first_imgThe Cooperatives and SMEs Ministry launched Thursday an online learning platform called to further help small businesses sell on-demand products during the crisis.With a budget of less than Rp 400 million, the platform offers courses on various subjects such as the production of personal protective equipment (PPE), face masks, hand sanitizers and herbal drinks.On e-commerce platform Bukalapak, demand for medical equipment such as masks, hand sanitizers and thermometers recently rose by 90 percent, said Teten, who formerly served as the presidential chief of staff.“This learning platform is for all small businesses and cooperatives in the country,” the ministry’s deputy of human resources development, Arif Rahman Hakin, said.Topics : “We want to propose that such enterprises receive social assistance,” Teten said in an online briefing. “But we have had difficulties collecting detailed data on how many of them can be classified as the new poor, which would make them eligible for direct cash assistance.”Apart from the cash assistance, the government also plans to provide a loan interest subsidy for borrowers under the micro, small and medium enterprises category. The subsidies will cover a loan interest ranging from 2 to 6 percent for up to six months.Through UMi, small businesses are currently eligible for a short-term loan at a maximum Rp 10 million (US$670.47) with an interest of between 2 and 4 percent.Over 60 million small businesses, which make up more than half of the country’s economy, are suffering losses and shutting down operations because of the travel and social restrictions put in place to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus. The government’s plan to provide social assistance for ultra-micro enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has been hindered by a lack of data, Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Minister Teten Masduki has said.Teten said on Thursday that the government planned to provide direct cash assistance as pandemic relief for unbanked small enterprises, particularly those that had taken out loans from the Finance Ministry’s ultra-micro financing (UMi) program.Teten said small businesses, which employed nearly 97 percent of the country’s workforce, had suffered a 57 percent decline in sales since the outbreak unfolded.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement De Gea is entering the final year of his deal (Picture: Reuters)The protracted negotiations have coincided with an untimely dip in form from De Gea, who was at fault for goals in defeats to Everton and Manchester City in the last five days.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Solskjaer fears De Gea’s dip in form is because he’s had his head turned by PSG and the Norwegian fears his star man now intends to join the Ligue 1 giants, according to the Sun.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited will fight tooth and nail to keep the Spaniard but if he intimates that he has no intention of signing a new deal then they may be forced into cashing in.De Gea was said to be ‘close to tears’ after United’s defeat to City on Wednesday as he blamed himself for both goals.The Red Devils face a potentially crucial clash against top four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.Three wins from their final three games may not be enough for United to secure a top four finish as they need Arsenal to slip up elsewhere.MORE: Barcelona prepare £100m Marcus Rashford bid while Manchester United are in chaos Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Apr 2019 7:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link452Shares Advertisement David De Gea is considering his future at Manchester United (Picture: Rex)Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears he’s set to lose David De Gea this summer with Paris Saint-Germain set to ramp up their interest in the Spaniard.The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at the Theatre of Dreams and United have made little progress in talks over an extension.De Gea, winner of four of the last five Player of the Year awards at the club, feels he deserves parity with top earner Alexis Sanchez.However, United, though willing to make De Gea the highest paid goalkeeper in the world, are unwilling to break the bank again.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears David De Gea’s head has been turned by Paris Saint-Germainlast_img read more

first_imgWest Ham will be without Enner Valencia for up to 12 weeks and the club admit there remains a possibility he may yet require an operation. Following that meeting Stijn Vandenbroucke, the club’s head of medical and sports science, confirmed the Ecuador international could miss up to three months and – despite Valencia suggesting that he does not need surgery – Vandenbroucke did not rule out the possibility completely. “Enner visited the consultant on Monday morning, when we discussed the results of the scans he underwent on the injury last Friday,” he told the club’s official website. “The outcome is that there is now a very small chance that he will need an operation and that we instead hope to treat the injury to his fibula using conservative treatment, which we hope to start in three weeks. “We will know for sure whether or not Enner will need an operation next week, but if everything goes to plan we hope that he will be available for selection again within 10 to 12 weeks. “Enner will spend the next three weeks in a walking boot and using crutches, after which we will start his rehabilitation.” Despite Vandenbroucke’s comments, Valencia took to Instagram to post a picture of himself from the Astra game and wrote that he does not need surgery. ”I would like to thank everyone for the support and the affection shown on this difficult moment. Thanks God, today I received great news as I won’t need surgery, all the best!” he wrote. With club-record signing Andy Carroll also out injured, Irons boss Slaven Bilic is still likely to add another striker to his squad before the transfer window closes. He has Diafra Sakho, Mauro Zarate and Mobido Maiga to chose from for the return leg in Romania and their Barclays Premier League opener at Arsenal on Sunday. A loan move for Atletico Madrid and Mexico forward Raul Jimenez has been widely reported, but the 24-year-old would require a work permit before making the move to Upton Park. The 25-year-old forward had given the Hammers the lead before being carried off on a stretcher in the 2-2 Europa League third qualifying round draw with Astra Giurgiu last week. The club said on Friday Valencia had suffered what ”appears to be a significant injury to his right knee and right ankle” and refused to put a time frame on his return ahead of a meeting with a consultant on Monday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Nigerian-born England footballer John Fashanu reportedly spent two days in a Nigerian jail pen alongside 200 others after he got himself entangled in an alleged land scam.According to the report from The Mirror, the 54-year old was held for 48 hours while Nigerian Police officers carried out their investigations on the allegations that he acted as a fixer in a land scam to sell plots that were unavailable for sale.The former Wimbledon, Norwich City and Aston Villa striker was arrested at his Sun City Estate home in the capital city of Abuja, and taken in on suspicion of “criminal conspiracy” according to detectives.Fashanu was said to have acted on behalf of a friend looking to buy land. The ‘unnamed’ friend disclosed that he was told by Fashanu about two contacts that would help him buy ‘forgotten lands’, which are plots owned by chiefs that the state didn’t know about.He was then given the princely sum of £23,000 in cash to seal the land deal only for the find out that the said land was neither for sale nor in the hands of local chiefs when he went to claim it.Police sources revealed that the former England international was thereafter questioned by a superintendent last week to explain his involvement in the land scam before he was locked up in a densely populated cell.The 1988 FA Cup winner has agreed to pay the said money back though he is still adamant that he didn’t do anything sinister. His alleged cohorts are still on the run with the police still on their trail.The former Gladiators presenter was released after his British passport was seized and also agreed to pay back a first instalment of the money.Speaking on the matter, a close source said: “This is a business deal between friends that has gone south and the police were asked to basically mediate.“It will all be sorted very quickly. It was just a business deal.” the source added.It is understood Fashanu was released after surrendering his British passport and agreeing to pay back a first instalment of the money. According to sources, he looked to dispose off some of his cars in bid to raise money while waiting for his several business investments to sail through.His Nigerian barrister Hyp Egbune confirmed that Fashanu has paid the second instalment of the money. He said: “The matter is being resolved. He won’t be charged to court is my understanding.“We are repaying the money and that should settle this matter.“The person who made the complaint has been a mutual friend for quite a number of years and we are more interested in keeping that relationship so we are making amends. We hope to do that as soon as we can. It is quite a lot of money so we hope to do it as soon as we can. We want to have this resolved.” he stated further.Nigerian police Deputy Inspector General Hyacinth Dagala while confirming the incident said: “John Fashanu was arrested on July 17 in connection with an allegation of criminal conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N9,550,000 [Nigerian Naira] under false pretence.“He was granted administrative bail on July 18 but because of his inability to produce the requisite surety on that day, he remained in detention until July 19 when he was released.” he concluded.RelatedFrank Talk! Eagles Strikers Are Better Than Abraham – Former England InternationalNovember 18, 2017In “National Team”Justin Fashanu: Britain’s First Openly Gay Footballer Makes Hall of FameFebruary 18, 2020In “England”The Most Expensive Nigerian Footballers of All TimeAugust 18, 2019In “Nigeria”last_img read more