Daughter of former immigration director general questioned in Djoko Tjandra case

first_imgThe Attorney General’s Office (AGO) questioned Grace Veronica Sompie, the daughter of the Law and Human Right Ministry’s former immigration director general, Ronny Sompie, on Tuesday regarding the Djoko Tjandra graft case.AGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono announced that Grace had been questioned in a written statement. She was one of five witnesses questioned by the AGO on Tuesday.The AGO also questioned Usin, head of the Immigration Inspection Office (TPI) under the Immigration Directorate General, and Danang Sukmawan, head of management and reporting at the Directorate of Immigration Information Systems and Technology. The two other witnesses questioned by the AGO were PT Indo Mobil Trada Nasional director Darwin Yohanes Siregar and Essence Darmawangsa Apartment manager Djoko Triyono.Djoko Tjandra, who was convicted in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, was arrested in Malaysia on July 30 after 11 years on the run.He fled the country a day before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution.In addition to Djoko Tjandra, the AGO has named two other suspects in the case. One of the suspects is prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari, who allegedly received a US$500,000 bribe from Djoko to help him secure a Supreme Court acquittal.Last Wednesday, the AGO named NasDem politician Andi Irfan Jaya a suspect in the case for allegedly serving as a middleman in Pinangki’s case. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Provide Civil Immunity for Health Care Providers

first_img Healthcare,  Press Release Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order to afford health care practitioners protection against liability for good faith actions taken in response to the call to supplement the health care provider workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.During the course of the pandemic and the disaster declaration associated with it, the Wolf Administration has used its authority under the declaration to suspend a significant number of regulations and regulatory statutes to supplement the health care workforce, including facilitating the deployment of retirees and out-of-state health care professionals, expanding scope of practices and relaxing supervision requirements for numerous health care licensees, bringing in health care professionals who have not previously maintained liability coverage, and calling upon health care providers to perform acts they would not perform in the ordinary course of business.“As the COVID-19 pandemic has required the Wolf Administration to take broad action to respond to and prepare for Pennsylvanians’ critical health care needs, so too has it required our health care providers to broaden their professional responsibilities and experiences like never before,” Gov. Wolf said. “This Executive Order to Enhance Protections for Health Care Professionals serves to protect the individuals serving on the front lines of the disaster response.”The executive order:Grants immunity to any individual who holds a license, certificate, registration or certification to practice a health care profession or occupation in Pennsylvania and who is engaged in providing COVID-19 medical and health treatment or services during the COVID- 19 disaster emergency response. Immunity does not extend to acts or omissions that constitute a crime, gross negligence, or fraud, malice, or other willful misconduct;Extends immunity to those medical professionals in Pennsylvania that provide services in any health care facility as defined by the Health Care Facilities Act, as well as any nursing facility, personal care home, assisted living facility or any alternate care site, community-based testing site or non-congregate care facility used for the purpose of conducting emergency services activities or the provision of disaster services activities related to the Commonwealth’s COVID- 19 disaster emergency response;Affirms immunity for any person, organization or authority allowing real estate or other premises used for emergency services without compensation in the case of death, injury, or loss or damage to the property of any person who is on the premises for the purpose of those emergency services; andSuspends or removes a host of regulatory barriers that would otherwise impede or prevent out-of-state, retired or other qualified practitioners from providing services where needed in the Commonwealth.The order was written in response to stakeholders requesting civil immunity for health care practitioners practicing with good judgment under very challenging circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order also is in line with actions neighboring states have taken and is responsive to the needs and requests of the health care community.This order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the disaster emergency.Read the full order here.View this information in Spanish. Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Provide Civil Immunity for Health Care Providers SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 06, 2020last_img read more

Fundamentals of Dutch pensions system up for discussion, says Klijnsma

first_imgThe fundamentals of the Dutch pensions system, such as a collective approach and solidarity between all participants, will be up for discussion during a broad dialogue about the long-term future of the system, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, has said.In a letter to Parliament, she said she intended to speak with all stakeholders, such as supervisors, umbrella organisations, pensions experts, pension providers as well as ordinary people.The dialogue would initially focus on what is desirable and achievable to be the key elements of the pension system, and would also include tailor-made choices, according to Klijnsma.As a next step, the public discussion would focus on the design of a new system, including ownership rights, whether or not to continue with mandatory participation and the principle of the average contribution. The dialogue is also meant to find solutions for the 800,000 self-employed – many of whom are not saving for an additional pension – and developing pension arrangements linked with care and housing, the state secretary said.Klijnsma annouced that the Cabinet would soon come up with proposals for a pensions scheme for self-employed within the current framework, and that it had requested the Social and Economic Council (SER) for an extensive advice, including the views of the social partners.She added that the Cabinet was already looking into the options of adjusting the current principle of average premiums, which is leading to increased friction between younger and olders workers.The outcome of the different processes would be outlined in a note, to be presented to Parliament in the spring of 2015.Meanwhile, Jan Nagel, senator for the political party for the elderly (50PLUS), has called for a national referendum on the future or the pensions system.The party, which has two representatives in the lower house of parliament, said the proposals for an update of the financial assessment framework (FTK) were damaging and objectionable, in part because contributions would be decreased to also benefit employers.It further argued that an expected increase of the required financial buffers would also come at the expense of pensioners, as this would limit the chances of indexation.A referendum would certainly delay the introduction of a new FTK, which is scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2015.last_img read more

Falling costs and strong returns prompt KLP price cut

first_imgNorway’s municipal pensions provider KLP is to cut prices for its customers amid looming changes to its competitive environment.The premium reductions follow a strong investment return recorded in the first quarter of the year. KLP’s investments added NOK2.2bn (€226m) to its portfolio in the first three months of 2019.Sverre Thornes, KLP’s chief executive, said: “The return on our customers’ pension funds is well above the return we have guaranteed, and our costs are low.”He added: “We are finding that low costs and a strong financial position allow us, as a mutual-owned company, to pursue our ambition to reduce prices and hence costs to our customers within public sector occupational pensions.” In the first quarter, the pension fund generated a value-adjusted return of 3.1% and a book return of 1%, which it attributed to strong equity market performance.As a result, KLP’s total group assets rose to NOK699bn at the end of March from NOK676bn at the end of 2018.Reforms take shape Sverre Thornes, chief executive, KLPThe provider has held a near-monopoly in the local authority pensions market in Norway since 2012 but is set to have more competitors as the country reduces its tally of municipalities.The reform means that some of the new, larger local authorities will be able to expand independent pension schemes and therefore have less need for KLP’s services.In addition, the advent of a new hybrid pension scheme for public sector workers in Norway, to replace existing defined benefit models, could also increase competition from other providers.Storebrand and DNB announced in February that they intended to re-enter the municipal sector following the implementation of the reforms in January 2020.The funds previously managed a third of the market’s pensions, before quitting back in 2012, leaving KLP largely unchallenged.However, KLP said today that the ongoing reform efforts had not affected its growth.The firm also emphasised the importance of equalising pension premiums regardless of age or gender. Trade unions and employers have agreed that KLP should continue to build on this principle, ahead of a debate on the subject in the Norwegian parliament.“This is an important point to make clear before the changes in public sector occupational pensions take effect from 1 January 2020,” KLP’s Thornes said.last_img read more

Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in a Climate Resilient Land

first_imgBusinessInternationalLifestyleLocalNews Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in a Climate Resilient Land by: – March 14, 2020 Sharing is caring! High consumption of consumer goods and services has contributed to increased pollution on our planet and threaten to eliminate hundreds of species on earth.  The rapid growth in consumption of goods is an issue, given the impact their production has on the environment and the planet’s resources. For example, to produce one pair of jeans, approximately 15 gallons of water is required and 71 pounds of carbon dioxide is omitted, the equivalent of driving 78 miles. Indiscriminate consumption is not a recent phenomenon, it is arguably a byproduct of our rapidly globalizing world which has made goods and services cheaper and quicker to access. This is shown in our culture of fast fashion and fast food, with a disregard for the true environmental cost of these goods. The problem can also be linked to a culture of excessive consumerism that often starts at a young age.It’s against this background WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY is being observed on the March 15 ,2020 with the aim of promoting SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION.  The objectives are to increase resource efficiency and fair trade while helping to alleviate poverty and enable everyone to enjoy a good quality of life with access to food, water, energy, medicine and more. Dominica Consumer Protection Association has declared March as  Consumer Month and will focus on the following activities to create awareness among consumers in ways they can maintain sustainable consumption.  These include; Radio communication blitz,  Stakeholder Symposium, Distribution of Compost Bins, Town Hall Meetings and erection of Billboards.Why does it matter?Overconsumption of consumer goods has far reaching consequences.  If the current rate of consumption does not slow down and sustainable alternatives are not embraced, the finite amount of resources that are available will deplete.  Ecological foot-printing assesses how much people consume and how many resources are needed to sustain that lifestyle. For example, if the world’s population would want to sustain the lifestyle of the U.S. population, that would require nearly four earths — clearly not possible. If millennials continue to be apathetic to this problem, the massive strain on core resources such as water, soil and raw materials will worsen and not stop until there are no more resources left for exploitation.It is also imperative to remember that greater consumption also results in greater waste. The amount of food wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people.  If this was reduced it would not only alleviate problems of hunger but would save resources that are needlessly being misused. Moreover, the content that ends up in landfills, whether it is food or clothing, continues to have an impact even when it has been disregarded, as methane and toxic gases are released and contribute to global warming. Our generation must recognize the consequences of our consumption and mobilize to change the outcome, otherwise depleted resources and a ravaged environment will be inevitable.What can you do about it?While this issue is not being completely ignored, there is still a lot more to be done. Government must make it easier for citizens to make more sustainable and ethical choices.  In order to reduce consumption and the strain of valuable resources, schemes and policy to support recycling and subsidize environmentally friendly or carbon neutral, homegrown products have to be realized. We are encouraged by our Government’s vision of making Dominica the first Climate Resilient nation in the world and envisage the implementation of geo-thermal, wind, water and solar sources of energy to fuel this new approach, with reduced cost to consumers. There must be new policies and initiatives in promotion of Three R’s Strategy for Solid Waste Management , with emphasis on recycling and composting.   Also due to small economies of scale, initiatives can be of sub regional or regional nature, for example OECS or Caricom if projects are to be viable.Dominica’s private sector also has tremendous responsibilities in promoting sustainable consumption, consumers need to be provided with clear and reliable information about product sustainability information must not be misleading that consumer but must be empower and enable to make an informed choice. They must invest in new technology such as electric vehicles, new innovation to recycle clothing, plastics and bottles, development of sustainable packaging and moves towards buying products that last.Locally consumers must be well informed on matters of competition and standards with regards to food and services so as to take sustainable actions which can impact their health and environment positively. They need to take actions which reduce the incidence of chronic diseases. These include purchasing organic vegetables and fruits;  composting biodegradable waste, establishment of backyard farms, promotion of renewable sources of energy, effective management of solid and liquid waste and participation in recyclable  methods of waste.Housing infrastructure must meet national building codes, capable of withstanding earthquakes and hurricanes of category 5 magnitude. It must be noted, for consumers to benefit from all this social and political activities there must be modern consumer legislation for ensuring quality standards for goods and services offered for sale.  We think it is time that the Dominica Consumer Bill be enacted,  thereby providing a protective umbrella for consumers.In closing Consumers must come together to deal with the issue of sustainability.  As consumers we have enormous power, in the purchase choices we make and how we use and dispose of the waste left behind from making these purchases, but also in our ability to influence the whole system that is from production and manufacturing to packaging and disposal. We have to demand more from supply chains by calling for more sustainable products and services. We also have the power to ensure that the impact of sustainable purchases we make doesn’t end as we leave the shop but our sustainable products have infrastructure behind them to increase their life and usefulness, whilst contributing to economic development and prosperity in Dominica. Share Share By Martin Anthony Scotland, MPHSecretaryDominica Consumer Protection Association Inc. Tweet 88 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

First phase of CARICOM crime prevention plan to focus on youth violence

first_img Share 17 Views   no discussions Share Image via: caribana.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana — Gangs and gang violence among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) youth is one of the priority issues to be addressed in the CARICOM crime prevention and social development action plan (CCPSD), which is being implemented on a phased basis. The plan was jointly developed by the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to address the development challenges posed by the high levels of crime and violence in the region. The CARICOM Secretariat, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in addressing the priority of gangs and gang violence, has organized a series of sub-regional consultations to discuss plans to roll out the anti-gang programmes and services component of the action plan. This component is designed to provide intensive support services and programmes to reduce involvement in gang life and to equip ‘gang leavers’ with life skills to help them reintegrate into their societies. The programmes and services, to be developed in consultation with stakeholders, will be implemented through pilot projects at the community level. On Tuesday, Guyana hosted the first four-day sub-regional meeting, which will engage stakeholders drawn from four member states — Belize, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago. The stakeholders comprise leaders of faith-based organizations, private sector and government representatives — particularly personnel from the judiciary system – and social and probation workers of the member states as critical partners in the fight eliminate gangs and gang violence within the Community. Over the four days, stakeholders will exchange ideas on several topics, including culture and code of gangs and their impact on family life. They will explore models that focus on anti-gang services, life-skills, and income-generating projects. They will also share international, regional and national best practices for addressing gangs and gang violence and develop tools and protocols to implement the component at the community level.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring!center_img Share NewsRegional First phase of CARICOM crime prevention plan to focus on youth violence by: – October 5, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

Girls Basketball Scores (11-15)

first_imgWRBI Area Girls High School Basketball Scores.Friday (11-15).Jac-Cen-Del  57     Rising Sun  31Lawrenceburg  62     South Ripley  47South Dearborn  54     Franklin County  32North Decatur  50     Union County  24Franklin 69     Greensburg  39Mt. Vernon  48     Connersville  33Madison  74     Switzerland County  37last_img

Red Force nipping at the heels of leaders Guyana Jaguars

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are now nipping at the heels of leaders Guyana Jaguars, after their big win in the third round of the Regional Four-Day Championship last weekend.Red Force trounced Windward Islands Volcanoes by 10 wickets inside three days at Queen’s Park Oval, after yet another strong batting display where they piled up 402 and then dismissed Volcanoes cheaply in both innings, to be left with a simple victory target of 24.Captain Denesh Ramdin and Jason Mohammed both got hundreds for Red Force – two of three in the game after Devon Smith also reached three figures in Volcanoes second innings.With the success, Red Force moved into second place in the standings on 41.4 points, just five points behind three-time reigning champions Jaguars who escaped defeat on the final day of their contest against Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Jaguars, who has led from the start of the tournament last month, suffered a batting meltdown at Warner Park in St Kitts and were forced to follow on, after Hurricanes raised 412 for nine declared in their first innings.The visitors needed veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul’s 77th first hundred – a stellar 109 – to thwart Hurricanes on the final day and earn a draw.Hurricanes, who started the round in second spot, now lie third on 38.6 points, with the top three teams all unbeaten so far in the tournament.Barbados Pride, who drew with Jamaica Scorpions in the rain-hit day/night affair at Sabina Park, are fourth on 23.2 points while Scorpions are fifth on 18.2.Volcanoes, who have lost two of three so far, lie bottom on 15.6 points.In round four bowling off on Thursday, Red Force host Jaguars at the Brian Lara Stadium in a top-of-the-table day/night clash, Hurricanes welcome Scorpions to Warner Park while Pride travel to Arnos Vale Stadium to take on Volcanoes.last_img read more

Governor Wike Splashes N7m on Rivers United

first_imgHe outlined several incentives which should spur players and officials of the club as the season enters the home stretch of the NPFL.Wike also pledged a N3.5million as financial carrot each time the Rivers United earns a draw away from home in the NPFL.For an away win in any of their remaining matches in this season’s NPFL, River United stands to reap N7million.Rivers United remains very impressive this season and is still in the running for glory in both the NPFL and the Federation Cup.To ensure the possibility of a double, Wike also promised $50,00 reward if Rivers United defeats either Julius Atete FC or Enyimba International FC in the quarter final fixture of this year’s Federation Cup.The governor also revealed that a ‘special package’ awaits the football club if they reach the last four of the oldest football competition.Rivers United is currently in third place on the NPFL standings with 44 points from 26 games, two points adrift of the leaders, Enugu Rangers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, last Sunday splashed N7million on the state owned Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubside, Rivers United as part of plans to adequately motivate the club to success.Wike who was present at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt as Rivers United defeated Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) 2-0 in a Match Day 27 clash.last_img read more

Brady confident of Euros progression

first_imgThe new structure for the competition means finishing third in the group could be enough to qualify for the latter phase.Brady says anything is possible. Meanwhile, Spain have named their provisional squad for the tournament.The holders have not included Manchester United’s Juan Mata, Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres or Chelsea’s Diego Costa.last_img