Government forms team with businesspeople, labor groups to discuss omnibus bill

first_imgCoordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto was scheduled to submit a presidential letter (Surpres) notifying the House about the deliberations over the bill, as well as the bill itself, on Tuesday, according to several lawmakers.The minister, however, failed to show up, prolonging the government’s failure to meet its own deadline for submitting the bill. He was then scheduled to submit the bill on Wednesday.Contacted separately, Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) president Said Iqbal said the newly formed team did not involve the labor groups much; it instead had a tendency to divide them.”We rejected an invitation to join the team unless the team involved more labor groups and was tasked with discussing each of the articles in the omnibus bill before they are submitted to the House,” Said told the Post. “We do not want to only be a legitimation tool.” Secretary to the coordinating economic minister Susiwijono Moegiarso said that businesspeople and labor representatives had agreed to join the team.”We are planning to have a meeting on Thursday to talk about the schedule and work plan,” he told the Post without providing further details.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) vice chairwoman for international relations Shinta Widjaja Kamdani said the team’s discussions on the bill would be held simultaneously with its deliberations at the House of Representatives.If passed into law, the omnibus bill on job creation is expected to amend more than 1,000 provisions in some 80 prevailing laws, including the Labor Law, which is deemed to have stifled investment. However, labor unions have expressed their opposition to the bill, saying it would undermine labor rights. The government has set up a team comprising government officials, businesspeople and labor representatives tasked with coordinating deliberations and public consultations over an omnibus bill on job creation.According to Coordinating Economic Ministerial Regulation No. 121/2020, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, the ministry set up on Feb. 7 a team of 14 labor representatives, 12 business representatives and 19 government officials.”The team is tasked to discuss labor issues on the omnibus bill on job creation,” the regulation reads. “[It will also] consult with the public regarding labor issues.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

‘False security’: WHO advises against using COVID-19 rapid test as travel requirement

first_imgDespite the WHO’s stance, the Indonesian COVID-19 task force allows the nonreactive rapid test result as a valid health document required for passengers traveling domestically by land, sea or air, according to its latest circular on June 26. The rapid test document is valid to use for 14 days.The regulation was issued after transportation companies were heavily impacted by the pandemic, as social restrictions prompted people to avoid travel.The ministry’s spokesperson, Adita Irawati, during the discussion acknowledged that the ministry was not on board with the WHO’s recommendation on the use of rapid tests, citing that the ministry followed the briefing from the country’s COVID-19 task force instead.“I understand that the WHO does not support referring to rapid test results for diagnosis. However, as long as there are no changes from the task force, we will make it a requirement in all types of transportation,” she said.The government’s COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s questions regarding reasons for retaining the rapid test as a travel requirements despite the WHO’s disapproval.Furthermore, state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) commerce director Maqin Norhadi said the company was providing a rapid test facility at railway stations to test passengers who had yet to acquire the health document.“We are providing a rapid test service at several stations at a low price. KAI as a public transportation operator should protect the health of its passengers,” he said during the discussion.Flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia’s business development director Ade Susardi said burdensome and frequently changing travel requirements had dissuaded the public from using air transportation.According to Garuda Indonesia’s internal survey, while 73 percent of respondents feel confident to fly in the next 6 months, only 12 percent of respondents had gone ahead to purchase airline tickets.“The public is confused about which tests should they take and documents to be prepared. The requirement is also a bit complicated for airline passengers,” he said.Read also: Airlines adopt strict new health protocolsIndonesia set another daily record in confirmed COVID-19 cases and fatalities on Thursday, recording 3,622 new infections and 134 deaths linked to the disease. The increase brings the country’s tally to more than 184,200 and 7,750 fatalities.Indonesia now has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia after the Philippines.Topics : The WHO released a scientific brief on April 8 regarding the use of rapid antigen and antibody tests, in which the agency does not recommend the use of either rapid test for patient care.According to the brief, the rapid antibody test detects antibody response to the COVID-19 virus, while the majority of patients develop only in the second week after the onset of symptoms, leaving the potential for a false negative. The rapid antigen test’s sensitivity varies between 34 and 80 percent.Indonesian experts have also long voiced concerns over the widespread use of rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 as requirements for various activities during the pandemic, including for traveling. According to the Association of Indonesia’s Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine specialists (PDS PatKLIn), many of the rapid antibody test brands used in the country had sensitivity and specificity lower than 50 percent. Read also: Doubts loom over widespread use of rapid tests in virus-stricken Indonesia The World Health Organization (WHO) Indonesia Office stated that the agency did not recommend the COVID-19 rapid antibody test as a requirement to travel, citing the test’s low accuracy level and fearing that a nonreactive result could provide a false sense of security.WHO national professional officer Dina Kania on Thursday said the agency urged travelers to adopt strict health protocols instead.“What’s more important is that sick persons should not travel, and all passengers must always use face coverings and maintain their physical distancing as it is proven to be more effective. The rapid test could create a false sense of security which could lead passengers to disregard the protocols,” she said in an online seminar held by the Indonesian Global Compact Network (IGCN).last_img read more

Walgreens raises minimum age to purchase all tobacco-related products

first_imgDeerfield, Il. — Walgreens Drug Stores have unveiled a plan to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old. The policy includes all e-cigarettes and vaping products as well.“We’ve seen positive results from other recent efforts to strengthen our policies related to tobacco sales, and believe this next step can be even more impactful to reduce its use among teens and young adults,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations. “Through ongoing training and certification for pharmacists and technicians, we also continue to help and support people looking to quit the use of tobacco in their lives.”Rite Aid now says they will follow suit in the next 90-days.last_img read more

Conference looks at high schools

first_imgThe USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice at the Rossier School of Education began a three-day conference Wednesday focusing on the future of high school education in the United States.The conference, called the 21st Century Knowledge and Skills: The New High School Curriculum and The Future of Assessment, will feature keynote speakers, including MIT Dean of Admission Stuart Schmill and University of Texas Vice Provost for Admissions and Enrollment Kedra Ishop.The conference, which has 170 registered attendees, aims to re-evaluate the current high school curriculum in an attempt to better prepare high school students for college and future careers.Jerry Lucido, executive director of CERPP, said attendees of the conference will be examining the national high school curriculum and looking at international education models of excellence.“We live in a rapidly changing world. The question is, when are we preparing students? Are we preparing them for that world?” Lucido said. “There are a lot of complaints about multiple choice testing and how that does not help prepare students. When we think about standards that we are setting, we have to teach them how to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude that they will need.”Jessica Payne, a junior majoring in dental hygiene, said it is important for high school curricula to be re-evaluated in order to prepare college-bound students for the real world.“It would be a lot smarter for students in high school to be brought out into the real world because that way, once they are out of college, they know what is ahead of them, instead of thinking about the materialistic and superficial things that high school students mainly focus on,” Payne said.last_img read more

Qhubeka founder praises cycling team

first_imgAfrica’s first professional continental cycling outfit, Team MTN-Qhubeka, has been hugely beneficial to Qhubeka, the charity’s founder, Anthony Fitzhenry said on Thursday. Interestingly, when he first thought of starting the initiative, bicycles weren’t on top of the list for Fitzhenry. “When we started Qhubeka we wanted to get the internet into rural areas,” he admitted. “The awareness the team has brought to the charity has completely surpassed my expectations,” Fitzhenry said in a statement. “I was completely surprised by the amount of support. “In partnering with World Bicycle Relief, Qhubeka has become a global organization,” Fitzhenry said. “We’re much bigger now in that there’s a head office in Chicago, with engineers in China, where people manage the supply chain. It gives us much more capability and longer sustainability. “The goals are still the same. We’ve learnt a lot of things along the way. Going forward, we’d like to get more government support too.” “We’ve been delighted at the major brands in the world who’ve come on board. People like MTN and Coca-Cola getting involved is really good for us,” Fitzhenry said. What has surprised Fitzhenry the most in the last few years was the willingness of big companies to support Qhubeka. “My view has always been that charities with common goals should not be working against each other but should be working together and leverage their resource.” ‘Education is the key’ ‘Working together’center_img The charity started in 2005 and has since distributed over 40 000 bicycles. It has found that a child’s commute to school can be reduced by up to 75% with a bicycle. Fitzhenry said Qhubeka has increased its capability by joining forces with World Bicycle Relief. In the past they have worked together sourcing bicycles and bicycle parts, and this year they formalised the relationship to work towards a common goal. 25 October 2013 “Our objectives are still clear. There are 12-million children walking to school in South Africa, and we want to change that.” Distributed over 40 000 bicycles “What the internet does is it levels the technology playing field, because you could have a child who is sitting in a Kwazulu-Natal rural area who has got access to the best content in the world with the internet. The problem we found soon after was a lack of access to schools. “Education is the key to building a good life. We found some children were walking to school for up to three hours and were exhausted by the time they got there.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Solar Jobs Declined for a Second Straight Year in 2018

first_imgSolar jobs in the U.S. dropped by 7,900 last year, a 3.2% decline, but prospects for growth this year are good, the Solar Foundation said in its annual snapshot of the industry. It was the second year of declines after the industry reached its high water mark in 2016. The Trump administration’s 30% tariff on imported solar panels and uncertainty over state solar policies were considered factors. But overall, the outlook is positive. There are 242,343 workers in the U.S. solar industry, 150,000 more employees than in the first National Solar Jobs Census in 2010 — an increase of 159%.RELATED ARTICLESRetrain Coal Workers for SolarSolar Jobs Are BoomingSolar Raises Its Voice in the Job MarketHow to Foster Solar Innovation and Save JobsHow the Suniva Trade Dispute is Reshaping the Solar Industry Some of the highlights: Although there were job losses overall, 29 states showed gains, especially in emerging markets. Florida, for example, added 1,769 jobs, while Illinois gained 1,308. Texas, New York, Ohio, and Washington also were on the plus side. California — with about 40% of the country’s solar capacity — was the big loser with a loss of 9,576 jobs. Massachusetts, North Carolina, Arizona, and Maryland also posted job losses. In the five-year period between 2013 and 2018, solar employment increased by 70%, adding 100,000 jobs. By comparison, total U.S. employment grew by about 9% during that same span. Most solar jobs — 155,000 in all — are involved in installation and project development. Of those, about 87,000 are concentrated in the residential sector and about 46,000 are in non-residential, including 12,500 in community solar. The survey predicts that total U.S. solar employment should increase by 7% this year with an employment total of 259,400 workers. Women make up 26% of the solar workforce, with 17% Latino/Hispanic, 9% Asian, and 8% African-American. About one-quarter of all solar employers reported it was “very difficult” to hire qualified employees. The most difficult jobs to fill were in sales, marketing, and customer service jobs. Solar jobs in Puerto Rico total nearly 2,000, and the island has the potential to increase its solar workforce significantly. But the industry faces significant challenges there, including interconnection and permitting issues and a shortage of qualified employees. The report from the nonprofit was based on survey results from more than 59,000 telephone calls and 49,000 emails to known and potential solar energy concerns. Solar’s future looks promising Despite the setback in overall employment, the report sees a period of growth ahead as the “rapidly declining” cost of hardware makes solar competitive with fossil fuels. “Despite two years of decline in solar employment, solar installations are expected to ramp up over the coming years and new job opportunities will likely follow,” the report says. Even so, it adds, industry growth has not been enough to date to counter the challenges of climate change. The number of jobs grew as the cost of installed solar dropped. On the residential side, solar was $6.65 per installed watt in 2010 when the industry employed a total of 93,502 people. By 2018, when the ranks of solar workers had grown to 242,343, the price of solar had declined to $2.89 per watt for a residential installation. Utility-scale solar had dropped over the same period from $4.40 to $1.03 per installed watt. Solar ranks third in the U.S. energy sector, behind only petroleum and natural gas. The solar workforce is now twice as large as the coal industry, and five times as large as the nuclear industry, the report says. The total installed capacity is now about 60 gigawatts, or 2.4% of total generation. Looking ahead, the report says new solar installations will likely exceed new capacity from all other sources of electricity generation in 2018 with the exception of natural gas, and it should keep its number two position in 2019. Wind, however, is expected to edge out natural gas this year as the leading source of new power.last_img read more

Ambassador Carey delivers remarks during UN high level meeting on trafficking in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, September 30, 2017 – New York -A High-Level Meeting of the plenary of the General Assembly was convened 27 to 28 September 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York to appraise progress achieved and to assess gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.   On behalf of The Bahamas, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Sheila Carey, delivered the national statement.Ambassador Carey informed the high-level meeting that The Bahamas considers trafficking in person a heinous crime.   For this reason, she added, it is committed to taking a serious and proactive approach to combat it.   Using examples, Ambassador Carey illustrated the significant strides The Bahamas has made regarding trafficking in persons.   The Bahamas UN Representative reaffirmed the commitment of The Bahamas to eliminating trafficking in persons.   In concluding, she recognized the vast reach of human trafficking rings and encouraged global partnership to secure a sustainable and peaceful future. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Two men arrested following fight over pool chair at Kearny Mesa apartments

first_img Posted: August 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Two men arrested following fight over pool chair at Kearny Mesa apartments August 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two men were arrested on suspicion of injuring four people during a fight at a pool in a Kearny Mesa apartment complex, police said Tuesday.The fight happened around 10 p.m. Monday at the Olympus Corsair apartments on Aero Drive, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.A large group was in the pool area of the apartment complex when a fight broke out over a chair, Buttle said.During the fight, one victim was struck with a pool cue and three others were beaten up, but they all refused medical attention, he said.Officers responded to the scene and arrested a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old man, whose names were not immediately available, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Buttle said. last_img read more