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Williston Rotary donates $3,500 to ‘Split the Ticket’ fuel program

first_imgThe Williston Rotary has donated $3,500 to the Patch Chit Split the Ticket Program. The money will provide fuel help for next winter. The Patch Chit fuel assistance fund was established by the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association more than two decades ago to provide a safety net during the cold winter months. “We thank the Williston Rotary for providing Vermonters in need with another place to turn,” said VFDA Executive Director Matt Cota.Vermont heating fuel dealers are, for the most part, small family-owned businesses that live in the same community where they work. They see the need first-hand and are often the first to respond in a crisis. There are many Vermonters who are in need but do not qualify for heating assistance programs, and for more than 20 years VFDA’s Patch Chit program has been there for them. The program provides an opportunity for Vermont’s heating fuel retailers to continue a proud tradition of giving back to their communities.Here is how it works: VFDA member companies agree to donate a delivery of up to 150 gallons to a customer; those pledged gallons, or chits, will be matched with donations from the community. All money collected will be used to “Split the Ticket.” VFDA’s Fuel Assistance Program is one of several efforts by Vermont’s heating fuel retailers to help those who need assistance the most during the winter. VFDA works with community action agencies, Habitat for Humanity, the Vermont Heating Assistance Program, low income advocates and the Vermont Military Families Assistance Fund to distribute fuel to those in need.To find out more about VFDA’s Patch Chit Split the Ticket ProgramCLICK HERE or call 802-223-7750.last_img read more

Vermont Speaker of the House says ‘much to be proud of’

first_imgMontpelier. 5.14.2010. The Vermont Speaker of the House, Shap Smith, offers his view on the legislative session that ended Wednesday night.”Vermonters can be proud of the work the legislature did this year under very difficult circumstances.  The legislature, working with the administration, put in place policies that will create new jobs and restore our state’s fiscal health while avoiding devastating cuts and new broad-based taxes. To guide our decisions, we followed the long-held Vermont values that allow our state to remain the safest, greenest and healthiest state, known for being a great place to raise a family.  Despite the worst economy in a lifetime, the legislature refused to compromise on the investments that make Vermont a place we are proud to call home.In year two of a three-year downturn, through collaboration with key stakeholders, including our state’s teachers, state employees, local school boards, and the governor, we were able to close a $155 million budget gap without jeopardizing the health and well-being of Vermonters.  Rather than enact the governor’s proposals which would have cut valuable state programs that are seeing unprecedented demand, the legislature’s budget restores protection to our seniors, our neighbors and friends with disabilities, and children with special needs. The budget maintains affordable health care for the uninsured in a time when health care premiums are skyrocketing.  Challenges for Change initiated an effort to make government more effective and responsive to those it serves while saving the state nearly $40 million.  The budget was forward-thinking as well, finding significant savings in the future to aid next year’s legislature in what will be another difficult budget year.  Furthermore, understanding the tough times facing Vermonters, the legislature held the line on property tax rates, providing much needed statewide tax relief. Vermonters may most be proud that the legislature was able to keep its commitment to Vermont values while creating much needed jobs for its citizens.In passing our jobs bill, we answered the call of business leaders and farmers to create greater access to capital and workforce training and gave aid to farms to help purchase seeds.  Through the Capital Bill, hundreds of Vermonters will be put to work improving our state’s infrastructure.  And in order to continue to foster a strong Vermont economy and local job creation, we granted many Vermont businesses a reduction in capital gains taxes and avoided broad-based tax increases.While the work of the legislature to grow jobs and address our state’s fiscal challenges in a balanced and responsible manner was no small task, Vermonters have much more to be proud of. The Unemployment Trust Fund is on a path toward solvency, ensuring that Vermonters will not be forced into poverty if they lose their jobs. The legislature was able to come to an agreement with the governor without making drastic cuts to employee benefits or putting an undue burden on Vermont businesses.  In an area where other states are struggling, Vermont can be proud of the agreement that will to protect this vital safety net.Vermonters can be proud that after forty years of inaction, the legislature—in concert with the executive and judicial branches—took action to unify the judiciary under one umbrella.  This move allows Vermont’s judicial system to provide better justice to our citizens. We kept intact our strong education system and its proud tradition of local control.  Rather than mandate school consolidation, the legislature took the stance that streamlining district resources should be done in a way that improves education for our children rather than stifling it.The legislature moved its best-in-the-nation health care system forward so that it can continue to produce high-quality care at a cost affordable to Vermonters.  Through a new health care system design and by expanding successful preventive care programs, Vermont will continue to be a leader in health care reform and our country’s healthiest state.  Surely Vermonters can be proud of this too.Due to the action of the legislature, our roads and highways will soon be safer.  No longer will drivers be allowed to text while driving.  The law fosters safe and responsible driving practices in our youngest drivers by banning the use of all electronic devices and requiring the primary enforcement of seatbelt use for junior operators. In these difficult times we made investments in our people and in our infrastructure while balancing the budget in a responsible way.  We did so by working together in a tri-partisan manner to get Vermonters the results they deserve.I am proud of the work we have done.  We have protected what Vermonters value most about our state and have set the path for a stronger future and a stronger Vermont.”Representative Shap Smith Speaker of the HouseSource: Speaker’s office. 5.14.2010. The budget bill can be found at: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2010/bills/Senate/H-789.pdf(link is external)The full roster of bills can be found at the Legislative page: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/database/database2.cfm(link is external)last_img read more

Op-Ed: Don’t Let Peabody Walk Away From Its Clean-Up Responsibilities in Illinois

first_imgOp-Ed: Don’t Let Peabody Walk Away From Its Clean-Up Responsibilities in Illinois FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Howard Learner for the Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register:Doesn’t Illinois already have enough fiscal problems? Now, here comes another $92 million mess if Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Office of Mines and Minerals doesn’t start paying attention and make sure that Peabody Energy commits real money now to fulfill its mine reclamation responsibilities.For too long, Peabody Energy has been allowed to “self-bond” — promise that it will provide funds to pay in the future — instead of purchasing a surety bond or creating an independent trust fund to cover the costs of cleaning up its mines, avoiding contamination and reclaiming the lands that the mining has marred. Peabody is now teetering on bankruptcy.Illinois officials need to act decisively to make sure that our taxpayers aren’t left holding the financial bag.Illinois and federal laws require mining companies to reclaim surface lands damaged by their operations. The coal mining companies are required to provide financial assurance that clean-up and reclamation funds will be available when a mine closes. In many cases, companies buy third-party surety bonds, acting as insurance policies to guarantee that reclamation funds are available when needed.Peabody Energy, however, has been allowed by the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals to “self-bond” for its three coal mines in Illinois. That self-bonding might have been understandable five years ago when Peabody Energy’s stock price was about $74 per share, and its market capitalization was billions of dollars. Peabody has since lost 99 percent of its market value and is radically restructuring its finances and selling assets in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy. In the past month, Peabody essentially “maxed out its credit cards” by borrowing the remaining funds available to the company under its corporate debt agreement.Peabody Energy’s financial predicament has worsened considerably over the past two years, but the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals has nonetheless allowed self-bonding to continue. The Environmental Law & Policy Center filed a citizen complaint contending that this self-bonding violates the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act and urging our Illinois officials to require Peabody to purchase a surety bond or otherwise commit real funds for its obligations. So far they haven’t acted. The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has directed Illinois officials to respond “by taking appropriate action to cause the possible violations to be corrected, or to show good cause for such failure.”According to the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals, Peabody has mine reclamation responsibilities of $92 million in Illinois. If state officials don’t step up now, their next step might be standing in line in the federal bankruptcy court to protect Illinois taxpayers.Why is Peabody Energy in such financial distress? First, Peabody’s management made an ill-timed bet that China’s imports of coal would grow at a very rapid pace and that the U.S. coal market would grow. China’s economy is still growing, but at a less robust rate. In the U.S., low natural gas prices have created competition that has weakened domestic coal sales. Second, energy efficiency is reducing electricity demand and sales.Full Op-Ed: Don’t stick Illinois taxpayers with Peabody’s mine reclamation costslast_img read more

S&P downgrades ratings of six U.S. shale gas producers, puts negative outlook on sector

first_imgS&P downgrades ratings of six U.S. shale gas producers, puts negative outlook on sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):S&P Global Ratings cut the credit ratings of six pure-play shale gas producers late Feb. 3, based on worries that they will not be able to refinance billions of dollars in bonds because of expected low gas prices and chronic overspending to drill for gas the market does not want.Ratings also moved the credit outlook for eight of nine pure-play gas producers under its review to negative, with only tiny Marcellus and Utica shale producer Montage Resources Corp. getting an affirmation of its B- rating with a stable outlook.The downgrades and deteriorating outlook came in an environment where natural gas prices are forecast to stay below $3/MMBtu for the next two years, with break-even prices for producers estimated to be $1.80/MMBtu in the Marcellus Shale and $1.94/MMBtu in the Utica Shale, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics. The less-than-$1/MMBtu margin will leave little wiggle room for bad wells, warm winter weather and payments to lenders, much less cash back to shareholders.“We are particularly concerned about some of the issuers’ ability to access the capital markets given investor aversion to the space and their current bond trading yields,” Ratings said in the note accompanying the ratings cuts.“The market is trying to force a pullback in activity,” Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. oil and gas analyst Sameer Panjwani said. Panjwani noted that while producers have hedges to protect production this year, those hedges are not in place for 2021. The analyst thinks that producers need to cut spending far more than their drilling plans in order to balance both their books and an oversupplied gas market.The ratings cut will have an immediate impact on America’s largest natural gas producer, EQT Corp. According to the prospectus for a $1.75 billion bond offering that EQT closed Jan. 21, the S&P Global Ratings downgrade, combined with an earlier downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service, could add up to 0.50% to EQT’s 6.125% and 7% coupon rates for the new bonds due in 2025 and 2030.[Bill Holland]More ($): S&P downgrades 6 shale gas producers; outlook ‘negative’ on sectorlast_img read more

Pisgah National Forest announces additional closures of roads, trails and dispersed campsites

first_imgOverlook of Pisgah National Forest from Getty Images FS Road 198- Chestnut Mountain Road FS Trail 174- Little Andy FS Road 460 Old Fort Road FS Trail 306- Max Patch Loop FS Road 63A- Hawksbill Creek Road FS Trail 235- Shortoff FS Trail BM1A- Brown Mountain 1A FS Trail 304- Buckeye Ridge Horse FS Road 2055- Boone Fork Road FS Trail BM10- Brown Mountain 10 Forest order number 08-11-07-20-071 prohibits the public from being on the roads and trails, entering or using a developed recreation site, or camping in the following areas: FS Trail BM2- Elliot Deer FS Road 1206- Yellow Gap Road FS Road 479- Bent Creek Road FS Trail 236- Little Table Rock FS Road 982- Mortimer Piedmont Road FS Trail 292- Hickey Fork FS Trail 358- Graveyard Fields FS Trail 1003- Hemlock FS Trail 179- Black Mountain Crest  FS Trail 170- Snowball FS Trail 117- Slick Rock Falls FS Trail 146- Art Loeb- Black Balsam Road FSR816 to Camp Daniel Boone FS Trail 190- Mount Mitchell FS Road 482- Curtis Creek Road Pisgah Ranger District road closures FS Road 496- New Gingercake Road FS Road 481- Powhatan Access Road FS Trail 309- Pump Gap Loop FS Trail 285- Fork Ridge FS Trail 183- Stair Creek FS Road 5000- Wash Creek Road FS Trail 308- Lover’s Leap FS Trail 293- Whiteoak FS Trail 295- Roundtop Ridge FS Trail 661- Hardtimes Gap FS Trail 191- Buncombe Horse FS Road 4096- Carroll Creek Road FS Trail 182- Green Knob FS Trail 358A- Upper Falls FS Trail 287- Green Ridge FS Trail 101- Ivestor Gap FS Road 99- Table Rock Road FS Trail 161- Big Butt FS Trail 308A- Overmountain Victory Trail (from Roaring Creek to AT) FS Road 816- Black Balsam Road FS Trail 329- Campground Connector FS Road 74- Big Ivy Road FS Trail BM3- Sullivan’s Pass FS Trail 315- Groundhog Creek FS Trail 173- Upper Corner Rock FS Trail 358B- MST Access Appalachian Ranger District trail closures FS Trail 440- Mountains to Sea FS Road 299- Brown Mountain Road FS Road 477- Avery Creek Road FS Road 63- Stony Fork Road FS Road 140- Courthouse Creek Road FS Road 2074- Neals Creek Road FS Road 472- South Toe River Road FS Trail 310- Laurel River FS Road 228- Steeles Creek Road FS Trail 302- Cold Springs Horse FS Trail 296- Shutin Creek FS Trail 233- Spence Ridge FS Trail 355- Mt. Pisgah FS Trail BM1B- Brown Mountain 1B FS Trail 286- Jerry Miller FS Trail BM4- Kirby’s Loop FS Road 475B- Headwaters Road FS Road 472A- Busick Road FS Trail BM6- Miller Circle FS Road 464A- Lost Cove Road FS Trail 197- Setrock FS Trail BM9- Brown Mountain 9 FS Trail 166- Elk Pen FS Trail 184- Laurel Gap FS Trail 225- Catawba Falls FS Trail 146- Art Loeb- Davidson River to Joel Branch FSR5002 FS Trail 365- John Rock FS Trail BM7- Richard’s Bypass FS Trail 242- Table Rock Summit FS Trail 499- Rainbow Falls Grandfather Ranger District trail closures On Tuesday, Pisgah National Forest announced the closure of a number of popular roads, trails and campsites in response to current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing. The closures are effective until August 13, 2020, or until rescinded, and impact trails in the Appalachian, Grandfather and Pisgah ranger districts. FS Trail 176- Bear Pen FS Trail 300- Cherry Creek FS Trail 132- North Face FS Trail BM8- Brown Mountain 8 FS Trail 175- Perkins FS Trail 318- Moore Cove Linville Falls Access FS Road 229- Pilot Mountain Road FS Trail 664- Deer Lake Lodge and FSR491 FS Trail 200- River Loop Elk Falls FS Trail 356 Graveyard Ridge FS Trail 120- Cat Gap FS Trail 105- Daniel Ridge Loop FS Trail 114- Looking Glass Rock FS Trail 195- Roaring Fork Falls Grandfather Ranger District road closures FS Road 97- Lickstone Road FS Trail 191A- Big Tom Gap FS Trail BM5- Ned’s Knob FS Trail 214- Falls Branch FS Trail 165- Walker Creek Appalachian Ranger District road closures FS Trail 243- Table Rock Gap Pisgah Ranger District trail closures FS Trail 601- Sunwall FS Trail 162- Douglas Falls FS Road 116- Mortimer R.A. Road FS Trail 363- Shining Creek FS Road 4101- Pearcy Creek Road FS Road 451- Marks Mountain FS Trail 356A- Graveyard Ridge FS Trail 1006- Briar Bottom FS Trail 248- Hawksbill There are also a number of recreation sites closed. Click here for full details.last_img read more

How to make your money last when you don’t have a lot of extra cash

first_img 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When you’re working hard and not bringing a lot home, it may seem as though you’ll never make ends meet. But, fear not! Below are three ways to stretch your hard-earned cash when money woes have got you down.Set realistic goalsAre you working to save money up or trying hard to stick to a budget? Whatever your financial goal may be, don’t aspire to achieve something that just isn’t attainable. Doing so will only make you more depressed about your lack of dough. Instead, sit down and plan exactly how far your money will take you. Even if it means saving a very small amount or waiting longer to take a vacation, you’ll be glad you’re being realistic and smart about your money matters.Be careful with credit cardsIt sure can be tempting to open credit cards to help pay for things when you don’t have cash readily available. But constant charging can really get you into financial trouble, and quickly. Instead of building bad debt, look for other ways to earn extra cash. Sell clothing or goods you no longer use or check out any one of these interesting ways to make money on the side.Abide by your budgetWhen money is tight, busting the budget you’ve set for yourself is a big deal. Unlike those who make more and have some financial wiggle room, you’ll have to work extra hard to abide by your budget. One great option to consider is the 50/30/20 rule, which allocates half of your income to necessities; 30% to the “extras” or “wants” (such as entertainment or dining out); and 20% to those not-so-fun (but important) items like retirement, emergency funds, or savings. Although this is a good option, it’s important that you’re flexible with your budget to ensure that you formulate a plan that’s right for your situation.last_img read more

3 questions with CU Solutions Group’s Dave Adams

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Details CUInsight Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp is joined by Dave Adams, President and CEO of CU Solutions Group for a quick interview with just 3 questions about the COVID-19 crisis…(0:32) What is your company doing to support credit unions and their members during the COVID-19 crisis?(5:29) How do you think that COVID-19 might affect credit unions and the way that we do business in the long-term?(10:34) What tips do you have for staying sane during trying times?You can learn more about CU Solutions Group’s response to the COVID-19 crisis here.last_img read more

Republican-led Congress is on a ruinous course

first_imgThese decreases will leave millions without affordable health care and make millions of disabled and low-income Americans even more vulnerable.The budget also projects stunning reductions in what is called non-defense discretionary spending, essentially everything the government does outside of the military, entitlements and interest payments on the national debt.These include programs that contribute to our safety — such as law enforcement, the Coast Guard, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration — as well as services vital to our health — such as environmental protection, water and sewage systems.It also includes public investment vital to our economy and our future — in science and technology, medical research, modern infrastructure, education, advanced training and more. These programs are already projected for deep cuts under the 2011 Budget Control Act, but the Senate bill decimates them.By 2019, it cuts this spending by 10 percent from 2017 levels, and by nearly 20 percent by 2027.As a share of the economy, spending on domestic services will be cut to levels not seen since Herbert Hoover. The resolution is designed to facilitate passage of tax cuts with Republican votes only.The final tax cut package hasn’t been written yet, but Republicans leaders have produced a “framework.”This bill will worsen the extreme inequality that already corrupts our democracy and impedes economic growth.The top 1 percent will pocket more than half of the tax cuts next year and an obscene 80 percent by year 10.This bill will also reward multinationals for booking profits as earned abroad to avoid taxes.The legislation offers a retroactive tax cut for the $2.6 trillion that has evaded taxation and would expand that tax dodge by eliminating taxes altogether on profits that they report as earned abroad.At a time when hedge-fund operators pay a lower tax rate than schoolteachers, this bill would increase the outrage, with a massive tax break for real estate barons, hedge-fund managers and lawyers by taxing “pass-through” income at a reduced rate.  Instead of closing loopholes, the bill adds to them.The spending side has received less attention but may be even worse.The Senate bill proposes $5.8 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.At a time when baby boomers are retiring, it calls for cuts of $473 billion in Medicare, $1 trillion in Medicaid and another $300 billion in Obamacare subsidies to medium- and low-income workers.It cuts more than $650 billion in income security programs for low-income workers.These cuts include primarily food stamps, the earned-income tax credit and child tax credit, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for disabled seniors and others in need.Another $200 billion is cut from Pell grants and student loans that help working families afford college. Categories: Editorial, OpinionPresident Donald Trump’s flailings are ever more terrifying.In the course of a few days, he tossed a grenade into the health-care markets that millions rely on, traduced the Iran nuclear deal, threatened to abandon American citizens ravaged by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, continued to sabotage action on climate change, tweeted about censoring the media, and so undermined Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., likened it to “castration.”Yet for all of that, Trump’s grotesqueries are exceeded by a Republican-led Congress intent on a course so ruinous as to be, one hopes, impossible to sustain. This week, Senate Republicans will seek to push through a budget resolution for the current fiscal year.The resolution provides guidelines for spending and tax cuts, with projections for the next 10 years.It has the support of virtually all of the Republican caucus. Its provisions are destructive and absurd. center_img In a society dealing with a growing population, rising global competition and pressing new challenges such as catastrophic climate change, the Republican-led Senate cashes in our future for top-end tax cuts.We will lag rather than lead the industrial world in education and training.We will squander our edge in innovation. We will suffer the rising perils and the costs of a decrepit and outmoded infrastructure.We witness all this already today, but the Senate budget course will accelerate the trends and make them worse. This folly is, one hopes, too extreme to be sustained.Yet this week, all of the Republican senators — with perhaps one or two dissenters — will line up to vote for a budget that is truly a road to ruin.Why? Partly, of course, they will reward the wealthy and special interests that pay for their party.Part comes from fear of even more right-wing challengers if they don’t toe the line.Part may be purblind ideological conviction, although it is hard to imagine that any truly believe these measures would make things better.Part may be desperation — Republicans believe they have to get something done, even if it does more harm than good to most Americans in the long run.If Trump’s increasingly manic careening terrifies, the remorseless suicide mission of the Republican caucus in Congress should horrify. Katrina Vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of the Nation magazine.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

PREMIUMEra Mandiri, Agro Yasa make strong debut on local stock market

first_imgGoogle Indonesia stock-market IDX listing Era-Mandiri-Cemerlang Agro-Yasa-Lestari expansion exports capital LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Fishery products producer PT Era Mandiri Cemerlang Tbk and asphalt, geosynthetic and soya beans meal manufacturer PT Agro Yasa Lestari Tbk made a strong debut on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday with share prices rising more than 70 percent.The share price of PT Era Mandiri  (IKAN) rose sharply to Rp 204 (1.5 US cents) per share, a 70 percent increase from Rp 120 during the initial public offering (IPO) just a few minutes after trading started.PT Agro Yasa (AYLS) also received a warm welcome when it debuted on the local stock exchange. Its share price also rose by 70 percent in the morning trading session to Rp 170 per share from its IPO price of Rp 100 per share.However, trading of the two companies’ shares was temporarily suspended as the increase in their prices exceeded the allowable increase limit for a single-day transaction as regulated in th… Facebook Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Topics : Linkedinlast_img read more

COVID-19 task force calls for workplaces to implement WFH as office clusters spike

first_imgThe COVID-19 task force has called on workplaces to implement work-from-home (WFH) policies, following reports of increasing numbers of coronavirus clusters in offices.An epidemiologist in the COVID-19 task force’s team of experts, Dewi Nur Aisyah, said workplaces should implement a full or partial WFH policy to prevent further infections among workers.“If we look at the current condition, all workplaces that are able to apply a WFH policy should start doing so,” Dewi said during a webinar on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com. “Even if workers must come in for work, the capacity must be limited to only 50 percent, so it is easy to maintain distance,” she continued.Another strategy workplaces could implement, Dewi said, was to divide workers into different work shifts to prevent crowding during office hours.Read also: COVID-19 clusters rise in govt offices due to lack of awareness: MinisterThe provision requiring workplaces to limit staff numbers to 50 percent of office capacity is already stipulated in Gubernatorial Regulation No. 51/2020 on the  “transitional” period to the new normal. The regulation also requires businesses to develop systems to regulate the distribution of working days, working hours and work shifts.Concerns have mounted over increasing numbers of COVID-19 clusters in office spaces after Jakarta began to relax its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in early June.As of Tuesday, Dewi reported, 90 office clusters had been recorded. To date, 459 cases have been recorded within office clusters, a dramatic increase from 43 recorded before the transitional PSBB period, she added.Read also: Office infection clusters spike as economy reopensDewi said these figures indicated more stringent health protocols were needed both at workplaces and while workers were commuting.Clusters have been recorded not only at offices of private and state-owned companies, but also of government institutions, including ministries, regional agencies and the police, she said.Some offices across Java have reportedly been closed for weeks after infections were found among workers.Under the current gubernatorial regulation, offices must be closed temporarily and disinfected after COVID-19 cases are recorded.East Jakarta Environment Agency head Hermansyah said his office would remain closed for six days starting Wednesday after a number of employees contracted COVID-19.“Five civil servants and five PJLPs [individual service providers] have tested positive. They are self-quarantining at home,” Hermansyah said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more