first_imgTopics : He said the company would hire 2,500 local workers in the first phase. These workers would become smelter operators, which were priority positions that VDNI needed filled. Indrayanto did not detail the successive phases.Indrayanto also said the company had brought in 261 out of the 500 Chinese workers as of Thursday. The remaining third batch was supposed to arrive last week but the arrival was delayed due to local protests.Virtue Dragon, which is developing Indonesia’s largest nickel smelter, plays a key role in realizing the central government’s ambition of transforming mineral-rich Indonesia from a commodity-driven economy to an industrial economy.The smelter, last valued at US$1.4 billion, is slated to produce 600,000 tons of nickel pig iron (NPI) each year once fully completed in 2021. Chinese-backed mining company PT Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry (VDNI) has promised to hire 5,000 locals amid protests over the employment of 500 Chinese workers for nickel smelter projects in Konawe regency, Southeast Sulawesi.VDNI signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the matter with the Konawe administration on Wednesday. The company agreed to absorb the workforce while the administration agreed to headhunt workers, who will start working once the smelter installation was finished.“We are committed to employing local workers. But recruitment will be done in stages, as needed,” VDNI spokesman Indrayanto told The Jakarta Post from nickel-rich Southeast Sulawesi on Thursday.center_img Indrayanto argued that the employment of Chinese workers was essential to install the smelter. While there had been a delay in the arrival of foreign workers, he was optimistic the project would still run on time, at the end of the year.“The development of the [smelter] is still ongoing but it will just be slower,” he said.In April, Southeast Sulawesi Governor Ali Mazi and the Southeast Sulawesi Legislative Council had refused entry to the foreign workers, supposedly due to concerns over COVID-19 transmission. Ali then turned around and green lighted the arrival amid the backlash.Manpower Minister Ida Fauziah previously stated in June that allowing foreign employment would eventually result in more jobs for local workers after they learned to use the technology used in the projects.With the sizeable investment for the project, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister has also stated that it would oversee the local worker recruitment process, says a spokesman.“With this deal, we hope all employment-related policy making and problem solving in the area can be handled faster and better,” Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister spokesman Jodi Mahardi said in a statement on Wednesday.Locals were seen up in arms near Haluoleo Kendari Airport in South Konawe on June 23 as the first batch of 152 Chinese workers landed. Protesters raised concerns over local unemployment rates, COVID-19 infections and the workers’ visa statuses, while also blaring religious and racially-charged statements.As of May 27, more than 1.79 million people have lost their jobs as many nonessential businesses shut down to comply with government restrictions, according to data from the Manpower Ministry. The government predicts up to 5.5 million workers could lose their jobs, while 4 million could fall below the poverty line.last_img read more

first_img Share 32 Views   no discussions NewsPrint ‘Baby bin’ to save South Africa’s unwanted children by: – March 16, 2011 Tweet Most people would not give a second glance to the metal hatch on a wall in Hillbrow Street in Johannesburg’s tough Berea suburb. But the “Door of Hope” is saving the lives of scores of unwanted babies. Mothers can place their babies, usually newborn, inside and leave them anonymously to be found and cared for. Once the infant is placed inside the “baby bin”, sensors on the mattress set off an alarm.“When that alarm rings you drop everything because you know there is a tiny baby in there fighting for his or her life,” says a carer at the Door of Hope orphanage. The child is then taken for a medical check-up. “Some of the babies we get through the bin are healthy but others are not so lucky. Some are dehydrated, malnourished and underweight and we have to nurse them back to health,” says Angela Kizobokamba, who works at the centre.The baby hatch was opened in 1999 by a local church in response to the number of infants’ bodies which were being found in the area every month. To date, Door of Hope has received more than 960 children – 10% of which were left in the baby bin. Berea has a reputation for crime, unemployment prostitution and drugs. Child welfare workers here say the area’s desperate social conditions, compounded by Aids, are the main reasons why so many young mothers abandon their children.‘A chance at life’ Inside the orphanage the carers are hard at work. It is almost feeding time for some of the older babies – who are just over a year old. The hallways are quiet, a group of women speak in hushed tones as they tip-toe past two neighbouring rooms. Inside, babies – some as young as two weeks – lie peacefully in their cribs. These are the lucky few – they are alive and have someone to care for them.And if the orphanage has its way, they will soon be adopted by families who can provide for them. None of the children can be identified to protect the children and the identities of their birth mothers. For the carers, feeding, bathing and playing with these children is a labour of love whose reward they say is knowing that they “loved the baby back to life”. Ms Kizobokamba says most babies are abandoned during the holidays, with Christmas and Easter being the busiest times of the year.“Often the mother wants to go home for their holidays and they don’t want their families to know that they fell pregnant so they come and leave them here,” she says.Life and death One child is abandoned in Johannesburg each day and two in Soweto – a township south of Johannesburg, according to Door of Hope director Kate Allen. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of children being abandoned. When we started, we got an average of four children per month but now we receive up to 16 children,” says Ms Allen. Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) – the country’s largest non-governmental organisation – says more than 2,000 children are abandoned in the country every year – a 30% increase in the past three years.Many of them are found near death in rubbish bins, wrapped in plastic bags, inside toilets, shoe boxes, open fields and parks and often die within hours of birth from dehydration, starvation or hypothermia. Many of the children cared for by the orphanage over the years have been well but some had to be put on anti-Aids drugs, after tests revealed that they were HIV-positive. The orphanage has received criticism for the hatch over the years, with people saying it gives mothers an easy way out.But Ms Allen rejects this criticism. “By the time somebody finds these children, they are usually already dead. At least with this, mothers who can’t keep their babies know that their child has a chance at life,” she says. “The reality is that whether there is a baby bin or not, young mothers are abandoning their children all over the country every day,” says Ms Kizobokamba as she feeds a nine-month old baby at the home. “What we do gives desperate mothers and their children an alternative.”By Pumza Fihlani BBC News, Johannesburgcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_imgILOILO City – Budget and land issues areslowing down the construction of school buildings, according to NationalEconomic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 6 director Ro-Ann Bacal. Philippines Army or through the localgovernment or private sectors and the non-government organization becausewe had had best practices form the Filipino Chinese Chamber,” Bacal explained, sayingthat this issue should be solve by not “playing catch up with backlogs” inschool buildings, but instead “building forward.” “So, we hope to be able to resolvesome of this you know the population is growing and growing and we need to makesure that we have enough facilities to accommodate yung mga ano…,” saidthe NEDA regional director./PN According to Bacal, either the schoolsconcerned do not have enough area for new school buildings or their landownership is being questioned. According to Bacal, they are eyeing totap other agencies and local government units in constructing school facilitiesto solve this perennial problem. Bacal bared that these backlogs inschool facilities are mainly due to issues such as poor accessibility of schoolsites and fund allocation. “We are trying to look at ways whichDepEd can also tap other implementing agencies such as the “You know the areas for schoolbuildings ang hirap na ngayon mag-procure,” she said, adding thatNEDA is working hard together with the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH) and Department of Education (DepEd) to hasten the disbursement of fund. “This is not just a problem in WesternVisayas but also all over the country na medyo slow ang disbursement ng budgetfor school buildings,” Bacal said.last_img read more

first_imgMETAMORA, Ind. — Two Greensburg residents have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Metamora.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Cody M. Young, 26, and the passenger Laura Hitch, 42, were injured after the rear tire of the motorcycle blew, causing it to overturn.Emergency crews responded to the 911 call at US 52 and Shack Road on Friday after 7:00 PM.The two were airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of their injuries.last_img

first_img “Towards the end of the first half we connected the game better and second half I felt we were excellent. We played with composure and got into some good areas. At 11-10 we managed it really well, got the goal, and unfortunate not to have got a second. read also:Rodgers backing Vardy to boost top-four chances “It is very important to think about performance. After a good start, we stopped taking the ball and stopped making our passes. We started to rush the passes but the second half was more like it with the speed and positioning in the game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, was disappointed not to claim all three points against Arsenal on Tuesday. Jamie Vardy’s 84th strike levelled the scores at 1-1, and with Arsenal down a man, Rodgers felt his side could’ve pushed for a winner. “I thought a point was the minimum we deserved,” he said. “We started well and then conceded too much space and they got the goal from that. “There was a spell for 15 minutes where it was a bit like basketball. The game was a bit open for my liking.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Shows That Overstayed Their Welcomelast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Reigning champions Juventus seized their opportunity to edge two points clear of Inter Milan in the Serie A title race with victory over Roma. Maurizio Sarri’s side struck twice in the opening 10 minutes, as Merih Demiral met Paulo Dybala’s free-kick before Dybala then earned a penalty which Cristiano Ronaldo duly converted. Roma responded in the second half through Diego Perotti’s spot-kick. Antonio Conte’s Inter were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Atalanta on Saturday. Meanwhile, third-placed Lazio recorded a 10th consecutive Serie A win against Napoli to sit six points behind Juventus with a game in hand. Ronaldo’s ninth goal in seven games appeared to have put Juventus in firm control in a first half overshadowed by a serious-looking injury to 20-year-old Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, following a challenge by Matthijs de Ligt. But Paulo Fonseca’s hosts produced a reaction after the interval, striker Edin Dzeko hitting the post moments before a video assistant referee review found Sandro to have handled amid a goalmouth scramble. With the Stadio Olimpico roaring Roma on, Juve’s Gonzalo Higuain had a goal disallowed for offside while Aleksandar Kolarov missed an excellent headed opportunity to equalise. Juve held on despite late pressure to record a fourth successive league win since suffering a first defeat of the season against Lazio in December.Tags: AS RomaCristiano RonaldoJuventusPaulo DybalaSerie Alast_img read more

first_imgMeron Begashaw had found a school she loved.And thanks to a $16,000 financial aid package, she attended USC last year as a freshman with a major in health promotion and disease prevention.“I’m just blessed to have spent my freshman year at a school that I love,” Begashaw said.But this summer, Begashaw looked at her financial aid package to discover she was only receiving $3,000 — a $13,000 cut that came at the same time her dad’s income dropped 20 percent.She appealed to financial aid — stood in lines, made phone calls, sent letters.In the end, though, Begashaw decided the process wasn’t worth it.She left USC for a year at community college, and hopes to transfer to a UC next year.“It was hard for me to come to that decision,” she said. “I felt like I was going to regress in my education, but I think I did the right thing.”Begashaw wasn’t the only USC student faced with tough decisions this summer.The financial aid office changed its formula for calculating aid this year — increasing the maximum loan amount and adjusting the expected student contribution based on the current minimum wage.Those changes, though not drastic for most, went unannounced. Many students received an unpleasant surprise when their financial aid packages were posted and, when they tried to discover the root cause, found it hard to get through to the financial aid office, creating unrest throughout the student body.Katharine Harrington, dean of admission and financial aid, admitted this year’s changes, combined with poor document handling, created a perfect storm for the financial aid office and students looking for aid.Harrington described the problems as a “snowball effect.” Phone lines were tied up, she said, because so many students called about misplaced documents, so when others called, they found themselves on hold for long periods of time.“My customer service operation was swamped, and it went from there and it just kind of got worse,” Harrington said. “We also shot ourselves in the foot with some very poor document handling.”Jon Willbanks, a junior majoring in business administration (cinema-television), found himself a victim of both the changed formula and the imperfect customer service.“Financial aid … really made it possible for me to come to USC,” Willbanks said. “But because of some small income from a summer internship, it altered the way our numbers plugged into their formula … which raised the amount of money we owe by a much larger amount than the extra income.”Though Willbanks is still attending USC, he found himself looking for extra sources of income at the last minute. Adding to the frustration, Willbanks said he has not been able to get an answer from USC as to why his aid dropped, despite multiple phone calls, emails and faxes.Students like Merisenda Bills, the administrator for the Facebook group “USC Students Face Financial Aid Uncertainty,” didn’t receive their packages on time, and were told their documents had never been received, though the error was often on the part of the financial aid office itself, Harrington said.It was the fact that so many students ran into problems with the financial aid office that prompted Bills, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism, to form the Facebook group in July. The group quickly skyrocketed to 1,500 members.Problems faced by the group members run the gamut — from not receiving enough money to not receiving financial aid packages until midsummer to claims of missing documents to complaints about the lack of prior notice.Harrington, who met with the administrators of the group soon after its inception, said she recognized the problems students on financial aid have faced this summer. She said the financial aid office has worked to correct the problems, and will be doing even more work as the year goes on.“I apologize for it and we are working very, very hard to make it better,” Harrington said. “It’s a real problem.”For fear that students might leave USC — as Begashaw did — because of frustration with this year’s financial aid process, Harrington said her staff personally reached out to all the continuing students who were on financial aid and had not reregistered. Based on those phone calls, Harrington said, it appears that few students have had to withdraw. She said, however, even a few leaving the school is too many.“For the majority of students, we did get it right, but it’s not OK with me if we mess it up for even one, and we messed it up for more than one,” Harrington said.Harrington said most problems arose not from the changes — made after a comprehensive review to financial aid policies — but from poor execution.After meeting with the administrators of the Facebook group, Harrington said she learned how crucial communication is to the successful operation of the financial aid office. Should changes to the financial aid calculation process be made again, Harrington said her annual letter to parents will detail these changes. She will also be meeting with students to determine the best methods of communication.Bills said increased communication was a key concern for many students.“A lot of it was things that may seem clear to them don’t seem clear to us,” Bills said. “… I think if they would’ve been clear, students would feel less angry.”Other, bigger changes are also on the way, Harrington said. All financial aid documents will be handled by processing, the department that currently handles admissions documents, so students will never have to deal with their papers being lost.Financial aid is also planning to remodel Hubbard Hall and hire a call center manager to streamline the phone customer service.Administrators of the Facebook group — which students said seemed to bring the problem to the attention of the university — said they were pleased with the outcome of the meeting with Harrington, but still disappointed the problem occurred at all.“We had to have a group of 1,500 people before they put [the changes] on the website,” said Jayson Davies, an administrator of the group and a junior majoring in occupationaltherapy.Harrington said the financial aid office is working to correct its mistakes and that it appreciates input from students.“It hurts me personally when we find ourselves in these kind of situations,” Harrington said. “Our university commitment to you all is unwavering and all of what I do is very, very important to me to be done well — it’s the work of my heart.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jim Boeheim sat behind the podium and smiled. In only a matter of minutes he had regained his composure after the jacket-thrashing, tie-flapping tirade that led to his ejection late in Syracuse’s 66-60 loss to Duke on Saturday.Boeheim laughed and praised the referees tongue-in-cheek. He handled every question without a sweat. Without being combative. Without showing the lack of control he had displayed to a national audience on ESPN.But he didn’t apologize. Not even in the face of what seemed to be an undeniable truth — the three free throws that resulted from his double technical sealed his team’s defeat.He refused to look past Tony Greene’s questionable charge call on C.J. Fair.“I kind of thought we would lose the game,” Boeheim said of the foul call with 10.4 seconds left, though his team was still down only two with Duke in the single bonus. “I don’t know if I was really thinking that much at the time, but I thought that was the game-decider.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe charge call on C.J. Fair wasn’t the game-decider. Boeheim’s ejection was. The 38th-year head coach cost his team a chance to play out the game and try to beat the Blue Devils.Had he not exploded, Boeheim could have instructed his defense to set up a press. Syracuse could have stolen the ball and scored in transition, like it did to beat North Carolina State a week ago. Or it could have fouled. Duke would have had to hit both shots of a one-and-one to keep SU from having another chance to tie or lead.Maybe the result of the game wouldn’t have changed. Kenpom.com lists Syracuse’s chances of victory at 5.5 percent before Boeheim’s ejection.But they dropped to .3 afterward.“I think maybe if he didn’t get the techs, we’d still have a chance to win,” senior forward C.J. Fair said.Fair sat at his locker for 15 minutes after the game, forced to re-enact the same sequence of events for each reporter that cut to the front of the crowd.He saw open court as he dribbled the baseline. He saw Rodney Hood still moving toward him as he switched the ball to his right hand and took off. He saw Greene, the referee, when he came down, and initially thought the basket was good. But then he realized it wasn’t.It was painful to watch. Fair may have had his first chance to win at Cameron stripped by the referees — even he said he hadn’t seen the replay yet.But it was Boeheim who prevented him from another opportunity.“I think Coach crossed a line and he had to pay for it,” Fair said.Other players weren’t so brash about the ejection, but even when faced with the scenario: down two points or five, none could refute the difference in the team’s chances to win.“When he thinks that we were almost cheated, he’s going to fight for us, and that’s what he did tonight,” sophomore guard Trevor Cooney said. “…The percentage is not in your favor, but he fought for what he thought was right.”In the teams’ first matchup on Feb. 1, it was the Blue Devils who were arguably on the wrong end of a close judgment down the stretch.Rakeem Christmas got two fingers on Hood’s high-velocity dunk attempt with 13 seconds left in overtime and SU ahead 88-87. Their upper arms collided as well, but there were no whistle and the Orange went on to win 91-89.Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski didn’t erupt. And when he was asked about the play in the postgame press conference, he simply refused to address it.“I don’t want that to be — this game is too good to talk about one play,” Krzyzewski said. “Please, I’m not going there at all.”Boeheim did go there.He not only said that the call was the worst in college basketball this season — taking away from the excellent growth of a new rivalry between perennial national contenders — but he kept the spotlight on him by joking that he gave the Duke fans something to remember him by.He compounded his initial mistake by failing to apologize for his outburst, and let down the No. 1 program in the country in its first season as an Atlantic Coast Conference member.Maybe next time he has a chance, Boeheim will apologize. For a community that revolves around Syracuse and SU basketball, he owes it that.Stephen Bailey is the sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at sebail01@syr.edu or on Twitter at @Stephen_Bailey1 Comments Published on February 23, 2014 at 1:07 amlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Ghana coach, Kwesi Appiah, has advised Ghanaian side Medeama to throw caution to the wind when they play Sudanese side Al-Ahly Shendi in the first leg of the second round CAF Confederations Cup qualifier.Appiah, who currently manages Al-Khartoum in Sudan, was optimistic of Medeama’s chances provided the team had a good balance in both attack and defence.On the Sudanese, Appiah stated they are strong offensively but could have lapses in defence which Medeama could capitalize.“Shendi’s got a good team. They are not bad just that their defence is not that strong, but attacking wise, they could be dangerous,” he told Joy Sports.“Medeama has got a good team. The most important thing is to go all out and not concentrate solely on the defending because they are away.”“It all depends on the coach and his tactics.” Kwesi Appiah’s Al Khartoum were bundled out of the tournament in the preliminary round.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers are attempting to squeeze seven men into a five-man rotation. They are also attempting to limit Urías’ innings in this, his fifth season of professional baseball. Removing the precocious prospect from the rotation temporarily satisfies both goals.Urías stayed behind briefly in spring training while his teammates reported to Los Angeles and the various Dodgers’ affiliates to start the season. He made his first three starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City, and was limited to a total of 14 innings there.Has the limit on Urías’ innings contributed to his lack of command?“I think that there might be a case, but he’s had five starts here of consistency,” Roberts said. “This season started late, but if you look at the build-up, wherever it is — the major leagues or Oklahoma City — he had a regular schedule to then make the starts here. For him to not have the consistency in the breaking ball, leaving the changeup up, the fastball command — I don’t see that as a reason why.”Urías was not going to start for the Dodgers before Friday in any event. Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will start in that order against the St. Louis Cardinals beginning Tuesday. Alex Wood, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy are the candidates to start Friday’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs. Of the three, only McCarthy would be able to pitch that day on regular rest. It’s unclear how the Dodgers will resolve this trilemma. The 10-day disabled list has been the preferred outlet valve for their crowded rotation.Urías will have to make his case to return in Oklahoma City. His first task will be re-discovering his command.“The inconsistency of hitting his locations has been, unfortunately, consistent,” Roberts said.Ravin began the season on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin. Since returning, he’s struck out 11 batters and walked two in five innings at Triple-A while allowing only one run.Now pitching … Brett Eibner?Outfielder Brett Eibner, who was recalled from Triple-A on Friday, has been throwing bullpen sessions in case the Dodgers need him to pitch.“If a situation comes up kind of like (Saturday) night, the game gets out of hand, I can come in and help a bullpen out,” he said, “give guys some breaks instead of having to run guys out there that we could use in a game that isn’t out of control.”Eibner hasn’t pitched in a game since college. A two-way standout at the University of Arkansas, Eibner struck out 56 batters and walked 11 in 58 innings in his final season. He pitched as both a starter and a reliever in his three years (2008-10) as a Razorback, finishing with a 4.68 ERA.As a professional, Eibner said he hadn’t thrown off a mound until the Dodgers’ trip to Colorado last week.“This is just something I’m trying to get the mechanics back, kind of let my arm adjust to throwing off a mound again, get downhill, throwing secondary pitches,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”AlsoYasiel Puig was held out of the starting lineup as he recovers from stiffness in his back, but he appeared as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and struck out. … Kiké Hernandez got his third start in right field. … Former Dodgers closer and current special assistant Eric Gagne ended his comeback attempt with the independent Long Island Ducks. Gagne, 41, pitched for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. He intends to focus on coaching. … Outfielder Andrew Toles will have surgery on the torn ACL in his right knee on Tuesday.center_img LOS ANGELES >> To hear Dave Roberts tell it, it didn’t matter whether Julio Urías was missing the strike zone on a back field at Camelback Ranch, at Triple-A, or in Dodger Stadium. If he could not throw a strike, Urías would not last long in the majors.Urías said it himself after his shortest start of the year Saturday, a forgettable 2 1/3 -inning outing against the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers optioned Urías to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday and recalled reliever Josh Ravin.“Everything kind of goes together,” Urías said through an interpreter Saturday. “When you don’t throw first-pitch strikes and you don’t have control, it ends up being a bad night.”Urías, 20, has a 5.40 ERA in five starts for the Dodgers this season. He allowed two runs in his first three starts. In his last two, Urías allowed 13 runs (12 earned) while walking four batters and striking out one.last_img read more