Who is liable for the rising school levy?

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‘It will be like Go-Food’: Jobseekers in Java to get pre-employment cards in April

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first_img“In 2021, we aim for more than 2 million people to join the program. The President has stated that if this runs well, we could beef the program up to twice as much or even more,” Moeldoko told reporters.First announced during Jokowi’s reelection campaign, pre-employment cards aim to aid job seekers by granting them access to training, a move that hopes to help address the nationwide shortage of skilled workers. The government has allocated Rp 10.3 trillion (US$752.24 million) for the program this year. Read also: Government to roll out preemployment card in early 2020 Millions of jobseekers in Java will get subsidized training funds in April through the government’s much-vaunted pre-employment card, after a brief delay.Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko expressed hope on Tuesday that the government will issue the Presidential regulation for the scheme by February, finalize preparations in March and start the program in April. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo initially aimed for a January launch.West Java, Jakarta and its satellite cities will be among the first cities that will form the program’s pilot project. Authorities will then evaluate the results, make improvements and expand “massively” to other cities, Moeldoko explained. “Automation and the Future of Work in Indonesia”, released in September by management consultancy McKinsey & Company, projects that 23 million jobs could be displaced by automation by 2030, but 27 million to 46 million new jobs could be created during the same period. center_img The Presidential Office (KSP) special economic policy advisor, Denni Puspa Purbasari, elaborated on Tuesday that the sophisticated back-end programming for the program’s digital platform and lengthy financial administrative processes have caused the delay.However, she said that both the Presidential regulation and the Coordinating Economic Affairs Ministry Regulation were nearly complete. KSP is currently giving its last feedback on some articles in the provisions, she said.“It will be like Go-Food where the ‘food’ will be the training institutions laid out in a single platform, so that users can easily compare their prices, location, packages and ratings,” said Denni, referring to technology company GoJek’s food delivery service.The pre-employment card program is aimed at addressing skill shortages, which have become a real problem in the country’s workforce makeup, as the education system has failed to produce graduates with the skills needed by industry.Unemployment rates of graduates of vocational high schools, that are meant to train students for specific jobs, are most alarming, standing at 8.63 percent of the workforce in February 2019, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data. Read also: Skills gap: Why education alone is not enough to land you a job in IndonesiaThe government has also been seeking partnerships with financial technology (fintech), banks and start-ups to digitize its subsidy for jobseeker training. This would help with cash transfers and other funding issues.However, critics and industry players have raised questions about the effectiveness of the cards in narrowing the country’s deep-rooted skills gap, as the education system remains a big problem when it comes to addressing the skills shortage, while budget shortages and weak unemployment data would hamper the pre-employment card’s implementation.Former finance minister Chatib Basri also warned the government to avoid overselling the program in order to avoid failure where “expectations are higher than the results”.“We must tone down expectations. There will be glitches in the process but that’s normal if we have realistic expectations,” Chatib said.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf: More Seniors to Receive Coordinated, Quality Health Care in Their Homes, Communities

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first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Seniors Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited the Stephen Foster Community Center in Lawrenceville to announce Community HealthChoices, a program to improve services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians that will launch in 14 southwest Pennsylvania counties in January 2018. The governor was joined by Teresa Miller, Acting Secretary for the Department of Human Services; Teresa Osborne, Secretary of the Department of Aging; and Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive.“Since I became Governor, my administration has been focused on improving health care across Pennsylvania, making it better and more convenient for patients and practitioners alike,” Governor Wolf said. “We spoke to those touched by our health care programs to hear how we could improve the care they get, and we found that one of the most important priorities was the ability to get high quality care close to home. Community HealthChoices delivers that ability to our patients, our seniors, and those with disabilities.”Community HealthChoices will help seniors age at home and receive quality health care services there and in their communities.The new, mandatory managed care program will serve people age 21 and older who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid or with physical disabilities, and will allow them to get access to high quality care in their communities – and in some cases even in their homes.“Community HealthChoices will improve service delivery for some of our most vulnerable friends, family members, and neighbors,” said Secretary Miller. “This transition will allow hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians to a managed care program that will coordinate the care they need to have a voice and choice in where they live.”Community HealthChoices, as a program, was developed in partnership between the commonwealth’s Department of Aging and Department of Human Services and included ideas and components from hundreds of stakeholders, including the Area Agencies on Aging, senior and disability advocates, providers, future program participants, and participant caregivers.“Under the Older Americans Act, our network of 52 local Area Agencies on Aging is charged with assisting older adults to live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities,” said Secretary Osborne. “The Wolf Administration’s implementation of Community HealthChoices represents an exciting opportunity for the aging network to help us better coordinate and deliver effective and efficient long-term services and supports that will enable older Pennsylvanians to live and age well at home.”Once it is fully implemented, CHC will give Pennsylvanians access to high quality care to meet their needs, right in their home communities, with the added bonus of potential cost savings over care provided in nursing facilities.CHC will complete its statewide rollout by bringing the program to Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2019 and throughout the remainder of the state in 2020.“This phased rollout will give us time to listen to patients and hear their experience with the program so that by 2020 we will be delivering the best local care possible to hundreds of thousands of seniors and patients across the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said.For more information on Community HealthChoices, visit dhs.pa.gov. Governor Wolf: More Seniors to Receive Coordinated, Quality Health Care in Their Homes, Communities December 07, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sierra Leone Grave-diggers pay a heavy price for their work

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first_imgAfrica’s fight against Ebola has produced hundreds of unsung heroes. Many of them have given their lives in the past few months. In Freetown, Sierra Leone a special group of workers has faced death on a daily basis. CCTV’s Robert Nagila reports Dealing with Ebola in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Defends Lockdown Related Sierra Leone faces setback in Ebola fightlast_img

‘Pusher’ nabbed in La Paz drug bust

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first_imgThe 38-year-old Rey Occeño, a fish vendor, was nabbed in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz district, a police report showed. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him./PN Drug suspect Rey Occeño sits handcuffed while antidrug officers inspect items seized from him during an entrapment operation in Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz, Iloilo City on July 15. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN/PDEA REGION VI FB Occeño – resident of Barangay San Juan, Molo district – was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugs to an undercover cop for P500 around 11 a.m. on July 15, it added. When frisked, Occeño yielded three more sachets of suspected shabu. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the La Paz police station. ILOILO City – He sold suspected shabu, police said.last_img read more

Laudrup: Wrong time to face Norwich

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first_img Swans’ boss Laudrup admits it makes the trip to East Anglia more testing than it may have seemed a few weeks ago. The Dane said: “Of course this is a tougher game than it would have been a month ago. “Circumstances change. It’s the same team, the same pitch, the same ball, but in a different moment and circumstance. “If they beat us they go above us by a point. That’s how it is, maybe a month ago or in a month’s time it would be different, but we are not playing last month we are playing Sunday. “Three or four weeks ago I watched them at home in a crucial game against West Ham. “In the first half they were outplayed and could have been three or four nil down. “Then in the second half they got a penalty and a great free-kick from Robert Snodgrass and went on to score a third goal. “Since then in the last three games they have won two. Suddenly from being in a very difficult position they are right up there.” Sunday’s game comes just three days after Swansea advanced to the last 32 of the Europa League despite losing 1-0 to St Gallen in Switzerland. The hectic schedule caused by the 10 European games the Welsh club have played so far has seen Laudrup forced to constantly rotate his squad. But he hopes, with a two-month gap until the knockout stages, his side can settle down and find some consistency. “It is mission accomplished in Europe but now we have an important game on Sunday,” said Laudrup. “It will be the seventh game in 20 days with some players playing in four, five or six of those. “But we have to get everything we can out of this game and then on Monday we can enjoy the Europa League draw and then park that competition until the end of February. “After that we can think exclusively about the Premier League as from here to the next Europa League game there are 10 or 11 games in the league. “It is always easier to focus on one competition, especially if you are not experienced in playing in Europe. “This is the first time in the Europa League for us and we are only in mid-December but we’ve already had 10 games in this competition. “That’s a lot of games. Last year we thought we’d played a lot of games, but we’ve played more this year at a similar stage.” Press Association Michael Laudrup admits Norwich have started to find form at just the wrong time for his Swansea side. The Swans have not beaten the Canaries since their promotion to the top flight in 2011, but would have fancied their chances of ending that sequence when Chris Hughton’s men made a slow start to the season. But Norwich have won three of their last five fixtures and now lie just two points behind Swansea after their 2-0 win at West Brom last weekend. last_img read more

AP source: Broncos waiving injured QB Joe Flacco

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first_imgAP source: Broncos waiving injured QB Joe Flacco Providing he eventually can pass a physical, Flacco joins a Who’s Who of quarterbacks available to the highest bidder, a list topped by Tom Brady, who’s leaving New England after 20 years for Tampa Bay.Other QBs on the move include: Teddy Bridgewater (from New Orleans to Carolina), Philip Rivers (from L.A. Chargers to Indianapolis), Case Keenum (from Washington to Cleveland), Chase Daniel (from Chicago to Detroit) and Marcus Mariota (from Tennessee to Las Vegas).Also available are: Cam Newton (by way of trade), Jameis Winston, Josh McCown, Blake Bortles and Mike Glennon, among others.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Another veteran NFL quarterback is hitting the open market.The Denver Broncos are waiving Joe Flacco with a failed physical designation, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Thursday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn’t announce the decision. Flacco went 2-6 as Denver’s starter last season before a neck injury ended his season. He was eventually replaced by rookie Drew Lock, who went 4-1 down the stretch and was named the incumbent in 2020.This week the Broncos agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with free agent Jeff Driskel, who will back up Lock.The move to cut ties with Flacco comes with a $13 million cap hit for the Broncos in 2020, but it frees up $10 million to spend in free agency.The MVP of Super Bowl 47 while with the Baltimore Ravens, Flacco has missed large chunks of the past two seasons with injures, playing in nine games in 2018 in Baltimore and eight in 2019.Last season he threw for just six touchdowns with five interceptions and he was sacked a whopping 26 times in his eight starts.center_img ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 19, 2020 After the season ended, Flacco said he was optimistic he’d be medically cleared to continue his career and was open to a backup job if it came to that.“I’m probably a little bit more worried about other things at this point,” Flacco said on Dec. 30. “If that’s what it has to be, then, I want to play football … whether it’s here or wherever, if that’s what it’s going to take for me to get back in and start playing again, then yeah, I’ll go that route.”Flacco said at the time he felt good enough to throw the football but “the question is, when got hit or something like that, how I would hold up? The answer is probably not good at this point.”Flacco said at the time he wasn’t sure if he’d need surgery and would get periodic MRIs in the offseason. Coach Vic Fangio said at the NFL scouting combine last month that Flacco hadn’t been medically cleared.last_img read more

Decision to skip draft, go fishing typical of Average Joe

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first_imgSo Joe Thomas isn’t attending the NFL Draft this weekend because he would rather go fishing with his dad. It’s an interesting choice, but it just further shows the type of person Thomas is.In light of all the player misconduct problems NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been dealing with as of late, having a player of Thomas’ character to step into the league has to be comforting. Although Goodell would probably prefer to have Thomas in person when his name is called Saturday, he should be ecstatic with the former Wisconsin left tackle’s decision.Who really cares if someone goes to New York for the draft, simply to walk on stage and wear the team’s colors for the first time? It’s all just for show. Thomas said draft day isn’t as important as the day after, and he’s right.But whatever team selects Thomas — be it the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals or whoever — won’t only get a class-act person, it will also have a great player on its hands.While the skilled positions of quarterback, running back and wide receiver receive all the hype, the left tackle position is one of the most important positions in football. And Thomas is one of the best.If Thomas is taken with the No. 2 overall pick, he would tie Pat Harder and Alan Ameche as the highest-selected player in UW history. Yet there’s no doubting the potential Thomas has to be the most successful Badger player in the pros.Since 2000, Wisconsin has had a number of players selected in the first round, former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne being the highest at 11th overall. However, no Badger player has found great success recently.Dayne, along with Jamar Fletcher and Michael Bennett, has found trouble catching a steady role with one team. Chris McIntosh and Wendell Bryant are no longer in the league, and Erasmus James is already injury prone.Lee Evans, by far, is the most successful Wisconsin player taken in the first round. In three seasons, Evans has averaged 59 receptions and eight touchdowns each year and seems well on his way to Pro Bowl honors.While Thomas won’t be able to compile big numbers like Evans being an offensive lineman and all, he could be just as good, if not better.In Thomas’ three seasons as a regular starter at Wisconsin, he helped three different running backs (Anthony Davis, Brian Calhoun and P.J. Hill) rush for 1,000 yards. At 6 feet 6 inches tall, 311 pounds, he is one of the most intimidating linemen out there, and he is still quite athletic.More than anything else, though, is the way in which Thomas has helped his team. As a freshman in 2003, he played as a blocking tight end and helped on defense in the Music City Bowl. Thereafter, he started the rest of his career at left tackle, but in 2005, he offered to help on defense once again as UW was dealing with injuries on the defensive line.In the Badgers’ first Capital One Bowl victory, Thomas played on both sides of the ball, and willingly. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL while chipping in on defense, but afterward he said that just made his decision to stay at UW for his senior season that much easier.Despite speculation about a setback, Thomas worked hard in rehab over the offseason and won the Outland Trophy — the Heisman for offensive linemen.It just goes to show the type of person Thomas is — that he will give anything and everything to his team and not complain one bit about it.Thomas’ decision to go fishing with his father is typical of an Average Joe, even if Goodell and Badger fans would love to see him in New York sporting a brand new NFL cap. All Thomas is worried about is the bigger picture, a rarity in professional sports today with the likes of Chris Henry and Pacman Jones trying to make it rain right away. While Thomas will still get his TV time Saturday with a camera mounted to his boat, there’s no worry he will represent both Wisconsin and the NFL in the best possible way right after the draft.Michael is a senior double majoring in journalism and communication arts. He’s holding out hope that Thomas is selected fifth overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Send in your mock draft to mpoppy@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Trojans’ run defense back where it started

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first_img“Goal Line Stand” runs Mondays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Michael at katzml@usc.edu. Well, we had a shoot-out on our hands last night, didn’t we?Oregon defeated USC 62-51 in what was as exciting a game as the Coliseum has seen in a while (or, at least since last year’s triple-overtime Stanford game).But the Trojans’ defense was unable to make stops on a Duck offense that refused to be stopped.USC sits at 6-3. The season is far from over. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley still has a chance to lead his team to a 9-3 record, including a big one over a likely undefeated Notre Dame.But the biggest problem the Trojans face will not be whether they can put points on the board. As we saw Saturday, USC can score with the best of them, even against a stingy Oregon defense.The problem with USC is its defense. And boy, is it a problem.More specifically, though, it’s the atrocious run defense.The Trojans gave up 730 total yards to Oregon, including 321 yards to star tailback Kenjon Barner. Marcus Mariota (yes, the quarterback) ran for 96 yards, including a 58-yard scamper in the first half.In total, USC surrendered 426 yards on the ground. It was the most a USC team has ever surrendered. Ever. USC has been playing football for more than 100 years.A few months ago, I wrote the following after West Virginia gave up 63 points to Baylor in a 70-63 victory: “The fact of the matter is that the USC defense is too good to give up that many points. They are too disciplined, have too much pride and are too well-coached.”Oops.I’ll admit it. I was wrong. I was absolutely, positively wrong. I gave assistant head coach Monte Kiffin a lot of credit, thinking that I wouldn’t see a defense coached by him give up 40, 50 and certainly not 60 points. They held Oregon to 35 on the road last year, after all.But I guess I should have seen this coming, especially from the rush defense. This is a team that gave up 202 yards on the ground to Stanford. They gave up 133 to a not-so-great Syracuse team. They gave up 219 yards last week to Arizona, which is a pass-happy team.And then there was Saturday night: the worst statistical defensive performance in USC history.Now, they are not going to play another offense anywhere near as explosive as Oregon’s the rest of the season (unless, of course, they play Oregon again in the conference title game, where the Ducks could put up 85 points).Arizona State can put up points, and UCLA can too. Notre Dame? Well, we won’t get into that. I don’t know what to make of them right now.But the Sun Devils are more than capable of putting up 30 on USC, and if the Bruins play like they did against Arizona last night (they put up 66 points), they could give the Trojans a run as well.Making matters worse for USC is the fact Arizona State has quite the running back in Cameron Marshall, who torched the team for 141 yards and three touchdowns last season, and UCLA has Johnathan Franklin, who just broke the career rushing record for the Bruins. Franklin has 1,204 yards on the season, making him the second-most productive back the Trojans will have faced outside of Barner.The next couple of games will by no means be easy; they could win all three or lose all three. I really have no clue how things are going to work out for this team.But I do know this. Monte Kiffin and the defense have a chance to right the ship in the last few games of the season. If they hold (a big “if” currently), they can help this team get nine wins and get a rematch with the Ducks.The offense will get its numbers. But if the defense can hold the next few teams to, say, 21 points, the Trojans will thrash them.And if they give up 40? This could get ugly.I like to give USC the benefit of the doubt. I really do. I think the defense can get it done to close out the season and win the Pac-12 South.And if the defense hits its stride and visits Oregon for the conference title on the line, we could have ourselves another fun ball game. If they can hold the Ducks to just 40 points, the Trojans might yet have a chance at the Rose Bowl.last_img read more

Tipp to find out next opponents

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first_imgTipperary will discover this morning who they’ll be up against in Round 2 of the hurling qualifiers.They can be drawn against Waterford, Dublin or Kilkenny, after their ‘below par’ win against Westmeath on Saturday evening.Those Round 2 games will take place this Saturday.last_img