Govt owes construction SOEs Rp 5.6t for land acquisition expenses

first_imgThree state-owned construction companies, PT Waskita Karya, PT Hutama Karya and PT Wijaya Karya, are seeking repayments from the government for Rp 5.6 trillion (US$390.9 million) in accumulated land acquisition expenses for infrastructure projects.Waskita Karya president director Destiawan Soewardjono said on Wednesday that the government still owed the company Rp 3.71 trillion for land acquired for its ongoing toll road projects, including the Pemalang-Batang toll road in Central Java, the Bekasi-Cawang-Kampung Melayu told road in Greater Jakarta and the Cimanggis-Cibitung toll road in West Java.A combination of mounting unpaid expenses by the government and the company’s dwindling income due to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused cash flow issues for the company, according to Destiawan. “Our cash situation is currently in the red. However, we’re increasing our efforts to improve the situation by collecting unpaid reimbursements,” he said during a presentation at the House of Representatives, adding that the company had suffered from a 50 percent decline in toll road traffic.He urged the Finance Ministry’s State Asset Management Agency (LMAN) to make the repayments, as the company’s data showed it was eligible to receive Rp 1.35 trillion from the agency as of Wednesday.The LMAN previously stated it would continue to reimburse companies to help them endure the impacts of the drop off in toll road traffic. It has reimbursed Rp 53.3 trillion to state-owned companies for land acquired for 77 strategic national projects, of which Rp 11.88 trillion had gone to Waskita Karya, as of June 24.Destiawan said Waskita Karya planned to asked the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry for additional funds. The government also owes Hutama Karya Rp1.86 trillion for land acquisition costs that were paid upfront by the company for several projects dating back to 2016.“The debts have been accumulating since 2016,” Hutama Karya president director Budi Harto said during the hearing.Hutama Karya is in charge of several sections of the trans-Sumatra toll road, including Medan-Binjai, Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar and Pekanbaru-Dumai.According to Hutama Karya, the company was owed Rp 494 billion from last year and Rp 369 billion from this year, on the top of outstanding repayments from 2016 to 2018.“[The debts] are yet to be paid even though the land has been acquired and the project is underway,” Budi added.Hutama Karya’s Budi blamed the delays on the absence of a Finance Ministry decree (PMK) to regulate repayments to companies involved in completing the government’s National Strategic Projects (PSN).The government recently changed the payment verification scheme via Presidential Regulation No. 66/2020, which appointed the Finance Ministry to verify repayments, taking over from the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP).“The Finance Ministry isn’t ready to verify our claims,” Budi complained.Meanwhile, Wijaya Karya claims it is entitled to Rp 59.9 billion in outstanding repayments from the government for land acquired for the Serang-Panimban toll road project.“As of June, the government has paid Rp 1.27 trillion for the land acquisition costs for the Serang-Panimban toll road project. However, it’s still Rp 59 billion short,” the company’s president director Agung Budi Waskito said.The construction firms are the latest SOEs seeking debt repayments from the government, despite recent reimbursements from the LMAN.State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina also reported on Monday to lawmakers that the government had yet to pay Rp 96.5 trillion in compensation for fuel subsidies between 2017 and 2019.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Heerema’s Slepnir in record LNG bunkering at Port of Rotterdam

first_imgFour Dutch companies partnered up in what Heerema claims to be the largest LNG bunkering operation ever completed. Heerema Marine Contractor’s semi-submersible crane vessel and the world’s first LNG-powered construction vessel, Sleipnir, completed a milestone bunkering at the Port of Rotterdam.  He added that the company’s bunker barge, the FlexFueler 001, also received a cargo from the Coral Fraseri LNG carrier. The Sleipnir arrived at the Port of Rotterdam on Sunday, March 22, for the first time following a successful global campaign. Its compatriot Titan LNG supplied almost 3,300 metric tons of liquefied natural gas using Anthony Veder’s vessel Coral Fraseri vessel, wrapping up the operation in under 24 hours, Heerema’s statement reads. Commenting on the bunkering operation, Niels den Nijs, CEO of Titan LNG, said, “Building on our 5 previous deliveries around the globe, we formulated and safely executed our plan of operation.” Heerema pointed out in its statement that all companies involved followed the strict government guidelines to protect their workforces during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.last_img read more

Ecpat NZ: Kiwis in denial about human trafficking and exploitation

first_imgNZ Herald 18 April 2018Training programmes are being launched in direct response to human trafficking and exploitation concerns in New Zealand.But Kiwi anti-child sex trafficking group Ecpat Child Alert NZ says many here are “in denial” that trafficking exists.The group is hitting a brick wall with its plans to introduce The Code, an initiative to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.Despite international hotel chains such as Marriott International and transport company Uber in the United States having signed up for the initiative, Ecpat Child Alert NZ’s emails to businesses in the industry here have been met with zero responses.Ecpat Child Alert NZ chief executive Warren Ferdinandus said sexual predators were targeting children and youth on the internet.A survey by the group of 47 sex workers aged between 15 and 47 found the average age for first receiving payment for sexual acts was 14.5 years old.“There is often an exchange of something happening… goods, money, affection,” Ferdinandus said.“There is definitely a shift from a physically trafficking to a digitally trafficking of children… we should keep in mind that grooming can also be a pretext to trafficking and exploitation.”Ferdinandus said the commercial sexual exploitation of children in tourism often took place in hotels and used other travel infrastructure like taxis and tour buses.“That’s why we believe it is important that we work with tourism and transport companies to keep our children safe,” he said.Ferdinandus, orginially from Sri Lanka, had himself been sexually abused as a child.“We, among many, certainly believe that trafficking of children does happen in New Zealand,” he added.Police advise anyone who is concerned for their child’s safety or believe they are victim of a crime, in person or online, to contact police.Ferdinandus said attitudes in New Zealand to trafficking were “miles apart” from other western countries, such as Canada and the United States.“There’s almost like a sense of denial that it is happening, or even that it can happen in New Zealand,” he said.A Global Study on Sexual Exploitation launched by Ecpat on March 27 found the rise of budget travel and affordable accommodation enabled child sex offenders to move around more easily and have easy accessibility.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12019683&ref=twitterlast_img read more

Modified qualifiers go to familiar foes Stephan, Abelson

first_imgVeteran Ricky Stephan won Wednesday’s first Modified qualifying feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Ricky Stephan didn’t think anything could top it when he got his career 100th IMCA Modified feature win this summer.Now he’s not so sure.The veteran from South Sioux City, Neb., won the first Modified qualifying feature Wednesday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, outrunning Whittemore rookie Nick Meyer in lapped traffic late in a fast-paced contest at Boone Speedway.He’ll square off with familiar foe Chris Abelson, winner of the evening’s second qualifier, in a friendly game of Rochambeau to determine who starts of the pole in the Saturday night main event.“I was thinking that my 100th win was the pinnacle of my career. This might top it,” said Stephan, who started racing at Super Nationals in the 1980s. “I was breathing pretty hard – I couldn’t believe I was leading. I didn’t want to lose it because of the lapped cars.”“This win was probably like getting all the right numbers for Powerball,” he added during a brief lull in post-race tech. “When it was over I asked myself ‘Did this really happen?’ It did.”Meyer led early from the pole. The only caution of the race came out on the second of 25 circuits and Stephan took charge on lap five.“I didn’t know if I could go 25 laps. I’m used to 15,” said Stephan, who went retro with a yellow ride after spending most of the last three seasons in a red car. “I saw Nick a couple times out of the corner of my eye. All these young guys are making it harder and harder for an old guy like me.”His best finish in six career Saturday starts at Super Nationals was 11th in 2014, the most recent year he qualified.Joining Stephan and Meyer in transferring were third running Randy McDaniel of Olivehurst, Calif., and Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa, who had qualified for the Saturday Stock Car championship event earlier in the program.Abelson, from Sioux City and last year’s runner-up, caught pole starter Josh Ruby for the lead just after halfway in the second qualifier.Urbana’s Darin Duffy ran second the next 10 laps before giving way to 14th starting Nick Roberts of Des Moines on the final circuit. Drew Christianson of Minot, N.D., was the fourth and final transfer to the Saturday show.Roberts and Duffy are both former Super Nationals champions in other divisions. Duffy won the Late Model crown in 2003 while Roberts ruled the Northern SportMods in 2012.Abelson, Duffy and Christianson will all make fifth career starts in the Modified dance. McDaniel, Carter and Roberts are each in for the second time, Meyer of course for the first.More than 20 states are represented by Modified entries at Super Nationals. Cars from nine of them took the green flag in the first qualifier on Wednesday while cars from 12 states and Canada were in the second.1st qualifying feature – 1. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 2. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 3. Randy McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 4. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 5. Randy Roberts, Boone; 6. Clinton Luellen, Minburn; 7. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 8. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 9. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 10. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 11. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 12. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 13. Josh Truman, Indianola; 14. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 15. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 16. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 17. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 18. Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; 19. Ben Kraus, Kanawa; 20. Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; 21. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 22. Josh Blumer, Marysville, Kan.; 23. Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica; 24. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 25. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 26. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; 27. Loren Pesicka Jr., Burt; 28. Al Wolfgram, Boone; 29. Tanner Black, Great Bend, Kan.; 30. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 2. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 3. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 4. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 5. David Brown, Kellogg; 6. Jeremy Payne, Buckeye, Ariz.; 7. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 9. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 10. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 11. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 12. Richard Michael, Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 13. Mike VanGenderen, Newton; 14. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek, Nev.; 15. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 16. Joe McBirnie, Boone; 17. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 18. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 19. Kenneth Buck, Canton, Pa.; 20. Tim Watts, Beloit, Kan.; 21. Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; 22. Cory Sauerman, Johnston; 23. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 24. Chad Ten Naple, Sioux City; 25. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 26. Shane DeMey, Dennison; 27. Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake; 28. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 29. Jim Peeler, Trimble, Mo.; 30. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.last_img read more

Rain is winner of Valentine’s Day Arizona Tour show at Canyon

first_imgPEORIA, Ariz. – Race fans who had planned to spend Valentine’s Day with their special someone at Canyon Speedway Park will have to make other plans.Rain is the winner of what was to have been round five of the Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour. Race programs for both the IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods scheduled this evening (Wednesday) at Peoria have been canceled.Those two divisions will be back in action Thursday, Feb. 15 at Canyon beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time.last_img read more

Jenkins: Laudrup wants to stay

first_img Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City have been among those touted as possible destinations for Laudrup, whose current deal at the Liberty Stadium runs to the summer of 2014, but Jenkins has no concerns he will lose the 48-year-old this summer. Jenkins said: “Personally I have no issue about the thought of him not being here next season, I think he will be here and he’s stated he would honour his contract. Michael has stated before he wants to be here next season.” He added: “If you look at his career before he came here, he needed to find the right club and stability in himself as a manager. He needed the time to show he could work in an environment for a period of years and be successful, which is what top managers are about. “We felt before he joined this was the right place for that, which has proved to be the case. You would think in his own interests it is the right thing to stay with us and see where we get to next season.” On Tuesday, Swansea celebrated their Capital One Cup final success over Bradford with a bus parade through the streets of the city and a civic reception at the Guildhall. Their 5-0 victory over the Bantams at Wembley gave the club their first piece of major silverware and they will experience European football for the first time since 1991, but has also increased speculation linking their Danish manager with some of Europe’s top clubs. Jenkins has previously stated his desire to tie Laudrup to a longer-term contract with the club and discussions have been progressing positively. It is understood the pair have already discussed potential summer transfer targets as Swansea look to cope with the extra workload of Europa League football, although Jenkins acknowledges a new deal may not prevent Laudrup leaving at the end of next season. He said: “We have been talking, but Michael touched upon it himself that if he had a 10-year contract it makes no difference (to the speculation). We have security until next summer when his current two-year deal finishes and we’ve got a period of time to make sure we have more security on that and that’s something we will be looking at over the next few weeks.” Chairman Huw Jenkins has no doubt Michael Laudrup will be in charge of Swansea next season and has revealed the two parties are closing in on agreeing a new contract.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Aussies looking to demoralise England

first_img(Reuters) – AUSTRALIA will look to extend their Christmas cheer into the dead rubber Boxing Day test by subjecting a demoralised England to a fourth consecutive loss in the Ashes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Anchored by the brilliant batting of captain Steve Smith, the hosts have barely put a foot wrong in the five-match series and will head to the MCG confident of pushing England towards a second successive whitewash on home soil.However, they will have to do it without their pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, who is nursing a heel injury and has been replaced by Jackson Bird.While Starc’s absence is a big relief for the tourists, Tasmania paceman Bird has been in impressive form in the domestic Sheffield Shield.Right-armer Bird also has ample MCG experience, having made his test debut against Sri Lanka at the Melbourne colosseum and also bowled in last year’s Boxing Day test against Pakistan.More of a line and length bowler, Bird’s inclusion robs Australia of the express pace, swing and left-arm variation of Starc, however.“They’ve had three bowlers who can all bowl 90 miles an hour (144 kph),” England paceman James Anderson told the BBC of Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.“But you look beyond that, they’ve got problems.”England have a few of their own issues to deal with, not least the worrying form of their senior players.With opening batsman Alastair Cook and paceman Stuart Broad both enduring a poor series, pundits have called on selectors to be ruthless and start the regeneration of Joe Root’s team now rather than later.The calls are almost certain to be ignored given the players’ long service and lofty standing, but the pair will hope to prove they still belong at the highest level in the final tests in Melbourne and Sydney.England’s pace stocks have been gutted by injuries and they are another man down with Craig Overton ruled out of the Melbourne match with a broken rib.The tourists’ lack of pace has been exposed on Australia’s flat wickets, so selectors might opt to recall Durham fast man Mark Wood rather than pick the slower Jake Ball.Queries over Moeen Ali also linger, the all-rounder struggling with the bat and his off-spin doing little to support England’s fast bowlers.Uncapped Mason Crane, a legspinner with an average of 43.98, is in reserve in the squad but battling Australia’s pressure-free batsmen in front of a huge Boxing Day crowd could prove a harrowing debut for the 20-year-old.England’s last trip to Melbourne was a miserable one, as Michael Clarke’s Australia thrashed Cook’s tourists by eight wickets to take a 4-0 lead in the series.Dead rubber aside, the Boxing Day test is one of the great carnivals of Australian sport but a heavy security blanket at the MCG will add a sombre tone.A driver with a history of mental illness but with no known extremist links injured 19 people in the nearby CBD on Friday when he ploughed through Christmas shoppers.last_img read more

Dosu, Others to Scout at Shuffle Select 2017

first_imgOdeyinka explained that the programme is aimed at selecting players who ages range from 14 to 17 years to study in the United Kingdom. The selected players would also play football as well as be exposed to standard facility,“The most outstanding player during the selection will be awarded 100 per cent two-year A-level scholarship and access to playing football in the UK while the other five players would be on 50 per cent scholarship,” the organiser said.The Brooke House College, which was introduced in 2008, had garnered over 60 players, aged 13 to 19 from all ethnic backgrounds, 12 of who have since progressed to playing professional football.The Academy, which also has U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-19 teams, plays in the Central Conference League, Junior Premier League and cup competitions, in addition to ISFA, ESFA camp and County cups.“Participants will be exposed to various training and competitive games under UEFA licensed coaches who would help them to harness their football skills for onward playing deals in clubs like Manchester United, Manchester United, Arsenal and others,” Odeyinka further said.The academy has graduated players who include Nigeria’s Chigozie Mbah to the professional cadre and have gone on to ply their trade in clubs and national teams around the world.The organiser said players must possess O’level or secondary school transcript to be eligible to participate in the exercise.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Nigeria international, Joseph Dosu, will be among scouts at the Shuffle Select 2017 Talent Hunt scheduled to hold between June 19 and June 22 at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.Others are UK-based scouting agency ISTVAN and a former player and agent, Ibrahim Odeyinka who is also the organiser.The four-day event, organised by Thotsplay Concepts in conjunction with Brooke House College, England will hold from 7am on each day.last_img read more

TVS King Tricycle/Motorcycles Drive Super Eagles to Russia 2018

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “SIMBA Group has been a big player in the Nigerian economy since 1988, with successes in youth, women empowerment and grassroots initiatives, the most recent being the “mega-free check-up camp”, training initiatives, government collaborations and “drive like a queen,” Rohtagin  said.SIMBA Motors is a pioneer in Nigeria of motorized three-wheeler vehicles (locally called Keke), under the brand name of TVS which is currently the market leader with 62% market share of its brand stretching to the West African sub-region. Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles’ participation at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup has just got a big boost as TVS King signs up as the team’s official motorcycle and tricycle.SIMBA Group, their parent company, with key subsidiaries in communications, agriculture, ICT infrastructure, transportation, power, and alternative energy is the leading sponsor of the Indian Cricket Association and has a long history of supporting causes germane to human capital development. It is extending its well-documented passion for sports to lending a big hand in backing the Super Eagles’ quest for an excellent outing at the Russia 2018 World Cup.According to SIMBA Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Manish Rohtagin, the decision to partner the Eagles, apart from representing the company’s corporate social responsibility, also underlines SIMBA Group’s commitment to developing football and indeed projects that seek to add intrinsic value to life, especially those of the youth.last_img read more

‘I would’ve never thought’: Loyola transfer Chase Scanlan is Syracuse’s next No. 22

first_img Comments Published on July 3, 2019 at 8:04 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman When Chase Scanlan told John Desko he planned to decommit from Syracuse in 2016, Desko had one message.“If you want to come back, our offer stands.”Three years later, Scanlan faced the same uncertainty. He entered the transfer portal on June 19 following a 43-goal freshman season at Loyola. He didn’t know when the portal would open or where he’d end up. Desko, on the other hand, was compliant watching out for his former recruit. So when he was officially cleared, Desko was the first to call. Scanlan was recruited by Virginia, Cornell, Rutgers, Maryland, among others, to continue his collegiate career. As one of the most prized players on a team that competed for a national title in 2019, he spent the last two weeks under coaches’ watch in a box lacrosse tournament in Ontario. And on Tuesday, Scanlan picked Syracuse — the first No. 22 for the Orange after they didn’t give it out for two seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Off the bat, they weren’t my first choice,” Scanlan told The Daily Orange. “But when I started getting into what I wanted to do academically, Syracuse offered what I wanted the most.”Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorScanlan wasn’t getting first-team reps in practice a week prior to Loyola’s opener against eventual national champion Virginia. The midfielder ended up starting opening night. The next game, he posted four goals and two assists against Johns Hopkins. Working alongside eventual Tewaaraton Trophy winner Pat Spencer, Scanlan became one of the Greyhounds’ most consistent threats on their way to an NCAA quarterfinal appearance. And he led the nation in goals for a midfielder.“It’s crazy,” Scanlan said. “I learned I could dominate after this year.”But off the field, he didn’t fit in socially. Thoughts of transferring from Loyola crept in his mind even before the season, he said. “My teammates weren’t welcoming outside the field,” Scanlan said. “That’s another part of college. I didn’t feel like I fit in with those guys. I kind of felt alone most of the year.”Scanlan called himself “blue-collared,” something he originally told Lax Sports Network when explaining his decision to transfer. He thought players on Loyola put money first. On top of not having the same interests, most kept to themselves: “If it doesn’t help them out, they don’t care,” he said.Scanlan only committed to Loyola because his options were limited after a “late” decommitment from Syracuse, he said. A native of Irving, New York, Scanlan looked up to Cody Jamison, Jeremy Thompson and Sid Smith, other Native Americans that starred for the Orange. Playing for the Road Warriors, a club lacrosse team in Buffalo, his coach, Gene Tundo, told Scanlan he was going to get Syracuse coaches to watch him. After one game, SU assistant coach Lelan Rogers asked the then-freshman if he was interested in playing for Syracuse.Scanlan changed his initial commitment because of his concerns with the Haudenosaunee Promise Program, which guarantees free tuition for Native Americans who reside on a Nation territory. “I felt because they didn’t have any money invested in me they (wouldn’t) feel obligated to giving me a chance,” Scanlan said. He spent his final two years of high school at IMG Academy under former head coach Mark Burnam, a member of the Syracuse 1983 National Championship team. Soon, Burnam became Scanlan’s mentor.When Scanlan decommitted, Burnam helped him get in contact with teams who were willing to give him a scholarship. And throughout the last two weeks, he’s helped his former player find a college to transfer to.  Facebook Twitter Google+ While Scanlan said he hasn’t been in contact with Desko since high school, Burnam has “passed messages” between the two, Scanlan said. After Desko’s call, Scanlan saw the head coach watching him during a box lacrosse tournament in Ontario. “For Desko to drive five hours to Ontario to show that he’s interested in me means a lot,” Scanlan said. “Because I know Desko doesn’t always do that.”A couple of days before Scanlan’s official commitment, Rogers texted him.The message read: “No. 22 is there if you want it. You don’t have to take it if you don’t want it.”“It was pretty surprising, really a big deal,” Scanlan said. “I took it as an honor for him to put that on the table.”Now, he’ll don the iconic number.last_img read more