first_img“It’s their form of solidarity and support for fellow Chinese who are currently enduring a rough time because of the outbreak,” he added.Suwarso said the tourists made up the third and final batch of Chinese tourists departing from Batam after their travel agents had shortened their holiday period in Indonesia due to the recent upsurge of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in China. The first outflow of Chinese tourists from Batam occurred Monday with 145 tourists returning home that day, followed by 127 tourists the next day.“In total, our figures show that 399 Chinese tourists have returned to China this week alone,” Suwarso said.Suwarso also said the airport terminated on Tuesday two direct flights to and from two cities in China — Shenzhen and Xian — even though the flights were recently added to the airport’s newest flight schedule. He said the direct flight connecting Batam and Shenzhen launched on Dec. 28 while the flight between Batam and Xian opened on Jan. 1.“We finally terminated both flights after many requests from travel agents in China,” Suwarso said.Meanwhile, the head of the Batam chapter of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA), Andika Lim, said the coronavirus outbreak in China would hit the tourism sector in Batam since the majority of international tourists there came from China.“So far, we are still calculating the losses in the tourism sector as the coronavirus outbreak has caused a major drop in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia,” Andika said. (glh)Topics : More than 100 Chinese tourists shouted “Jia you, Wuhan!” (Stay strong, Wuhan!) in unison while standing in line at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, to depart for their home in Shenzhen, China, on Thursday afternoon.“They shouted those words as a form of encouragement for the city of Wuhan, which is currently in the spotlight for being the origin of the coronavirus outbreak,” Suwarso, the head of the airport, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Beyond just shouting some words of encouragement, the tourists were also carrying 30 boxes of masks, each containing 50 facemasks, bought from pharmacies and drugstores all over Batam. They are to be given to Wuhan citizens after their arrival in China. The airport’s authority, he said, had granted the tourists authorization to carry the masks without further inspection of the items.last_img read more

first_imgIndustry Partnership Webinar Powerpoint (video) Registered Pre-ApprenticeshipsRegistered Pre-Apprenticeship Application Questions (for reference only) Advancing GrantsAdvancing Application Questions (for reference only) FAQsK-12 Computer Science Targeted GrantsK-12 Computer Science Advancing GrantsK-12 Computer Science FAQs Applications for Industry Partnership grants are due by December 14, 2018. November 02, 2018 ChecklistApplications for all Apprenticeship Grants are due by December 21, 2018.Industry Partnerships grants: $3 million Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships program brings together workers and multiple employers in the same industry along with local economic development, education, workforce development, and community organizations to provide worker training. These highly successfulpublic-private partnerships cluster similar employers to enhance the regional workforce and economy.PAsmart provides a $3 million increase for Industry Partnership grants, for a total investment of $4.6 million.PAsmart Industry Partnership grant resources:Request for ProposalGrant application materialsConvening PartnershipsConvening Application Questions (for reference only) Applications for target grants are due by December 14, 2018 and advancing grants are due December 28, 2018.Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships grants: $7 millionRegistered apprenticeships provide hands-on experience for students and workers to gain skills for employment or advance their careers while earning a paycheck from their employer. The Department of Labor & Industry launched the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs. Since then, the number of registered apprentices has increased by 26 percent to 16,832.PAsmart invests $7 million to develop and expand registered apprenticeships and support industry’s need for more skilled workers.PAsmart apprenticeship grant resources:Request for ProposalGrant application materialsAmbassador NetworkAmbassador Application Questions (for reference only) Registered ApprenticeshipsRegistered Apprenticeship Application Questions (for reference only) Alternative Workshop Approval WebinarsTargeted Grants –Targeted Grants Webinar Powerpoint (video)Advancing Grants –Advancing Grants Webinar Powerpoint (video) FAQsApprenticeship FAQ Sheet (updated 11/27/18) Webinar Registration – Nov. 20, 2018 @ 1:00pm or Nov. 27, 2018 @ 1:00pmWebinar Powerpoint (video) Partnership/Budget Forms Governor Wolf Extends Technology Education, Apprenticeships, and Job Training Opportunities through $30 Million in PAsmart Grants Implementation PartnershipsImplementation Application Questions (for reference only) ChecklistFAQsNext Generation Industry Partnership FAQ Sheet(updated 11/27/18) Webinars Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach,  Workforce Development These links are no longer active. Please visit the new PAsmart website for current information.Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today launched the next phase of his new and innovative PAsmart initiative by announcing that $30 million in grants are available to invest in K-12 computer science and STEM education, expand registered apprenticeships, and support job training with Industry Partnership programs.“With PAsmart, Pennsylvania will have the most prepared and talented workforce in the country, which will help businesses succeed, grow the middle class, and strengthen the economy for everyone,” said Governor Wolf. “We are partnering with private industry and schools to strategically invest in science and technology education, expand apprenticeships and increase on-the-job training for good careers.”PAsmart is built on recommendations of Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force, comprised of business, labor, education, and workforce development leaders. The task force concluded there are jobs without trained people to fill them and some workers need new skills, but a four-year degree is not for everyone and a one-size fits-all approach will not work.In response to the task force’s findings, the governor secured $30 million to strategically invest in education and workforce development with competitive grants to enhance the skills of Pennsylvania workers. The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, the governor’s private sector policy advisor, provided recommendations and approved the framework for the funding priorities.The competitive grants will expand classroom instruction and professional development in the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and computer science (CS), as well as training for in-demand careers, emerging industries, and underserved populations.Computer Science and STEM education grants: $20 million Over the next decade, seven in 10 new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use a computer and an estimated 300,000 STEM jobs will be available in the commonwealth this year. Already among the nation’s best in STEM education, PAsmart provides competitive grants to bring high-quality STEM and CS education to classrooms in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers. With this commitment, Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and computer science.PAsmart provides $20 million to increase access to STEM and computer science education for Pennsylvania students, with an emphasis on girls, minorities, and other underserved students.View frequently asked questions about PAsmart grants.PAsmart computer science and STEM grant resources:Request for ProposalGrant application materialsTargeted GrantsTargeted Application Questions (for reference only) Application Budget Form SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Updates will be released each Monday beginning today.The update includes the following:Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.Updated travel recommendations.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of August 14 – August 20 to the previous seven days, August 7 – August 13.“Our percent positivity decreased significantly this week, representing the fourth straight week that the percent positivity has decreased,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is a testament that our actions are working, but we still have more work to do. The virus is still circulating, and we must continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings to keep our numbers low, stop the spread and allow more freedom.”As of Thursday, August 20, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 4,456; the previous seven-day increase was 5,598, indicating a 1,142-case decrease across the state over the past week.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 3.4% from 4.0% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Perry (9.1%), Huntingdon (7.8%), Northumberland (7.3%), Indiana (7.1%), Union (5.9%), Susquehanna (5.7%), York (5.5%), Beaver (5.3%), and Blair (5.0%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Community TransmissionAs of Friday’s data, Union County was the one county in the substantial level with several known sources of outbreaks fueling community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in Union County to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.For the week ending August 20, 21 counties were in the low level of transmission, 45 counties in the moderate level, with one with substantial transmission:Low – Bedford, Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Pike, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Wayne, WyomingModerate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Washington, Westmoreland, YorkSubstantial – UnionBusiness VisitsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.Of the 5,649 confirmed cases reported between August 9 and August 15, 45 percent (2,541) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.Of those who did provide an answer, 13 percent, or 320, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:50 percent (159) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;23 percent (75) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;17 percent (55) of those who said yes reported going to a bar;8 percent (26) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center; and12 percent (38) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.Of the 5,649 confirmed cases, 48 percent (2,710) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 48 percent, nearly 12 percent (326) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.Compared to data reported on August 14, this week’s data saw an increase in people who reported visiting a restaurant (50 percent vs. 47 percent), people who reported going to some other business (23 percent vs. 19 percent), and people going to a salon/barbershop (12 percent vs. 9 percent). Numbers went down for this week’s data for going to a bar (17 percent vs. 24 percent), going to a gym/fitness center (8 percent vs. 10 percent). The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event remained the same (nearly 12 percent).Case investigator notes included frequent mentions of visits to bars and restaurants among positive cases. To better understand this emerging trend, on July 13 contact tracers began asking more specific questions on the types of businesses visited and if individuals attended a mass gathering, defined as more than 250 people in attendance outdoors or more than 25 indoors.The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than half of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that people answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.Travel RecommendationsAlso today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to remove Arizona from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. No new states were added.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.Ver esta página en español. August 24, 2020center_img Pennsylvania Shares Update on COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, County Transmission Levels, Cases Traced to Businesseslast_img read more

first_imgThe two pension funds of engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV have announced that they are intending to merge into a multi-company scheme on 1 January 2015. The decision comes in the wake of the merger of the engineering companies Royal Haskoning and DHV in 2012, leaving the new company with two pension funds, the employer indicated.The new multi-pension fund is to carry out a new pension plan for all participants, and would also manage accrued pension rights of all participants and pensioners, said Royal HaskoningDHV.The Pensioenfonds DHV manages approximately €580m of pension assets for 3,400 employees and deferred participants as well as 1,100 pensioners of the former DHV. The €336m Pensioenfonds Haskoning (SPH) has 1,505 active participants, 1,475 deferred members and 610 pensioners.SPH has placed its pensions under a guarantee contract with insurer Nationale Nederlanden, which is to expire at year-end, according to the employer.A multi-company scheme operates under a single board, managing ring-fenced assets which are individually liable to the financial assessment framework (FTK).Contrary to an industry-wide pension fund, a multi-company scheme is open to pension funds from different sectors with different pension arrangements.The concept of the multi-scheme was meant as a transitional phase between the Premium Pension Insutitution (PPI), Dutch cross-border DC vehicle, and the proposed API for defined benefit funds.However, the API concept never made it onto the statute books and has been replaced with proposals for the APF, which will not be able to accommodate non-domestic pension funds for the time being.The interest from the sector for a multi-company pension fund has been limited to three schemes so far.last_img read more

first_imgElo, the third largest of Finland’s four pension insurance companies, said its solvency levels staged a big recovery in the second quarter following its one-day breach of the regulatory floor in March, but still reported weaker end-June solidity figures than its peers.Satu Huber, chief executive officer of the mutual earnings-related pension provider, said: “The record-steep decline in the listed securities market in March had been followed by a fast rise, driven by exceptionally intensive stimulus measures.“After the temporary drop caused by the coronavirus shock, Elo’s solvency strengthened significantly due to the general market rise,” she said.In the second quarter, Elo submitted a recovery plan to the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA), drawn up after its solvency position fell one point (0.01) below the supervisory threshold of 1.0 for one day, the firm said in its interim results announcement. FIN-FSA approved Elo’s recovery plan on 16 June, the company said.At the end of June, the solvency position was 1.4, down from 1.6 at the end of 2019.Finland’s other pension insurers Varma, Ilmarinen and Veritas have recently reported solvency levels of 1.7, 1.6 and 1.8, respectively, for the end of June.Back in May, Finland’s government prepared emergency legislation designed to temporarily strengthen pension providers’ solvency, amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic and its dramatic effect on financial markets could otherwise force the institutions to sell assets in unfavourable conditions.However, that legislation has not been submitted to parliament, as solvency levels have since bounced back.Elo reported a negative return on investments for the first half of 2020 of 4.1%, compared with a positive result of 13% for the whole of last year. Its average real return over a 10-year period stood at 3.9% and at 3.3% over a five-year period, the firm reported.Total assets dipped to €24.6bn from €25.9bn at the end of last year, according to the report.Hanna Hiidenpalo, Elo’s CIO, predicted uncertainty on financial markets would continue for the rest of this year.“A new concern is the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which would, at worst, stifle demand both in Finland and in the key export markets,” she added.Hiidenpalo said economic development and the development of the investment market had taken divergent paths for a long time.“What is crucial for the long-term development of the investment market is how long this divergence continues,” she continued.The lack of profitable investment alternatives seemed to be supporting development of the equity market in conditions where low interest rates prevailed, she said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

first_imgThe double-storey home delivers four spacious bedrooms, including a luxurious master suite, a study nook, huge integrated living hub and a secondary leisure or media room upstairs.The Biggest Volume Builder award recognised Metricon for completing the largest number of homes within Stockland’s Queensland communities from January 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018. Mr Ryan said the group was thrilled to receive the awards.“To receive this recognition for our workmanship, design and innovation is a thrill and a credit to our Queensland team,” he said.“Entering the Stockland Vibe Awards has allowed us to showcase what we do and how proud we are of our team. Metricon Homes took out two awards at the Stockland’s recent VIBE Awards, and was named Biggest Volume Builder in Queensland, as well as winner the Best Double Storey Home in the Building Design and Principles category.This Newport home’s ‘sense of grandeur’, is what won the judges over at Stockland’s recent Vibe Awards. The floorplan of the Metro provides an abundance of space, but on a compact 31 square floorplan, which is ideal for narrow blocks just 10.5m wide.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoMetricon Homes design director Adrian Popple said when designing the The Designer by Metricon Metro 31 at Newport, they wanted to present a floorplan that used the 400sq m block to its full potential. The design makes the most of the 400sq m block size in the Newport community, with its 12.5m-wide frontage and northerly aspect.“Another critical element of the design was ensuring that the home did not feel narrow and confined, despite the modest width of the home,” Mr Popple said.“Upon entry, the most obvious feature of the home is the powerful and impressive void that immediately greets you. “A sense of grandeur that is simply not expected in a home of this size.”Metricon Homes Queensland general manager Peter Ryan said the floorplan was ideal for narrow blocks at 10.5m wide, making most of the 400sq m block size within the Newport community. “The Biggest Volume Builder win is very exciting for us as it’s a representation of Metricon’s ability to bring our customers value and efficiencies through economies of scale.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< The Designer by Metricon Metro 31 at Newport took out The Best Double Storey Home category based on criteria including value for money, presentation, colour scheme, lighting, kitchen and bathroom and ensuite design.Metricon Homes took out two awards the event, including being named Biggest Volume Builder in Queensland, as well as winning the Best Double Storey Home in the Building Design and Principles category.last_img read more

first_imgMyanmar grants an annual amnesty to thousands of prisoners to mark its April New Year holiday, but this is the largest ever recorded. AFP The Southeast Asian nation grants anannual amnesty to thousands of prisoners to mark its April New Year holiday,but this is the largest ever recorded. NAY PYI TAW – More than a quarter of Myanmar’sprison population is to be released, the president’s office announced Friday,as calls grow to ease pressure on overcrowded jails with coronavirus fearsgripping the country.center_img It comes as governments around the world– including the US, parts of Europe, and Colombia – grapple with overcrowdedprisons as fears spiral of virus outbreaks behind bars. (AFP)last_img

first_imgNettie R. Bockover, 89, Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at her residence.Born, December 14, 1926 Breathitt County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Beckham Miller and Mabel (Clemons) Fassold.Nettie was a retired custodian from the Greensburg Junior High School.She was a member of the First Baptist Church.She was married to Asa L. Bockover on February 9, 1946 and he preceded her in death on September 22, 2008.She is survived by one son, Richard (Dale) Bockover, Rockford, Il.; one daughter Rhonda (Steve) Schmeltz, Greensburg; one half sister, Carol Adams, Greenwood; two grandchildren, Brian (Sara) Bockover, Rachel (Joseph) Buck and 1 great grandchild, Elaine Bockover.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; two brothers, Clyde Miller, Albert Miller; two half brothers, Lewis Ryan, Huey Fassold.Visitation will be from 11:00-1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg with Rev. Donald Buck officiating.Interment will be held in the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Greensburg Meals on Wheels.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

first_img Dyche insisted the decision was not the sole reason his side are bottom of the table and facing a return to the Championship after a one-season stay in the top flight. “I’m not going to remotely suggest that it’s this one decision that has led to where we are,” he said. “We’ve created enough chances to win games and we haven’t taken them. “But when you really need decisions to be right, in my opinion it wasn’t right. “It’s a massive moment in a game like this. That changes everything. It’s hard enough to win games at this level 11 v 11. “It’s a real sadness to me that at this stage of the season and these vital games I’m having to speak about a referee’s decision which quite obviously changed the game.” The Hammers might be safe in mid-table but Allardyce’s side had scored only three goals in their previous seven games and they failed to make their numerical advantage pay – having to settle for a single goal as their fans endured a tense finish to the game. Allardyce, who admitted the sending off was “unfortunate” said: “The penalty, there’s no doubt. It was very important because we didn’t score any more goals. We should’ve scored more, we didn’t and we won 1-0. “Our only weakness today was not converting more chances. “Because we didn’t get that goal at the end, or in the middle of the second half, to make it 2-0 you all get a little nervous based on what’s happened to us recently. “We saw it out today, so we’ve done everything right. “That clean sheet has been the key factor in the last two games to get us back on winning ways.” The Clarets are eight points adrift of safety with three games remaining after Michael Duff’s controversial sending off and Mark Noble’s resulting penalty earned the Hammers victory at Upton Park. “That makes it a whole big mountain to climb now. You’re going into myths, legends and folklores,” said Dyche, whose side next play Hull, one of the two safe teams they can overhaul. Burnley manager Sean Dyche admits a miraculous recovery is required for his side to retain their Premier League status following the 1-0 loss at West Ham. Press Association “I’m a realist. I don’t do blind faith. Positive realities, I call it. I’m positive but there has to be a reality.” Referee Jonathan Moss dismissed Duff for clipping Cheikhou Kouyate in the box, with Noble converting the spot kick for Sam Allardyce’s side to score their first penalty of the season. Dyche has no qualms with the penalty award, but believes anyone in the vicinity of Upton Park would have been surprised with the red card being issued. “I asked the ref after the game and he said it was because he was ready to shoot and score,” Dyche added. “I’ve got no problem with the fact it’s a penalty. I think there’s a stadium full of people who are very surprised it’s a sending off. “I can only imagine their manager was surprised. Their staff were certainly surprised. I think the subs were surprised it was a sending off. “I think the groundsman was surprised it was a sending off, I think the linesman was surprised it was a sending off. “I think there was a tube station nearby where they were surprised it was a sending off.” last_img read more

first_img Asked how tough the challenge ahead of him is likely to be, he said: “Well, I don’t really know that until I’ve actually got amongst all the players and find out their various strengths and weaknesses as individuals and as a team. “There’s obviously one thing that I need to put right as quickly as possible, and that’s not concede 18 goals in the next eight games. “It’s obviously something that we have to address immediately and make sure that as a team we become more resilient.” The Black Cats’ last game was a case in point as they allowed a 2-0 lead over West Ham at the Stadium of Light to slip and drew 2-2. That at least showed Allardyce that the squad he inherited from Dick Advocaat – who later voiced the opinion that it simply was not good enough – has goals in it. Asked what scope he might have to add to his resources – Sunderland have been linked with out-of-contract trio Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole and Ron Vlaar in recent days – Allardyce admitted the process of identifying what is required and what might be available will start almost immediately. He said: “We seem to have some goals in the camp. Steven Fletcher seems to be scoring quite regularly, we all know Jermain Defoe can score and we have got Fabio Borini, so we can score hopefully a few goals from set plays, so if we can keep that going, then sort the defensive side out, then we should be okay. “Then January brings another challenge. What player can we get, were can we get him from and more importantly, is he good enough? That’s going to be a task that we need to start planning for now, we need to start finding out about now. “But in the meantime, that wouldn’t be my first priority, my first priority is to try to get this time winning.” The 60-year-old will get to work with his players in earnest later this week when the club’s remaining internationals return from duty with their respective countries ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom. Eight league games to date have brought just three points, but more worryingly for Allardyce, 18 goals against, and that is a failing he will seek to address immediately. Press Associationcenter_img Sam Allardyce will found his Sunderland rescue mission on trying to repair the holes in a porous defence. last_img read more