Health Minister Terawan urged to overhaul his communication skills

first_imgTerawan had not been able to inform the public properly about his efforts, therefore causing citizens to question his capabilities, Emanuel said.”One important issue we have found from the minister and his staff is the lack of public communication skills. [Terawan] has done much, but he doesn’t let the people know,” the Golkar Party politician said on Tuesday.Read also: Govt deploys medical interns to front linesMuchamad Nabil Haroen of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) voiced similar concerns, saying that the current health crisis had tested Terawan’s leadership and vision as the leading minister in the health sector. House of Representatives members have called on Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto to rework his communication skills following a series of public gaffes that appear to have persuaded him to lie low despite the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.In recent months, Terawan seems to have made fewer public appearance after critics lambasted him for creating numerous controversies, including by playing down the COVID-19 threat at the beginning of the outbreak in the country, despite his position leading the national efforts against the coronavirus.Emanuel Melkiades Laka Lena, the chairman of House Commission IX overseeing health care, acknowledged that the minister had displayed rather poor communication skills, though he deemed that Terawan had done a good enough job in handling the virus as proven during previous hearings with the legislative body. “The minister must improve his public communication strategy. Many ideas and programs are not well communicated to the public, leaving the latter unaware [of the government’s efforts to combat COVID-19],” he said.Before Indonesia confirmed its first cases of COVID-19 in March, Terawan was under fire for making light of the coronavirus threat and instead asking people to keep praying. In February, he dismissed a report by Harvard University researchers suggesting that the Southeast Asian country must already have unreported coronavirus cases, calling the study “insulting”.The blunder was followed by a series of public gaffes that inevitably made Terawan the subject of ridicule on social media.The most recent criticism he received came in early September, when he appeared to play down Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s suggestion that the capital city had to return to full large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) amid an “alarming” shortage of hospital beds, with the minister suggesting that hospitals in Jakarta “could still handle COVID-19 patients.”Terawan previously also stirred controversy after responding to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s criticism regarding low spending on the health sector despite the country’s struggle to contain COVID-19 transmission, saying the low spending was due to a low number of patients.Read also: Lawmakers defend Health Minister from Jokowi’s criticismSaleh Daulay of the National Mandate Party (PAN) defended Terawan against Jokowi’s criticism, saying the minister needed time to spend the budget with the additional funding of Rp 25 trillion (US$ 1.7 million) coming in the middle of the year.Terawan was optimistic about spending the budget optimally this year, Saleh said.”He needs time. He once explained that he allocated around Rp 21 trillion for COVID-19 patients’ medical treatment and the rest was for medical workers’ incentives and medical equipment purchases,” he said.Saleh went on to call on Terawan to improve coordination among ministries and state agencies since the minister would not be able to handle the situation alone.”I urge the minister to provide more medical equipment and medicines in regions throughout the country,” Saleh said.”[Terawan] should also immediately prepare more health workers, lab personnel and specialist doctors in the regions to avoid overcapacity in provincial and central government hospitals, as well as making PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests more accessible and affordable.”Topics :last_img read more

Value of collective risk-sharing ‘overestimated’ – Netspar

first_imgThe added value of risk-sharing among generations in pension funds has been systematically overestimated, according to researchers at Netspar, the Dutch expertise platform for retirement, pensions and ageing.In a report, Jan Bonenkamp, Peter Broer and Ed Westerhout argue that the benefits of sharing investment risk in collective schemes, relative to individual pension plans, is only a fraction of what has been claimed in previous research.Their findings up the ante in the debate between supporters and opponents of intergenerational solidarity.The unions, for example, are keen supporters of collective schemes. Netspar’s researchers, however, argue that previous studies painted a rosy picture of risk-sharing, as they were based on optimal collective schemes that deviated from the “real situation”.Earlier surveys estimated the added value of a collective scheme at 5% on average during a lifetime compared with individual defined contribution plans, with one study even claiming a benefit of 20%.Netspar estimated the added value at no more than 0.2%.It attributed the lower benefit in part to its calculation method, which took all generations into account rather than a limited number.The conclusion tallies with the findings of a report by Netspar and the Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) last year, which concluded that the benefits of risk-sharing had decreased as a result of population ageing.According to this report, the prosperity benefits of a collective scheme stands at 1%.Earlier this week, the large civil service pension fund ABP and the healthcare scheme PFZW threw their weight behind a future pensions system with individual pensions accrual, but only as long as collective risk-sharing remains.Peter Borgdorff, director at PFZW, warned that, without the solidarity element of collective buffers, participants would be unable to carry all risks while accruing a pension individually.last_img read more

Court rules Family First is a charity

first_imgNZ Herald 1 July 2015A charities lawyer says charities can now speak out on political issues without fear after a landmark High Court judgment overturning the deregistration of the lobby group Family First.Sue Barker of Wellington law firm Sue Barker Charities Law said “hundreds” of charities would be affected by the judgment, which follows on from an earlier Supreme Court judgment last August ordering the Charities Board to reconsider its deregistration of Greenpeace.Both organisations were deregistered on the grounds that their purposes were primarily “political” rather than “charitable”.Deregistration means that they cannot claim tax exemptions for their donations, and usually means that the Inland Revenue Department will no longer allow donors to claim tax rebates for donating money to them.A majority of the Supreme Court in the Greenpeace case ruled that an organisation with charitable purposes could also have political purposes, depending on the objectives being advocated and the means used to promote those objectives.It held that the objectives did not have to be generally accepted and could be “controversial”, and ordered the Charities Board to reconsider Greenpeace’s application for registration.A Greenpeace spokesman said today that Greenpeace was about to resubmit its application “in the next few days”.High Court Justice David Collins has now ordered the board to reconsider Family First’s case too. He said Family First would still need to show that its role was “of benefit to the public” by analogy to other cases, but he warned against applying that test too narrowly by comparing Family First only with existing charities.“It is essential that the Charities Board not undertake its analogical assessment by seeking to carefully match Family First’s purposes with organisations that have achieved recognition as charitable entities. Doing so would risk undermining the Supreme Court’s recognition, for the first time, that political purposes are not excluded from being classified as charitable,” he said.“…I am saying, however, that the analogical analysis which the Charities Board must undertake should be informed by examining whether Family First’s activities are objectively directed at promoting the moral improvement of society.“This exercise should not be conflated with a subjective assessment of the merits of Family First’s views. Members of the Charities Board may personally disagree with the views of Family First, but at the same time recognise that there is a legitimate analogy between its role and those organisations that have been recognised as charities. Such an approach would be consistent with the obligation on members of the Charities Board to act with honesty, integrity and in good faith.”Ms Barker praised the judgment as restating Voltaire’s famous saying that, “I may not agree with what you say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”.“Deregistration as a charity effectively can kill a charity, so it’s not respecting your right to freedom of expression if you are going to be deregistered,” she said.The judgment would be a huge relief for all charities which currently feared speaking out on public issues because they might be deregistered, she said.“Every charity that might come across an issue that needs governmental action, that needs legislative action, that needs something to happen, every charity that wants to engage with the democratic process, had previously been scared that by speaking out it was going to be deregistered,” she said.“The Supreme Court has made it clear that that should not be the case, but it’s not clear that the Charities Registration Board is applying it that way.”The Family First judgment is online here. First allowed to appeal charity decisionNewsTalk ZB 1 July 2015The Charities Board decided to de-register the controversial lobby group in 2013 – according to Family First, this was because of its opposition to gay marriage.Justice David Collins has told the Charities Board to reconsider its decision.It follows a precedent set by a Greenpeace judgement last year, where the High Court ruled that charities can engage in political activities.Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie said some charities have to advocate for political issues to support their concept and he hopes the Board will recognise this in future.“Previously the Charities Board has been pretty inconsistent about that issue. The Supreme Court and now the judge’s comments in our case mean the Charities Board has got to be a lot more realistic,” he said.“There’s a misunderstanding between a group that works with an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff and somebody who puts an ambulance at the top of the cliff.”“There are many charities who do one or the other or both.” First charity status to be reconsidered3News 1 July 2015Family First will remain a tax-free charity after a High Court decision ordered the Charities Board to reconsider deregistering it.The group’s national director Bob McCoskrie says the decision is a victory for charities who advocate for different causes especially in the context of a landmark Supreme Court decision which recognised Greenpeace’s political advocacy as a charitable act.“It is a victory for open robust debate on issues that affect families,” Mr McCoskrie says.The Charities Registration Board first notified Family First it wanted to de-register the lobby group in 2013.It argued the group’s purpose was to “promote particular points of view about family life” and under the Act promoting a controversial point of view was a political purposeThe Wellington High Court heard the appeal late last month.A written decision was released yesterday from Justice David Collins has ordered the board to reconsider its deregistering decision in the light of the Greenpeace ruling.“The Charities Board’s analysis that Family First’s advocacy role is ‘controversial’ and therefore not self-evidently of benefit to the public will need to be reconsidered in light of the approach taken by the majority of the Supreme Court in Greenpeace.”Family First had asked Charity Services to drop the case after the Greenpeace decision came out.The group has been known to espouse controversial views around a number of issues including opposition same-sex marriage. read more

PH now on 2nd virus wave, says DOH chief

first_imgMANILA – The Philippines is already under the “second wave” of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III bared yesterday. “Actually nasa second wave tayo. ‘Yung first wave, batay po sa ating mga batikang epidemiologist, happened sometime in January,” reveals Secretary Francisco Duque III. ONE NEWS PH “Actually nasa second wave tayo. ‘Yung first wave, batay po sa ating mga batikang epidemiologist, happened sometime in January – noong nagkaroon po tayo ng tatlong kaso ng mga Chinese nationals from Wuhan,” said Duque during the Senate Committee of the Whole Hearing, adding preparations are ongoing to mitigate the possible next surge on the number of cases.“‘Yun po ay kinikilalang first wave, maliit lang na wave ika nga. Pero ngayon nasa second wave tayo at ginagawa po natin ang lahat para nga ma-flatten ‘yung epidemic curve,” he added.Duque earlier said that a third wave of COVID-19 transmission would be the “worst case scenario” for Metro Manila if it will be placed under general community quarantine without enough testing.Based on the latest data from the Department of Health, the country has a total of 12,942 COVID-19 cases with 2,843 recoveries and 837 deaths.Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) is eyeing to implement a per barangay lockdown with the relaxation of the community quarantine.IATF-EID chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the possibility was reached as the country wants to preserve the return of the economy after almost two months of lockdown.“Baka hindi na tayo mag-declare ng lockdown per region, but ang lockdown na lang natin by barangay,” Galvez told President Duterte during a public address on early Wednesday.“Ibig sabihin, paliitin lang natin. Gagawin natin is ‘yung barangay na mayroon cases, ‘yon ang ilo-lock down natin para ma-preserve natin ang economy,” he added.President Duterte, while he agrees with Galvez plan, said that a return to enhanced community quarantine is a possibility if the number of coronavirus infection spikes as more areas are slowly reopening.“Kung babalik tayo sa dati, if the contamination will be as fast as before and it will continue to infect ‘yung nakalabas na, then we’ll have to just go back to the original program,” said Duterte.Metro Manila, Laguna, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales, and Angeles City had already shifted to a modified lockdown, where government sought to restart an economy ravaged by the pandemic.Cebu and Mandaue in the Visayas, meanwhile, remained under enhanced community quarantine, while other parts of the country are now under general community quarantine, with loosened restrictions./PNlast_img read more

Barcelona coach working with Messi on new Champions League role

first_img read also:Inter Milan chief explains ‘desire’ for Messi deal Barca host Napoli in the second-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie with the aggregate scores locked at 1-1. If the Catalans defeat Napoli, they then face four games in 17 days next month in order to win the European title. As such, Setien’s biggest concern is how to manage Messi through the mini campaign. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Barcelona coach, Quique Setien, is using their pre-Champions League break to adjust the positioning of Lionel Messi. Setien has concerns over Messi’s workload and wants to reduce the running he does off the ball during games. As such, Setien is pushing Messi to stay within a radius of 25 metres from the opposition goal and not drop back into midfield. He is also encouraging Messi to tackle less and consider conserving his energy more during games.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValuePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Things You Didn’t Know About Channing Tatum’s Ex-WifeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Breaking: Juventus fire Sarri

first_img Loading… His team scored 100 goals and conceded 55, averaging 2.16 points per game. read also:Sarri appreciates first title with Juve after difficult debut campaign Sarri spent most of his career in the amateur leagues, having joined the sport late in life after quitting his job in banking. He shot to fame in Serie A with Empoli from 2012-15, then going on to impress with his style of Sarriball at Napoli from 2015-18, winning the Europa League trophy at Chelsea. He had been under contract at Juventus until June 2022, but was dismissed just one season into his tenure. They amassed 83 Serie A points this season, fewer than in any other campaigns during this nine-year winning streak, and conceded 43 goals in 38 rounds. The Bianconeri scored 76, fewer than Atalanta, Inter, Lazio and even fifth-placed Roma. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To WorstThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap Operascenter_img Juventus have sacked Maurizio Sarri after just one year at the helm, despite winning their ninth consecutive Serie A title. The decision was made in a crisis meeting this afternoon between President Andrea Agnelli, directors and the coach. An announcement is expected imminently. He won the first Italian trophy of his career, their ninth Serie A title in a row, but only one point ahead of Inter and with none of the attractive football that was expected. His position was already shaky after losing the Italian Supercup to Lazio in December, then the Coppa Italia Final to Napoli in June. Last night’s Champions League exit to Olympique Lyonnais proved the final straw, going out on away goals after a 1-0 first-leg defeat and 2-1 second-leg victory. President Agnelli said he would take a few days to reflect and evaluate the situation, but it seems as if the decision was made very quickly indeed. The 61-year-old leaves the Juve job after just 51 competitive matches, overseeing 34 victories, eight draws and nine defeats.Advertisementlast_img read more

Deery Series doubleheader this weekend at Farley, Independence

first_imgFARLEY, Iowa (April 10) – A pair of $2,000 to win events are on weekend tickets for the Deery Brothers Summer Series.Touring IMCA Late Models headline shows Friday, April 14 at Farley Speedway and Saturday, April 15 at Independence Motor Speedway. A minimum of $300 will be paid to make the main event both nights.Farley opens pit gates at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with rac­ing to follow. Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running are IMCA Modifieds for all applicable points, in­cluding track, and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for national, regional and state points. More infor­mation is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the web­site.Pit gates and the grandstand at Independence open at 4 p.m., with racing following 6 p.m. hot laps.Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students ages 12-18 with ID, and free for kids 11 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.Also running are IMCA Modifieds in a $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualify­ing event, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, for national, regional and state points.More information is available by calling 319 404-7177 and at the website.Defending series champion Tyler Bruening of Decorah is the point leader following the first two tour events. Bruening and Joel Callahan of Dubuque also lead Deery drivers with three career wins each at Farley.The Saturday show will be the 29th in Deery Series history held at Independence and the first-ever there in April. The previous earliest Deery race date at Indee was June 2 of 1987, the series’ inaugural season.Curt Martin owns six tour wins at his hometown track while Cedar Falls’ Jeff Aikey has collected four of his series-best 68 checkers there.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 76; 2. Scott Fitzpatrick, Cedar Falls, 68; 3. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 67; 4. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb., and Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, each 66; 7. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Matt Ryan, Davenport, and Jeff Tharp, Sher­rill, each 65; 12. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 64; 13. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 61; 14. Nick Marolf, Wilton, 60; 15. Curt Martin, Independence, 55; 16. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 52; 17. John Emer­son, Waterloo, 51; 18. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, 49; 19. Curt Schroeder, Newton, 44; 20. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 38.last_img read more

Mother Nature wins again at Davenport

first_imgDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 26) – The IMCA Modified Madness 50 special, scheduled for tonight (Friday) at Davenport Speedway, has been rained out for a second time.The event has now been rescheduled for Friday, July 14.Next Friday, June 2, weekly point racing returns to Davenport Speedway. All four classes will be in action, the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Models, Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modi­fieds, Koehler Electric Street Stocks and the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMods.In addition, that evening is the first Kids’ Night of 2017. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free when accompanying a paid adult. Bike races will be held during intermission.Davenport Speedway is located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:15 p.m. and racing at 6:45 p.m.For more information, visit the track website at or call 563 652-5302.last_img read more

I-League: Gokulam Kerala FC Hold Shillong Lajong to 1-1 draw

first_imgShillong: Shillong Lajong held Gokulam Kerala FC to a 1-1 draw in their final home fixture of the I-League football match at the JLN Stadium here on Friday.Following the result, Lajong are still stranded at the bottom of the table with 11 points from 18 matches whereas Gokulam have accumulated 14 having played one game less.Gokulam Kerala FC drew first blood through a stellar finish from Marcus Joseph in the 43rd minute before Samuel Lalmuanpia restored parity for the hosts in the 65th minute. Mahesh Singh Naorem was adjudged the Hero of the Match.Shillong Lajon FC started the game with two changes, goalkeeper Phurba Lachenpa had to be rested due to his injury from the last game against Chennai City FC and he was replaced by Neinthovilie Chalieu while Kynsailang Kharsong was replaced by Rakesh Pradhan.Gokulam Kerala FC, on the other hand, tweaked their team with four changes from the last match. Abhishek Das, Felipe De Castro, Arjun Jayaraj and Pritam Singh found their places in the starting eleven replacing Deepak Kumar, Ralph Alfred, Suhair VP and L Haunhar.Gokulam began on an attacking note and the combination of Felipe De Castro along with Marcus Joseph kept on pressing hard making attempts in short intervals. Shillong’s defence line, which otherwise isn’t known to be the best in the business, ensured that the visitors did not get any clear chance to take an early lead in the game.Shillong, on the other hand, tried to attack through Mahesh Singh and Kitboklang Pale but were unable to create any threatening moment for the visitors. The lion’s share of the possession, however, belonged to Gokulam Kerala FC as they were mostly dictating the game from the midfield.Gokulam’s efforts finally paid dividends when a wonderful cross from Arun Jayaraj to Marcus Joseph saw the latter finding the back of the net through an exquisite finish in the 43rd minute. This gave Gokulam Kerala FC a much needed 1-0 lead at the halfway mark.The second half began with Gokulam Kerala FC pressing hard but an alert Shillong Lajong defence ensured that the visitors did not get another chance to double their lead. Shillong Lajong FC continued their attacks on the counter but they finally got the reward when Mahesh was brought down by Daniel Addo inside the box having earned a spot-kick after the hour-mark.Samuel Lalmuanpuia, thereafter, made no mistake in finding the much-needed equalizer for the red devils in the 65th minute. The game thereafter saw Shillong Lajong making a few attempts but were unable to find the breakthrough to win all three points to come out of the relegation zone. IANSAlso Read: MEGHALAYA NEWSlast_img read more

DCC summer camp starts today

first_imgTHE Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) has finally confirmed that its annual summer cricket camp will run from today to August 26 at the club’s ground and pavilion on Lance Gibbs Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.The daily activities will commence at 09:00hrs and conclude at 15:00hrs.The camp is opened to any youngster between the ages of 10 and 16 years who have an interest in cricket and are looking to improve their skills and knowledge of the game.The camp will run from Monday to Friday for just over two weeks, and will include classroom type instructions/lectures,and on-field fitness and cricket exercises, with a presentation ceremony at the end of the final day.Registration and attendance will attract a small cost. Snacks and beverages will be provided free of cost.Meanwhile, in a release,the club also bid farewell to Sachin Singh, Qumar Torrington,and Ashmead Nedd, as they leave for England with the West Indies team to participate in the Under-16 invitational tour.These three youngsters are products of the club’s annual summer camp which has been part of their calendar of events for the past six years.President of the Club, Alfred Mentore, extended best wishes to the youngsters as they embark on their international tour, and posited that the success of these players is testimony to the importance, need and benefits of the summer camp.Mentore further observed that these players have continued both the high standards set by their predecessors and the rich legacy of the club in continuing to produce talented players for Guyana and the West Indies.He also took the opportunity to encourage the corporate community to join in sponsoring the camp as the club seeks to identify new talents and ensure the longevity and continuity of this great sport that we all love.Summer Camps serves multiple purposes for youths, families and communities, and is a great social cohesive opportunity to keep children occupied, away from social ills, and an ideal form of getaway during the school holidays, which prevents them from getting involved in delinquent activities.last_img read more