South Sudan citizens decry skyrocketing food prices

first_imgFlag of South Sudan with flare and dark blue sky South Sudan’s citizens on Monday decried skyrocketing prices of basic commodities like food due to the deteriorating economic situation in the country.South Sudan depends significantly on essential commodities imported from neighboring Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.Moses Lado, a vendor at Jebel market, said that food price hike had negatively impacted his business amid the devaluation of the local currency.“Prices of food in the market have doubled in the recent past while destabilizing livelihoods, “said Lado.He said the devaluating local currency has deterred traders from importing cargo, paralyzing the supply chain network, adding that 100 U.S. dollars is about 48,000 South Sudanese pounds.“Life has become hard for me as a trader, it is not easy, and there is no business. I sit from morning to evening without making any sufficient sales unlike last month,” said Lado.Suzan Achol, a female trader said that 50 kilograms of maize flour is sold at 13,000 South Sudanese pounds (about 35 U.S. dollars), and one kilogram of sugar is retailing at 5 dollars.“The cost of different commodities differs from one market to the other,” said Achol.Kuol Athian, minister of Trade and Industry, said recently that the government had put measures in place to help stabilize the cost of basic commodities.Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning said that inter-communal skirmishes, natural disasters, desert locust invasion and volatility in the global oil market had slowed down economic growth in South Sudan.“The tax revenues were also significantly affected because of the closure of borders and business with neighboring countries became very slow or at least only relief items were allowed to come,” said Garang.South Sudan government said in August that it was seeking 250 million U.S. dollars loan from African Export and Import Bank to cushion the economy from disruptions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.The central bank in Juba in August announced that it had run out of foreign exchange reserves and could not halt the deprecation of local currency.The landlocked country depends entirely on oil to finance its budget, but a reduction in oil production from 185,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 170,000 bpd due to COVID-19 disruptions has negatively impacted revenue generation.Related South Sudan residents start receiving food aid South Sudan currency devaluation sends food prices sky rocketingcenter_img South Sudan Stalematelast_img read more

Airbus A220, Pesawat Narrow-Body yang Mampu Jabani Tugas Boeing 787 Dreamliner

first_imgKini, hampir sepuluh tahun berlalu, dan sorotan dunia tengah tertuju pada peluncuran armada A220 dari pesaing utama Boeing, Airbus. Adapun pesawat ini dikembangkan dari hasil kolaborasi antar Airbus dan manufaktur pesawat asal Kanada, Bombardier.Sebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman forbes.com (17/1/2019), Airbus A220 dirancang untuk mengangkut 100 hingga 150 penumpang – tergantung konfigurasi yang diminta oleh pihak pemesan (maskapai). Armada A220 juga diklaim akan memberikan kenyamanan kepada para penumpang – kursi yang lebih lega, jendela yang lebih besar, dan penerbangan yang lebih tenang.Bagi para pihak maskapai yang nantinya menggunakan A220, pihak Airbus menyebut bahwa varian ini lebih efisien dalam hal penggunaan bahan bakar, karena adanya perubahan perhitungan dari segi aerodinamikanya, pun dengan bahan baku pembuatan pesawat yang lebih ringan, dan penggunaan jenis mesin baru. Secara umum, Airbus A220 dapat melakoni tugas yang sama, sama halnya dengan Boeing 787 Dreamliner.Baca Juga: Lanjutkan Tren Positif Pelayanan, British Airways Ganti Boeing 767 dengan 787 DreamlinersDiketahui, salah satu maskapai yang telah memesan armada Airbus A220 ini adalah maskapai asal Negeri Paman Sam, Delta Air. Pihak maskapai telah mendatangkan Airbus A220 pada bulan Oktober kemarin. Menurut pihak Delta, rencananya armada teranyarnya ini akan mulai mengudara pertama kali pada bulan Januari ini.Namun pihak Delta tidak bisa menerbangkan sebuah armada secara komersial tanpa adanya sertifikasi dari Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSetelah Pamor Meroket di 2009, Mungkinkah 2020 Jadi Tahun Terakhir Boeing 787 Dreamliner?03/03/2020In “Destinasi Udara”Ini Dia Boeing 787-900 Ke-787 Milik China Southern Airlines20/12/2018In “Featured”Sah! Singapore Airlines Terima Boeing 787-10 Perdananya28/03/2018In “Darat” Airbus A220. Sumber: Simple Flying Siapa sangka, satu dekade setelah peluncuran Boeing 787 Dreamliner pertama kalinya – yang amat dibanggakan dan diklaim memenuhi harapan luar biasa dan membentuk kembali segmen industri penerbangan komersial, mengalami hambatan dewasa ini karena sorotan tengah berfokus pada pengembangan pesawat berbadan kecil (narrow body).Baca Juga: Ini Dia Boeing 787-900 Ke-787 Milik China Southern AirlinesMasih kuat di ingatan Anda dimana pada bulan Desember 2009 silam, jutaan orang di dunia melihat penerbanan Boeing 787 Dreamliner pertama kali di internet. Senada dengan peristiwa bersejarah tersebut, pihak Boeing sesumbar mengatakan bahwa armada 787 Dreamliner akan menjadi lambang kesuksesan bagi setiap maskapai yang menggunakan pesawat wide-body ini.last_img read more

Dream Journey wins at Takarazuka

first_img“It’s a great victory. I was able to pace him well. He reacted strongly as soon as he entered the final straight,” Ikezoe said. “I was worried about the weather, but it didn’t rain. This is the luck that Journey is born with, I guess.”Third pick Sakura Mega Wonder finished second, followed by odds-on favorite Deep Sky a further neck back.Dream Journey paid out ¥710 on a ¥100 wager. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Second favorite Dream Journey blew past his rivals in the final stretch for a 1 3/4 length victory at the Takarazuka Kinen and his second career Grade One title Sunday.The 5-year-old Dream Journey, ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe, covered the 2,200-meter race on turf in 2 minutes, 11.3 seconds at Hanshin Racecourse.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more