PREMIUMUncertainty looms as nonpermanent state employees face 2023 deadline

first_imgTopics : Forty-nine-year-old Ahmad Saifudin has been a contract teacher half of his life. After a brief period in the private sector, he decided to become a teacher in 1996, starting at state junior high school SMP 1 Gladak Sari in Central Java’s Boyolali regency.“I chose to stay and work as a teacher for 24 years because that was my calling. I used to work for insurance and consultant companies, but I found my passion in teaching,” Ahmad Saifudin, or Pak Udin, told The Jakarta Post.Udin, who is also an activist with the Indonesian Nonpermanent State Employees Association (PHK2I), said life as a nonpermanent worker had never been easy, because he earned only Rp 1.6 million (US$117.57) per month in salary.“I used to receive Rp 10,000 per month in salary in 1996. Then I got a raise to Rp 100,000 per month and then another raise to Rp 600,000 per month a few years… Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook CivilServants employee civil-servants Administrative-and-Bureaucratic-Reform-Ministry administration regional-administrations non-permanent-civil-servants contract-worker Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Googlelast_img read more

BLOG: Helping Older Pennsylvanians During Winter’s Worst

first_img January 28, 2016 By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Aging SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Helping Older Pennsylvanians During Winter’s Worstcenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf PSA,  Seniors,  The Blog,  Weather Safety Though its impact is still being felt in communities and neighborhoods across Pennsylvania, one of the worst winter storms in the history of the commonwealth did not disturb the commitment of scores of social and health care workers who care for older Pennsylvanians.From hospitals and nursing homes, to personal care homes and group homes, direct care workers, cooks, dietary aides, nurses, and support staff from various other facility departments worked around the clock to make certain that residents who rely on them for care and shelter were tended to before, during, and after the storm.Administrators from facilities most directly impacted by the storm have shared countless stories hailing these often unsung heroes who left the solace of their own homes to ensure that their facility’s patients or residents would be safe, cared for and comfortable.One such story involved an 18-year-old high school senior, Elsie McCarthy, who walked two miles so that she could be at her job at a Harrisburg-based assisted living community, ensuring that breakfast, lunch, and dinner was prepared, served, and cleared without interruption. Because of the dedication of workers like Ms. McCarthy, those who reside in such facilities don’t have to worry about having enough food or shoveling snow.I would also like to praise our local area agencies on aging, who ensured that extra meals were delivered and extra wellness checks were made. In one local community, the area agency on aging director calmed the fears of an out-of-town son by ensuring that his elderly mother’s pilot light was functioning and the vent pipe on her roof was clear of snow.This winter, the PA Department of Aging is reminding Pennsylvanians that while these dedicated workers have kept care facilities running, the majority of older adults who live on their own must practice caution and safety on their own accord when winter storms wreak havoc.While age alone does not make a person vulnerable or compromised in their capacity to respond to and recover from such storms,  there is a correlation between advancing age and the likelihood of having special needs, such as being house-bound or socially isolated, having impaired mobility, or being reliant upon nursing, home health care or food from aging service providers or volunteer agencies. These needs increase frailty and thus heighten the need for an elderly citizen’s community to be good neighbors.There have been numerous incredible examples of neighbors stepping up to support each other. When severe weather strikes, being a good neighbor can help save a life.Here are some tips for checking on your elderly neighbors during winter weather:Take a few minutes to shovel out their driveway and sidewalks and clear the front of all the doors, so that even if the elderly occupant does not need to get out, if need be, medical personnel, home health workers, or volunteers can get in. If they have a car, offer to clean off the snow, start it up, and let it run for a few minutes.Engage in a conversation with your elderly neighbors. Ask them if their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work and if they have an adequate supply of oil, batteries, water, food, and medications. If you are headed to the market, call and ask if you can pick anything up for them.Knock on the door of those you may not have seen out and about during and after the storm. Sometimes a quick check-in can make a big difference — for safety or for those who may be lonely.As we witnessed throughout the commonwealth during and after this weekend’s blizzard, facility and home based health and direct care workers, area agency on aging staff, and community neighbors did a tremendous job to care for Pennsylvania’s seniors, despite the extreme forces of Mother Nature. I thank them for their vigilance and commitment as together we strive to enable, empower, serve, and protect older Pennsylvanians.last_img read more

UK master trusts suffering DC skill shortage: PMI

first_imgA shortage of UK pension professionals with defined contribution (DC) experience – even within the regulator – is a concern for those running master trusts, according to a new survey.Industry body the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) questioned executives from 15 DC multi-employer master trusts in the UK, seeking to find their largest concerns.The survey found some 73% thought The Pensions Regulator (TPR) did not have the necessary DC skills to work with master trusts. The remaining 27% felt there was a shortage across the whole industry of people with good knowledge, experience and understanding to lead these large institutions.Master trusts have been subject to a TPR-enforced authorisation regime since 1 October. The new rules include key staff and expertise requirements. TPR was approached for comment by IPE. However, the report said since the survey had been conducted in August 2018, TPR had announced measures to address this concern, with participants now “anecdotally” expressing greater confidence in this area.Lesley Carline, president of the PMI, said: “Our report has shown that the growing master trust sector must overcome significant obstacles if it wants to offer good service delivery for members.”The survey found that, while many were happy with the way the sector was developing – and that authorisation by TPR was key to a well-functioning market – there were concerns with regulation.More than half (53%) agreed that rules around advice and guidance impeded both current and future delivery of services that would provide better outcomes to members, with a further 45% feeling the same about directions on communications generally.The UK’s evolving master trust modelDC consolidation could come at expense of members, experts warnRegulator sets out model for UK master trust authorisation30 providers exiting UK DC provision as new law enforced The PMI said it had received comments that included some “strong feelings” that members were not getting a good service due to regulations put in place to protect them.Some 73% of providers claimed current systems limited their ability to adopt new technology, while 53% said newer industry-wide collaborative technology such as pensions dashboards would help them access it.The figures also indicated that much of the industry, including some major players, were largely aligned and eager to work together to help tackle industry issues.Carline said: “A collaborative approach appears to be a ‘no brainer’, as the majority of the firms we surveyed would support further joint efforts to tackle the barriers to good service delivery and positive member outcomes.”The PMI has launched a Master Trust Working Party, which will meet over the coming year.Overall, the survey found the vast majority of providers (87%) felt that authorisation would accelerate consolidation and collaboration, something that is already being seen. TPR has estimated that 30 providers would likely not go through the authorisation process due to problems with complying with the new regime.The survey showed 60% of participants believed that there would be no more than 20 master trusts in five years’ time.last_img read more

ST. Louis Archery Team begins competition

first_imgBatesville, In. — St. Louis School recently finished fifth out of six teams in their first ever archery meet at the Lourds Season Opener. The team finished with an overall score of 2329 and four boys in the top 30, out of a total of 66 middle school students.Ben Fulton finished 11th, John Schrank finished 12th, Calvin Grote finished 22nd, and Nathan Reder finished 29th. We also had one of our girls, Abbey Wuestefeld, placing in the top 30.In their second outing, they finished eighth out of eight teams in the Fourth Annual Cougar Invitational with an overall score of 2319.Cael Rahe and Megan Batta both finished in the top 30, out of 90 middle schoolers.last_img

Ajax denied title as Dutch cancels league season

first_imgRelatedPosts Blind collapses during Ajax, Hertha friendly Dutch league plans to restart without fans Europa League: Eriksen scores first Inter Milan goal, Ajax lose at Getafe The Dutch Eredivisie season has been ended with immediate effect, meaning league leaders Ajax have been denied the title.There will also be no promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie or relegation from the top flight, following an agreement reached over a video conference call between the Dutch FA (KNVB) and clubs. Ajax were top of the Eredivisie table, ahead of AZ Alkmaar on goal difference, with nine rounds of matches to play when the season was suspended.The Eredivisie have put forward Ajax to go directly to the play-offs of the Champions League, with AZ playing in the second heat of the Champions League.Third-placed Feyenoord go straight into the group stage of the Europa League with PSV and Willem II qualifying for the second qualifying round for the Europa League.The settlement of places for European competition next season is subject to confirmation from UEFA.The Dutch FA said earlier this week it is not intending to continue the 2019-20 season after a government ban on events was extended until September 1. The KNVB had initially planned to resume the suspended football season for the top two divisions on June 19, behind closed doors.But a three-month extension to the government ban was announced on Tuesday – meaning the season looked all but over, pending consultation with UEFA.A key line to emerge from Thursday’s UEFA Executive Committee was an acceptance that some leagues across Europe may not be able to be completed.UEFA said on Thursday: “While using best efforts to complete the domestic competitions, National Associations and/or Leagues might have legitimate reasons to prematurely terminate their domestic competitions, in particular in the following cases….” The development in the Eredivisie may come as a welcome boost to Englishman Alan Pardew, whose Den Haag side were 17th in the table but have avoided relegation as a result of the decision.— Tags: AjaxDutch EredivisieFeyenoordlast_img read more

Julio Cesar signs for Benfica

first_imgBrazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined Benfica after being released by QPR. The Portuguese giants confirmed on their website on Tuesday evening that the 34-year-old had signed a two-year deal. Julio Cesar, who arrived at Loftus Road on a free transfer in August 2012, had been under contract for another two years with the Barclays Premier League newcomers. A statement on www.qpr.co.uk earlier in the evening read: “QPR have agreed to release goalkeeper Julio Cesar, with the player set to sign for Portuguese side Benfica. “The Brazilian, who was contracted until June 2016, has left Loftus Road by mutual consent with immediate effect.” Julio Cesar played in all seven of Brazil’s matches at this summer’s World Cup – including their 7-1 semi-final defeat at the hands of Germany – but was omitted from the 22-man squad new national team coach Dunga announced on Tuesday for next month’s friendlies. The former Flamengo custodian joined QPR following seven years at Inter Milan, with whom he won five Serie A titles and the 2010 Champions League among numerous other trophies. After making 27 starts in all competitions for The Hoops, Julio Cesar joined MLS side Toronto FC in February and played seven times for the Canadian outfit before being recalled by QPR last month. However, he was not involved in Rangers’ opening Barclays Premier League match at the weekend, with Rob Green starting in goal and Brian Murphy sitting on the bench in the 1-0 home loss to Hull. QPR added in their statement: “The club would like to thank Julio for his services to QPR and wish him all the best for the future.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Investigators search for armed sexual battery suspect

first_imgAuthorities in Miami are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who reportedly sexually assaulted a woman in her hotel room and pointed a gun at her head.Officials met the victim at Mount Sinai Medical Center Wednesday afternoon where she reported the incident.The woman told authorities that she originally met the man while walking on the beach outside of the Century Hotel where she was staying. The two exchanged numbers and she agreed to meet him at her hotel room to have sex. The woman told authorities that she later changed her mind in the room when he told her he did not have a condom. At that point, the woman told authorities that the man began yelling at her and calling her names before he choked her and sexually assaulted her.The victim says she then went to the restroom to “clean herself off” but did not take a shower and when she returned the suspect had a gun pointed at her head and screaming something she did not understand.Eventually the victim was able to get in touch with a hotel employee. That’s when the suspect ran out of the room still yelling at the victim.The Miami Police Department is currently working with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Doral Police Department to find and identify the suspect as he is believed to have committed crimes in their county. Authorities, however, are still asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.The suspect who is believed to be between 5 feet 9 inches tall to 5 feet 11 inches tall and between 180 to 190 pounds. He has long dreadlocks, gold teeth and tattoos on both of his arms and was last seen leaving the hotel wearing a dark green T-shirt and light colored pants.If you have any information about this incident you are asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.last_img read more

Melbourne’s Formula 1 Event Contract Extended Till 2025

first_imgSydney: Melbourne will host the Formula 1 Grand Prix until at least 2025, officials on Friday revealed, announcing a two-year extension for racing at the city’s iconic Albert Park circuit. Following the success of local driver Daniel Ricciardo, the sport has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in Australia, helping to ease concerns regarding the event’s significant price tag.Albert Park has held the Grand Prix season-opener since 1996, with the exception of 2006 and 2010, reports Xinhua news agency. “The decision to extend the current relationship for a further two years stems from the fact this event has proved to be a resounding success…proving immensely popular with fans and those who work in Formula 1,” Formula 1 chairman and chief executive Chase Carey said. Melbourne will once again kick off the racing season in 2020 with race day confirmed for Sunday, March 15. IANSAlso Read: Melbourne City FC face Girona FC in 2nd match of Kochi tourneylast_img read more

Cricket News ‘Outbatted, Outbowled And Outfield’ – Faf Du Plessis Admits India’s Total Dominance

first_imgNew Delhi: Two centuries versus seven. Not bowling the opposition out in any of the Tests. Only 25 wickets taken by South Africa in comparison to 60 by the Indian team. Dropping Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal at key intervals. Not even winning the toss in all the three games. That has been the story of South Africa’s horror show against India in the three-Test series against India. This was South Africa’s sixth loss in seven Tests in India and their winless streak in Asia has now extended ever since the Bangladesh tour of 2014. Faf du Plessis, the South Africa skipper, offered a blunt assessment of what went wrong for the Proteas in the series.”Be it in the batting, bowling or even fielding, we were dominated across the series. Starting the first innings at Vizag, there were good signs for us. But we went the other way and kept making more mistakes as the series went on. You got to give credit to the Indian team. This is a really tough Indian team under Virat,” Du Plessis stated. South Africa had arrived in India on the back of the lessons learnt in 2015 when the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja had wrecked havoc in their 0-3 loss. However, in 2019, they were undone by the likes of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. Du Plessis said the pitches were good and the sustained aggression of the Indian pacers was in stark contrast to the Proteas pacers who could not maintain momentum after 30-40 minutes. “The mindset coming here, especially after 2015, was to be prepared for the spin attack. But the pitches were fantastic. India’s seamers were outstanding through the series. Our seamers were good for 30-40 minutes but their’s were able to do that throughout the day. I think it’s the nature of the skill of the bowler. If you look at those who succeeded this series, it’s their skiddy nature that’s key but they’re also in the right areas most of the time,” Du Plessis remarked.Also Read | In India, We Should Have Five Strong Test Centres: Virat KohliThe Proteas skipper admitted that India was one of the toughest places to tour and said players who are now in the set-up will take about 3-4 years before they are experienced enough to tackle these conditions. “Been a really tough series for us but we need to ensure that when we tour again, we are better equipped. This is the toughest place to tour, the statistics say that. They’ve won, 11 or 12 series in a row? So, it’s been a very tough place to tour and it should only get better for us from here,” Du Plessis said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

No. 72 All Stars win BCB/GNNL 100-ball Tournament

first_imgBy Colin Bynoe JrThe Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) partnered with the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) to run off a well-organized 100-ball cricket tournament in the Upper Corentyne area which saw No. 72 All Stars being victorious in the finals at the No. 72 “cut and load” ground on Sunday as they humbled Dukestown by 45 runs.The game was watched by a fair gathering of spectators which included Guyana Jaguars and West Indies ‘B’ player, Anthony Bramble and General Manager (ag) of Guyana Chronicle, Miss Donna Todd, who was accompanied by other staffers. They were all well entertained.The victorious No. 72 All Stars, after their win, sharing a moment with GNNL staff which included (ag) General Manager(ag), Donna Todd.In overcast conditions, the No. 72 “cut and load” ground, as it is called, was buzzing with excitement.Due to overnight rains which affected the playing conditions to some degree, the umpires decided to reduce the number of balls to 84.Dukestown won the toss and inserted No. 72 to take first strike. Opening batsman Ryan Ramdass rode his luck to belt an aggressive 43 not out off 20 deliveries; his knock was decorated with 4x6s and 2x4s.Ramdass was put down three times by the Dukestown fielders who seem to be dropping catches at will.Permeshwar Chatterpaul (21) assisted his team to a winning total of 103 when their 84 deliveries expired.Jermain Reid, who collected 3-10 for Duketown, was the most economical bowler.In between innings, spectators were vociferously making their predictions of a winner.Dukestown took to the crease with a sense of confidence but that confidence was erased in a matter of two deliveries.Pradeep Gobin, who took the new ball for No. 72 and bowling his left-arm swing from over the wicket, bowled a demoralizing first over.Gobin prized out three wickets in the first over that went for one run. As a result, this sent his team’s supporters into frenzy.Dukestown had no answers for No. 72 disciplined bowling as wickets fell ordinarily. They were eventually dismissed for 59 and fell short by 45 runs.Pradeep Gobin receives his player of the match trophy from a GNNL representative.Acting General Manager of GNNL, Miss Donna Todd, speaking at the presentation, praised the winning team for their efforts while she offered words of encouragement to Dukestown.Miss Todd implored the loosing team, “catches win matches and you dropped a lot today, so I encourage you to do some work on your fielding”.At the presentation, staffers of GNNL presented Pradeep Gobin, who was adjudged player of the match, with cash and a trophy while his team received the winner’s trophy and cash incentives for their victory.last_img read more