Jokowi pushes for reform to prevent rent-seeking in business, trade

first_imgRent-seekers often use political influence and lobbying to secure deals valued higher than usual. Experts believe rent-seeking harms economic growth by discouraging competition and innovation.Read also: KPK gets bigger role in national antigraft campaignJokowi went on to say that reform was urgently needed so 60 million small and medium enterprises across the country, which are regarded as the main pillar of the country’s economy, would not be impacted by the unhealthy system.“We need to reform our policies and the bureaucratic system and make it transparent. We also need to utilize information and technology, as well as develop a digital system accessible by society,” the President said.He claimed that the omnibus bill on job creation would become a legal solution to push for accountable and innovative employment through an integrated regulation.“The pandemic has given us time to make comprehensive improvements. We need to build an efficient and accountable system that is free from corruption.”The President also encouraged the promotion of an anti-corruption cultural movement in society as a moral obligation as a citizen.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo urged his administration to push for bureaucratic reform in business permits and commerce in order to prevent people from gaining illicit personal benefit from the sector.He highlighted that business and commerce in the food, medicine and energy sectors were prone to rent-seeking practices carried out by individuals seeking personal wealth without actually fulfilling the agreement.“These practices would impact the people who bear the high price of corrupt practices,” Jokowi said in his speech during the National Action on Corruption Prevention at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Wednesday.last_img read more

Over 700 Haitian physicians have graduated from Cuba’s Caribbean School of Medicine

first_img 16 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Over 700 Haitian physicians have graduated from Cuba’s Caribbean School of Medicine by: – July 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Graduates. Photo credit: cadenagramonte.cuSANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (ACN) — With the graduation this week of 115 new Haitian physicians, the number of young doctors from that country who have graduated from the Santiago de Cuba-based Caribbean School of Medicine has risen to 731.This cooperation project, conceived by Fidel Castro 12 years ago, had its first graduation in 2005 and there are currently another 291 students from Haiti receiving training there with the purpose of graduating 1,000 Haitian doctors in medicine in a decade.The rector of the school, Dr Rosa Delia Deconger, told Granma newspaper that there are also more than 100 residents on their second specialty, mainly pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and cardiology.The Caribbean School of Medicine was founded almost 31 years ago and it has already graduated 4,812 physicians, including 1,051 doctors from 25 nations, mainly from the Caribbean and Africa.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Frustrated wife puts gamer husband up for sale on Craigslist

first_img 690 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! The happy couple (Photo credit: ABC News)Guys, be careful how involved you get with this season’s awesome crop of video games. Your wife may try to sell you off.The happy couple (Photo credit: ABC News)Kyle Baddley learned this the hard way earlier this month, when his wife Alyse got frustrated by his constant Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 playing and offered him up to the highest bidder on Craigslist.“I am selling my 22 year old husband,” the ad read. “He enjoys eating and playing video games all day. Easy to maintain, just feed and water every 3-5 hours. You must have Internet and space for gaming. Got tired of waiting so free to good home. If acceptable replacement is offered will trade.”The ad, of course, was a joke. But that didn’t stop people from replying.One woman offered to retrain him. Another guy said he was willing to trade spots with Kyle, noting that he was both house-trained and preferred books to games.“We didn’t think we would get any responses at all, but we’ve gotten so many,” Alyse said. “Someone even offered a blue bag of Skittles.”Some people, though, took it a bit too seriously. One person suggested she use the free time to go out on her own, while others wrote that they were concerned about Alyse’s relationship with her husband.Among the unconcerned was Kyle’s mother. She not only encouraged Alyse to run the ad, she helped her write it.Kyle, it seems, has learned his lesson and has pulled back a bit from his Modern Warfare 3 playtime. His father notes that the couple is headed to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with Kyle’s sister.Kyle’s taking it in good humor — but he points out for the record that his wife was in line with him when the game went on sale.“I love my wife,” he says. “She supported me when I got the game. We stayed until midnight to get the game when it first came out. It’s just funny.”By Chris Morris YAHOO News Tweetcenter_img Share InternationalLifestylePrintRelationships Frustrated wife puts gamer husband up for sale on Craigslist by: – November 25, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Kindra P. Schuler

first_imgKindra P. Schuler, age 56 of Batesville, died Thursday, December 15, 2016. Born March 28, 1960 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Connie (Nee: Parmer) and George Schuler II. She was a commercial photographer, a member of the Batesville Lions Club and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for neglected or abused children.According to her family, Kindra was a kind, gentle soul who went out of her way to help others. She also had a soft spot for animals and routinely brought home those found abandoned, nursed them back to health and then found them a permanent home. She currently had three cats she adored. Her faith was very important to her, as was time with family. She truly enjoyed family events and get-togethers, usually trying to scare up a corn hole contest with any and all challengers. Her nephews affectionately referred to her as Grandma Nin. Apparently she was also an electronics junkie. Kindra embraced modern technology, especially computers and was more than happy to help friends and neighbors set-up or repair them. Along with a passion for movies, she was also an avid reader and Colts fan.She is survived by her mother Connie of Batesville; sisters Vanessa Zins and Jennifer Walker, both of Batesville; brothers Scot Schuler of Dallas, Texas, Jeff Schuler of Woodbury, Tennessee, Patrick Schuler of Greensburg, Indiana, Mike Herring of Southhaven, Mississippi and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, she is also preceded in death by her brother George Schuler III.Visitation is Tuesday, December 20th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M., officiating. A prayer service will be conducted by the Batesville Lions Club at 4 p.m. Kindra will be cremated following services. Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.last_img read more

Moyes: I needed more time at United

first_img The Scot was sacked in April, not even getting the chance to see out a full season in charge as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement as United made a shocking defence of their Premier League title. It left United officials – Ferguson included – red-faced after Moyes had been installed as ‘the chosen one’, with the former Everton boss becoming ‘the sacked one’ before the season was out, at a club famed for giving managers time. Press Association Moyes was accused of bungling in the transfer market but claims he tried to sign Cesc Fabregas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, although ultimately he did not and was judged on his results. Louis van Gaal has since moved into the dugout at Old Trafford and Moyes is now ready to return to management, but insists he was not given the time needed to get to grips with one of world football’s most high-profile jobs. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday he said: “It was a step into the unknown and, looking back now, it was near enough the impossible job. “But it was the right job for me. I’d been at Everton for more than 11 years. We’d qualified for the Champions League, got to an FA Cup final, I’d been voted manager of the season three times. I was among the most experienced managers in the Premier League. United had always had British managers. “I was devastated to lose the job because it was something I felt I could make a real success of. We knew it was going to take time to make the necessary changes. It was going to take time to evolve. But we were in the process of making other important changes. In the end, I don’t feel I was given time to succeed or fail.” The failure to significantly improve the squad Ferguson left him also hindered Moyes who, along with chief executive Ed Woodward – also new to the role – missed out on a number of targets. “It’s been well documented that we wanted Fabregas, Bale and Ronaldo. There was talk of Ronaldo when I first arrived. We were close to getting a couple of major names,” he said. “I’m not getting in a blame game here but things just didn’t materialise. I had taken over from the most successful manager in history. The chief executive had taken over from one of the most renowned administrators in the game (David Gill). So it was a new job for two people.” David Moyes does not believe he was given the time needed to succeed at Manchester United, calling his tenure an attempt at an “impossible job”. Moyes was shown the door on April 22, but the story of his demise had become public knowledge the day before. The former Celtic defender, knowing his time was up, admits he arrived at United’s training ground even earlier than usual at 4am in readiness for his sacking. “In the end it was difficult for my family, the way we discovered – via the media – that I’d lost my job,” he said. “We have always tried to do things the correct way. I know it comes with the territory, and I know if you lose matches you risk being sacked. But how it affected my family made it hard. ” Much was made of the manner of Moyes’ departure and that no reference was made to his players – with whom he was reported to have had difficulties with – in his leaving statement. “On the day I lost my job I spoke to every player at the training ground,” he said. “I called the players into the dressing room at 10am that morning and told them how disappointed I was.” The presence of Ferguson looming in the stands was given plenty of headlines as Moyes toiled on the touchline, with the club’s most successful ever boss often seen glum-faced as his predecessor laboured. Moyes, though, insists he always had his compatriot’s backing. “I’ve met Alex on several occasions since I left,” he added. “And I spoke to him about the days surrounding my departure. He explained it to me and I totally accepted what he said. He was in a difficult position, and I understood that. “At no time did I ever have anything other than 100 per cent support from him. He was always incredibly good to me. We had several meetings over the course of my time at the club. We spoke regularly. And I saw him being around me only as a positive.” last_img read more

Evans set for United exit

first_img Press Association Jonny Evans has been told he can leave Manchester United – and Everton appear to be the front-runners for the centre-back’s signature. Press Association Sport understands the United boss is now looking to offload Evans, even though he is currently on tour with the Red Devils in the United States. Everton are reportedly keen on signing the 27-year-old defender, who may cost up to £8million. United are looking to bring in another centre-back before the start of the season. Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is understood to be their first choice, but the Spanish giants are reluctant to sell the experienced defender, who has been tipped to replace Iker Casillas as club captain. center_img Evans has made 198 appearances for United over the last eight years but he failed to make an impression in Louis van Gaal’s first season at the club. The Northern Irishman started just 12 Barclays Premier League matches last term, with Van Gaal preferring to use Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo at centre-half. last_img read more

The Latest: European Tour to resume in July in Britain

first_img May 28, 2020 The tour says its events initially will be held without spectators and will be subject to strict testing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.The season has been suspended since March 8. It will resume with the British Masters in northern England from July 22-25 before five further events in the “UK Swing” across England and Wales.Four Rolex Series events have been rescheduled for October to December. They are the Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and then the season-ending World Tour Championship from Dec. 10-13.The tour says details of other tournaments from September to November will be announced later.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says the Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin pending more discussions with the PGA Tour. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The European Tour plans to resume its season in July starting with a six-week stretch of golf tournaments in Britain and running through to the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December. Two rounds of matches were played in the NRL in March before Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules. But at a bone-jarring collision between burly rugby players was broadcast across Australia to signal the return of contact teams sports in the country.Players and all staff and officials had to undergo heat checks before entering the stadium and strict health protocols were put in place on the field.___Bologna says a test carried out on a member of its staff who was suspected of having coronavirus has come back negative. ___Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus.Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday.Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them. Another six remain postponed.F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July.___The postponed Belgian Cup final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the league’s next season.Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium. The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday.The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition.___The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums.The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: European Tour to resume in July in Britain Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus.The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again.Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online.___Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 with the Brisbane Broncos hosting Parramatta in the National Rugby League. Club Brugge has the opportunity to secure a league-cup double after it was awarded its 16th Belgian title this month following a decision to end the current season prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic.All sporting competitions in Belgium have been suspended until July 31. The new season is set to start on Aug. 7.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The club says that a “further, definitive test” will be carried out in the next few hours.The players will nevertheless train individually as a precaution.It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. The entire squad would have to go into quarantine.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___ The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season.Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time.The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed.Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.last_img read more

Nikias urges local involvement

first_img Loading … President C. L. Max Nikias took the stage of Bovard Auditorium shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday to tell students about his goals to connect with the community and to provide additional undergraduate housing.The first ever presidential address to students drew a modest turnout, with about a hundred empty seats on the first level of Bovard.The 34-minute speech centered on community service and the relationship between USC and its surrounding neighborhoods — a relationship that, Nikias stressed, must be symbiotic.Speech · President C. L. Max Nikias gave the University’s first presidential address to students in Bovard Auditorium yesterday. – Daniel Wang | Daily Trojan “Great universities must be respectful partners with our communities. That is the ethos that USC brings. We respect and cherish our community and we learn humbly from our community,” Nikias said.With that, Nikas outlined some of the previously announced initiatives USC has planned for its neighbors: expanding security west of campus, providing free high-speed Internet access to the 100 homes closest to the university and creating a new job development program for area businesses.He also touched on USC’s Master Plan, a 30-year blueprint for development of the campus and surrounding area. Nikias assured the audience that additional housing for undergraduate and graduate students was a key component to that development.“All this allows you to embrace your campus,” Nikias said.Part of the reason campus development is important, Nikias explained, is that as the global community’s attention continues to shift toward Asia and the Pacific Rim, more attention will be placed on Los Angeles and, in turn, USC.“Los Angeles and this university are the natural hub for this new world,” he said.Nikias also challenged students to take advantage of the opportunities Los Angeles has to offer, commending programs like those offered by the Undergraduate Student Government that provide students free trips throughout the city.“You can strengthen USC through one particular essential way — I want each of you and all of you to celebrate this city,” Nikias said.Looking inward, Nikias outlined several major initiatives the university will undertake this year, the most significant of which is a fundraising campaign that Nikias called the “most ambitious” in USC’s history.No goals have been finalized, but Nikias’ announcement that he intends to raise $1 billion in an endowment for scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students drew a few gasps from the audience.During a 10-minute question and answer session following his remarks, Nikias also outlined plans for the new University Park Health Center, saying it will break ground this year and will be completed by December 2012.“I know it took some time, thank you for you patience,” he said.He also said that although USC is weighing whether or not to purchase the Los Angeles Coliseum, a potential purchase is not on his list of priorities.“This is a work in progress,” Nikias said. “I really don’t know where this might lead.”Nikias, who has made engagement with students a cornerstone of his presidency thus far, announced his plans for the address in November, crediting USG President Chris Cheng with giving him the idea.“It hasn’t been six months since his inauguration, and President Nikias has already demonstrated that staying connected with the students is one of his utmost priorities,” Cheng said in his introduction Tuesday. “He diligently works to keep his thumb on the pulse of the student body.”After Tuesday’s speech, Nikias said he was glad he had the opportunity to hear from the students. The question and answer session, he said, was something he pushed for.“I loved it. I love the questions from the students, that was the best part,” he said. “I thought it was better to interact with the audience than to go up there and just speak.”Joe Franco, a senior majoring in accounting, said he believed the speech did not distinguish Nikias’ plans from former USC President Steven B. Sample.“[I’m] not too familiarized with [President] Nikias. Not too much has changed in my eyes,” Franco said. “He’s kind of just extending Sample’s vision.”Stephen McAfee, a freshman majoring in engineering, said she enjoyed seeing this side of Nikias.“[President Nikias is] actually pretty approachable. I didn’t think [his speech] would be like that,” McAfee said.Overall, Nikias’ message to the students was clear: Though USC has made great strides in recent decades, there is still room for improvement.“As you all know, the last leg of the great climb is always the steepest and the hardest and the most difficult,” Nikias said. “It is also the most memorable and the most rewarding.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that “President C. L. Max Nikias took the stage of Bovard Auditorium shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday to provide additional undergraduate housing.” Nikias only mentioned providing additional housing as a goal. What did you think of President Nikias’ speech? I hated it. All presidents promise things for the student body and never follow through. (8%, 12 Votes) It was ok. I wasn’t particularly affected by it. (16%, 23 Votes) I loved it! It was insightful and I can’t wait for all the changes he talked about to be enacted. (29%, 41 Votes) He gave a speech? I had no idea. (47%, 67 Votes) Total Voters: 143last_img read more

PCP: Fixing tardiness problem

first_imgZetlin:The Wisconsin football team has one game left on its schedule, and it won’t be played in Camp Randall Stadium. But that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss the most glaring issue that looms around Monroe Street on game days: students not showing up on time.I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but the reason 13,000 seats remain empty at kickoff — no matter what time of day it might be — is because there’s really nothing worth seeing. For those of you who don’t know — which I imagine is the majority of you — the Badgers walk down the tunnel to the tune of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name.” When the song hits its climax, Bret Bielema jumps up and down, the music stops, the band cuts in with the fight song, and the players storm onto the field.Chlorophyll? More like bore-o-phyll.Don’t get me wrong; I’m a fan of “On Wisconsin,” but it doesn’t belong as the entrance music. I wouldn’t exactly call it pump-up music. Instead, the Badgers need something exciting like USC’s Trojan Horse entrance, Colorado’s Buffalo or Texas Tech’s Masked Rider. Bucky waving the Motion ‘W’ just doesn’t do it for me.Letting a real-life Badger roam the Camp Randall turf isn’t the answer, but something exciting needs to happen pre-kickoff to convince students to show up on time. Fireworks would be a start.Sorry, Mase, this is the 21st century. The band just doesn’t create enough pre-game hype. Don’t take it personally, though; you’ll be a retired trumpeter during the next home game.Mason:C’mon, Zet, why the jabs at the band? You march a game in my cleats, then we’ll talk.I’ll admit, I don’t necessarily think “On, Wisconsin” is the best way for the team to come onto the field. I can understand how a song over the PA would get the team more pumped up. But the fans?I think pre-game music and entrances are the least of our concerns with putting fans in the seats before kickoff. If the Badgers were to have an entrance similar to USC or Texas Tech, do you really believe more kids would show up earlier?Please.There are essentially two reasons deterring students on this campus from arriving promptly at Camp Randall. Oftentimes they’re too busy tailgating to care about the game. Only when the game actually starts does it sink in to some fans to head over to the field.Playing non-conference teams like Akron and Western Illinois doesn’t help either. Bring in a school like USC or Florida (never gonna happen, I know), and I guarantee the bleachers will be far from empty at kickoff.But that’s not the theme of this argument. We’re supposed to come up with something different to attract fans. Fireworks would get old after one game.It’s something you see done on the professional level, and even sometimes here at UW: pre-game giveaways. Each week, make it something different, but make it a first come, first served basis.Crocs shoes have worked before at women’s hockey and volleyball games. That’s always an option. Or maybe, just maybe, for one game only, give out 100 iPods. You don’t think kids would be lining up for that?Everyone loves free stuff. Everyone on campus loves the Badgers. Put the two together, and everyone will love showing up on time.last_img read more

Men’s soccer: Badgers can’t tame Nittany Lions in tightly contested road match

first_imgAfter their match against Green Bay was cancelled, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (6-5-2, 3-2 Big Ten) looked to extend their five game unbeaten run against Penn State (4-6-2, 2-2-2 Big Ten). The Badgers were unable to do so, losing 1–0 to an 80th minute winner.The Badgers played a very physical match, as they were fouled 14 times by the Nittany Lions. As a result, the Badgers only managed to get one shot out of their nine total on target, barely troubling Nittany Lions goalkeeper Josh Lavine. In the 80th minute, Penn State scored when a corner was sent into the box. After the ball bounced off several players, Nittany Lions freshman Jeremy Rafanello managed to get on to it and score the winning goal.Men’s hockey: Badgers look excellent in home opener, sweep No. 12 Boston CollegeIs the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team back? After an underwhelming 2017-18 season in which the Red went a Read…After the loss, the Badgers still face a tough task at hand, as they host No. 16 Michigan (9-2-1, 3-1-1 Big Ten) Friday. The Wolverines have not dropped a game away from home and come off a 5–0 rout of Detroit Mercy on Oct. 10. The game is important, as the Badgers could move into third in the Big Ten standings with a victory The Wolverines have scored 27 goals this season, with seven coming from Ghanaian Umar Farouk Osman that is third best in the Big Ten, as well as five goals and seven assists from Englishman Jack Hallahan. Compared to only allowing a league-best eight goals, Michigan shares the best goal-scoring differential with Indiana. Badgers unable to overcome Michigan defense, lose 38-13 in Ann ArborSaturday night in a highly anticipated match-up between No. 12 University of Michigan and the No. 15 University of Wisconsin, Read…The Badgers have not had a great history while playing the Wolverines, only winning six games compared to 14 victories by Michigan. Last year, the two sides faced each other twice, with Michigan winning the regular season matchup in Ann Arbor 2–1. But the Badgers got the last laugh, with a 4–0 thrashing in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals en route to winning the championship.The match will kickoff at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Complex, with BTN Plus broadcasting the match.last_img read more