted to grow 0.5% for the year, down from the 0.7% predicted in August. The GDP is expected to grow 1.2% in 2015 and 1.5% in 2016 – which are also below Augusts’ predictions. Unemployment was still high at 11.5% in September, which may have contributed to the modifications in the forecast.”These downward revisions were broad-based, with around 85% of respondents revising down their forecasts for 2014 and 2015, and 60% doing so for 2016,” the ECB was quoted by RTT News.”The downward revisions for 2014 were driven by disappointing figures for GDP growth in the second quarter, as well as persisting low business confidence in some euro area countries, and a more pessimistic outlook for key export markets,” the report read.Inflation in the Eurozone rose slightly in October but the experts said that was only a temporary fluctuation. Investors are still watching the Eurozone and are holding back due to the constant geopolitical tensions around the area.The ECB has been trying to buoy the economy with interest rate cuts, four-year loans to banks and quantitative easing measures. The central bank expects the measures to pump in $1.244 trillion into the economy and thus boost inflation, money supply and growth, MarketWatch reports.”What we see is a subdued outlook for inflation and a weakening of the growth momentum and a continuously sluggish momentum in credit dynamics, which all confirm the need for a very accommodative monetary stance for an extended period of time,” Benoit Coeure, a member of the ECB’s Executive Board was quoted as saying by Reuters.More recently, a report by ratings firm Moody’s stated that it does not expect any significant rebound in the Eurozone area.”The rating agency now forecasts European GDP to rise by less than 1% and by 1.3% in 2015 and 2016 respectively, after 0.7% in 2014. By 2019, Moody’s expects the euro area economy to be 17% or EUR1.7 trillion smaller than it would have been had pre-crisis growth trends been maintained,” Moody’s said in a statement.last_img read more

7 bodies found inside Mirpur militant den

first_imgThe suspected militant hideout is seen at Mirpur’s Mazar Road in the capital, Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Wednesday recovered the seven charred bodies, including two women and two children, from the suspected militant hideout at Mirpur’s Mazar Road in the city on Wednesday, reports UNB.“We found the corpses of militant Abdullah, his two wives, two children and two associates,” RAB director general Benazir Ahmed said while talking to reporters at the spot. Mentioning that the RAB men also recovered several bones from the spot, he said the identities of the deceased can be confirmed after DNA test. The RAB chief also said the explosives, which went off on Tuesday night, had been made of acid, petrol and chemicals and these completely destroyed the third and fourth floors of the building. The law enforcers left the spot quickly as the temperature there was still 55-60 degree Celsius, he said.“We tried to rescue the innocent women and children alive but failed as Abdullah himself detonated the explosives killing his family members and accomplices.” Benazir said Abdullah joined Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in 2005 and later joined Neo JMB’s Sarwar-Tamim group in 2012. He provided shelter and financial help to the top leaders of Neo JMB, Benazir added. Read more: 3 charred bodies found at Mirpur ‘militant hideout’Earlier in the morning, the law enforcers resumed their operation around 9:30am at the militant den after overnight massive explosions and exchange of gunfire, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, RAB director (legal and media). A fire broke out in the hideout after the militants commenced a daring counterattack of bomb explosions and gunfire against the law enforcers on Tuesday night.The militants carried out three massive explosions inside the building around 9:45pm followed by three more blasts which led to a fire, leaving four RAB men injured with splinters. Earlier, law enforcers claimed that the suspected militant, Abdullah, son of late Mir Yusuf Ali of Chuadanga district, agreed to surrender along with his two wives, two children and two associates. His mentally challenged sister Meherunnesa came out of the house. Inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque visited the spot in the morning. Tipped off, a RAB team cordoned off the six-storey building on the south side of Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard at 12:00am on Tuesday.last_img read more

Teachers finally go on fast unto death

first_imgTeachers and employees of the non-MPO educational institutes observe hunger strike in front of the National Press Club on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloFrustrated by the delay in formal announcement from the government, teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions on Monday began a fast unto death programme in front of the National Press Club.The teachers and employees of the institutions that are yet to be brought under the governments payroll, demand inclusion of all their institutes into the government’s monthly pay order (MPO).Members of the Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions started the hunger strike at 10:00am.Leaders of the platform said they will continue the fast unto death, unless their institutions are registered on the government’s MPO list.The teachers and employees have already been staging a nonstop demonstration since 10 June this year.On 23 June, they observed a token hunger strike and threatened to begin a fast unto death from 25 June if the demand is not met by 24 June.They have in the meantime submitted separate memorandums to the president, the speaker and deputy speaker placing their demands.On 21 June, amid the nonstop demonstration, the education ministry formed two committees to settle the matter of MPO for non-government educational institutes.There are 5,242 approved non-MPO institutions with around 80,000 employees. Some 1,624 institutions were included in the MPO list in 2010.No institute has been included into MPO list since 2010.last_img read more

Bangladesh seeks US sanction on perpetrators behind Rohingya persecution

first_imgForeign minister A K Abdul Momen (R) with US senator Christopher Murphy. Photo: CollectedVisiting Bangladesh foreign minister, AK Abdul Momen, on Tuesday met with US senator Christopher Murphy and USAID administrator ambassador Mark Green, says a press statement.“In his meeting with senator Christopher Murphy, Bangladesh minister Momen suggested that it would be effective if both houses of the US Congress could pass resolution with clauses on sanctions to perpetrators and entities in Myanmar who persecuted the minority Rohingyas and grossly violated human rights,” the press statement reads.Momen told the US politicians that the Myanmar authorities took back some Rohingyas in the 1990s when they were isolated internationally.“However, this time they have not taken the required measures to implement the agreements to repatriate the Rohingyas to Myanmar. Senator Murphy thanked the Bangladesh minister for his helpful briefings and assured to remain beside Bangladesh in dealing with this crisis,” it added.At the meeting with the USAID administrator, Bangladesh foreign minister thanked the USA for standing beside the Rohingyas with material help as well as political support.He also said, “The problem was created by Myanmar and the solution lies with Myanmar too.“It is extremely critical to create international pressure on the Myanmar military so that they stop persecution on the Rohingyas and create conducive environment to facilitate the latter’s safe return.”He urged upon the US administration to solicit support on Rohingya issues from the countries who maintain close economic and commercial ties with Myanmar and together create pressure on Myanmar to take back its nationals from Bangladesh as per agreements signed.Ambassador Mark Green then reassured Momen of a peaceful resolution to the Rohingya issue is not just Bangladesh’s concern rather it is a responsibility of the global community.He said, “USAID will continue financial support to the Rohingyas and the host community. He thanked the Government of Bangladesh for its generosity and compassion.”Momen briefed ambassador Green about relocation of one lac Rohingyas from Cox’s Bazar to Bhashanchar, an island which Bangladesh made habitable at own expense.He also said the Rohingyas will have livelihood opportunities in Bhashanchar.Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin accompanied the foreign minister during the meetings.last_img read more

Dallas Mega Marchers Were Fewer Than 11 Years Ago But Equally Passionate

first_imgBILL ZEEBLE / KERA NEWSThousands of marchers carrying U.S. flags turn the corner on the way do Dallas City Hall.Police estimate 3,200 people marched through downtown Dallas Sunday demanding an end to immigrant bashing and growing racial violence. The “Mega March” copied the rally of 11 years ago. That one drew a half million people. This much smaller crowd shared similar goals.LISTEN: The KERA radio story Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders prayed at the start of this broadly diverse march. Ranya Rahim and Abigail Strube were impassioned participants.“This march is about mainly immigrants and refugees,” Rahim said. “Being there for them, opening up our borders for them, reducing the hate crimes…”BILL ZEEBLE / KERA NEWSMarchers with sombreros proudly sporting red, white and blue.Her friend Strube chimed in. “We were built on immigrants. We need the immigrants. And people are coming here because they need to come here and I believe we should let them in,” Strube said.Rahim, a Muslim here from Bangladesh, took aim at immigrant bashers.“I’m an immigrant. I’m a first generation immigrant,” Rahim continued. “I came here almost 20 years ago. In this past 20 years we have had Republican presidents and Democrat presidents. However, this is the first time I feel this current president may not have my back.”Incidents like hand-scrawled, anti-Hispanic posters were left over the weekend at Foster Elementary School. It’s populated by mostly Latino students. Officials condemned what they called hate speech.Zade Rosenthal marched to defend the U.S. constitution and the American way of life he says are now threatened.“If we don’t want to have refugees and people who are looking for a better life in this country then we need to tear down the old Statue of Liberty and give it back to the people who gave it to us,” Rosenthal said.The march wended its mile and half path toward Dallas City Hall plaza. Along the way, marchers chanted “USA, USA,” heard frequently at President Trump rallies. A lone supporter of Donald Trump, Dustin Martin, held his big blue Trump flag, saying he represents America, not like the people who were marching.“America first!” shouted Martin.Along the same route a woman sold t-shirts that read “Immigrants Make America Great.”At the end of the march, speakers took center stage. One of the rally organizers,  attorney and former Texas State House Representative Domingo Garcia, targeted the current administration.   “Immigrants are not political piñatas to be kicked around for political points,” Garcia said. “We are human beings. We are families. We are building America with our hands…and we’re going to continue to fight for the America we believe is red, white and blue, and it’s all of us right here, all Americans.”The list of mostly Democratic speakers continued, from Beto O’Rourke, who’s running against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, to U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro and Martin Luther King, III.Like the giant march of 2006, police reported no arrests. Copyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Sharelast_img read more