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

CBS analyst Gary Danielson slammed for laughing while photographer is stretchered off field

first_imgDanielson found the moment humorous — even after watching the replay of the scary collision.gary danielson has been trash for a very long time, and this incident really illustrates just how much trash he is.— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 16, 2019As the broadcast continued, he appeared to ask if Smith was paying attention to the game.Just an unbelievable time to ask “Do you think she got the shot”— Quigs (@BigSeanQ_) November 16, 2019MORE: How long is Tua Tagovailoa out? Injury timeline on Alabama QB Twitter was outraged with Danielson’s reaction to the moment:Nothing like Gary Danielson laughing at an injury of a woman on the sidelines. My god.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) November 16, 2019It’s really weird to hear Gary Danielson laugh while someone’s life might hang in the balance.— cyber-bully ghost (@BourbonGhost) November 16, 2019I don’t call for firings, as a general rule. But he was the last guy in the stadium (and in the TV audience) to realize a photographer was injured. Then he laughed about it. Then he wondered aloud if she was to blame.If he can’t do better than that, get out of the booth.— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) November 16, 2019Gary Danielson just laughing off the dead girl on the sideline is one of the wildest things of the 2019 season.— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) November 16, 2019Gary Danielson needs to be fired after his comments of the photographer being knocked out— Clemson Tom 🐅 (@ClemsonTom) November 16, 2019Gary Danielson has called every single element of this collision and injury incorrectly.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) November 16, 2019Gary Danielson’s handling of this photographer injury has been … not good.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 16, 2019Smith, who was transported to a local hospital, shared a positive update on her condition on— Chamberlain Smith (@ChamberlainSmit) November 17, 2019Smith said she suffered a concussion, but it could have been much worse. CBS commentator Gary Danielson is under fire after he was heard chuckling as cameras showed an unconscious photographer being put on a stretcher during Saturday’s game between Georgia and Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium.The photographer, Chamberlain Smith, was injured when UGA running back Brian Herrien ran into her during the second quarter of the Bulldogs’ 21-14 win over the Tigers.last_img read more