WNY Region Officially Moves To Phase Two Of Reopening

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Please open nail salons & massage. Owners are suffering WNY News Now Stock Graphic.MAYVILLE – During his press conference Tuesday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Western New York Region has entered phase two of reopening. The Western New York Region includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara Counties.“I am excited that we have entered Phase 2 of Reopening,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “This gives small businesses the opportunities they need to get back on their feet. I urge everyone to support our local businesses as together we are CHQ Strong.”In addition to the previously designated businesses, phase two allows the following businesses to reopen: All office-based jobs (professional services, administrative support, and information technology);Retail (in-store shopping; and rental, repair and cleaning);Real estate services (building and property management; and leasing, rental and sales services);Barbershops and hair salons (limited to hair services only with no massages, hair removal, facial and nail services), andMotor vehicle leasing, rental and sales.Before Phase two businesses reopen, they must complete New York State’s guidance documents available at forward.ny.gov. guidance includes summary guidelines for employers and employees; detailed guidelines, which contain a business affirmation component; and a business safety plan template, which must be completed and posted at the premises.Local businesses with questions about the guidance and reopening are asked to contact the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) at (716) 661-8900.Meanwhile, the Chautauqua County Health Department announced one new case of COVID-19 Tuesday.Officials say the case involves a man in his 80s. There are now 15 active cases, down three from Monday. So far 69 people have recovered from COVID-19, with 88 cases total in Chautauqua County.last_img read more

Watch Audra McDonald Reveal Her Addiction & Sing as Billie Holiday

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Star Files Related Shows Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Audra McDonald Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald stopped by The Colbert Report to chat about her Tony-nominated performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The two discussed what draws audiences to the triumphs and struggles of the legendary jazz singer, how McDonald sounds “a little bit like a cat” (Grizabella?!)  when putting on the voice, and that while she doesn’t share Holiday’s drug addiction, she does turn to a certain confection. If you follow her on Twitter, you might have an idea. After calling Colbert a “mother*cker” (endearingly, and as Holiday), McDonald broke out the soft lens and the grayscale filter to sing two numbers: “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” and “God Bless the Child.” Have a look at the interview and remarkable performances below! View Commentslast_img read more

Tomato Preservation

first_imgIt’s the height of tomato season in Georgia and the harvest is abundant. Tomatoes can be preserved by canning, drying, freezing or pickling. They can also be used in creating fruit spreads like jams, jellies and marmalades.Raw tomatoes or raw tomato products can be kept refrigerated (below 40 degrees Fahrenheit), but will spoil over time due to bacteria, yeasts and molds.Canning tomatoesOnly boiling water or pressure canning methods are recommended for canning foods. Older methods, such as oven canning and open-kettle canning, have been discredited and can be hazardous. The risk of botulism poisoning determines the choice of either boiling water or pressure canners for canning foods. In foods that are acidic (pH 4.6 or lower), the microorganism that causes botulism cannot grow. It is safe to use a boiling water bath canner when you know that foods have a pH 4.6 or below. All other foods must be canned using tested pressure canning processes.For many years, tomatoes were considered highly acidic. However, new varieties, over-mature fruits, and tomatoes from dead or frost-killed vines may have a pH greater than 4.6. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and university-based researchers have determined that to ensure a safe acid level for boiling water canning of whole, crushed or juiced tomatoes, home preservers should add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or ½ teaspoon of citric acid per quart of tomatoes. For pints, use 1 tablespoon of bottled lemon juice or ¼ teaspoon of citric acid. Acid can be added directly to the jars before filling the jars with product. Add sugar to offset the acidic taste, if desired.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has many tested home canning procedures and recipes using tomatoes. They include tomato juice or sauces, crushed tomatoes, whole or halved tomatoes, ketchups and salsas. There are also numerous relishes and pickled green tomatoes. These can be found in “So Easy to Preserve,” or online at the National Center for Home Food Preservation. The safety concerns of pickled tomatoes are the same as those for canning tomatoes. A pH below 4.6 must be achieved before a food can be safely boiling water canned. When pickling, commercially prepared vinegar is typically added to achieve the necessary acidity. Do not alter vinegar, food or water proportions in a recipe or use vinegar with unknown acidity. Use only recipes with tested proportions of ingredients. There must be a minimum, uniform level of acid throughout the mixed product to prevent the growth of botulinum bacteria.Freezing tomatoesFrozen tomatoes will have a mushy texture when thawed and are considered suitable only for cooking, e.g., in soups, stews or spaghetti sauces. Directions for freezing tomato juice or raw or stewed tomatoes are found at uga.edu/nchfp/how/freeze/tomato. Tomato products, such as sauce, puree, ketchup and chili sauce, can be frozen. Prepare as usual, cool rapidly, pack into rigid containers leaving headspace and freeze.Drying tomatoesTomatoes are an excellent food to dry. Although thick slices can be blanched for better keeping quality, thin slices of Roma-style tomatoes can be dried without blanching. Seasoning these unheated slices with oregano or other dried herbs while they are drying can add some special taste, and they also smell wonderful while drying. In the humidity of Georgia, drying should be done in an electric dehydrator or oven but not attempted outdoors in the sun.Tomato preservesDon’t overlook the less common sweet spread that can be made with luscious tomatoes. Once again, the safety of a tomato preserve is dependent on its acid level. UGA Extension has both a spiced tomato jam (made with powdered pectin) and a tomato marmalade. These make great homemade gifts to have on hand.Think safetyThere are many ways and recipes to preserve tomatoes from drying, canning and freezing. These methods allow creativity to shine, but it is critical to keep food safety in mind. The pH of tomatoes is on the borderline between low- and high-acid foods, making them potentially hazardous. When selecting a method, always use research-based recipes and procedures to safely preserve the plentiful bounty of tomato season.(Alexis Roberts and Kayla Wall, UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents, contributed to this story.)last_img read more

Tesla’s Aussie Success Paves Way For More Projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australia’s renewable energy sector responds to the success of South Australia’s Tesla lithium ion battery: South Australia will build the world’s largest solar thermal plant, and a Queensland wind farm may be the site of a new record-breaking battery.The Aurora solar plant in Port Augusta, SA, will begin construction this year. The $650 million, 150-megawatt plant uses mirrors and solar power to heat molten salt and generate electricity, and was approved this week by the state government. It will be built by American company SolarReserve, and is expected to create 650 local jobs during construction.In Queensland, French utility Neoen – which partnered with Tesla in SA to create the world’s largest battery – may trump its own creation by building an even larger storage system at the Kaban Green Power Hub, 80 kilometers from Cairns.Garth Heron, Neoen Australia’s head of wind development, told Bloomberg the company was looking to create “a very large battery” up north to deal with “a lot of need for electricity storage up in Queensland.”The South Australian Tesla battery, which is paired with Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm, has a 100 MW capacity. In December the state government hailed the battery’s effectiveness in dealing with power outages, and Neoen and Tesla have recently announced plans for a second collaboration to build a 20 MW battery in Victoria.More: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/11/big-new-renewable-projects-planned-across-australia-as-tesla-effect-hits Tesla’s Aussie Success Paves Way For More Projectslast_img read more

Enel executive: Market forces speeding up transition away from coal worldwide

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Commodity markets are stripping away the case for coal in Europe, moving quicker than government efforts to close the most polluting power plants.A plunge in natural gas prices along with an increase in the cost of releasing carbon dioxide emissions shifted the profitability of generating electricity away from burning coal, according to data compiled by BloombergNEF. The trend is evident in Italy, Spain, Germany and the U.K., each of which have cut the proportion of coal in their power mixes this year.Shifting economics in the power business are complementing the efforts of the European Union to slash greenhouse gases and make good on commitments in the Paris Agreement on climate change. It’s made utilities from RWE AG in Germany and Italy’s Enel SpA change their calculations about the pace the region will be able to reduce carbon pollution.“It’s a magical alignment that’s igniting and accelerating a transition that, without the economics, would be much harder,” said Antonello Cammisecra, who is in charge of Enel’s gas, coal, oil and green power generation worldwide. “We have an alignment of economics, of saying switch to gas and most importantly switch to renewables because it’s cheaper, safer and easier.”The shift in Europe is part of a global trend. Abundant supplies of cheap gas are cutting in on coal’s market share in the U.S., where plants burning the dirtiest fossil fuel closed at near record rates last year. New export terminals are exporting cheap American gas worldwide, prompting countries across Asia, especially China and Pakistan, to buy LNG as an alternative to coal for power generation.“The exit from coal is finally driven by the market,” said Claudia Kemfert, a professor of energy economics at the DIW research institute in Berlin. “The repair of emissions trading has worked.”More: Coal’s demise quickens in Europe as market shift idles plants Enel executive: Market forces speeding up transition away from coal worldwidelast_img read more

Florida lawyers report on workplace stress and vacations

first_imgFlorida lawyers report on workplace stress and vacations Florida lawyers report on workplace stress and vacationsMark D. Killian Managing Editor Almost half of Florida lawyers say they experience a lot of stress in their practice and that time constraints and financial limitations keep them from taking much-needed vacations.Of 2,650 lawyers randomly selected to take part in the Bar’s 2001 Membership Opinion Survey, 44 percent of respondents say they experience a “great deal of stress” in their practice, while just about two-thirds (66 percent) reported taking annual vacations of two weeks or less. August 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img And while the survey found 73 percent of all respondents were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their careers as lawyers, the seven percent who say they are “very unsatisfied” cite stress (22 percent) and salary (20 percent) as the major culprits. The survey also notes that those who say they are satisfied with their careers report a median income of $75,000, while those who are not satisfied with their careers report a median income of $55,000. For the 17 percent of lawyers who listed “job burnout” and the 14 percent who listed “hours required at the office” as the source of their job dissatisfaction, 75 percent took two weeks or less of vacation in 2000.In addition to the 44 percent who said they experience a great deal of stress, 51 percent of those surveyed this year say there was “some stress” related to their practice, and five percent reported “very little or no stress” associated with their jobs.Fifty-three percent of managing partners report a great deal of stress on the job, followed by partner/shareholders (48 percent), practitioners with one or more associates (48 percent), sole practitioners (44 percent), associates (43 percent), state government attorneys (39 percent), corporate counsels (35 percent), federal government attorneys (28 percent), judges (27 percent) and local government attorneys (25 percent).The younger attorneys are, the more stress they are likely to experience, according to the survey. The study found 54 percent of lawyers 35 or younger report a great deal of stress in their practice, compared with 51 percent of those from 36 to 49 years old, 37 percent of those 50 to 65, and 16 percent of those lawyers over 65.In fact, 21 percent of lawyers over 65 say there is “very little or no stress” in their practices.The survey also found that a slightly higher percentage of women lawyers (50 percent) report experiencing a great deal of stress in the daily practice of law than male lawyers (46 percent).The survey showed no statistically significant difference between race and ethnicity and the amount of stress experienced in the practice of law. Forty-four percent of Hispanic lawyers say they experience a great deal of stress in their practice, compared with 43 percent each for white, black, and Asian lawyers.The level of stress in the practice of law is higher for out-of-state members of the Bar than in-state members, and those in the southeastern part of the state experience more stress than in other parts of the state, according to the survey. Forty-nine percent of out-of-state members report a great deal of stress in their practice, compared with 46 percent of lawyers in Southeast Florida. That’s followed by 41 percent of those who practice in Central or Southwest Florida, and 40 percent of those in North Florida.Vacations When it comes to taking time off, 66 percent of all lawyers surveyed say they took two weeks or less of vacation in 2000, with 11 percent reporting they took no vacation at all.Thirty-one percent of lawyers surveyed say they took two weeks of vacation last year, while another 24 percent took one week. Nineteen percent of those surveyed say they took three weeks off, and nine percent say they took four weeks of vacation. Six percent of lawyers say they took more than four weeks off.The primary reason for not taking more vacation in 2000 was time constraints (47 percent), followed by financial limitations (17 percent), no need (13 percent), pressure from employer (10 percent), pressure from clients (seven percent) and family scheduling problems (six percent).employment category, 61 percent of judges reported taking at least three weeks off last year, with 35 percent of judges taking at least four weeks. With the exception of judges, well over half of all employment classifications report taking two weeks or less vacation in 2000. More than four-fifths (81 percent) of all associates took two weeks or less vacation last year, with 70 percent of lawyers with one or more associates and 69 percent of partners/shareholders reporting taking two weeks or less off. Fifty-six percent of managing partners also report taking two weeks or less vacation time.Copies of the 2001 Membership Opinion Survey are available from the Research, Planning and Evaluation Department for $25, plus local sales tax, from Bar senior planning analyst Mike Garcia at 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.last_img read more

Long Island Press Wins 16 New York Press Association Awards

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Morey Publishing‘s Long Island Press brought home 16 awards at the New York Press Association (NYPA)’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest held at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs March 27 and 28.The annual awards competition, spring convention and trade show recognizes journalistic excellence across newspapers and media outlets throughout New York State. It has been held each year since 1930. The Press has swept NYPA twice in the past four years, dominating its 2010 and 2012 contests, earning top prizes in nearly every category and bringing home the competition’s highest honor, the prestigious Stuart C. Dorman Award for editorial excellence. It ranked Second Overall in last year’s contest.The 2014 contest included 3,081 entries submitted by 177 newspapers vying for accolades across 64 categories, including editorial, design, photography and advertising, in addition to Newspaper of the Year, the Dorman award, John J. Evans Award for advertising excellence and Sharon R. Fulmer Award for Community Leadership. Entries were judged by members of the Iowa Press Association.Despite publishing only three print issues last year, the Press came in Third Overall for Single-Flag Newspapers, earning top honors across more than a dozen categories. These included: coverage of the arts, local government, in-depth reporting, news, feature story, news or feature series, sports feature, best front page, home page, user experience, use of social media, online advertising/marketing campaign, special sections/niche publications, special section – advertising and advertising campaign.Press Senior Editor Spencer Rumsey, Staff Writer Jaime Franchi and Editor in Chief Christopher Twarowski brought home First Place in the Coverage of the Arts category for a multi-story entry that included: Rumsey’s colorful portraits of local arts institutions and exhibits—“Rhythm & Roots: Nassau’s African American Museum Brings History to Life,” “‘Women Of The World’ Unite To Capture ‘Feminine Mystique’ In Varying Shades Of Color And Form” and “Flower Power Blooms At Nassau Museum’s ‘Garden Party’ Show;” Franchi’s vibrant and informative “Standardized: New Documentary Takes Testing Battle To Big Screen,” chronicling the anti-Common Core movement’s transition to cinema as a medium of revolt against the controversial education reform; and she and Twarowski’s kaleidoscopic “LI’s Guitar God Joe Satriani Talks Strange Beautiful Music,” a personal, revealing glimpse inside the local six-string extraterrestrial’s artistry and life. “There’s some great variety here,” gushed judges, “but whether they’re about a musician, a gallery showing or a documentary, the stories have a lot in common—clever language (‘unrivaled fretboard wizardry’), colorful descriptions and imagery, great quotes. “I particularly enjoyed the scene painted at the beginning of ‘Standardized,’” one continued, “and that story’s description at the end of bright green shoelaces changing hands and BATs [Badass Teachers Association] taking off into the night. These entries have clever ledes, interesting photos and a good mixture of information and fun.”Twarowski and Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian took First Place honors in the Best News or Feature Series category for their four-part investigative probe into the ongoing plight of Ronald Bower, a Queens father of two who spent more than 23 years in prison for heinous sex crimes an ever-growing number of law enforcement officials believe he did not commit.The series—“Ronald Bower Granted Parole After 23 Years; ‘Highly Unlikely’ Committed Sex Crimes, Says AG’s Office,” “Schellhammer Abruptly Out As Attorney General’s Conviction Review Bureau Chief,” “Exclusive: Ronald Bower, Released On Parole After 23 Years, Maintains His Innocence” and “Exclusive: Our Long Ride Home With Ronald Bower, A Convicted Sex Offender Who Many Believe Is Innocent”—also included a nearly eight-minute video titled “Ronald Bower Reunites With Family After 23 Years In Prison,” documenting Bower’s release from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate Dannemora, just south of the Canadian border. “Amazingly in-depth investigative work into a fascinating case—I cannot imagine the time you put into these pieces,” remarked judges. “I congratulate the reporters for the trust you built and the way the story was told from the family’s point of view. Congratulations on your work. I have been judging state newspaper contests for two decades and this is right up there among the best entries I have seen.”The collection of articles also earned Second Place in the In-Depth Reporting category. Press Managing Editor Timothy Bolger clinched Third Place honors in the In-Depth Reporting category for his scathing, no-holds-barred investigative analysis of Long Island’s ongoing heroin epidemic and the failure of local elected officials and municipalities to adequately address it, titled “How Long Island Is Losing Its War On Heroin.” Bolger was part of the Press team that first exposed the insidious drug’s lethal grip on local youth in 2008, in a series titled “Long Highland,” which earned the inaugural presentation of the Sharon R. Fulmer Award for Community Leadership that year for those efforts.“A very long article but easy to read,” commented judges. “I appreciated that the article was not just a collection of facts and figures and quotes from officials but incorporated how individuals are affected by heroin. I also appreciated that the writer tied the end of the article to the beginning by bringing in Mr. Ciappa.”Franchi won Second Place honors in the Sports Feature and Feature Story categories for her intimate portrait of legendary New York Islanders left wing Clark Gillies that highlighted his charitable efforts, and her heartfelt, masterfully crafted narrative about formerly homeless women veterans selflessly working to help other vets returning from war—“Clark Gillies: Power Player For L.I. Children” and “Women Vets Serving The Under-Served,” respectively.“A moving feature that ties a human element into a specific, important issue,” praised judges about the latter, published in the Press’ sister publication Milieu Magazine. “Overall, this is a great example of feature work.”LongIslandPress.com, programmed and designed by Director of New Media Michael Conforti, took home First Place in the Best User Experience category, with judges remarking: “Of all the entries, this one effectively engages viewers providing an enjoyable experience and effortless navigation just as the contest rules state. I like the dropdowns with the photos with one line summary and placement of a few ads which don’t distract from the navigation of the site. Great job and looks easy to keep updated. Length of the homepage is just right, not too short and not extremely long as many of the entries.”LongIslandPress.com also nabbed Second Place for Best Home Page, with judges stating: “The design and typography on this home page are clean and sharp looking… The fact that the drop down menus show photos and story is great. The page is easy to scan for topics of interest.”Bolger, Rumsey, Twarowski and Press Contributor Shelly Feuer Domash earned an Honorable Mention nod in the News Story category for their investigative exclusive “Bigger Mess: Costly New Twist In Ongoing Nassau Police Crime Lab Scandal,” which exposed that despite assurances to the contrary by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and then-Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, county taxpayers were secretly being charged more than $2.4 million for unprecedented mismanagement and shameful and/or voluntary negligence at its now-shuttered police crime laboratory. “Out of more than 55 entries, an honorable mention is nothing to scoff at,” wrote judges. “A very solid story bolstered by tons of research on an issue that appeared to have a major impact on taxpayers.”The quartet also earned an Honorable Mention in the Coverage of Local Government category for their collaborative multi-story package that included “Bigger Mess,” Rumsey’s “East Northport Senior Housing Proposal Sparks Heated Debate” and “NIFA OKs Mangano’s 3.4% Nassau Tax Hike,” and Bolger’s comprehensive “Red Light Camera Lobbying for School Bus Stop-Arm Cams.”“This is the kind of in-depth coverage across mediums that we need to see more of,” declared judges. “The coverage was a winner.”The Press staff won Second Place in the Best Use of Social Media category, with judges praising: “This entry does what we all want, engage the community as well as giving comprehensive, in-depth and up-to-date information that affects their lives.”Art Director Jon Sasala and the Morey Publishing design team earned First Place in the Best Advertising Campaign category for their imaginative and visually arresting representation of a local podiatry center. “Great job on this advertising campaign,” commended judges. “The different pictures of feet used in this campaign drew the reader’s eye to the ads, as if the ad jumped off the page. Great job of using a campaign to further bring business to this customer. The ads showed simplicity in advertising, which most often captures the audience’s attention. “Good campaign!” they reiterated.Press staff won First Place in the Special Sections/Niche Publications category for its annual Power List publication highlighting Long Island’s 50 most influential residents. Staffers also took Second Place in the Best Special Section – Advertising category for the annual Bethpage “Best of L.I.” awards competition and publication, with judges declaring the ads “original and eye-catching,” the listings “excellent” and the categories “creative.”LongIslandPress.com’s “Press Patrons Program” earned Second Place honors in the Best Online Advertising / Marketing Campaign category, with judges exclaiming: “Wow! Beautiful landing pages. The links to the landing pages are given prominence on the front page and look very attractive. Not a lot of ‘call to action’ since it isn’t a standard advertising campaign. Cohesive approach to the ‘patrons’ pages.”The Press also won Second Place in the Best Front Page category for the newspaper’s powerful, eye-catching covers. “Great images,” remarked judges. “Clean, crisp appearance. Strong typography and color choices.”#NYPA15 #table2 #saratogabureau #yaddo #skintags #skintagfloaters #vandeusler #goatsandcows #spencerdranktheeggwater #winston #kona #ohio #yakbutter #coffeewithbutter #bulletproof #snowyinspirationalspeeches #bolgerfellasleeponthewindowanditscoldinhereandweneedtorollitup #tears #jaimesacardshark #thatjunkyarddogwantstoeatrashed #onlydrinkketelone #scabby #godblessthebeatles #trinidadscorpion #bonestew #writingthewrongs #donmcleandrankhere #wheresthepillows #afghanifood #epictimes #epochtimes #high5heardcrossthestate #tomothy #heavensgate #taximadness #sethistrippin #tomwaits #t24eva #christmascardfromahookerinminneapolis #alliwantforbreakfastaresomechickenandwafflesathatties #blade #neildiamond #44grand #bolgergotblockedoutofsingingjohnnycash #maine #grumpysmurf #dallasgreen #theswamp #messwiththelongislandpressandillpunchyouinthechest #blackbird #bestteamever #flatscreens #blackvespa #weneedtohelppoorscotty #richhotalingistheshiattlast_img read more

NCUA board decreases normal operating level

first_img The NCUA board Thursday approved decreasing the agency’s Normal Operating Level from 1.39% to 1.38%–far less than credit union trade groups have been pushing for during the past year.Board Chairman J. Mark McWatters said that the agency made a commitment to reviewing the Normal Operating Level on an annual basis.Credit union trade group officials said they were pleased with the decrease, even though the level remains higher than the 1.3% they had been pushing for this year.“This decrease is a positive development and we thank the NCUA for taking this step,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long. “We will continue to press the NCUA to reduce the NOL for further distributions.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img NCUA headquarterslast_img read more

UNY students can now pay tuition through Tokopedia

first_img“The university would still get the full payment, but the students would be subsidized by Tokopedia and OVO,” he added.Tokopedia and OVO are now used as a payment channel for students to pay their tuition fees.BTN Yogyakarta branch manager Donnie Iskandar said that apart from OVO, BTN and Tokopedia also offered other payment options such as payment via bank account, credit card or even through convenience stores like Alfamart and Indomaret.He said the funds collected through the different channels would be managed by the campus through BTN.“This definitely makes it easier for millennial students to pay their tuition and at the same time, improves UNY’s image as a university that supports digitalization,” Donnie said.To pay their tuition through Tokopedia, students only need to click the Biaya Pendidikan (Education Fee) category, then find Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. Once they input their student ID number, the application will show their tuition fee along with a choice of payment methods.“Tokopedia is already connected to OVO. Students just need to type in their PIN. The balance will automatically be deducted and the payment is done,” Sutrisna said, adding that his institution was ready to collaborate with other digital platform and e-wallet providers. (kmt)Topics : Students at Yogyakarta State University (UNY) can now use e-wallets to pay their tuition and even get cashback, the university announced on Tuesday.University rector Sutrisna Wibawa, tongue firmly in cheek, made the announcement in a post on Twitter by posing like K-Pop group BTS in a recent advertisement for online marketplace Tokopedia. Bayar UKT di UNY sekarang bisa lewat Ovo dan Tokopedia.Salam dari Sutrisna, bukan personil BTS pic.twitter.com/zj611DgkTH— Sutrisna Wibawa (@sutrisna_wibawa) February 18, 2020“It’s just the rector’s spontaneous idea to inform our students of our newest tuition payment method,” UNY staff member Ilham Dary Athallah told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “The reason is simple: easy and at the same time beneficial, thanks to the cash back facility,” Sutrisna said in a statement.The program, he said, was offered in collaboration with Tokopedia, state lender Bank Tabungan Negara and e-wallet provider OVO.“With just few clicks, our students can now make their payments quickly and easily,” Sutrisna said, adding that if e-wallets could be used for high schools, then there was no reason they could not be used for universities, referring to homegrown startup Gojek’s recently announced partnership with education institutions.He added that in certain situations, the students could also receive cashback from either Tokopedia or OVO on their respective payment platforms.last_img read more

Bank Indonesia pledges to strengthen rupiah to Rp 15,000 per US dollar

first_imgRead also: Explainer: BI to throw lifeline to Indonesia’s economy to fight COVID-19The central bank and the government projected Wednesday that the rupiah would hover at around Rp 17,500 to Rp 20,000 against the greenback in the worst-case scenario, which would be the weakest in history, if the Indonesian economy contracted and the COVID-19 downturn was prolonged.The government and BI have also prepared for an economic contraction of 0.4 percent if the pandemic lingers. The baseline scenario was that the economy would grow 2.3 percent this year, the lowest in 21 years, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday.“This is only a what-if scenario and not a projection,” Perry clarified on Thursday, adding that the central bank saw room for improvement for the rupiah thanks to coordinated efforts among financial authorities. Bank Indonesia (BI) has vowed to continue with its intervention in the financial market to stabilize the rupiah exchange rate to Rp 15,000 per US dollar by year-end as Indonesia faces a worst-case scenario of the rupiah sliding to a historic low as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said Thursday that the central bank would continue to stabilize the currency to build confidence among market players, adding that the central bank had maintained communication with foreign investors to prevent a selling spree of Indonesian assets.“With coordinated efforts between the central bank and the government, we are confident that the rupiah will not only be stable but also strengthen to Rp 15,000 per US dollar by year-end,” Perry told reporters during an online media briefing. The local currency, already the worst performer in Asia, is currently trading at Rp 16,525 per US dollar, according to Bloomberg data. It has depreciated around 15 percent since the beginning of the year. The rupiah touching Rp 17,500 to Rp 20,000 per US dollar would be a record low, surpassing the Rp 16,950 level recorded during the 1998 Asian financial crisis.Read also: Rupiah may slide to Rp 20,000 per US dollar in worst-case scenarioBI has been stabilizing the rupiah through its “triple market intervention” measures, focusing on the foreign exchange spot market, domestic non-deliverable forward market and secondary bond markets.The central bank has bought a total of Rp 172.5 trillion (US$10.3 billion) worth of government bonds, including Rp 166.2 trillion from foreign investors in the secondary market. It also saw signs of a capital outflow slowdown, which previously caused the rupiah to depreciate.Capital outflows eased from Rp 167.9 trillion during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak to Rp 145.1 trillion between Jan. 20 and March 30.Topics :last_img read more

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