Blind people in Greater Jakarta struggling to get social aid during pandemic

first_imgBlind and visually impaired people in Greater Jakarta are vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic as they have yet to be included on the government’s list of those at risk from the virus, according to members of the Indonesian Blind Union (Pertuni).These people, mainly working as masseurs and cracker sellers, are calling on the central and regional administration to include them on the risk list as they have been unable to receive social aid in some areas.In Jakarta, for example, the blind have not yet received the social aid packages consisting of staple foods, cloth masks and soap that have been distributed by the city administration since April 9.”The city’s Social Affairs Agency told the disability organizations that it had distributed the packages to ojol [app-based motorcycle taxi] drivers and other poor groups,” Eka Setiawan of Jakarta Pertuni said on Friday.Eka further said they had been told they would receive packaged meals, instead of the aid packages. He assumed that the agency did not have a social aid quota for the disabled despite having submitted their data to the agency long before the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the city.Read also: COVID-19: State Palace braces for social unrest”If it happens in the capital city, how about in other regions?” he said.The next phase of the distribution in Jakarta will run from April 19 to 23. However, Eka said the blind had not yet received any news about this.A similar situation has also occurred in South Tangerang. The blind are struggling to get social assistance as the local administration does not provide a special quota for people with disabilities.”Our members have tried to register with several subdistricts but they have been rejected. The quota is only available for workers with daily income. In the meantime we, the blind, are relying on daily income too,” South Tangerang Pertuni’s Sapto Wibowo told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Read also: COVID-19: Govt to provide Rp 4.5t in social assistance to millions of low-income people in JakartaBoth Eka and Sapto said some members of the public had supported some of the blind people in the two regions, mainly in the form of food and cash. However, many are still in need of social aid.Sapto added that most of them were mainly in need of financial assistance as they were renting places to live. “We need money to pay rent and buy mobile phone data packages. And although some have received staple food packages, some others still need it.”Topics :last_img read more

Stock Car Challenge bragging rights belong to Nichols

first_imgBy Kelly NinasLEXINGTON, Neb. (Aug. 2) – Bragging rights belonged to Mike Nichols at Dawson County Raceway’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Challenge Sunday night.Nichols raced from 11th to win the pole dash, then from 12th to top the main event.He took home $2,360 for his efforts, an amount that included $1,500 for the main event victory, $500 when he agreed to invert the top 12 finishers from the pole dash and $360 in lap money.Kyle Clough led the first seven times around the oval from his pole start. Nichols passed his way toward the front on the high line, then went to the lowest line to drive by Clough.“B” feature qualifier Kyle Vanover raced from 14th starting to second but wasn’t able to catch Nichols. Jason Rogers also made the big show from his “B” race and made the most of the racy surface, driving from the eighth row to third.Casey Woken and Chad Sterling completed the top five.Nichols, who started last in his heat and just made the transfer, also pocketed a $150 bonus from Wade Cross and FX Suspension for winning the feature on four FX shocks.Kyle Pfeifer was the $500 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner. He was leading and got caught up in a caution on the final turn. The finishing order went back to the last completed lap, with Kyle Bond scored second and Jacob Wolsleben third.Other feature winners were Colton Osborn in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Jamey Kennicutt in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Feature ResultsStock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Kyle Vanover; 3. Jason Rogers; 4. Casey Woken; 5. Chad Sterling; 6. Kyle Clough; 7. Jeff Whiting; 8. Jason Davis; 9. Casey Werkmeister; 10. Jason Rold; 11. Ozzie Romero; 12. Mikey Dancer; 13. Elijah Zevenbergen; 14. Dana Morgan; 15. Bob Hoing; 16. Bob Chalupa; 17. Kurt Trusty; 18. Kyle Prauner; 19. Zach Zentner; 20. Brendan Eilts; 21. Robert Walker; 22. Lloyd Meeske; 23. Zach Canas; 24. Trevor Schmidt.Hobby Stocks – 1. Kyle Pfeifer; 2. Kyle Bond; 3. Jacob Wolsleben; 4. Sterling Sorenson; 5. Michael Zerr; 6. Nate Refior; 7. Larry Refior; 8. Tyson Canas; 9. Tyler Easterday; 10. Caleb Hetrick; 11. Jacob Olmstead; 12. Zach Olmstead; 13. Tyrel Smith; 14. Ryan Gardine; 15. Travis Kernick; 16. Chuck Ledbetter; 17. Brady Weinman; 18. Luke Wassom; 19. Jakob Egge.last_img read more