October 2020

Make it easier to access state records

first_imgRe: April 10 editorial, “Add FOIL forms to websites,” The governor should boost transparency and citizen participation by signing legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Law, known as FOIL, by making it easier to get state government records.FOIL empowers citizens by giving them a right to request and receive government records so they can understand how their tax dollars are spent and can hold government accountable.Unfortunately, requesting information from state agencies can be difficult because not all take online requests and they each have their own procedures and requirements for requesting information. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The bill on the governor’s desk [S.7431(Murphy)/A.2131 (Peoples-Stokes)] would require state agencies to provide an online request form if the agency has a website. In an age when New Yorkers get their news, shop and pay their bills online, getting information from state government should be an easy online experience, too.By signing this bill, the governor would help restore the public’s trust in government.Creating an easy, standardized process for citizens to request and gather information from the multitude of government agencies should be a no-brainer. Why not make it easier for citizens to participate in a government?Brittanie JohnsonAlbanyThe writer is policy associate for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).More from The Daily Gazette:Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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The virtual property industry

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Niche market

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Battlefields set for action

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Hines touches down in Britain

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Investment: The Brits hold back

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City, City fringe & Docklands: Talk of the towns

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Talk of the towns

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BI wants 50,000 merchants in East Nusa Tenggara to use QRIS payments in 2020

first_imgBank Indonesia (BI) wants 50,000 merchants in East Nusa Tenggara to use the digital Indonesian Standard Quick Response Code (QRIS) payment system by the end of this year.BI East Nusa Tenggara province head I Nyoman Ariawan Atmaja said that as of March, 10,533 merchants had implemented the QRIS system in the island province.”The merchants switched from the old QR to the new QRIS from August to December last year,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency on Wednesday. He said the new QR system could help develop micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province.I Nyoman said he would continue to accelerate the implementation of the QRIS system to reach the 50,000-merchant target. He added that banks such as Bank Mandiri, Bank NTT and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) had also helped carry out the QR switch.Transactions through the QRIS system have been promoted as being more efficient because they use one standardized code for all mobile phone digital payment applications.The government has said that the payment system is universal, easy, profitable and direct and that it aims to encourage transaction efficiency, accelerate financial inclusion, promote MSMEs and boost economic growth.The switch to QRIS is part of the central bank’s National QRIS Week event across Indonesia, which is being held from March 8 to 15 to promote cashless transactions in small businesses.The central bank has disseminated information about the technical details of the QRIS system and the registration process for small businesses that want to begin using it.As of February, the QRIS code had been adopted by about 2.7 million merchants across the country, according to central bank data, 18 percent of BI’s 15 million-merchant target by the end of 2020. (eyc)Topics :last_img read more

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Indonesia’s COVID-19 tally rises to 134 as 17 new cases reported

first_imgAs of Monday, eight people have recovered from the disease, while five have died.At least four other Indonesian provinces, namely Yogyakarta, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan, have recorded COVID-19 cases.Yurianto further said in the press briefing that hospitalized COVID-19 patients would no longer be treated in separate rooms, except for patients with preexisting illnesses needing special equipment.“Most COVID-19 patients don’t need special equipment, so they will be put in the same room, but we have to first ensure that they’re all positive [for COVID-19],” he said, citing China’s method of treating COVID-19 patients on beds in a gymnastics hall.The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday that the coronavirus — which has been declared a global pandemic — had spread to 143 countries or territories, with nine countries reporting their first cases. At least 5,735 people have died of COVID-19 worldwide, but more than 73,900 have recovered.Some prominent figures around the world – from celebrities to high-ranking officials — have tested positive for the virus, including Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi. (aly)Topics : The government has announced 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 134 as of Monday afternoon.”Fourteen [new] cases were [reported] in Jakarta, one in West Java, one in Central Java and one in Banten,” Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto told a press briefing on Monday.Yurianto did not reveal further details on the cases – such as the patients’ age, gender, nationality or the place of virus transmission – instead pointing the public to information on the Health Ministry’s website.last_img read more

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