The pathogenicity of an isolate of a Pythium species from Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands was tested against the Antarctic hairgrass Deschampsia antarctica. The isolate was found to infect plants at 8ºC and to cause foliar and root symptoms similar to those seen in other Pythium infections in grasses. Analysis of ribosomal RNA sequences placed it, together with another isolate from Antarctica, in a clade that included the known snow moulds caused by Pythium spp. Sporangia and oogonia were produced in culture, but the isolate differed from other Pythium spp. in producing chlamydospores in older cultures and plant tissue. This is the first report of a pathogen of an eukaryotic vascular plant in the maritime Antarctic region.
The government has promised to provide of total of Rp 100 trillion in working capital loans to MSMEs. It has paid out Rp 5 trillion in credit insurance premiums to state-owned insurers PT Jaminan Kredit Indonesia (Jamkrindo) and PT Asuransi Kredit Indonesia (Askrindo) to provide guarantees for banks that channel loans to MSMEs until November 2021.The program will cover loans with a ceiling of Rp 10 billion and a tenor of three years, with loans available for 60.6 million healthy MSMEs from all business sectors.The loan guarantee program is intended to encourage banks to disburse more loans during the pandemic, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said on July 7.The loan disbursement rate among Indonesian banks grew 3.04 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May, much slower than the 5.73 percent growth in April as the coronavirus battered the real sector.“Guaranteeing loans can help us break the risk-averse attitude of MSMEs and banks, which would allow us to boost our economic growth,” Sri Mulyani said.The government is also working on a plan to provide cash transfers directly to MSMEs that have yet to receive financing access from banks to help them survive the pandemic.The Tax Office is hoping to bolster revenue in the second half of the year after recording Rp 531.7 trillion in revenue in the first semester this year, down 12 percent from the same period last year and 44 percent below this year’s tax revenue target. Topics : Indonesia’s more than 60 million MSMEs, which account for 60 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of Southeast Asia’s largest economy, are struggling to stay afloat as COVID-19 restrictions severely affect their income. Their operations have either been closed or limited, and many workers have been laid off or furloughed.The government has allocated Rp 123.46 trillion (US$8.44 billion) to assist small businesses and cooperatives out of the total Rp 695.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package. The funds cover loan interest subsidies and credit guarantees.The government has also placed Rp 30 trillion in state-owned banks with the expectation that they will provide more loans to businesses.State-owned banks under Himbara, including Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia and BTPN, are now be able to provide online and offline services to allow MSMEs to obtain NPWPs. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can now obtain tax identification numbers (NPWP) through state-owned banks, as the Taxation Directorate General seeks to simplify procedures to boost the government’s disbursement of COVID-19 aid.Tax Office chief Suryo Utomo said that some MSMEs did not yet possess NPWPs, which, before the change in policy, would have made them ineligible to receive funds from the government during the pandemic. He said the new policy would support the nation’s economic recovery by allowing more MSMEs to receive stimulus funds.“We are helping MSMEs obtain NPWPs through banks so that they can receive loans or government subsidies,” Suryo said during the launch of the program on Thursday. “This is a one-stop service in which banks can evaluate the eligibility of borrowers.”
Zhaoyu Zhou | Daily TrojanStudents spent Tuesday afternoon expressing their creative sides at an art-making workshop that explored the integration of art and text put on by the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Poet Laurie Haines, who penned Pocket Poems, also led a discussion about the creative process and held a book signing.
The Antrim venue last held a big tournament in 2012 when it hosted the Irish Open while the Open Championship was last held their in 1951.Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says the return of the Championship is a “proud” moment.Clarke says it has a huge amount of significance.
Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 5th August, 2020 06:18 IST The Los Angeles Rams have started a scouting apprenticeship program designed to boost the aspirations of minority and female candidates for football scouting jobs.The Rams announced the creation of the program Tuesday, along with the selection of its first 10 participants.The team says the apprentice scouts will get “experiential training, one-on-one mentorship and networking opportunities through virtual summits” from August until the 2021 NFL draft.The participants will be involved in the Rams’ actual scouting activities while working with the team’s football operations personnel and other advisors. Rams general manager Les Snead says the program is about providing access and opportunity for minorities and women at the highest levels of football.“We have to be intentional in identifying, developing and advising these young men and women and offer hands-on experience and mentorship from scouts and personnel professionals at the highest level of sports,” Snead said. “It is imperative for us to spend the necessary time to build a successful, ongoing program that will widen the pool of candidates to be the personnel leaders of tomorrow.”The Rams held virtual interviews to choose the 10 participants in the program. The advisors in the program include Rams senior scouting executive Brian Xanders, director of pro scouting Ray Agnew and the Rams’ directors of scouting strategy, college scouting and draft management.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 06:18 IST LA Rams Start Scouting Apprenticeship For Minorities, Women The Los Angeles Rams have started a scouting apprenticeship program designed to boost the aspirations of minority and female candidates for football scouting jobs LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW US