Ridwan Kamil opens office in Depok to monitor COVID-19, regional elections

first_imgWest Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has opened an office in Depok to optimize efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Jakarta’s surrounding areas in West Java, as ordered by the central government.“Nearly 70 percent of COVID-19 cases in West Java are contributed by Bodebek [Bogor, Depok, Bekasi], so the central government directed me to focus on handling those areas,” Ridwan said on Wednesday, as quoted by tempo.co.Read also: West Java asks central govt for PCR kits to boost testing Ridwan, who spends most of his time in the province’s capital of Bandung, said having an office in Depok could also help him carry out a number of tasks more intensely in the “red zones”, including monitoring the regional elections at the end of the year.“Once or twice a week, depending on the situation, I would mostly be in Bodebek areas, especially in Depok,” he said, adding that his plan would last for several months.He hoped he could set an example for COVID-19 task forces in Bodebek to work harder to curb case numbers.Read also: Interview with Governor Ridwan Kamil: West Java’s technological strides against COVID-19 He said the West Java Police and the Military Command (Kodam) III/Siliwangi in Bandung had also carried out this “tactical” policy.“Where there is a red zone, where there are high numbers of violations, the police chief and the military commander will send their teams to back up,” he said.Recently, he said, the West Java Police had tasked its leading officers in Cirebon with controlling virus transmission as the city became a red zone.Moreover, the West Java deputy police chief had opened an office in Bogor to directly help the city to mitigate the outbreak, he added. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

​Grandhood eyes UK market after Danish deal ups scalability

first_imgJon Lieberkind and Mathias Bredkjær, co-CEOs and founders of Grandhood“With the Velliv offering our customers can save unlimited with tax deduction in the ‘Livrente’ savings product,” he said.The Velliv collaboration will also allow Grandhood’s customers to choose their own risk profile and a pure ESG pension savings plan, he said.Rather than trying to offer a complete investment service as they had to start with, Lieberkind and Bredkjær said their firm would now concentrate on its strengths as a digital customer interface, while seeking established pensions investment and insurance companies to link up with in other national markets.They said the firm had not yet decided which country to tackle next, but that the UK did seem appealing for a number of reasons.Auto enrolment had made it compulsory for employers to include staff in a pension scheme unless workers opted out, the pair said, adding that the existence of the new system meant there was less need to educate the market about pensions.“Furthermore, we see room for competition with only Smart Pension trying to make a difference in the UK market for workplace pension solutions,” Lieberkind said.Other markets such as Holland, France and Spain could also be interesting as potential expansion locations, he said.“We are mainly looking for countries with strong private sector savings,” Bredkjær said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. “In Denmark you need to hold a life insurance licence in order to be allowed to distribute lifetime annuity savings plans (Livrenter) and life insurance products. Banks are not allowed to deliver these products,” said the firm’s other co-CEO and founder Mathias Bredkjær.“If you want to be relevant and able to compete in the Danish workplace pension market, you need the complete financial product suite that only life insurance companies can offer,” said Lieberkind.With Velliv, he said, Grandhood could now enable customers to gather their legacy pension pots into the product, because it would be able to offer a combination of pure defined contribution (DC) and hybrid defined benefit products, whereas in the Saxo Bank setup it had only been able to offer a pure DC savings product with limited tax deductibility. Danish financial technology firm Grandhood said the deal cut last week with Velliv has turned its product into one that is more scalable and better suited to its international plans, in which the UK could be a prime target.Grandhood – formed in 2017 as a user-friendly digital pension product for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – has now linked up with the long-established and recently-mutualised pension Danish provider to launch a new joint pension product in the fourth quarter of this year.Jon Lieberkind, co-chief executive officer and founder of Grandhood, told IPE: “We want to be the preferred pension partner for freelancers and SMEs globally, but our version 1.0 was not as scalable a solution as the 2.0 version we have now after the Velliv deal.”Up to now, Grandhood has been a licensed asset manager with a partnership with Denmark’s Saxo Bank, but with Velliv, it will become a life-insurance broker with a life-insurance company as its partner.last_img read more

Toyota moves forward after weekend

first_imgSome drivers were blaming the use of unleaded fuel for the engine failures. Blaney and Ken Schrader also blew engines during the race and did not finish. No engine manufacturer escaped the race without losing an engine at some point. While Earnhardt Jr., with his Chevrolet-powered cars, was quick to blame the unleaded fuel for his team’s motor woes, the Toyota and Ford camps were not. “Evidently, we had a bearing problem in the engine,” said Bill Davis, owner of Blaney’s No. 22 Toyota. “Really a shame, I guess. We sure have had a lot of engine problems so far, but we’ll get it fixed.” Doug Yates, whose team builds the engines for Schrader’s team, said learning how to prepare the cars to run on unleaded fuel is difficult, but he doesn’t think it led to the engine failures. “I don’t know if it was fuel-related, but this is a hard race, and you just have to do your homework,” Yates said. “It was a lot of engines, and when it happened early, if you’re an engine builder, you’re sitting there saying, `Whoa,’ because we don’t want anybody to have trouble.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think this finish means a lot for Toyota,” said Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Toyota for Team Red Bull. “Everybody knows we have work to do. We didn’t win the race (Sunday), but we did have a good solid run.” Vickers said his car had the potential to finish in the top three, but his last pit stop wasn’t great and it knocked him back in the field. “If we would have hit our adjustments just right, maybe,” Vickers said. “To get from a top-10 car to a winning car, I think a top five would have been reasonable if we would have hit everything right.” All that gas Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne all blew engines during the California Speedway race and made early exits. All in all, Toyota had a pretty good weekend at California Speedway. Mike Skinner won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in a Toyota on Friday night. center_img Dave Blaney won the pole for the NASCAR Busch Series race in a Toyota on Saturday night. Brian Vickers gave Toyota its first top-10 finish in a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race Sunday. last_img

Tottenham transfer latest: Marseille star IN, Clinton N’Jie OUT?

first_imgMarseille are prepared to sell Tottenham Georges-Kevin N’Koudou in a deal which sees Clinton N’Jie move the other way.The French club have reluctantly agreed to sell the winger for £10m but want to secure a replacement for the France Under-21 international.N’Jie endured a frustrating debut campaign in the Premier League for Spurs after suffering a knee injury in December and he made just one appearance following his return to fitness in March.And, according to L’Equipe, Marseille are eager to land the Cameroon international as part of the deal for N’Koudou.Having already lost Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea, the French club are on the lookout for a forward and see N’Jie as viable option. 1 Georges-Kevin N’Koudou in action for Marseille last_img