Michele Gillian to Speak at Community Association Meeting on Saturday

first_imgMichele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, will present the Chamber’s views of the coming year and initiatives for 2014 at a meeting of the Ocean City Community Association 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 15) at the Ocean City Free Public Library.The mission of Ocean City Community Association is to protect and promote the best interests of the property owners and residents of Ocean City. OCCA members and prospective members ($10 annual dues) are invited. For further information, please email [email protected] meeting will be held in the lecture hall at the library.last_img read more

Indonesia could enter recession as virus response remains fractured, unclear: Economists

first_imgThe SARS-CoV-2 virus has infected at least 8,800 people and killed more than 740 as of Sunday afternoon, according to official data. Several regions nationwide have now moved to implement large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).As least two provinces and 16 municipalities and regencies across the archipelago have had requests to impose partial lockdowns approved by Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto.In addition to the provinces of Jakarta and West Sumatra, other areas of Greater Jakarta, namely Depok, Bogor and Bekasi in West Java and South Tangerang and Tangerang in Banten, have also imposed partial lockdowns, as have Bandung and Cimahi in West Java, Pekanbaru in Riau, Tegal in Central Java and Makassar in South Sulawesi.Jokowi is recalibrating his large-scale physical distancing strategy and has called for testing to be ramped up.“The Indonesian government’s response to Covid-19 has been slow, unclear and fractured,” Fitch Solutions researchers wrote in a research note.Read also: Indonesia’s household spending to tank as people lose jobs: Fitch“Given the belated containment efforts in Indonesia, we believe the Covid-19 outbreak will likely last longer than in other countries in the region. As such, containment measures and border closures will also remain in place for longer.”Fitch Solutions has downgraded Indonesia’s economic growth projection to 2.8 percent, down from its initial projection of 4.2 percent, as spending and investment are expected to slow. That compares with the government’s 2.3 percent GDP growth projection for this year, which would be the lowest rate in 21 years. Under a worst-case scenario, the government foresees an economic contraction of 0.4 percent.“We assess that the contraction in the economy could be deeper if the outbreak is not contained over the next quarter, and as such further downward revisions to our 2020 growth forecast should not be discounted,” the researchers added.“We believe that private spending will collapse later this year as employment conditions continue to worsen.”Household consumption accounts for more than half of Indonesia’s GDP.Read also: ‘A shock like no other’: Commodity slide to pressure IndonesiaThe government has unveiled a Rp 436.1 trillion (US$27.92 billion) budget for COVID-19 stimulus packages, equal to 2.5 percent of the country’s GDP, that will primarily be channeled into healthcare, social safety net and business recovery programs.Speaking during the same discussion as Faisal, Finance Ministry special staff member Masyita Crystallin said the country’s containment measures were “crucial” for economic recovery.“The government is currently improving its measures and will always try to fine-tune the policies taken to handle the crisis,” she said.Topics : Indonesia’s economy may enter a recession and experience a much longer recovery than other countries in Southeast Asia if the government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic remains “slow” and “amateurish”, economists have warned.A recession happens when a country sees its gross domestic product (GDP) decline for two consecutive quarters in conjunction with other monthly indicators, such as a rise in unemployment.University of Indonesia senior economist Faisal Basri voiced concerns over the government’s handling of the health crisis, adding that with the current containment measures, the country could see an economic contraction of up to 2.5 percent, or 0.5 percent growth in a best-case scenario. “The sophisticated economic policy taken by the government will be in vain if the government’s COVID-19 containment measures remain amateurish,” Faisal said during an online discussion on Friday.Read also: Millions to lose jobs, fall into poverty as Indonesia braces for recession“The trajectory of Indonesia’s economy is very hard to predict right now, as the government has been late to ban mudik [exodus] while the large-scale social restrictions have not had much of an impact,” he said, warning that the country’s economic recovery would take much longer and incur higher costs.The government’s Idul Fitri mudik ban came into effect Friday and will remain in place until May 31 with travel restrictions to be enforced in COVID-19 red zones. The ban comes after the government resisted calls from health experts since late last month.last_img read more

M² Subsea Wins Pipeline Installation Support Job with TransCanada

first_imgM² Subsea has secured a multi-million dollar contract with TransCanada to carry out pipeline-span support on the company’s pipeline installation for the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan gas project in the Gulf of Mexico.The scope of work will see M² Subsea install grout supports along the southern leg of the pipeline to prevent stress during installation and hydrostatic testing.M² Subsea will manage the project working with local partner, Mexican-based Frontera Resources, utilising the Mexican flagged multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) Tehuana.Mike Arnold, M² Subsea chief executive officer commented: “This is our second project with Frontera in the Mexican sector and we’re looking forward to building our relationship through the delivery of safe, sustainable subsea work scopes. Local content is an integral part of our growth plan and we are extremely proud of the strong partnerships we have built with all of our suppliers in Mexico.”The company’s Houston office will be responsible for delivering the workscope with support from the UK team and local partners in Mexico.last_img read more

Ohio priest indicted on charges of child pornography and juvenile sex trafficking

first_imgMcWilliams also threatened to send photographs to family and friends if the minor male victims did not send additional photographs and videos, the news release said. He allegedly carried through with that threat, “sending the mothers sexually explicit photographs he received from minor male victims,” according to the release.The US Attorney’s Office alleges that some of McWilliams’ victims were young boys he knew through his work as a priest in parishes.The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland said it “was made aware” of the indictment Thursday against the former parochial vicar in Strongsville. McWilliams was arrested in December 2019 for allegedly possessing child pornography, and he was put on administrative leave by the diocese “immediately” after the diocese learned of his arrest, it said in a press release at the time. An Ohio priest who allegedly posed as a woman on social media in order to entice minor male victims has been indicted on child pornography, child exploitation and juvenile sex trafficking charges, a US attorney announced.40-year-old Robert D. McWilliams is charged with sex trafficking of a minor, sexual exploitation of children and transportation of child pornography among other charges, according to a news release from the US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.last_img read more

Electronic trail helped MLB gain Biogenesis bans

first_imgIn these 2013 file photos are, top row from left; Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta, San Diego Padres’ Everth Cabrera, New York Yankees’ Francisco Cervelli, Philadelphia Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo and San Diego Padres’ Fautino de los Santos. Bottom row from left are: Houston Astro’s Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros’ Fernando Martinez, now with the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners’ Jesus Montero, New York Mets’ Cesar Puello, New York Mets’ Jordan Valdespin and Oakland Athletics’ Jordan Norberto. Alex Rodriguez remained the lone holdout while All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were among 12 players who accepted 50-game penalties from Major League Baseball on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, as part of its Biogenesis drug investigation, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/File) by Ronald BlumAP Sports WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook friends. Transcripts of BlackBerry instant messages. Records of texts.Major League Baseball’s investigators used an arsenal of high-tech tools to collect the evidence that persuaded a dozen players to accept 50-game suspensions this week for their ties to the Biogenesis clinic.And when it came time to meet with the players’ association, they flashed some of their documentary proof. While there was not enough time for the union to thoroughly examine what baseball had collected, there was little doubt there was an electronic trail, one of the people familiar with the meetings said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.“It both complicates things and adds a layer of proof that certainly wasn’t available many years ago,” union general counsel David Prouty said Tuesday. Alex Rodriguez, the lone holdout against a suspension, faces an arbitration hearing in coming months that likely will include such evidence. The New York Yankees third baseman was suspended for 211 games from Thursday through the 2014 season, though he is allowed to play until a decision is issued by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, which is not expected until at least November.Until now, nearly all suspensions under MLB’s drug program resulted from positive drug tests. The Biogenesis probe revealed players were using PEDs without detection.“To catch the most sophisticated intentional fraudsters, you have to use non-analytical means, which is another reason why baseball’s effort here is such a pivotal moment for the anti-doping fight,” said Travis Tygart, chief executive office of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.MLB officials would not speak for attribution about its investigation. The league used about 30 people full time in its fact-gathering, another person familiar with the process said Tuesday, also on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.The probe was sparked in January when the Miami New Times published documents linking players to the clinic and accused it of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.Technology has evolved since 2003, when federal agents raided the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative in Burlingame, Calif., sparking an investigation that eventually led to criminal convictions of Barry Bonds, track star Marion Jones, cyclist Tammy Thomas and NFL lineman Dana Stubblefield.And when former Sen. George Mitchell issued his report on drugs in baseball four years later, he recommended baseball start an investigations department. Dan Mullin, a former New York City Police Officer, was hired as the unit’s head in 2008. Former U.S. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan was brought in to assist in the Biogenesis probe.After the Miami New Times report, baseball investigators examined the Facebook pages of Bosch and Porter Fisher, the former Biogenesis associate who gave documents to the newspaper. They began to sketch out which people they were friends with, and which of those friends posted photos of athletes or mentioned athletes. Each link led to new loops that provided leads.MLB filed a lawsuit in March against Biogenesis of America, company founder Anthony Bosch and others, complaining they interfered with the contracts between MLB and the union. The suit was unusual and may never reach trial, but it did give MLB the ability to file civil subpoenas.Records from Florida’s Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County that were examined by the AP showed subpoenas were issued to Federal Express, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, UPS and Metro PCS. At least some of those companies complied and turned over data to the probe, one of the people said.By June, Bosch agreed to cooperate with the investigation. The person said MLB hired a data recovery company to obtain records from his mobile telephone.When baseball officials met with the union, evidence included the BlackBerry instant message transcripts and records of text messages. Lawyers for players believed some emails also had been recovered.“It’s like traditional law enforcement methods,” Tygart said. “Even without the powers of law enforcement — wiretaps, search warrants — you can still have success in obtaining these documents.” Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more