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Grosvenor plans A$280m fund with Australian trust

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KPK highlights inefficiency, mismanagement in preemployment card program

first_imgKPK commissioner Alexander Marwata said the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) had created a list of 1.7 million workers who were laid off during the outbreak. The commission further found that only around 143,000 of them were accepted in the preemployment card program.Read also: Preemployment card may not help people return to work despite ‘new normal’: ExpertsKPK’s deputy for corruption prevention, Pahala Nainggolan, said some of the targeted individuals were senior citizens who were not proficient in using the internet. Meanwhile, registration could only be done online.The commission suggested that authorities contact laid-off workers listed by the Manpower Ministry and the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan by telephone first, as they were the main target of the program.Alexander also questioned the Rp 30.8 billion allocated for facial recognition technology to verify participants’ identities. He recommended that the government verify identities by cross-checking participants’ citizen identification numbers with the Home Ministry’s Population and Civil Registration rather than procure new technologies for such matters.Potential loopholesAlexander highlighted loopholes in the program as it had no control mechanism to check whether participants had really attended and finished courses.“Training institutions have already issued certificates for participants, even they may not have finished all their course packages yet,” Alexander said.Participants will also receive monthly cash assistance of Rp 600,000, regardless of whether they participated in any courses at all, potentially wasting Rp 1 million allocated for the courses.The KPK urged the government to establish a control mechanism to guarantee that participants took and finished their courses, such as by implementing interactive learning methods.Read also: Roughly 110,000 complete preemployment card courses, entitling them to cash assistancePoor courses curationThe antigraft body found after studying the list with the Indonesian Training Institute Association and the Manpower Ministry that only around 250 of 1,895 offered courses fulfilled the standards for online training.Pahala said some courses taught basic skills that did not require a class at all or necessitate face-to-face training sessions.In the study, the KPK also found that 89 percent of 327 random-picked courses were already offered free courses on other learning platforms such as prakerja.org, which was established to challenge the preemployment card program.Alexander urged the government to take out courses from the program that are being offered for free on other platforms, as well as invite more competent parties to help curate the course.Conflict of interestThe program could also present a conflict of interest, as the antigraft body found that online education platforms distributing the courses were also the ones producing the classes.For example, online education platform Pintaria offered 199 courses for preemployment card holders, 69 of which were produced by HarukaEdu, the company that owns the platform.Similarly, 117 of 277 courses offered in Ruangguru platform are also made by its subsidiary Skill Academy.“We found at least 250 problematic courses with a potential conflict of interest,” Pahala said. “It shouldn’t be like this because it weakens the curation.”Read also: ‘Preemployment card ineffective, gimmicky’, CEO participant claimsMoreover, the government picked the eight partnering companies without a proper mechanism for procuring goods and services..The KPK urged the government to remove the 250 courses that potentially have a conflict of interest. The government should also ask the legal opinion of the Attorney General’s Office regarding the procurement mechanism.Alexander said the antigraft body had handed over its recommendations to the Office of Coordinating Economic Minister and other related ministries in late-May. The KPK noted that the government had made some improvements on the program based on its suggestions, including postponing the fourth batch of new registrations.The Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister also said it would provide more offline courses after the outbreak had subsided, Pahala went on to say.Topics : Each recipient can also receive Rp 1 million to pay for various up-skilling courses, ranging from marketing to fishing.Though the KPK approved of the redesign, it also found some issues related to its management and courses offered.Missing targetSince the first batch of online registrations in April, around 680,000 individuals have been accepted to the preemployment card program as of May, out of a total of 9.4 million applicants. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has found in a recent study several irregularities with the management and digital courses offered by the government’s preemployment card program.The program was initially designed as a training program to equip the unemployed and fresh graduates with new skills that would help them enter the job market. However, it was later repurposed as a combination of cash aid and training subsidy following massive layoffs across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration allocated Rp 20 trillion (US$1.4 million) to be disbursed for 5.6 million participants who will receive Rp 600,000 monthly for four months and Rp 150,000 after filling out the program’s survey.last_img read more

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Efficacy and safety first: Experts urge government not to put vaccines on pedestal

first_imgIn a country battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of economics and public health, the government appears to be pinning its hopes on vaccine development, as new cases and deaths continue to soar in what experts have deemed as a never-ending first wave.In a statement on Wednesday to express President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s condolences on the deaths of 100 doctors from COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman ended it by pointing to the government strategy of securing potential vaccines.That includes, Fadjroel said, “looking for vaccines produced by any parties in the world; research and production collaboration between [state company] Biofarma, universities and local and foreign institutions; and the Merah-Putih vaccine research by Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology.” Indonesia is rolling out the trials for Sinovac’s CoronaVac on 1,620 people along with several other countries, while G42 is carrying out trials in its home country on 45,000 participants of 85 ethnicities.However, determining how long immunity resulting from vaccination will last requires not only clinical trial results, but also post-use surveillance after the vaccination program is rolled out next year, said Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) biotechnology researcher Wien Kusharyoto.“No matter what, we still have to monitor, even after the vaccination is rolled out, the efficacy and the impacts among those already vaccinated. It’s too early to say that it will last six months to two years,” he said.Experts have urged the government not to put potential vaccines on a pedestal, saying that whether it can truly rely on the vaccines will depend on their eventual efficacy and safety to be shown in the results of the trials that are still under way, and the government should rather prepare for the “worst-case scenario”.The efficacy threshold would be 50 percent, though ideally it should be around 70 percent, said independent molecular biologist Ahmad Utomo, adding that past vaccine development had shown that failures were not uncommon.Lower than 50 percent, then vaccines would be out of the question, he said. If it hovered just above it then the government should reconsider whether putting in so much money into the vaccination program would be as effective as if the money was to be used on improving public health.This means scaling up tests, enhancing contact tracing, providing financial assistance to those in isolation and improving treatment, he said.”The government should look into which of these will be most cost-effective,” Ahmad said.Read also: Grim picture as Indonesia enters sixth month of COVID-19 outbreakBoth Terawan and Erick have said that the vaccination program could possibly put a strain on the state budget if it were to be made free for all.Erick has suggested those who can afford it pay for it themselves, with current estimated costs ranging between US$25 and $30, as the government expects to cover some 93 million Social Security Agency (BPJS) beneficiaries in a vaccination program expected to start next year.But with the race to find vaccines, the trailing economic and political interests, and the government having secured hundreds of millions of doses, experts have raised concerns that these will all affect decisions by authorities.Wien of LIPI expressed the hope the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) would remain independent from all sorts of intervention in evaluating clinical trial results and issuing permits, otherwise public health would be at stake.”If there are undesired effects [from the vaccines], there won’t be trust among the people; this will put the vaccination program itself at risk and will automatically affect economic recovery efforts too,” he said.BPOM head Penny Lukito hoped the trials would be successful, pointing to the fact that phase III human trials would not start if phase I and II trials were a failure.”The clinical trials we are on now are the phase III trials; this means that the phase I and II trials involved humans and have succeeded,” she told a press briefing on Wednesday. “The phase III is not about whether [the vaccine is] a failure or not, but about gathering more data [on its efficacy and safety].”Topics : The government says it has so far secured 30 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this year, in addition to between 290 million and 340 million doses by next year, following state-owned companies’ agreements with China’s Sinovac Biotech, and the United Arab Emirates’ Group 42 (G42) Healthcare.Read also: Vaccines won’t bring back normal life at once: Experts”As a note, the vaccines developed today for COVID-19 [is for an immunity that lasts] six months to two years. It’s not a vaccine shot [for] a lifetime [protection],” said State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir in a meeting last week with the House of Representatives.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto told the meeting that this meant the vaccine could possibly have to be injected once every six months, or one, or two years.But experts have expressed caution about this estimate, wondering where it came from given that the two potential vaccines are still in phase III clinical human trials, which would determine the vaccines’ efficacy and safety.last_img read more

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The sale of this island enclave home within five days has blitzed the local record

first_img5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.It has four living areas, a media room, pool room and a pool. There are high ceilings and timber floors. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Genc said the sale was done in five days, there were two contracts received and a written offer.“I had interest from Melbourne and a local buyer and also a Sydney buyer, who ended up buying it.’’Mr Genc believed the Sydney-based buyer intended to move into the home. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.THE sale of this six-bedroom home has broken the record for Emerald Island on the Gold Coast.The house at 5067 Emerald Island Drive sold for $2.4 million. It was listed though Isaac and Maria Genc of Genc & Co. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.The family room opens to an outdoor area with a bar and gas fireplace. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.The home, which was owned by Kate and Lee Hardy who bought it in 2012, has a tropical aquarium which separates the formal living area from the kitchen and dining area.last_img read more

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Mount Gravatt East ultra-modern family abode to go to auction

first_imgThe pool has a water feature. This is the ultimate ensuite.Mrs Kassolos said they also ensured all of the bedrooms were oversized to allow room for a desk as the children grew.Her favourite room of the house, however, was the kitchen.“It’s the hub of the house,” she said. “I can entertain there — the bench is nearly 4.5m.“I’m always prepping food on there or having people sit there.“It flows to outside as well and it is a good entertainment home.” The kitchen, living and dining all link to the alfresco dining area.The couple dived in headfirst and worked with local architect John Contoleon to design a large two-level family home for the 31 Spent St address at Mount Gravatt East.Mrs Kassolos said her husband was a builder and they wanted to stay away from the current Hamptons trend, creating something ultra-modern instead. The walk-in wardrobe is a dream come true. The house at 31 Spence St, Mount Gravatt East, is for sale.WORKING with a partner on a project as big as building a house is not for the faint of heart.Yet Jessie and Michael Kassolos pulled off their first build together — and they certainly did not start small. The black kitchen is offset with white benches and timber features.“We wanted something different for the local area,” Mrs Kassolos said.“It’s dark outside and fresh inside with whites, the timber and the black kitchen.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoWith two children, it was essential that the house worked well for a family.“We sat down together and I said I want a house that flows easily and is going to be kid friendly.“I like the fact the toy room slash media room is near the kitchen and I can see out to the pool area and outside so I can still see them if they are running around.” Watch the kids in the pool from the alfresco dining area.Mrs Kassolos said she also loved the master suite, which ran the whole length of the house and almost half the width.The ensuite has a long vanity with dual sinks, and there is a double shower as well as a bath.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

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John Roberts Sr. age, 77

first_imgJohn Roberts Sr, age 77, of Metamora, Indiana died Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville, Indiana.Born August 8, 1939 in Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late Neal & Mabel (Hughes) Roberts. On December 23, 1957 he was united in marriage to Rachel Josephine Russell, and she preceded him in death on October 2, 2011. Before his sickness he enjoyed the outdoors, coon hunting and fishing.Survivors include five children, Leroy (Bonnie) Roberts of Laurel, Indiana, John Jr. (Donna) Roberts, Anita (Jimmy) Wells, Tim (Carol) Roberts and Lonnie (Kami) Roberts all of Metamora, Indiana; four sisters; Dorothy McDaniel, Betty Thomas, Nancy (Walter) Mullins all of Metamora, Indiana; Margaret (Lowell) Creech of Greensburg, Indiana; five brothers, Rufus Roberts of Metamora, Indiana, Claude Roberts, Marvin (Juanita) Roberts and Daniel (Kathy) Roberts all of Laurel, Indiana, David (Hazel) Roberts of Batesville, Indiana; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews.Besides his parents and wife Josephine, he was preceded in death by a sister, Teresa Thomas; a brother, Paul Roberts; a granddaughter, Lydia Roberts; two great-grandchildren, Jacob Anthony Roberts and Baby Wilson. Family & friends may visit from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday July 9, 2017 at Trinity Full Gospel Church, 20015 Haytown Road, Metamora, Indiana.Merle Seeley and Jim Wells will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, July 10, 2017, 10:00 A.M., at Trinity Full Gospel Holiness Church in Metamora. Burial will then follow in Cupps Chapel Cemetery in Metamora, Indiana.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Roberts family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Scudamore to undergo heart surgery

first_img The operation, which has been some months in the planning, is to repair “genetically defective valves” and will keep him out of the office until the end of July. Scudamore informed the chairmen of the 20 top-flight clubs of the operation at their summer meeting. Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is to undergo heart surgery next week, it has been announced. The Premier League said in a statement: “The Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, today informed member clubs that he will be undergoing a routine heart operation to correct genetically defective valves. “The operation has been planned for some months and has been timed to minimise the impact on the running and decision making capability of the Premier League. “Richard will undergo surgery the week commencing 9 June and expects to be playing an active role in the functions of the Premier League soon after, albeit remotely. He will return to the office at the end of July, in time for the build up to the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season. “Both the clubs and the Premier League staff wish him a successful operation and a speedy recovery.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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EHS fall sports meeting scheduled for Aug. 8

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School will be holding an informational meeting regarding the upcoming fall sports season at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 in the school auditorium.Athletes wishing to participate in football, soccer, cross-country, golf, volleyball or fall competition cheer must attend the meeting along with a parent or guardian. The meeting will cover the school and Maine Principals’ Association guidelines and procedures. Preseason schedules will also be handed out.In order to participate in practices, incoming freshman and transfer students must be registered students at Ellsworth High School. Those students can meet with the school’s guidance department from 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 10 to complete their registration processes.The aforementioned registrations will be done on an appointment basis. To set up an appointment, email Michelle Barnard at MBarnard@EllsworthSchools.org or call extension 5504 at 667-4722 to set up a time.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe first day of fall practices is scheduled for Aug. 14, and teams are eligible to begin regular season play Sept. 1.last_img read more

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Local basketball teams dominate Great Harbor Shootout

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Two junior high school basketball teams continued dominant runs over the weekend with championship wins in the Great Harbor Shootout at Mount Desert Island High School.The Down East Family YMCA boys’ and MDI A girls’ teams were winners in their respective divisions in the tournament. The title wins gave both teams championship triumphs in back-to-back weekends after their March 11 Sheriff’s Cup title wins.DEFY bounced back from an early tournament loss to force an elimination game against Bangor. The team won to force a deciding game and clinched the title with a 60-58 victory in the rematch. In the girls’ championship game, MDI A outlasted Old Town 32-29.The Deer Isle-Stonington High School girls’ team also posted a strong performance with wins over DEFY, Washington Academy and Narraguagus. Hampden Academy finished as the high school girls’ winner after ousting Winslow in a hard-fought championship game.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn the boys’ side, the MDI high school team lost the title game 65-48 against Hermon after an impressive start to the tournament. The game was a rematch of the Class B North championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor last month, which Hermon also won.The Harbor House Community Center’s tournament brought more than 1,000 players and their families to the area in one of the state’s most significant offseason sporting events. More than 70 teams participated in games played at various schools in Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Trenton and Ellsworth.last_img read more

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Denver Broncos build around Drew Lock in the NFL draft

first_imgEven though he’s undersized, Hamler stood out even in a class of wide receivers like none other.Hamler said he was surprised when Elway picked him after spending his first pick on Jeudy, but he said he was eager to team up with Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and former college teammate DaeSean Hamilton in Denver, where he expects to quickly make his mark.“I’m the smallest guy with the smallest frame,” Hamler said, “but I’ll give you everything I’ve got.”Ojemudia said facing the likes of Jeudy, Hamler, Sutton and tight end Noah Fant in his first training camp will microwave his NFL education.“I mean, that’s going to be big,” Ojemudia said. “It’s going to be harder than the games sometimes.” “I really couldn’t hear him just because my family was yelling and we were all crying,” Hamler said. “So it was kind of hard to hear him, but I hope he has that in mind. I would love to return kicks and punts.”The Broncos’ once-formidable offense has been stuck in neutral for five years and last season Denver averaged a meager 17.6 points a game, 28th in the NFL, as their playoff drought reached four seasons.A tweaked hamstring before the NFL scouting combine prevented Hamler from challenging John Ross’s record of 4.22 seconds set at the 2017 combine.“I won’t say I think I was going to break the record, but I was going to be in the equation,” Hamler said. “I was going to be in the conversation — 4.2 was the only thing on my mind.”He said his hamstring is fine now: “I’m fully healthy. I’m fully recovered. I’ve been running real good.” Denver Broncos build around Drew Lock in the NFL draft Associated Press April 24, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditJohn Elway pledged to give Drew Lock more weapons and better protection in an NFL draft teeming with wide receivers and offensive linemen. He delivered.The Denver Broncos general manager provided Lock with two terrific targets and added an athletic center through the first two nights of the draft. center_img Coach Vic Fangio expects Cushenberry to compete for the starting job along with Austin Schlottmann and Patrick Morris.“He’s got license to go in there and compete and win the job if he can,” Fangio said.Elway said Cushenberry could also play guard.Fangio said the draft has been seamless so far with teams having to conduct it via videoconferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.“We haven’t had any problems communicating with the unusual setup for this draft,” Fangio said. “I think John’s done a great job orchestrating. We had some guys we wanted today and we had chances to go up and get them and John decided to sit and they ended up being the right choices both times. The jewel of Day 2 for Denver, though, was Hamler, who provides a jolt to the Broncos’ offense and special teams.“I think I bring to the table speed, quickness, playmaking ability,” Hamler said. “I’m versatile, I can play outside and I can play in the slot. I can return kicks and punts. I’m a playmaker.”Hamler, who is generously listed at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, is elusive with an uncommon burst of speed and has modeled his game after DeSean Jackson and Steve Smith.The Broncos see him as a Tyreek Hill-type playmaker who can also serve as Denver’s kick returner and help the Broncos chase down Hill and the Super Bowl champion Chiefs in the AFC West.Hamler wasn’t sure if Elway told him he’d also return kicks. Elway selected Penn State speedster KJ Hamler with the 46th pick in the second round Friday night, 24 hours after using the 15th overall pick on Alabama standout Jerry Jeudy, the highest Denver has ever selected a wide receiver in the common draft era. In the third round, Elway added protection for his second-year QB by drafting LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry, who was named first-team All-SEC in 2019.Elway didn’t neglect his defense, either, selecting Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia and Arkansas D-tackle McTelvin Agim in the third round.Elway has five more picks Saturday.Ojemudia will help fill the void left by the departure of Chris Harris Jr. to the Chargers this offseason, and Agim solidifies a refurbished defensive line that includes trade acquisition Jurrell Casey. “So, we saved draft picks and we got the guys we wanted. I think that comes with experience doing the job. So, I just get out of the way when it comes to that point.”___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___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 6last_img read more

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