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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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Young Professionals offering scholarship

first_imgDearborn County, IN—Part of Dearborn County Young Professionals’ mission is to support the next generation of outstanding individuals and entrepreneurs in our community. One of the ways the organization does that is by offering our DCYP Future Leaders of Dearborn County Scholarships.The organization is awarding scholarships. Eligible individuals include Dearborn County residents who are a senior in high school or home school set to graduate in spring 2020.Applicants are required to show their work experience, school activities, and community volunteer efforts. They must also complete an essay about an idea for a new or improved business in Dearborn County. A successful applicant should include two letters of recommendation from teachers or professionals outside of their immediate family. A copy of the student’s most recent report card or transcript is also requested. Applications can be downloaded and printed by clicking here.  Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected]  Applications may also be sent by mail or delivered in-person to Dearborn County Young Professionals, C/O Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, 320 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025. Scholarship applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, May 11, 2020.Scholarship winners will be determined by members of the Dearborn County Young Professionals Committee.last_img read more

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Panthers register win as LIMACOL football continues

first_img… Quarter-finals on tonight TIMEHRI Panthers ended the group stage of the 2019 LIMACOL football tournament with a 1-0 win over Black Pearl FC, as the preliminary round concluded Friday evening.Tyrone Khan in the 20th minute did the damage for the Timehri Panthers who now move into the next round. Riddim Squad, who were also scheduled for action, gained a walkover over Beacon.In the latest standings, the Santos U-20 finish atop Group A with three wins from three games and goal difference of 7 while second-place Timheri Panthers finish with two wins and one loss  for a total of five points and a zero difference. Black Pearl and Camptown FC have ended with a point each.In the B group Fruta U-20 finished with nine points after three wins from three games and a goal difference of 14 while the second-place of the group belonged to Buxton Stars who have one win, one draw and one loss for a total of four points and a negative-six goal difference.GFC sit third with three points with one win and two losses from the maximum number of games and a goal difference of -2 while Northern Rangers have a negative-six goal difference and one point from three games with two losses and a draw.Group C ended with Riddim Squad atop with three wins from three games and a total of nine points while second-placed GT Panthers have the same number of points from three games (two wins and a loss) and a negative-one goal difference. Beacon have one point and a negative goal difference after one win and one draw from their two games while Pouderoyen have one point from their three games (one win) and a negative-four goal difference.  In the Group D, Pele lead the way with two wins and a draw on seven points with a goal difference of seven while Mahaica Determinators sit second, just one point behind with two wins and a loss and one goal difference. In third, Dynamics Football Club have four points after one win, one loss and one draw with a negative-one goal difference while Police B end the tournament winless and with a goal difference of negative-seven.Meanwhile quarter-final matches are billed for this evening with Santos U-20 taking on Buxton Stars and Pele playing GT Panthers.last_img read more

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MBB : Getting to know Kansas State

first_imgSyracuse snuck out with a seven-point win over UNC Asheville on Thursday, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Orange will face eighth-seeded Kansas State, a 70-64 winner over Southern Mississippi in the second round, on Saturday.The Wildcats (22-10) have had a successful, but inconsistent season. Kansas State has three wins against ranked teams – two of them against Missouri – but was also swept by Oklahoma, one of the worst teams in the Big 12 this year. KSU goes as Rodney McGruder goes, and his 30-point effort in the second round propelled the Wildcats to this game.Syracuse (32-2) and Kansas State will square off at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Here’s a look at this year’s Wildcats team, the program’s history and the university as a whole:About the 2011-12 WildcatsStatistical leaders: McGruder is Kansas State’s scoring leader with 15.9 points per game, and KSU only has two players total in double digits scoring. Jamar Samuels (10 points, 6.6 rebounds) is Kansas State’s leading rebounder, and Angel Rodriguez leads the Wildcats with 3.2 assists per game. Jordan Henriquez, KSU’s 6-foot-11 forward, leads the team with 2.5 blocks per game. He had six against Southern Miss, and is averaging 4.2 blocks per game over his last five.The head coach: This is Frank Martin’s fifth season as head coach at Kansas State, and it is the fourth time he’s taken the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament. He has won at least one game in each of the four appearances, taking KSU to the Elite Eight in 2010. Martin became the Kansas State head coach in 2007 after Bob Huggins left the Wildcats to take the head-coaching job at West Virginia. Martin was an assistant under Huggins at both Kansas State and Cincinnati.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBest wins: Baylor (8 RPI) and (twice) Missouri (10)Worst loss: (twice) Oklahoma (138)How they got in: Kansas State received an at-large bid out of the Big 12 Conference. The Wildcats lost their first game of the Big 12 tournament to Baylor, 82-74.About the Kansas State men’s basketball programColors: Royal PurpleConference: Big 12Facility: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)Mascot: Willie WildcatNCAA Tournament history: This season is Kansas State’s 26th NCAA Tournament appearance, and the third year in a row the Wildcats have made the Big Dance. Kansas State holds a 33-29 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and has advanced to four Final Fours (1964, 1958, 1951, 1948). The Wildcats lost to Kentucky in the 1951 national championship.Last season, Kansas State made the tournament as a No. 5 seed and knocked off No. 12 Utah State, 73-68, in the second round. The Wildcats fell to No. 4 Wisconsin in the third round.Syracuse and Kansas State met in a regional final in 1975. The Orangemen defeated the Wildcats, 95-87, in overtime.Wildcats in the pros: Kansas State has two active players in the NBA. Michael Beasley, the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bill Walker, a teammate of Beasley’s at Kansas State, plays for the New York Knicks.Kansas State has had seven NBA first-round picks in its history, including one No. 1 overall pick. Bob Boozer was taken with the top pick in the 1959 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals. Howard Shannon was also taken with the No. 1 pick in the 1949 Basketball Association of America Draft by the Providence SteamrollersOther notable former Kansas State players include Lon Kruger and Mitch Richmond.About Kansas State UniversityType: PublicLocation: Manhattan, Kan.Enrollment: 19,385 undergraduatesFounded: 1863President: Kirk SchulzAthletic Director: John CurrieFamous alumni: Kirstie Alley (actress), Sam Brownback (Governor of Kansas), Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback)-Compiled by Mark Cooper, sports editor, [email protected] Published on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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