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

Robert Edward Barnes, age 63

first_imgRobert Edward Barnes, age 63 of Sunman, IN passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Sunman, IN.  Born April 17, 1952 in Somerset, KY he was the son of Ed & Ruby (Hargis) Barnes.Robert worked for General Devices in Indianapolis for 36 1/2 years as a foreman at the machine shop ans was currently working at Duefol in Sunman, IN as a security guard.Robert is survived by his children Gary Barnes (Angie) of Sunman, IN, Lorna Barnes Eads of Kentucky and Mark Barnes of Indianapolis, IN.  He will also be missed by his 6 grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and sisters Sandy Warren (Jim) of Somerset, KY, Pat Meadows (Mike) of Nancy, KY, Carolyn Garrett (John) of Lexington, KY and Sharon Tarter (Mark) of Somerset, KY.Visitation will be Monday, March 28, 2016 from 11-1pm  with services at 1:00pm all at Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset, KY.  Burial will be in Whetstone Cemetery.Memorials may be given to Sunman Rescue 20 c/o Meyers Funeral Home.  Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN assisted the family with arrangements.  Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

René Wachter breaks the ICE with Golden Race promotion

first_img Share The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Virtual sports specialist Golden Race has confirmed that René Wachter, formerly Head of Sales, has been promoted to COO.Golden Race CEO Martin Wachter said: “We are pleased to announce the promotion of René Watcher to COO of the company.“He brings his extensive expertise and experience in sales to lead the company in this new position. We are confident that his skills and dedication with further contribute to the success and growth of the company in the years to come.”New COO Rene Wachter, who has been with the company since 2012, added: “As some of you may know, I am pleased to announce my new position within Golden Race. You can continue to expect the same commitment and dedication, as this is an exciting change for me.”The Wachter duo are currently gearing up to ICE Totally Gaming at the London ExCeL (6-8 February), where Golden Race first introduced Real Fighting in 2016. The game went on to win Best New Virtual Sports Product at the SBC Awards later that year. However, the company is keeping plans for new products and game releases firmly under wraps this time around.Martin Wachter teased: “Like any great magician, Golden Race will not reveal just yet all the releases for the upcoming year. ICE will experience it live – and so will all the attendees!” Submit Related Articles SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more