One month after the Ombudsman opened its online complaint service on April 29, 1,004 COVID-19-related complaints had been submitted, with 817 of which were related to social aid distribution.Most reports, however, were not from the provinces where the alleged data manipulation and benefits cuts were later found. The reports were predominantly from Banten, West Sumatra, Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Central Java and East Java.The Ombudsman reported that it had forwarded half of the reports to the relevant ministries, institutions and local governments. The Ombudsman, tasked with overseeing public services, said it was coordinating directly with decision-makers for priority complaints and was monitoring the subsequent handling of the reports.Read also: COVID-19 crisis exposes holes in social aid disbursement The Indonesian Ombudsman has received hundreds of complaints about the distribution of COVID-19 social aid, including alleged recipient data manipulation and benefit cuts.The reported data manipulation took place in Jambi and Papua, where it changed the number of recipients and replaced the original recipients’ names with others who were not the targets of the program, Ombudsman chairman Amzulian Rifai said in a statement on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.He added that the cuts to the benefits in West Sulawesi had reduced the funds allocated to each social assistance recipient from Rp 600,000 (US$42.32) to Rp 300,000. Rifai said the reports related to social aid discussed issues of distribution delays and incorrect provisions for the number of recipients, priority targets and priority areas. Some also complained about unclear procedures and requirements for receiving assistance.The government, Rifai added, should be more proactive in conveying information to the public and should prepare plans to resolve the obstacles faced by the community in obtaining social aid.“Problems related to information and data on recipients and the distribution of social assistance can lead to horizontal conflicts in the community,” he said.Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has argued that the problems in Indonesia’s COVID-19 countermeasures have stemmed from the central government’s division of responsibilities for similar matters between several different institutions. This division, the organization said, could create communication and responsibility gaps that could be exploited by corruption.ICW coordinator Adnan Topan Husodo recommended that the central government apply a centralized pandemic response with open public access to regular data and reports on the use of state and public funds for both health and social measures.To combat the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, the government has established or expanded several social aid programs, including its preemployment card program, free and discounted electricity, staple food assistance, and cash aid.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo believed that after receiving economic support, people might refrain from this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus). While reality seemed to show otherwise, experts and labor rights activists have considered the possibility that misallocation in the aid programs contributed to the flight.The preemployment card program, for example, was heavily criticized for not contributing to overcoming the employment crisis. Critics said it was ineffective at helping unemployed people find jobs because the program had offered training without job placement.On Wednesday, the government decided to extend the length of time staple food and cash aid would be distributed. The program was initially slated for three months, from April to June, but has been extended to the end of this year. The benefits will be reduced to Rp 300,000 from the initial Rp 600,000 starting in July.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said social assistance recipients were predominantly farmers, ranchers, and planters, followed by informal merchants, private workers, construction workers, factory workers, drivers, communication workers, and fishermen. (syk)Topics :
Nordic financial group Nordea has banned investments in Facebook temporarily as it assesses the impact of multiple investigations into the social network’s handling of personal data.The company has blocked purchases for its range of sustainability-themed Stars funds.Katarina Hammar, head of Nordea’s responsible investment unit, said: “We have, of course, been aware of ESG-related risks in Facebook and other companies in the same business for some time.”The bank initiated a thematic report in late 2017 specifically addressing data privacy risks within the technology space, among other issues, she said. “We’re now pulling the brake because we see that the risks related to governance around data protection may have been severely compromised,” Hammar said. “Until we’ve had time to fully assess the breadth and width of this problem, we choose to quarantine the company.”Almost $50bn (€41bn) was wiped off Facebook’s stock market value in two days after a whistleblower claimed Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed data from millions of Facebook users to build profiles on US voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to a Reuters report.Nordea said its Stars funds invest in companies with “top-of-class environmental, social responsibility and governance profiles”.The Nordea Global Stars fund has nearly 2% of its portfolio invested in Facebook, the company said. While fund managers cannot buy shares during the quarantine period, they are allowed to sell off the shares already held.Meanwhile, a spokesman for Swedish national pension fund AP7 – which operates the default option in the country’s premium pension system – told local pensions newsletter Pensionsnyheterna that there was a need for more regulation of internet companies.At the end of 2017, AP7 had 0.9% of its SEK396bn (€39.2bn) equity fund invested in Facebook stock.“Companies like this did not exist 20 years ago and this is an unregulated area,” Johan Florén, head of communications at AP7, told the news service. “We must reach agreement on what such companies do and don’t do before you can decide what you action you are going to take practically.”Florén said that, unlike Nordea, AP7 did not have a mechanism for “quarantining” a stock. “We can blacklist a company according to various criteria, but we don’t have this kind of intermediate position,” he said.In September last year, AP7 claimed a legal victory over Facebook when the US firm backed down over plans to reclassify its stock.
This house at 37 Bottlebrush, Forrest Beach, is for sale.This little-known, north Queensland hideaway has a long sandy beach overlooking Orpheus Island, a hotel/motel, caravan park and some small shops — and that’s about it.What more do you want for an idyllic getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke?And with a median house price of $172,183, you can afford to buy your own beach shack there.Like this cute three-bedder at 37 Bottlebrush, which comes with an above-ground pool, landscaped gardens and home office. Mission Beach in Queensland has plenty of beach bargains up for grabs.FORGET Byron — even if it is home to Chris Hemsworth.Why pay $1 million for a beach shack when you can spend a tenth of the price on one just as nice … in Barney Point?The Thor actor might be spending $9 million to build a mega mansion by the sand, but you don’t have to be a celebrity to own your own beach pad this summer. This house at 42 Anzac St, Sarina, is for sale.9. BOWEN This house at 25 Gold St, Grasstree Beach, is for sale.Described as one of the most picturesque beaches in the Mackay region, Grasstree Beach is a hidden gem.There is plenty of residential land up for grabs right now if you fancy building your own beach shack.Otherwise, the price has been reduced on this Gold Street home on the headland, with uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea.The house has four bedrooms, more than 1000 sqm of land and a full-length verandah. This house at 13 Esplanade, Balgal Beach, is for sale.2. EAST INNISFAILThe median house price in East Innisfail is only $160,000, but if your budget allows it, you can snap up a steal just a stone’s throw from the beach.This three-bedroom, three-bathroom property in the nearby, popular holiday town of Flying Fish Point is the perfect weekender, holiday home or rental.It even comes with a pool, solar power, a three-car garage and airconditioning.3. FORREST BEACH The view from the house at 14 Casuarina St, Bowen, which is for sale.The town of Bowen is now a well known tourism hot spot at the top of the Whitsundays, with eight beautiful beaches.Yet despite its appeal, the average house price is only $237,000.A five-bedroom home with ocean views from both levels at 14 Casuarina Street is on the market for $275,000 and marked “must sell”. We doubt it will last long at that price. This house at 13 Esplanade, Balgal Beach, is for sale.The ultimate beach shack is waiting to be snapped up in this tiny coastal town, around 50km northwest of Townsville.Sitting on a big block on the Esplanade, the three-bedroom house is close to the boat ramp at the mouth of Rollingstone Creek, allowing easy access for weekend fishing trips.At just $320,000, beachside properties don’t come much cheaper than this.7. MISSION BEACH Queensland’s most affordable beach suburbs. Source: Realestate.com.au.1. BARNEY POINT This house at 42 Anzac St, Sarina, is for sale.Why suffer scouring over pricey beach pads in Sunshine Beach when you get one for a couple of hundred thousand in Sarina, south of Mackay?The price has been reduced on this restored cottage in Anzac Street, which is now up for grabs for $299,000.Not only is it on a huge 911 sqm block, but the property also has three bedrooms, a veranda, a storage shed, chook run and vegetable garden — and is only minutes away from beautiful beaches and prime fishing spots. The deck on the house at 20 Shelly Court, Mission Beach.8. SARINA There are plenty of beach bargains up for grabs in Barney Point.With a median house price of just $115,500, there are beach bargains aplenty at Barney Point in Gladstone.For the price of a powder room in a Palm Beach apartment, you can pick up this tidy, four-bedroom house in the beachside suburb for under $200,000.The split-level property at 20 Brisbane Street is only minutes from Barney Point beach and the CBD and has plenty of yard room to put in a pool if you desire.The agent is advertising the home as a “savvy investment” and a rare find given the market was “improving at an alarming rate”. Chris Hemsworth in a scene from Marvel Studios’ film THOR: RAGNAROK. Photographer: Jasin Boland. In fact, realestate.com.au has done the hard work for you and found Queensland’s 10 best beach bargain suburbs — all with a median house price of less than $300,000!According to realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee the only reason many of these coastal areas are so cheap is because they simply lack year-round demand. This house at 37 Bottlebrush, Forrest Beach, is for sale.4. CARDWELLThe tropical coastal town of Cardwell in the state’s far north is bouncing back after being battered by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.With an average house price of $190,000, it’s worth checking out what’s on offer.A two-bedroom, two-bathroom house described as “resort style living” in Keith Williams Drive is currently for sale for $295,000.The open plan living area overlooks a back deck and pool.There’s even room for a boat, car and caravan. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoAnd the owner will throw in some furniture if you desire.5. GLADSTONE CENTRALIt was hit hard by the mining hangover, but industry analysts believe Gladstone’s housing market has hit the bottom — and the only way is up.The median house price is only $201,500, but that’s unlikely to last long.Right now, a charming Queenslander in Glenlyon Street is on the market for just $170,000. It has polished timber floors, new kitchen appliances, a large yard, and is within walking distance from the CBD.6. BALGAL BEACH This house at 14 Casuarina St, Bowen, is a stone’s throw from the beach.10. GRASSTREE BEACH This house at 20 Shelly Court, Mission Beach, is for sale.Property in Mission Beach ranges from humble homes to million-dollar beachfront mansions.But with a median house price of $220,000, there are still plenty of affordable options.This brand new two-bedder in Shelly Court is the ultimate investment at $335,000.The home has a front timber deck, room for a pool and direct boardwalk access to the beach. This house at 25 Gold St, Grasstree Beach, is for sale.
104 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle US Stand Up to Cancer telethon raises $109 million by: – September 8, 2014 Share Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 4th Annual Stand Up 2 Cancer Live Benefit at The Dolby Theatre on Friday, September 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo:AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The star-studded Stand Up to Cancer telethon that aired on broadcast and cable networks in the United States and Canada raised US$109 million.Organizers said Monday that’s $28 million more than the 2012 telecast generated.The hour long broadcast Friday featured performances by The Who, Dave Matthews Band, Ariana Grande and a closing number by Jennifer Hudson, Common and Lupe Fiasco.Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Downey Jr. and Halle Berry were among the stars appearing on the broadcast. Viewers were asked to donate what they could.Funds raised by the telethon support international, interdisciplinary scientific research aimed at discovering new treatments for various types of cancer. Since its first broadcast in 2008, Stand Up to Cancer has pledged more than $369 million.Associated Press
Gael Monfils dismissed concerns an injured hand was hampering his game on Saturday, saying he was fit and well for his fourth-round clash at the Australian Open. Monfils bruised his racquet hand playing a computer game last month but he said the problem didn’t trouble him at all. France’s Gael Monfils insists his hand is fine as he moved into the Australian Open fourth round “I’m fine. I’m in second week, playing great tennis,” said the Frenchman, who beat Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7⁄2), 6-3, 6-3 to reach the last 16. “I played ATP Cup, was fine. I practised here for one month. I was really fine. I never said I was hurt.”Advertisement Promoted Content6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key RoleBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney Princesses2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World The 10th seed told reporters last week that he hit his right hand against a headboard while playing a computer game, and had iced it and taken anti-inflammatories. He has since played two matches at the ATP Cup and three at the Australian Open, beating Lu Yen-hsun, Ivo Karlovic and now Gulbis as he seeks his first Grand Slam win. Read Also: Aussie Open: Ruthless Nadal crushes Busta to reach last 16 “I love the game. I love waking up every morning with the goal to win for the first time a Slam,” said Monfils, who next plays Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem. “I love to play big matches. I think it’s that that keeps the fire in me, keep myself on alert. And also still I have a strong belief I can make it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
FORMER wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin will join Australia’s coaching set-up, replacing Greg Blewett as fielding coach. Blewett has resigned to take up a role with South Australia.Haddin, who has represented Australia in 66 Tests and 126 ODIs, will be joining the squad for their upcoming tour of Bangladesh. He has been contracted until the end of 2019.“I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work with this young group of players,” Haddin said in a statement. “I grew up in an era of players like Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting who gave Australian cricket a real identity in the standards of world-class fielding.They were the type of players who took it personally if the team wasn’t fielding well and that created a level for the rest of the group to aspire to.”Haddin assisted the New South Wales Under-17 and Under-19 squads soon after his retirement post the 2015 Ashes series. He shared coaching duties with his former Test team-mate Ryan Harris during Australia A’s matches against India A and South Africa A in Townsville in 2016. Earlier this year, both men assisted the national side during their tour of New Zealand.“I want to hold this group accountable to that kind of standard and I believe we have the talent to do that. It will be hard work but I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “Given my background is in wicket-keeping it will be great to be able to work with the ‘keepers in the side and give them a sounding board.”Both Haddin and Blewett are currently with the Australia squad in Darwin for a training camp ahead of the tour of Bangladesh. At the end of the camp, Blewett is expected to return home and Haddin will accompany the Australia players to the subcontinent.Blewett, who had been Australia’s fielding coach since August 2014, will now be in charge of South Australia’s Under-19 team, apart from assisting the Redbacks in domestic cricket and the also Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.“I’m very passionate about cricket in this state,” Blewett told News Corp. “Clearly there also was the lure of spending more time at home with my young family because I’ve lived a fairly selfish existence most of my life with all of the travelling for cricket.“But I also want to help the Redbacks squads achieve good things, along with trying to broaden my coaching experience.” (ESPN Cricinfo)
(BBC) – American four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson says current protests following the death of George Floyd have produced “the most momentum around this issue I’ve seen in my lifetime”.Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being restrained by a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25.Protests have been held across the U.S.“I’m hopeful that a year from now we are not looking back at this time and nothing has happened, I’m hopeful that change truly does come,” Johnson said.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, the 52-year-old added: “We’ve seen black men killed by police before, we’ve seen those police convicted and sent to prison, that’s happened and it still didn’t change anything.“The difference this time is that you have so many people talking about this issue, the protests continue, the conversation is only about this issue, and the momentum continues to grow.“This is not only black people who are sounding this alarm, everyone who understands and appreciates fairness is fed up and they are demanding change.”Floyd’s death has caused outrage and sparked a wave of protests against racial discrimination and police treatment of African-Americans in cities across the U.S. and the world.Derek Chauvin, the police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, has been charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers at present face counts of aiding and abetting murder.“It’s the most momentum around this decades-old issue that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime,” said Johnson.“From that perspective, I’ve found it hopeful and promising that this murder of George Floyd has highlighted an issue that has been with us in this country and something that we have been dealing with as a country for over 50 years now.“That is the systemic and institutionalised racism that happens every single day in this country.”He added that he hopes Americans will use their vote to bring about change at the November elections.“I’m hopeful that we can sustain this through the November elections when a lot of people who typically support this type of movement have not voted, and that’s a problem,” he said.“I’m hopeful that they understand that the biggest hammer you can swing at this is going to be the ballot box and voting.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick will become Syracuse’s deputy athletics director and Rhonda McFarland its associate athletics director of finance, SU Athletics announced in a release on Wednesday afternoon.The hirings continue a series of changes in SU Athletics since Mark Coyle was hired as athletic director on June 19.As deputy athletics director, Keenan-Kirkpatrick replaces Renee Baumgartner, who became Santa Clara’s new athletic director in June. Keenan-Kirkpatrick joins Syracuse after working at Seton Hall since 2006. She served as associate director of athletics for six years and then as senior associate director of athletics. She directed the NCAA compliance program at SHU and was tasked with overseeing compliance issues for all sports.Syracuse University is currently appealing the sanctions it received in the NCAA’s report on the school in March.Prior to being at Seton Hall, Keenan-Kirkpatrick had the same position at Kutztown University and Lafayette College. She was an assistant coach on the United States track and field team at the 2005 World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She ran track at Kent State and earned a law degree from Seton Hall in 1993.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Her experience as a collegiate student-athlete, coach and athletics administrator, combined with her law degree, provides a strong foundation for her to serve in a role that is essential to the success of our student-athletes,” Coyle said in the release.McFarland worked at Boise State for the past nine years, the same school Coyle was at before joining Syracuse. She had the same title she will assume at SU and was in charge of budget management and reporting. She has held positions in accounting, auditing and several business operations capacities.Terry Donovan was SU Athletics’ chief financial officer from 2011 until May. While McFarland has a different title than Donovan had, she will now be involved with the department’s finances.“Rhonda brings a great deal of expertise and energy to our department,” Coyle said in the release. “She focuses on ensuring we have resources in place to benefit our student-athletes through efficient budget management.” Comments
Share Share Submit EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon There is just two weeks to go until this year’s SBC Awards, the annual end of year celebration for the sports betting industry at Artillery Garden (Tuesday 5 December).With tables fast selling out for the event, we caught up with our hosts Matt Lorenzo, a former Sky Sports presenter, and Luis Garcia, a Champions League winner with Liverpool.Keep reading to find out what attracted them to the #sbcawards2017, how Lorenzo and Garcia assessed the current state of the industry, and what parallels they have found between top level football and the fight for supremacy across the sports betting sector.SBC: Hi Matt and Luis, thank you for speaking to us. Firstly, what is it that attracted you about presenting this year’s SBC Awards?ML: I am by no means an expert on gambling (!) but I enjoy the banter and sense of fun having a bet involves. I’ve worked with several bookies on various football shows and enjoyed their company.In fact, I produced and presented Sky Sport’s first ever ad-funded programme, ‘Off The Bar’, which featured a different bookie looking ahead to the weekend’s Premier League fixtures every week and was, for a time, sponsored by Boylesports.SBC: How do you assess the current state of the sports betting market; does the technology available excite you as a potential punter?ML: It would seem to be healthy given the contents of commercial breaks on Sky and BT, the number of programmes sponsored by betting companies, and the profile of those companies at football grounds and on various club shirts.I have two betting apps on my phone. Placing a bet is simple, but I make most use of odds, which are always accurate to the second and the best guide anywhere to likely results.LG: I strongly believe that it is an industry full of potential, and no doubt it can still reach a higher volume of people. In my opinion, if the proper use of bets is made I think it could be very beneficial for all parties involved in the world of football.SBC: What do you two make of FA Rule E8, which prohibits any professional footballer from betting on the game; is this too extreme or necessary to maintain integrity across the sport?ML: Apart from being a difficult law to enforce, I think it’s a little harsh to stop a footballer betting on any football match anywhere. There’s no way a Spurs player should be allowed to bet on the North London derby, but I don’t see why he shouldn’t be allowed to take a punt on the Merseyside derby. And if he thinks he has inside information, what’s to stop him passing the detail onto a friend?LG: For much of my career, bets were not as widespread as they are now through online platforms. Equally, they always gave us advice on how professional players should behave.SBC: What are the major parallels between top level football and the fight for supremacy across the sports betting sector?ML: They’re both about big business but I think the interesting factor in common is data and analysis generally. Clubs like Brentford and Brighton have benefited from an application of the Science of Football – the Moneyball approach.Both clubs are owned by successful gamblers – I think the parallels are obvious. I don’t think stats and algorithms can change football performance or gambling dividends on their own, but a punter who knows how to use them is bound to have the edge.SBC: And finally, one for Luis, what do you class as your career highlight in football; representing your country or lifting the Champions League with Liverpool?LG: I am very satisfied with my time in Liverpool and my career in general. Winning in Istanbul was a historic moment. And we were looking to re-register our names in the club’s history two years later. Unfortunately, we could not get it and for me to be injured was a mixture of frustration and sadness.On a more positive note, being the champion of the first Indian Super League was another incredible moment in my career. My desire to get to India was to help promote football in that country, and to achieve it through a championship was something I will always remember.Anyone wishing to book a table to celebrate an outstanding year for sports betting, and invite colleagues or contacts to a great early Christmas party, click HERE.For more information about part tables, individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities at the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Related Articles
Share Related Articles Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Submit Sports coaches will be boosted by What-If game analysis as part of 2020 plans for BetConstruct’s AJNA – a live scouting data solution for the firm’s FeedConstruct division.AJNA, or Third Eye, was presented at last year’s ICE exhibition (see video above) as an artificial intelligence (AI) powered real-time video analysis tool for live football, helping sports organisations to automatically track both the players and the ball position.Utilising visual and statistical data provided by AJNA, clubs and federations have since been gathering a huge variety of information without manual live scouting. However, the service can also be a more convenient alternative to wearable devices for sports players both in-game and during the training process.When asked about the possible impact of What-If metrics, BetConstruct Chief Product Officer Edgar Mkrtchyan explained: “Imagine that you can assess any game episode from the video and objectively suggest few better alternatives – pass to another player, choose a better position or go straight forward. The coach can use these examples and practice them with players, improving their game model and speed of thinking.”Mkrtchyan also predicted that 2020 will be dominated by AI-powered products such as AJNA, adding that “companies who embrace these technologies will always stay ahead of the competition and those who don’t will be slowly pushed out”.He continued: “Artificial Intelligence is being added to almost every aspect of our lives and BetConstruct is one of the first to bring it into the industry. Understanding that it is the most effective way to provide better user experience for our operators and their players we have already introduced these technologies in numerous aspects of our business. “The first was Umbrella, the risk management tool that identifies player who may be committing fraud by analysing patterns in their behaviour – effectively automating what has until now been painful manual task for most people. “The second was AJNA, which enabled us to take standards of data collection and analysis to a new enhanced level by increasing the accuracy of data scouting, the trust and improving the experience and gamification for players. It goes without saying that BetConstruct will continue to apply this technology to other aspects of its business.” New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Share