Strong human resources can improve Indonesia’s economic growth: Jokowi

first_img“I hope students can get one year internships rather than only one or two weeks,” said Jokowi.The President said students should be given access to learn wherever they wanted so they could develop the necessary skills once they entered the job market.He went on to say that Indonesia should increase its human resource capacity so people could be more productive and competitive.“Vocational education has an important role in developing our human resources.”Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hopes human resources development can serve as an opportunity for Indonesia to catch up with economic growth in other countries. The President conveyed his wish during the virtual inauguration of Diponegoro University’s vocational school building in Semarang, Central Java, on Wednesday. The building’s construction started in March last year as part of a collaboration between Sinar Mas Group and PT Astra International.During the ceremony, the President expressed his appreciation for the university’s intention to develop skills and reiterated his Cabinet’s priority to develop human resources.“Good infrastructure, strong human resources and [this building] will serve as our capital to escape the middle-income trap,” Jokowi said.He added that he believed strong human resources could help develop Indonesia. Moreover, Jokowi said the facility could be a gateway to internship opportunities and provide a space to learn about various sectors.last_img read more

Industry experts criticise German plan to allow Dutch-style pensions

first_imgGermany’s Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) has taken many in the industry by surprise after taking up a proposal by the metal union to broaden the reach of occupational pensions.Just weeks after IG Metall first recommended the creation of industry-wide pension funds, similar to the Dutch model, the BMAS endorsed the proposal in a paper that has yet to be made public.IG Metall was the union behind MetallRente, one of the more recent industry-wide schemes launched in Germany.The banking industry also offers industry-wide provision through the €24bn BVV, while Soka Bau offers pensions and other benefits to those in the building industry. Additionally, countries including the Netherlands and Denmark provide collective schemes.PFZW, the Dutch healthcare sector fund, is among Europe’s largest schemes, with more than €150bn in assets.Denmark, meanwhile, has a handful of pension providers targeting the healthcare, white and blue-collar industry, providing them with a scale that would otherwise be almost impossible to achieve.Despite the German government’s support for IG Metall’s plan, the industry’s response has been lukewarm at best.Speaking at the German pension association’s (aba) annual conference in Cologne, Peter Hadasch, a board member at Nestlé Germany, rejected the idea outright.“We do not need yet another pensions vehicle,” he said.“Germany already has enough in the occupational pension segment.”According to the BMAS’s proposal, different industries would set up a Pensionskasse or a Pensionsfonds, into which each employer – either voluntarily or through compulsion – could make contributions on behalf of employees.Additionally, new protection funds, or ‘safety’ funds, should be created to ensure the security of assets in the new pension funds, even in case of insolvency.But Hadasch argued that this would mean employers could no longer use individual pension plans to attract prospective employees, or retain current ones. He also argued that the German way of “insuring all the risks in advance” was like “pulling all teeth to prevent tooth decay”.“We have to define the risks employers have to take in a funded pension system and not release them from this responsibility because this would sever the tie to the employee – and this would be the end of occupational pensions,” he said.Hadasch also warned that the new proposed system had been the brainchild of unions and the government – “two parties that fear nothing more than the capital markets”.“If you hedge away all risks,” he added, “it will be more expensive than taking a bit of risk.”Michael Hessling, a board member at Allianz, also criticised the BMAS’s proposal.He said he feared Germany’s “major pensions vehicle” – direct insurance contracts – would be left out in a new system, which he said would “increase complexity” and “damage the existing system”.“It would create uncertainty, and employers would stop setting up pension plans while waiting for the new system,” he said.But Peter Görgen, head of BMAS’s supplementary pension department, said it would be good to “plant new seeds” with the proposed vehicles.At the conference, aba chairman Heribert Karch read out a previous statement by the IG Metall union, which kicked off the debate in the first place but has now rejected the BMAS proposal.Karch noted that the union criticises the fact it would be mandatory to have a pension scheme that would fall under the IORP II regime, and that it does not want employers to be able to “buy themselves out” of their funding responsibilities.As for the aba itself, Karch said the association would not take any position on the matter, but merely “help think matters through”.Andrea Nahles, federal minister for Labour and Social Affairs, has previously said provisions within collective labour agreements should pave the way for greater occupational coverage – with a clause now included in the country’s new minimum wage law, a campaign promise of Nahles’s Social Democratic Party.A BMAS study on the expansion of occupational coverage earlier this year also attempted to highlight the main hurdles preventing small and medium-sized enterprises from offering provision.last_img read more

Bulldogs Middle School Cross Country Results At Greensburg Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School Boys finished 2nd in the Greensburg Invitational. Ean Loichinger won the boys race with a time of 10:25, followed by Benjamin Moster, 3rd, Will Nuhring, 27th, and Aiden Geers, 28th.  Vonley Hund finished 10th in the boys reserve race.The Batesville Middle School Girls won the Greensburg Invitational. Lily Pinckley finished 2nd in the race with a time of 12:10, followed by Emma Weiler, 3rd, Sarah Ripperger, 10th, Ava Hanson, 13th, and Sophie Myers, 18th.  Jada Day finished 2nd in the girls reserve race, followed by Lily Meyer, 3rd, Maria Lopez, 7th, Megan Allgeier, 8th, and Elena Kuisel, 9th.Greensburg Invitational ResultsBoys-Columbus Northside 26, Batesville 98, Seymour 115, Jennings County 125, Doe Creek 137, Greensburg 141, Shelbyville 207, Waldron 220, Sunman Dearborn 223, Greendale 277, Connersville 305, Hauser 328, Franklin County 390, South Decatur 395, Southwestern 402, North Decatur 411.Girls-Batesville 46, Columbus Northside 71, Greensburg 73, Seymour 88, Doe Creek 156, Sunman Dearborn 169, Waldron 217, Jac-Cen-Del 245, South Dearborn 258, Jennings County 304.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img read more

Johnson wins IMCA Late Model thriller at Indee

first_imgBrett Vanous raced to the front from a fourth row start to score the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event. Vanous took the checkers ahead of Tyler Ollendieck. The IMCA Modified 20-lap feature was led early by Josh Barta before Troy Cordes took over the top spot. Cordes had advanced from a fourth row start, but was not able to hold off Aikey, who came from deep in the field to take the lead with two laps to go. Aikey scored the win ahead of Cordes and Ronn Lauritzen.   By Jerry Mackey Cole Mather continued his mastery of Independence Motor Speedway in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. On Saturday night it took Mather the majority of the race to get to the front and make the winning pass. Mather was able to get by Tom Schmitt late in the race for his fifth consecu­tive win.   The trio swapped the lead several times late in the race with the lead changing hands every cor­ner. Sean Johnson prevailed in an IMCA Sunoco Late Model thriller Saturday at Independence Motor Speedway. (Photo by Scott Weber, Black Hat Photography)center_img Aikey led at the white flag only to have both Johnson and Martin get back by on the back chute. At the checkers it was Johnson by a very narrow margin over Martin and Aikey.   The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature win went to Vern Jackson. The win was Jackson’s 107th career win at Indee. Jackson overtook early leader Brett Thomas en route to the win. Tony Olson followed Jackson across the line in second.  INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 25) – Rydell Auto Parts held Customer Appreciation Night on Satur­day night at the Independence Motor Speedway and fans were treated to an IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature that had everyone on the edge of their seats.  The field took the green flag with Curran Beckler setting the pace in the early going. Sean John­son, Curt Martin and Jeff Aikey were making their way to the front to set up a battle for the ages. last_img read more

Zamora deserves warm welcome – Redknapp

first_img Press Association He continued: “I went to watch them play Juventus that night (in the Europa League). That was one of the best footballing nights I have ever been to. Fulham went 1-0 down and they were something like 4-1 down on aggregate (but came back to win 4-1 on the night) and Bobby ripped them to pieces. “What a night of football, I loved every minute of it. Years ago people would go back to their old club and they would get a lovely ovation. Dear oh Lord, what has happened?” After starting the season with a bang, scoring four times in his first five matches, Zamora has only found the net once since last September. But Redknapp believes his return to fitness after overcoming an ankle injury and a dose of the flu is vital to QPR’s chances of Premier League survival. “He is important to us. He holds the ball up, he knows what he is doing and he knows how to play. Going back to Fulham will be interesting for him,” Redknapp said. QPR are off the bottom of the table, courtesy of Reading’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, but they still head to Craven Cottage seven points adrift of safety. “Back-to-back wins for us could put us right back in the picture again,” Redknapp said. “Everyone has written us off but we are still right in there in my opinion. “I am confident. When I am not confident I will be struggling to come into work in the morning.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp has told Fulham fans that Bobby Zamora deserves a hero’s welcome on his return to Craven Cottage for Monday’s Barclays Premier League London derby.center_img Zamora’s goals helped fire Fulham into the 2010 Europa League final and he spent four years at the club before moving to QPR in January 2010. Redknapp despairs at the way modern-day football supporters abuse the players they once cheered – and he hopes Zamora gets the reception he deserves. “I don’t know why you should get stick when you go back to a club where you have done so fantastically well,” Redknapp said. “Why do you abuse someone when they have given you good service and been a good player?” last_img read more

USC looks for fourth consecutive win against UCLA

first_imgIn that matchup, the Trojans pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind victory and handed UCLA its first loss of the season. After USC gave up the doubles point, they fought back in singles play to tie the score at 3-3. Sophomore Roberto Quiroz clinched the 4-3 victory for USC in a third-set tiebreaker over UCLA’s Adrien Puget.Though Quiroz received praise for his clutch performance, USC head coach Peter Smith was also impressed with the play of sophomore Eric Johnson and freshman Max de Vroome.“Eric and Max showed me, the rest of the country … that they’ve got what it takes to win,” Smith said.No. 46 Johnson and No. 109 de Vroome are just two of USC’s eight ranked singles players, the highest being No. 10 junior Emilio Gomez. In addition, USC has two ranked doubles teams, the highest of which comprises junior Ray Sarmiento and sophomore Yannick Hanfmann, who was just named Pac-12 player of the week due to his dominant play in the tournament.Meanwhile, UCLA’s roster features four ranked singles players, the highest being No. 13 sophomore Marcos Giron. The Bruins do not have a ranked doubles team. Though the Trojans appear to have the advantage on paper, recent matches between teams have proven to be quite unpredictable.Early last season, the top-ranked Trojans trounced No. 3 UCLA in Westwood, 6-1. Not two months later, the Bruins shocked USC by pulling off a 4-3 upset and ending the Trojans’ 45-match winning streak that spanned over a year. The Trojans bounced back, though, and defeated UCLA 4-2 a week later to take home the Pac-12 tournament, before beating them one more time in the semifinals of the NCAA championship tournament.Though the Trojans trail the Bruins 100-88 all-time, Sarmiento is thankful that the team has been victorious in the past three match-ups and hopes that the streak will continue Friday.“We love battling against UCLA and it’s nice to know the [win] has been on our side the last couple times,” Sarmiento said. “We just have to keep taking care of our own business.”The team also hopes that today’s match against the Bruins will not be as close as Sunday’s was. Though Smith and his players agree that earning the doubles point is the first step toward securing the victory, they have different opinions on how to achieve that goal.“We have to come out of the starting blocks strong and with a lot of energy,” sophomore Jonny Wang said.Smith takes a more relaxed approach to securing the doubles point.“We’re too pumped up,” Smith said. “The guys are always ready to play … it’s getting [the team] calm that’s the hard part.” USC’s No. 2 men’s tennis team (12-1) is looking to beat the Bruins on Friday, as it hosts No. 3 UCLA (9-1) in a nonconference match at Marks Stadium. The match, which is set to start at 3 p.m., will mark the second time the teams face each other in a week, after having clashed at the ITA National Team Indoor championships in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday.Clutch · Sophomore Roberto Quiroz helped the Trojans defeat the Bruins last week, taking the game-clinching match against UCLA’s Adrien Puget. — Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Kaino issue ‘not misconduct’

first_imgPhoto by: GETTY IMAGESCaption: Jerome Kaino needs time to sort out his family life but is not guilty of misconduct, accdording to New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew. Sidelined All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino isn’t guilty of misconduct, but he needs to sort out his private life, New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew says.Kaino’s absence from the All Blacks amidst allegations of an affair was raised as Tew fronted the news media to discuss the findings of the Respect and Responsibility report commissioned by the national body and unveiled in Auckland on Thursday.The All Blacks have been hit by two high profile issues off-field issues in the last year with star halfback Aaron Smith involved in a toilet tryst at Christchurch International Airport, and the Kaino affair allegations.Tew emphasised they were different cases.”Jerome … his is a very personal matter and it is a different piece of ground that I think tested the [review] panel and it tests us,” Tew said.”There is a moral issue around Jerome but it is very private. He hasn’t actually broken any All Black or contractual obligations and so at this stage we believe that the best thing for Jerome is to go away and sort his life out with his family and himself and come back to rugby when he is ready.”But at this stage we don’t believe he has done anything that we would consider to be misconduct under the terms of our contract.”All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes the Jerome Kaino issue is a moral one, and not a matter of misconduct with NZ Rugby.The allegations against Kaino surfaced when he was in Sydney for the Bledisloe Cup opener for which he wasn’t selected. He left the All Blacks and wasn’t involved in the subsequent rematch with the Wallabies in Dunedin.While the All Blacks take on the Pumas in New Plymouth on Saturday, Kaino will make his return to rugby with the Auckland team.Smith is the subject of a second investigation into his “toilet tryst” after fresh complaints from the woman he was allegedly with.”In the Aaron Smith case, we are working through a process, we have someone independent looking at the new information that came to light. We are not wanting to rush that process, we think it needs to be done properly and then we will deal with it in the framework of the employment relationship we have with Aaron as we did the first time,” Tew said.Tew believed if the recommendations of the lengthy report are implemented, the next generation of All Blacks would be better equipped to deal with the responsibilities of their position.”They are addressed on a number of things in here (the report) on the long term because the next All Blacks will come through a programme where we are giving them better tools and better education to equip themselves to make better decisions,” he said.Tew explained the current process of dealing with incidents. The report revealed there had been 36 cases of misconduct investigated by NZR between 2013-17 (33 involving players, two a team and one a club). “The first thing we do is consider the nature of the allegation. If it is a matter for the police, then we normally step aside and just let the police deal with it. Then we will, come back in due course. There are times when we might consider suspending a player, if he’s a professional player, if the criminal offence is such that required that,” Tew said.”Then we work through our process. We treat each case on their merits, we normally set up a panel to hear the misconduct. The process is actually very defined in our collective [agreement].”It is very tricky. We know we are held to account publicly and that we know we have to send some really clear messages to the other players, but we are bound by the confidentiality of employment relationships and they are tricky.”Review chairwoman Kathryn Beck said her panel at looked at this and recommended that rugby look at its disciplinary performance management framework and make that a lot simpler to understand and follow.The eight-strong panel felt there needed to be “a very clear understanding that there will be consequences where people step outside was is the expected behaviour”.last_img read more

For the record

first_imgA story Thursday about proposed changes to gang injunctions misquoted Blinky Rodriguez. In fact, the gang intervention expert told a city panel, “The way it is now, a gang injunction is a life sentence for these people. We need to put a gate in the fence to give them a chance to get out.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cops arrest 8 Occupy Portland protesters reopen street

first_imgPORTLAND POLICE BUREAU NEWS RELEASEThe Portland Police Bureau arrested 8 individuals on October 13, 2011, in an effort to reopen Main Street in Downtown Portland. The names of those arrested and the charges follow:30-year-old, Brandon T. Lee: Interfering w/Peace Ofc.; Discon II/ Obstruction32-year-old Brad Mathew Whisler:Discon II/ Obstruction; Interfering w/Peace Ofc.32-year-od John Wade Saunder, Discon II/ Obstruction; Interfering w/Peace Ofc.22-year-old Ashley Lynn Jackson: Discon II/ Obstruction; Interfering w/Peace Ofc.34-year-old Keller Dean Henry: Discon II/ Obstruction; Interfering w/Peace Ofc.41-year-old Jacquelyn Beatrice Miller: Discon II/ Obstruction; Interfering w/Peace Ofc.29-year-old Joshua DavidMacnayr: Discon II/ Obstruction; Interfering w/Peace Ofc.; Improper Positioning on Hwy24-year-old Andrew N.Barnick: Discon II/ Obstruction; Interfering w/Peace Ofc.Police arrested eight people before dawn Thursday and reopened a downtown Portland street blocked during the past week by protesters supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement.Officers moved in quickly and traffic was flowing a half-hour later.Many of the protesters had decided the day before to go along with a request by Mayor Sam Adams to give up the street that divides two downtown parks where a settlement of more than 300 tents and tarps sprang up.Camping in city parks is illegal, but Adams said there were no plans to break up Occupy Portland.“We are not moving against the camps,” Adams said Thursday in a story by The Oregonian.He said he and other mayors dealing with such occupations are making “practical day-to-day decisions about keeping the peace, protecting people’s legal rights to freedom of expression and at the same time keeping this city and all cities moving.”Adams crossed a street from City Hall to one of the parks on Wednesday afternoon to tell protesters it was time to reopen the street. The closure has disrupted traffic for thousands of people, including riders along several bus lines that were rerouted.last_img read more