Jokowi urges ministers to focus budget on health care, social aid, economic stimuli

first_imgTopics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged his ministers to focus the state budget on health care, social aid and economic stimuli to combat the impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.Jokowi said the pandemic not only posed a huge risk to public health but also to the economy, with the global economic slowdown expected to hit the country going forward.“I ask you [to focus the budget] on three things: health care to mitigate the COVID-19 risks, the social safety net through social aid and incentives for businesspeople and small and medium businesses,” Jokowi told ministers in his opening remarks of a teleconferenced limited Cabinet meeting Friday. The government announced on Wednesday that it was finalizing a third stimulus package to reallocate Rp 27 trillion (US$1.8 billion) to fund the healthcare system. To fight the pandemic, it will also reallocate up to Rp 10 trillion that was intended for ministries and institutions as well as Rp 17.2 trillion earmarked for regional administrations.“The third stimulus will prioritize health care, including hospital needs and medical devices, as well as the social safety net for those in need,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday, adding that the government would also assess the best way to provide cash transfers for those affected by the pandemic.The first stimulus package, worth Rp 10.3 trillion and announced on Feb. 25, provided staple needs and mortgage subsidies for low-income families, as well as fiscal incentives for travel-related industries. The second package, worth Rp 22.9 trillion, provided individual and corporate tax breaks and relaxed export and import procedures.Read also: Indonesia’s GDP to grow 4.8% this year as COVID-19 shakes economy: Fitch Solutions“We are still assessing the scope, mechanisms and the target for the third stimulus but we are very flexible, which allows us to react properly,” Sri Mulyani said.She added that low-income households and individuals working in the informal sector would be given financial assistance, although she declined to provide further details.Indonesia’s economic growth is projected to fall to around 4.5 to 4.9 percent in the first quarter and may plummet further in the second quarter as the pandemic strangles economic activity, the minister said.Bank Indonesia (BI) also lowered on Thursday its economic growth projection to between 4.2 and 4.6 percent this year, the slowest since 2005, from last month’s expectation of between 5 and 5.4 percent.center_img Read also: ‘Desperate times, desperate measures’: Calls grow for flexible state budget amid virusIndonesia had announced 309 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths as of Thursday. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected more than 244,000 people and claimed at least 10,000 lives.Jokowi also called on ministers and regional administrations to delay non-prioritized spending. “I urge you to cut spending on business trips, spending on meetings and on purchases of goods that are not prioritized.”“The public’s purchasing power must become our focus, particularly that of the low-income households,” he said, adding that the government would expand its social safety net program to boost consumption through the Family Hope Program (PKH), Indonesia Smart Cards (KIP) and the pre-employment card, among other things.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Nominates Acting Secretaries of Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Acting Commissioner of Insurance to Serve Permanently

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today nominated Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, Acting Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller, Acting Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith, and Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman to serve permanently in their respective roles, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.“Each of these leaders, in their respective agencies, is dedicated to furthering the goals of their departments, working together as a team on many initiatives with the shared goal of serving and protecting Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said.Dr. Rachel Levine, in addition to serving as Acting Secretary of Health since June, is also the state’s physician general, and a professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.As physician general, Dr. Levine has made significant strides combating the opioid epidemic and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ population. She spearheaded the efforts to establish opioid prescribing guidelines and establish opioid prescribing education for medical students.She has also led an LGBTQ workgroup for the governor’s office, which has worked to create programs and processes that are fair and inclusive in healthcare, insurance, and many other areas. Recently, Dr. Levine was recognized as one of NBC’s Pride 30, a national list of 30 people who are both members of and making a difference in the lives of the LGBTQ community.Her previous posts included vice -chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her training in pediatrics at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, followed by a fellowship in adolescent medicine there. She then practiced pediatrics and adolescent medicine in New York City and was on the faculty of the Mt Sinai School of Medicine.She came to central Pennsylvania in 1993 as the director of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Polyclinic Medical Center. She joined the staff at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1996 as the director of Pediatric Ambulatory Services and Adolescent Medicine.In addition to her teaching role at the Penn State College of Medicine on topics in adolescent medicine, eating disorders and transgender medicine, she has lectured nationally and internationally and has published articles and chapters on these same topics.Teresa D. Miller assumed duties as acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services in August.Previously, Miller served as Pennsylvania’s insurance commissioner since January 2015, where she worked on a range of issues, including the administration’s top priorities – fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic and helping seniors.Under her leadership, Miller made it clear that one of her top priorities at the Insurance Department was enforcing mental health parity laws, ensuring consumers have access to the mental health and substance use disorder treatments they need.Teresa has been a leader in the Wolf Administration’s efforts to protect seniors. Her work to ensure seniors in Western Pennsylvania were protected and would not lose access to their doctors helped prevent disruption in care for 180,000 by ensuring UPMC providers continued participation in Highmark’s Medicare networks through the end of the consent decrees, which expire in 2019.In 2017, Teresa was named chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Senior Issues Task Force. Also at the NAIC, Teresa has been a leader in taking on the current challenges of the long-term care insurance markets. At her request, the NAIC created the Long-Term Care Innovation Subgroup, which she chaired, to work to increase long-term care funding options for consumers, including increasing the number of affordable asset protection options.Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Miller served as acting director of the State Exchanges Group, the Oversight Group, and the Insurance Programs Group in the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington, D.C.Before her work with the federal government, Miller worked in Oregon where she fought for state adoption of mental health parity legislation, representing drug and alcohol treatment providers, social workers, the Arc of Oregon and other advocates for people with disabilities. Then, as the insurance regulator in Oregon, she worked to ensure consumers received the benefits of that law.Miller received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Pacific Lutheran University.Jennifer Smith was appointed Acting Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs in January 2017. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP).Smith began her career with the commonwealth in 2004 in the Office of the Budget, beginning as an accountant and eventually becoming the office’s Director of Planning and Management in 2012 before beginning as DDAP’s Deputy Secretary in 2015.Since assuming the role of Acting Secretary, she has continued the Wolf Administration’s initiative to increase drug take-back opportunities, expand access to naloxone in communities around Pennsylvania, and, alongside the Pennsylvania Department of Health, released guidelines and protocols for “warm handoffs” that help overdose survivors transition into substance use disorder treatment.Smith has also worked alongside Governor Wolf and other Wolf Administration Officials to ensure that fighting the opioid crisis remains a priority on the federal, state, and local levels. In 2017, the Wolf Administration secured a $26.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services as part of $1 billion included in the 21st Century CURES Act to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic and will be used by DDAP to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).Jessica Altman was appointed Acting Insurance Commissioner in August. Prior to this, Ms. Altman served as Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department alongside former Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller, beginning in June 2015. In this position, Ms. Altman served as the top aide to former Commissioner Miller, oversaw policy initiatives for the agency, and coordinated policy with other state government agencies and external groups.Altman represented the department in a number of statewide initiatives, including coordinating aspects of Health Innovation in Pennsylvania, which leverages funds from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ State Innovation Model Initiative and sitting as a board member for ABC-MAP, the commonwealth’s initiative to implement a prescription drug monitoring program. She is also an active member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), and is vice-chair of the NAIC’s subgroup evaluating the definition of quality improvement activities for the medical loss ratio.Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Altman worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, where she developed policy and facilitated implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  In addition, she served as a policy analyst for the health division of the White House Office of Management and Budget while completing her master’s degree.Altman has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management, with a concentration in Health Care Policy, from Cornell University. October 12, 2017center_img Governor Wolf Nominates Acting Secretaries of Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Acting Commissioner of Insurance to Serve Permanentlylast_img read more

Wolf Administration Wins Federal Grant for Corrections and Parole Crisis Intervention Training

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, has been awarded a federal grant totaling almost $280,000 to implement crisis intervention training (CIT) for staff members in community corrections centers, mental health contracted providers and parole supervision.The funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Justice through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, will allow more than 180 DOC and parole staff to work with county first-responders and mental health providers already trained in CIT.“The Department of Corrections and Parole professionals currently serve more than 1,200 people living in community corrections facilities, including an estimated 300 individuals with mental health diagnoses,” Governor Wolf said. “This grant will help these professionals learn how to best handle a crisis to ensure the safety of those living in facilities, as well as the residents and communities in these areas.”Of the more than 46,000 inmates currently in Pennsylvania state prisons, 31 percent have a mental health diagnosis, a figure that has increased significantly in the past decade.“The DOC has been actively developing new policies and treatment programs to address the growing population of those with mental illness with the understanding that more than 95 percent of them will return to the community one day,” said Wetzel. “This grant will allow us to build upon the work already being done and provide potentially life-saving training to staff helping individuals prepare to reenter the community.”“This intervention training grant will provide our parole officers a better understanding of the various types of mental health distresses a person might have and when someone may be experiencing a mental crisis,” said PBPP Chairman Leo Dunn. “We are proud that these grants will offer the assistance, skills and resources to our agents to identify those in need of mental health care and to seek out appropriate treatment services.”The training will be piloted in Allegheny, Berks, and Mercer counties and focus on centers located in Pittsburgh, Reading, and Sharon.In addition to CIT training in the three identified counties, DOC will conduct an evaluation on the impact of CIT in Community Corrections settings. If the evaluation is positive, CIT could be instituted for community corrections staff across Pennsylvania.The DOC has so far provided Crisis Intervention Training to 1,508 staff members, of whom 1,002 are correction officers. Wolf Administration Wins Federal Grant for Corrections and Parole Crisis Intervention Training SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 08, 2017last_img read more

Xin Yuan Ocean Orders Tanker from Compatriot Shipyard

first_imgChina-based shipowner Xin Yuan Ocean has opted to order a small dirty tanker, with an option for another vessel of the same kind, from a compatriot shipbuilder Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the company placed the order for the new ship on June 7.The vessel in question will feature 7,500 dwt and is expected to join its owner in 2018, while its sister ship, if ordered, would be delivered in 2019.Although the financial details of the agreement were not disclosed, VesselsValue informed that the ships have a combined market value of around USD 22 million.Xin Yuan Ocean currently operates one small dirty tanker, the 8,000 dwt Rostella. Built by China’s Quingshan Shipyard, the vessel, which has a market value of USD 17.8 million, was delivered to the company in April 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Dominica’s decision to invest in LIAT an ‘excellent decision’

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LocalNews Dominica’s decision to invest in LIAT an ‘excellent decision’ by: – June 20, 2012center_img 32 Views   no discussions Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. Photo credit: Caribbean News NowPrime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, has described Dominica’s decision to invest $8 million into cash strapped regional airline LIAT as an “excellent decision”.Dominica’s leader, Roosevelt Skerrit, announced in December of 2011 that his government had taken a decision to invest into the airline for various reasons.Chief among them was to avoid subsidizing or paying for empty seats on the airline and the best way towards implementing its tourism strategic plan.At the time of this announcement in 2011, he noted that the arrangement was being finalized and would have taken effect in 2012.However, a recent fire which destroyed two office blocks, an aircraft hangar and an aircraft at the VC Bird International Airport on June 10, which is likely to cost the airline approximately EC$35 million according to LIAT’s manager for corporation communications Desmond Brown, may have accelerated the move.Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer announced at the weekend that Dominica’s leader gave a commitment to provide half of the $8 million equity contribution to LIAT this week.This has caused a stir among the main Opposition party in Dominica, the United Workers Party (UWP). UWP Leader, Eddison James urged Prime Minister Skerrit to disclose whether the “$8 million is an investment for shares in LIAT or whether it is a contribution in the context of loss which LIAT has suffered,” noting that this had not been the “subject” of discussion locally.LIAT”s inagural night landing flight to Dominica. Photo credit: GIS NewsPrime Minister Gonsalves told the Next Level Radio program on Tuesday evening that it is a good decision by Dominica’s leader and he has never had one moment of regret for his decision to invest in the airline years ago.According to him, LIAT provides an essential service in terms of travel for the Caribbean region which is “indispensible”.“It’s an excellent decision…Dominica does not have an international airport; Dominica has now lengthened its airport at Melville Hall and they have night landing, Dominica has increased its hotel rooms… so you have to build your services. If you’re building your services you need more air transport”. He explained further that it is “absolutely” the correct time for Dominica to purchase equity into the airline as LIAT has been engaged in discussion for expansion.“So he wants to sit at the table to make sure that Dominica is properly served by LIAT and he wants to be there in the discussion for the fleet renewal and the fleet expansion”.Gonsalves explained that the decision to invest into the airline should not be viewed as an abandonment of agriculture.“While we still have a role for bananas and a role for agriculture we have to build on the services especially tourism services. Dominica is similar to Saint Vincent in that it is an agricultural country which is moving into the services. So it’s not a question that you are putting the money into LIAT and you’re not putting any money into bananas”. He stated that it is a question of a leader looking at “the whole economy and you have to look at areas where you are growing too like in tourism and services and you have to put money into it”.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Skerrit told the Next Level Radio program on Tuesday evening, while he is aware of the challenges which the airline is faced with, he “remains resolute” in his decision, as it is “to ensure that Dominica’s interest is protected”. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

July 1, 2017 Police Blotter

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Heifers-Lost

first_img2 Heifers-Lost. One is all red and the other is red with a white face. Escaped on (9-15) Both are about 1-1/2 years old. We live on County Road 375 South off of Farmer’s Retreat Road.Please call 654-3148 or 621-8652 for details.last_img

Bad-boy Suarez denies Blues

first_img For such an odd incident Suarez has previous, having served a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax immediately prior to his move to Liverpool in January 2011. The 26-year-old is no stranger to controversy, having been sent off for a goalline handball in a World Cup quarter-final, suspended for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra and admitting to diving earlier this season. It was even his handball which resulted in Chelsea’s match-winning penalty and it seems inevitable the Football Association will be contacting him again. Benitez remains a hugely divisive figure and that was highlighted no better than with his stepping back out into Anfield for the first time nearly three years after leaving. Supporters warmly welcomed the man viewed as a returning hero in these parts – the only ones not applauding were those from Chelsea whose objections to the Spaniard directly result from his red roots. Chelsea’s opening goal was courtesy of a near-post header by Brazil international Oscar who managed to out-fox Daniel Agger and then beat Jose Reina inside his left-hand post. At half-time Philippe Coutinho was replaced by Sturridge – bought from Chelsea in January – and he instantly changed the dynamic. His first run put Steven Gerrard clean through – only for Petr Cech to deflect the shot wide with his legs – and then he smashed a 25-yard effort against the post. But the England striker did brilliantly to get his feet in the right position to convert an awkward chance from Suarez’s far post cross in the 52nd minute. Liverpool’s bubble was burst pretty quickly, however, as when Suarez handled defending a Juan Mata corner Hazard stroked home from the spot. They continued to press but the closest they came to puncturing a hole in Chelsea’s defence, apart from Suarez’s teeth, was when substitute Jonjo Shelvey fired into the side-netting. However, Suarez produced another talking point by heading home Sturridge’s cross with the clock showing 96 minutes and 34 seconds. The spotlight was supposed to have been reserved for former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez on his first appearance back at Anfield but Reds striker Luis Suarez upstaged him with a bizarre biting incident and the latest of late equalisers in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea. Press Associationcenter_img Benitez was denied a victorious return to the scene of many of his former glories by player of the year candidate Suarez who ensured the focus was all on him – again. It would not have been until, with Chelsea 2-1 up thanks to Oscar’s header and Eden Hazard’s penalty either side of Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser, he chose to sink his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic as the pair tangled in the penalty area. Referee Kevin Friend missed the incident and despite the Chelsea defender’s protests no action was taken. Suarez’s equalising goal with virtually the last kick of the game in the sixth and final minute of added time will probably be forgotten in the furore which is to follow. last_img read more

Schmidt will watch Wales closely

first_img Head coach Schmidt has conceded Ireland cannot afford to dismiss launching an all-out attack at Scotland from the off at Murrayfield. Ireland will most likely have to better the points difference of both England and Wales to retain their RBS 6 Nations title. Joe Schmidt has admitted Ireland could go for broke against Scotland if Wales thrash Italy in Rome on Saturday. Press Association Wales kick-off the ‘Super Saturday’ finale by taking on Italy in Rome, before Ireland face Scotland, with England hosting France in the closing clash of the triple-header. Schmidt is fairly confident Ireland will not dispense with their no-nonsense gameplan in Edinburgh – but did admit that could all change if Wales hammer the Italians. “There’s always that potential; I don’t think you can rule anything out, if Wales have a big win,” said Schmidt. “Whatever happens we’ll try to determine what the best thing is for us. “And the one thing I would do is probably throw a word of caution around trying to chase anything other than getting our noses in front of Scotland. “They were unlucky against Wales to lose by three points. “They were probably unlucky with a try that was disallowed, and they got very close to France in Paris too. “They were beaten at the death by Italy and they stayed really competitive against England for a long time. “With the job we’ve got in front of us it would be difficult to get any further ahead than just play that game. “Yes we’ll be keeping an eye on the game before us, and obviously the game after us, we’ll be watching that as well.” England top the championship table on points difference and start the day as slight favourites, given they will know exactly what they need to do against France come kick-off to claim the title. Schmidt believes Wales command the box seat however, given Italy’s propensity to taper off at the back-end of tournaments. Ireland’s 46-7 victory over Italy in Dublin last year proved pivotal to their points-difference title triumph, and Schmidt thinks Wales could produce something similar this weekend. “I think Wales will fancy their chances,” said Schmidt. “Inevitably in the last couple of Six Nations Italy have tended to fade in those last two games. “I know for us and England last year that became very much apparent as opposed to Wales beating them by eight points in the first game. “The forecast in Rome is good and that allows Wales to have a good shot. “We’ll get a little look at what the result is in that game (before facing Scotland). “It can’t affect our preparation, it can’t affect what we’re planning to do, because I think then that becomes a distraction. “And last-minute distractions are never good.” last_img read more

NorthEast United FC and Jamshedpur FC share points in ISL

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: A goal in the 88th minutes from Jose Leudo helped NorthEast United FC to hold Jamshedpur FC 3-3 and collect one point from the ISL tie at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here today.A lot of drama was left for the last part of the game which witnessed four goals scored, two each by either side.The home team took just five minutes to go ahead in the game through Gallego. David Grande scored the equalizer for Jamshedpur just before the final whistle to end the first half. Redeem put the local team ahead once again in the 77th minute but two goals from Acosta (82) and Memo (85) almost sealed the fate of the game for the visitors. However, Leudo ensured one point for NEUFC when he scored the equalizer in the 88th minute.It was the second consecutive occasion when the turnout for the ISL game in Guwahati was very poor. NorthEast failed to score in their last five games but today made a very positive start. The match was just five minutes old when Ninthoinganba Meetei split the Jamshedpur defence with a good through-ball for Andrew Keogh whose shot was kept out by goalkeeper Rafique Ali. The rebound fell into the path of Gallego who placed the ball into the net.The visitors came back into the game just before the break. Aniket won a header in the air and flicked the ball into the path of Amarjit Singh who delivered an accurate cross into the box from the right flank. Grande rose the highest at the far post and found the back of the net with a good header. NorthEast for the second time in the game took the lead in the 77th minute. Chaves ran down the left flank and outfoxed Memo. The substitute crossed towards the far post where Sandeep Mandi’s poor defensive header allowed Redeem to hit a nice volley into the net. The joy in NEUFC was short-lived as the visitors scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute. Acosta redeemed himself after receiving the ball outside the box and unleashed a brilliant curling strike that flew past the extended gloves of Subhasish and into the net.The NorthEast defence lacked the composure to see off the game and lost their cool in the final ten minutes. Jamshedpur pressed hard and claimed the lead from a free-kick. Memo stepped up and struck a powerful effort into the net.Jamshedpur, however, were dealt a blow when Farukh was punished with a second yellow card for his reaction to a bad tackle. A minute after the sending off, NorthEast equalized. Memo failed to clear a routine delivery into the box and Leudo pounced with a powerful hit that bulged the net and made it 3-3, capping an exciting game.After this game, NEUFC still remained in the ninth place in the points table with 13 points from 15 matches. Jamshedpur FC are at seventh place with 17 points from 16 games.ALSO READ: NorthEast United FC hold Kerala Blasters in ISL at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Also Watch: Assam Police destroyed Opium poppy plantation in South Salmara once againlast_img read more