Preemployment card management defends program amid criticism

first_imgThe program, aimed at helping people whose job or small business has been hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, has come under public scrutiny because it partners with online learning platform Skill Academy, linked to a former staffer of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.Read also: Conflict of interest? Public questions government’s relationship with start-upsEducation technology company Ruangguru, the parent company of Skill Academy, is led by Adamas Belva Devara, who previously served on the President’s millennial expert staff. As a result of the controversy, he resigned from his post on April 21.The program management has also been mired in controversies related to its lack of transparency in appointing the partners, as it already partnered with eight platforms when it was launched on April 11. Apart from Skill Academy, the partners include e-commerce firms Bukalapak and Tokopedia, as well as start-ups Pintaria and Sekolahmu, among others. The management of the preemployment card, a government-funded unemployment benefit and skills training program, has defended the program following public criticism over conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency, with a spokesman pointing out that the program was “direct assistance” that did not involve procurement of goods and services.The management’s director of communications, partnerships and ecosystem development Panji Ruky said on Monday that the government had determined that his office did not procure any goods or services from its eight existing partners. The decision was made based on consultations with government agencies and ministries, including the National Public Procurement Agency (LKPP).“It is essentially direct assistance,” Panji told an online briefing on Monday. “There is noncash assistance in terms of aid for online courses and cash assistance in terms of incentives to the recipients.” If the program qualified as goods or services procurement, Presidential Regulation No. 16/2018 on the procurement of goods and services stipulates that it would need to be carried out in a transparent manner.The program is now open to any organizations wanting to become a partner, as long as they meet the requirements, such as operating on a national scale, having the necessary information and technology systems and partnering with training institutions, said Panji.“We are open to all parties, there is no special way [to partner with the program], no limit on the number of partners or any specific preferences,” he added.Offering over 2,000 online courses, more than 8 million applicants had registered for the program to receive the Rp 3.5 million benefit as of Monday.Topics :last_img read more

With injuries behind her, Adams excelling up top

first_imgAfter multiple knee surgeries, junior forward Paige Adams has returned to steady form for the Badgers, netting four goals in just 10 games.[/media-credit]After recovering from a torn ACL, only to then tear her meniscus, fans may wonder if Paige Adams ever thought about not returning to the soccer field. If you ask her, her response may include belting out the words of singer Gloria Gaynor, “Did you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die? Oh, no, not I – I will survive.”“I do love to sing, I am just terrible at it,” Adams said with a grin on her face. “Actually the other night I was singing [Gaynor’s] ‘I Will Survive.’ I like that one.”Not only did the redshirt junior survive, but she has exceeded all expectations for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team this season. Adams leads the Badgers (7-3-0, 1-2-0 Big Ten) in points this season with 10 and also sits atop the list of UW’s scorers with four goals.Although Wisconsin suffered a rough 3-0 loss to Michigan Sunday, Adams was able to step back and see a more optimistic picture: Her team still boasts the potential to contend for the Big Ten title this year.Head coach Paula Wilkins admires the attitude and effort she sees in Adams each day and believes it is a big reason she is finding success on the field.“Her work rate and knowledge of the game are very special,” Wilkins said. “I think that makes her a bit different.”Not your typical speedy forward, Adams’ talent lies in her ball skills and her keen ability to find holes in the opponent’s defensive line. So far this season, she has started every game with her counterpart at forward, sophomore Cara Walls.Adams’ eye for the game combined with Walls’ natural speed and athleticism have proven to be an effective force this season for Wisconsin. The duo owns seven of the 21 goals scored by UW this season.“In the spring, I think we got a good opportunity to start playing together. We kind of complement each other – she is faster and I am good at sending balls through,” Adams said. “We are able to connect the ball together, and I get behind defenders and have just got some goals.”Back in 2009 during her freshman season, Adams started 14 games and, despite missing eight games with an injury, she finished second on the team with nine points. Her career as a Badger then took a turn for the worse. In what would have been her sophomore season, Adams spent 2010 in physical therapy recovering from the ACL injury. The recovery process grew even longer when Adams re-injured her knee, needing additional surgery to repair a torn meniscus.Last season, Adams returned to the field playing 14 of the team’s 20 games and working her way back into the lineup as her knee continued to heal. With her injuries now in the past, Adams says she is back to 100 percent.“I love soccer too much to ever think about [not returning]. It was tough, but I am back,” Adams said. “It has been a long road, but I am finally feeling healthy, and it has been a good season so far.”Now taking on a leadership role as one of the upperclassmen, Adams serves as an example to all her teammates about what it truly means to work hard, Wilkins says.“I think she leads by her work rate, that is a big thing, she is always available,” Wilkins said. “She is someone you want to play with, she’s committed.”A British Columbia native from Port Coquitlam, Adams found earlier success before stepping on the field as a Badger. Prior to attending UW, she represented her home country in the 2006 U-20 World Championships in Russia.Adams came to the Badger program in the spring of 2008 after competing with the U-20 Canadian National Team at the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football championship games.Much like her four other Canadian teammates, she was drawn to the supportive and lively atmosphere on campus that surrounds the women’s soccer program.“It is a beautiful school for one, and the people [are great]. The setting here is just awesome, and the soccer program is good,” Adams said. “It has been a lot of fun so far.”Adams’ commitment to soccer is mirrored by a commitment to her education. She’s been named academic all-Big Ten each of the last two years, and in her time as a Badger, has discovered an interest in interior design that is now her intended major.Though unsure of where she will find herself in the years to come, it is likely she’ll never be too far from a soccer field.Follow Caroline on Twitterlast_img read more

Wellington Lions Club to hold Groundhog Supper

first_imgThe Wellington Noon Lions Club will be holding its fifth annual Groundhog Supper on Saturday Feb. 2, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.There will be pancakes and sausage featuring an informational exhibit from the Sedgwick County Zoo and raffle prizes.Groundhog supper flyer… Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down Billy · 393 weeks ago *re-reads headline* Pass. Report Reply 0 replies · active 393 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

TRAVEL ENTREPRENEUR HAILED AS ‘KING OF THE CASTLES

first_imgBY TIM HEDGLEY, TRAVEL EDITORBELFAST-BORN entrepreneur, who specialises in providing online castle accommodation through www.celticcastles.com, is setting his sights on conquering the travel industry as the business marks its fifteenth anniversary and celebrates record growth.Celtic Castles founder and director Roger Masterson, known as ‘The Castle Man’, a former pupil from MCB in Belfast, pursued careers in retail management and publishing, prior to setting up his own business, having being disappointed from a company brochure selling croft and castle holidays. Roger spent 18 months searching for castles in Scotland and started to promote four properties as he tested his business model.It worked!Having built his company by recognising the power of the internet in the late 90s, Roger now employs a 12-strong team and offers accommodation in more than 90 unique and stunning castles across the UK, Ireland and France.As the business accelerates, its goal is to further build on its leading global travel brand. Masterson attributes his success to three factors: hard work, a great team and knowledge of the individual castle properties…..and yes, he has slept in them all!Said Masterson: “It is an absolute privilege to work in this tourism niche and have a team of experts who can locate the right castle experience for our global client base.“We celebrate great customer feedback within the team and it is our level of service and the fact that we stay, holiday and visit the castles regularly that helps our customers pick up our passion for the experiences these properties can offer.”Masterson, ‘The Castle Man’, has also been able to increase brand awareness via TV and radio and has hosted programs such as Jaw Dropping Rentals, showing American customers the interiors of castles in Scotland.He also works with film location companies finding castles and stately homes for period and reality US TV shows. A question he always gets asked is which is his favourite castle and his answer as you can imagine has to be diplomatic.He has slept in over 157 castles and is not afraid to tell customers if a castle is displaying 4 stars on the door but only offering a 3 service. This is probably why customers trust his feedback.When pressed again, he says, “Every castle offers it own magic; they are all unique.”It may be a public room, a specific bedroom or an eccentric castle owner or even a great chef that gets him overly-enthusiastic and sharing a few stories. “It was my daughter’s 10th birthday last year and she wanted to be a princess in a castle. Since we were back home in Northern Ireland at the time, my choice was for her to be a princess at Ashford Castle in Mayo. We had dinner in the George V Dining Room, one of the premier castle restaurants in Ireland. For me, castle stays are all about the memories they give you for ever.”You can read more about Roger and the team’s experiences in castles throughout Ireland, the UK and France on their blog at www.celticcastles.comTRAVEL ENTREPRENEUR HAILED AS ‘KING OF THE CASTLES was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Castle Holidayswww.celticcastles.comlast_img read more