Indonesian caretaker in Taiwan named ‘model worker’ for saving employer

first_imgNew Taipei City held a model worker award ceremony on Thursday during which 249 outstanding workers, members of labor unions, and drivers were presented awards by Mayor Hou You-Yi.Speaking at the award ceremony, Mayor Hou Yu-yi said: “I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of all the citizens to all of our model workers for their dedication and hard work, including the drivers who remained at their position despite the outbreak, or the disabled workers who overcame their inherent limitations to care for the people.”Each of the award winners has an ordinary but touching story to tell. Among them, an Indonesian migrant worker named Wu Lan. Wu has been working in Taiwan for the past six years. She first took care of Mr. Chen and then assisted Mrs.Chen after her husband passed away. She accompanied her through the tragic loss of her husband. Read also: Indonesian worker locked up by Saudi Arabian family who employed her for 18 yearsLast year, Mrs.Chen, who suffers from several chronic illnesses, suddenly had difficulty breathing and collapsed on the floor. Remaining calm, Wu Lan called the ambulance and notified her employer, thus saving Mrs.Chen’s life before it was too late. She took good care of her when she was being treated at the hospital, making her recover faster.Chen Jui-chia, commissioner of The Labor Affairs Department, said that the department will continue to facilitate positive labor relationships and protect the rights of workers, as well as promoting employment.In the second half of the year, 100 job hunting events will be held aimed at first-time job seekers and people who are looking to change jobs.Topics : This article appeared on The China Post newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Postlast_img read more

COVID-19: Bekasi prepares new strategies to battle epidemic

first_imgRead also: Jakarta back under PSBB, but less strict than beforeHe said the administration would extensively trace and prevent COVID-19 family clusters in community units categorized as “red zones”.Rahmat expressed hoped that such strategies could also help improve the economy.“During the adaptation period, there are things we need to open, namely the economy and employment. Now, if we return to PSBB, we have to [restrict vehicle mobility with] 32 checkpoints and go back to the initial process,” he said.Similar to Jakarta, Bekasi has been experiencing a constant increase in COVID-19 cases over the past two months, especially since the city began to relax the PSBB.Bekasi has confirmed 2,072 cases as of Sept. 6, an increase from 1,324 cases as of Aug. 18, meaning an average of 24 people has tested positive for COVID-19 a day.From the total cases, 254 cases are active, including 207 patients under self-isolation and 47 patients under treatment.Rahmat said hospital bed capacity in Bekasi was almost full. The city has 198 isolation beds in 45 referral hospitals. (syk)Topics : The Bekasi administration in West Java is preparing new strategies to mitigate the COVID-19 epidemic, focusing on strengthening the quality of patient care and small-scale virus control in subdistricts, as the administration is unlikely to follow Jakarta in imposing full-scale restrictions.Bekasi, one of Jakarta’s satellite cities, has been imposing transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), known as the adaptation to a new normal (ATHB), a policy with eased restrictions that recently failed in the capital.“We are discussing what to take on with Muspida [consultative leadership board] [on Monday]. Of course, we won’t have the PSBB,” Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi said on Sunday, as quoted by Rahmat said Bekasi would improve the quality of patient care, including by preparing a hotel designated for the isolation of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, with the help of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).“In addition to Patriot Stadium, isolation will be carried out at the [hotel] if the BNPB is [ready to help]. We have to know the operational standards and the technical instructions,” he said.The Bekasi administration will strengthen the implementation of RW Siaga (community unit alertness) in every subdistrict, with the aim of controlling COVID-19 transmission and maintaining food security, Rahmat said.“The [West Java] province recommends micro PSBB, aiming to strengthen alertness in community units and apply local quarantines in that scope,” he said.last_img read more

Defence union puts pressure on ABP about pension plan change

first_imgA union of Dutch defence staff has suggested it would take civil service scheme ABP to court if it were to change its articles of association to enable it to unilaterally change pension arrangements of military and civilian personnel at the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).In a letter, published in the magazine of GOV/MBH, the union for officers as well as high- and mid-ranking civilian staff, pensions lawyer Mark Heemskerk said ABP’s plan was “not acceptable and in violation with legislation”.The €389bn pension scheme wants to change the pension arrangements for MoD staff from final salary to average salary, arguing that providing the final salary plan – currently the single exception within the pension fund – was too complicated.When asked by IPE, ABP said it had been seeking solutions for simplifying the complexity of the pension plan for defence staff since the summer of 2016, but indicated it could not comment any further.  However, the minutes of a meeting of the scheme’s accountability body confirmed that “if consultation would not result in an agreement, ABP’s board would have to prepare an adjustment of the articles of association”.According to sources, ABP’s board was considering a compromise proposal to implement a simplified final salary plan next year.In this scenario, the social partners of employers and workers would have until October 2018 to come up with an agreement for an average salary plan.The union indicated that it needed more time, as the introduction of average salary arrangements also required changes of the salary structure of defence staff.Young participants would accrue more pension rights early in their career but would initially lose out on net income, while higher-ranking military staff could lose up to 20% of their pension, it argued.This has been an issue since ABP switched from final to average salary plans in 2004 for most of its civil servant participants.last_img read more

Equinor gains consent to use Transocean rig on North Sea well

first_imgNorwegian oil company Equinor has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) for exploration drilling in the North Sea with the Transocean Spitsbergen rig. Transocean Spitsbergen; Photo by Kenneth Engelsvold; Source EquinorThe safety agency said on Wednesday it had given Equinor consent to drill exploration well 16/5-7 in production license 502, which is located in the North Sea offshore Norway.The well 16/5-7 is to be drilled north-west of the Utsira High in the North Sea, south-west of Johan Sverdrup and north-east of Sleipner.Water depth at the location is around 105 meters. Drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-May 2019 and is estimated to last for 28 days.The well will be drilled by Transocean Spitsbergen, which is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Aker H-6e type, operated by Transocean Norway Operations.Transocean Spitsbergen received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2012.last_img read more

Small entrepreneurs alerted vs counterfeit peso bills

first_imgOne easy way to determine if banknotesare genuine and not altered is by checking the watermark by viewing thebanknote against the light from either side. According to Guimbal police chiefPolice Lieutenant Colonel Nelson Caro, Garillo had them compare the two fakeP500 bills; they were similar. Omar was detained at the Guimbalpolice station. She faces a charge for violation of Article 168 of the RevisedPenal Code (illegal possession and use of false treasury bank notes) and forestafa. Of particular concern to BSP-Iloiloare sectors of the economy most vulnerable to fake money – small-time traderssuch as vendors./PN In November 2019 over 50 pieces offake P500 bills were seized in Barangay San Isidro, Jaro, Iloilo City. The PRO-6 will be investigating Omar,said Malong. Garillo told the Guimbal police Omarwas the second person to pay her fake P500 that day. ILOILO City – Beware of counterfeitpeso bills, the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) alerted small entrepreneurssuch as sari-sari storeowners andvendors. “To us, this means there could likelybe a group spreading fake money. Ga-operatesila sa mga banwa para indi mabal-an ngafake ila kwarta,” said Caro. The BSP called on the public to reportany information on currency counterfeiting to the nearest police station or lawenforcement agency, for appropriate action. It issued the warning following thearrest of a woman at the public market of Guimbal, Iloilo after paying a storewith what the owner later discovered to be a fake P500 bill. The 24-year-old Mailen Omar fromCotobato province was arrested at 9:15 a.m. on Monday after buying some itemsfrom the store of Rosita Garillo at the Guimbal public market.   “Based in our intelligence monitoring,may ara gid man naga-operate pero indi gid daku nga sindikato, mgamagagmay lang nga mga grupo,” said Malong. BSP said people should carefully feel,look and tilt the banknotes to check the identifiable security features. “We reminde storeowners to scrutinizethoroughly the money being paid them. Some people use fake money,” said PoliceLieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, PRO-6 information officer. Malong said the PRO-6 has notmonitored an organized fake money syndicate in Western Visayas. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)Iloilo branch urged the public as early as two months ago to become familiarwith the various security features of the Philippine currency to avoid beingvictimized by those spreading counterfeit peso bills. The watermark in the blank spaceshould be the same image as the portrait on the banknote and denominationalvalue. A street vendor counts peso bills above her makeshift stall. BLOOMBERGlast_img read more

DCH Awards Scholarships To Recent High School Graduates

first_imgAttending the DCH Foundation Scholarship Banquet at Dearborn Country Club are (left to right), front row: Hannah Ascherman, Shelby Prince, Cayli Chase and Sierra Billman; second row: Allison Raible, Jenna Huber and Miranda Richter; third row: Susan Williamson, Emma Stern, Brooke Hartman and Laura Detmer; and back row, Hannah Rose, Kirsten Furnish, Emily Cumberworth, Caleb Huntington and Sydney Elliott.AURORA – The Dearborn County Hospital Foundation recently hosted its annual scholarship banquet at the Dearborn Country Club.A total of 16 high school graduates from the class of 2014 received $500 scholarships through the foundation’s High School Senior Scholarship Program. In addition, four students were awarded grant/loans as part of the Dearborn County Hospital Foundation and Dearborn County Hospital Healthcare Student Grant/Loan Porgram.The Anna F. Woods Estate Award was given to Shelby Price of Patriot, a Switzerland County High School graduate seeking her Associate of Science in Nursing Degree at Ivy Tech-Lawrenceburg.The Edward and Grace Gray Scholarship was awarded to Rising Sun High School graduate and Rising Sun resident Sydney Elliott, who will major in Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis.The Elizabeth Anderson Scholarship was given to Emma Stern of Cedar Grove, a graduate of Franklin County High School who plans to obtain a degree in Radiography and Medical Imaging at IUPUI-Indianapolis.Nancy Kennedy, M.D., DCH Chief of Staff, presented the DCH Medical Staff Award to Emily Cumberworth, a South Ripley Junior-Senior High School graduate from Holton headed to the University of Indianapolis to major in Pre-Medicine/Exercise Science.Dr. Kennedy then honored Batesville resident Jenna Huber, a graduate of Batesville High School who is enrolled in the Radiography/Health Sciences program at Ball State University, with the Dearborn-Ohio County Medical Society Scholarship.DCH Auxiliary President Sylvia Plashko continued by presenting the DCH Auxiliary Award to four students.  First was Miranda Richter of Sunman, an East Central High School graduate who is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree from the Good Samaritan College of Nursing & Health Science.  Next was Caleb Huntington of Versailles, a graduate of South Ripley Junior-Senior High School who will attend the University of Southern Indiana to obtain a degree in Occupational Therapy.The third Auxiliary Award went to Hannah Rose of Aurora, a South Dearborn High School graduate attending Indiana State University to pursue a degree in Speech/Language Pathology.  Fourth was Allison Raible of Brookville, a Franklin County High School graduate who is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from IUPUI-Indianapolis.The Henry W. Conrad, M.D., Memorial Scholarship went to Kirsten Furnish of Vevay, a graduate of Switzerland County High School enrolled in the Pre-Medicine program at Hanover College.Wayne Conrad and Susan Conrad Perry presented the Helen Conrad Scholarship to Laura Detmer of Osgood, a graduate of Jac-Cen-Del Junior-Senior High School who will attend IUPUI-Indianapolis for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.The family of the late Dr. Noshir Toddywalla, represented by his mother Roda, sister-in-law Maharukh and nieces Shiraz and Natasha, attend the banquet every year to present the Noshir R. Toddywalla, M.D., Memorial Scholarship.  This year the scholarship was awarded to Bennington resident and Switzerland County High School graduate Cayli Chase, who will attend IVY Tech-Bloomington and Indiana University, majoring in Pre-Medicine/Chemistry.E.G. McLaughlin, President/CEO of United Community Bank, and William Ritzmann, UCB’s Immediate Past President/CEO, presented the United Community Bank Award.  It went to Sunman resident and Batesville High School graduate Brooke Hartman, who is headed to Kettering Medical College to pursue a degree in Physician Assistant Studies.  Mr. McLaughlin is also Treasurer of the DCH Foundation Board of Directors and Mr. Ritzmann is a member of the Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees.last_img read more

Financially strapped GBA seeks over $3m to send team to Caribbean C/ships

first_imgTHE financially strapped Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) is seeking to raise three and one half million dollars to send a 13-member team to defend its Caribbean Championship title it retained in Barbados last year, after winning the inaugural championship here in Guyana in 2015.Keevin AllicockThe championship is scheduled for December 13 to 16 in St. Lucia and the GBA has registered 13 boxers, two referee/judges and three coaches for the event.The 13-member team of boxers will be spearheaded by Keevin Allicock and Colin Lewis , who both won gold medals at the last Caribbean development tournament (now Caribbean Championship), with Allicock going on to win a silver medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in The Bahamas earlier this year.GBA’s president Steve Ninvalle is optimistic that the local boxers will make a successful defence of the championship title.However, the issue at hand is how will the team get to St. Lucia without funding.According to reports, Ninvalle is quoted as saying “last year, we were forced to walk 100 miles to raise funds to send an 11-member team to Barbados and we received very little help then. That team won 10 gold medals and one silver. My sincere hope now is that the pledge and promises made when the team returned home are now made a reality.”Ninvalle continued “We have dominated the Caribbean and in recent time have shown that we are capable of taking the best that the Commonwealth has to offer.”Meanwhile, Referee/judges Lawrence Asannah and Maynard Wilson will sit exams while in St.Lucia, and once successful, they will be rewarded with their AIBA One Star badges.Guyana, along with 17 Caribbean Islands, will contest this year’s championships in St. Lucia.last_img read more

REVIEW: ‘Unpregnant’ normalizes abortion through the lens of a female director

first_imgIn the clinic Veronica makes eye contact with another young girl and the two share a soft smile. The moment is meaningful to both Veronica and the girl and provides Veronica with a sense of ease.  The film chronicles the story of a typical Missouri teen Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) from a religious family who embarks on an quest for an abortion with her last resort, her punk rock former best friend. From the moment Veronica’s pregnancy test reads positive, she’s set on her decision to get an abortion. The only problem? In Missouri, parental consent is required. Genre: Comedy, Drama “Unpregnant” is also also a timely cultural commentary in the current battle for reproductive rights. The film is sure to fill your heart with angst as you root for the main character to rekindle her friendship with Bailey and get her abortion.  In a moment of panic, Veronica drops the pregnancy test, and it slides out of the high school bathroom stall. Who should pick it up but Veronica’s former best friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira), the punk rock bad girl à la Janice in “Mean Girls”? Bailey , ? Someone breaks into the grimey school bathroom, and Bailey quickly tucks the test into her pocket, later disposing of it in the dumpster where it is discovered by the recycling club. News spreads throughout the school, and in true high school fashion, the mystery of who could be pregnant must be solved.  RATING: (4.5 of 5 stars) “Unpregnant” is the coming-of-age movie all young girls need. Stellar cinematography combined with a beautifully crafted female friendship makes this picture a must watch at your next girls night.  Rating: PG-13 Finally, the audience is introduced to the baby’s father, Kevin (Alex MacNicoll) and learns he is a major human dumpster fire who lied about the condom breaking. Kevin proposes to Veronica, and she turns him down but takes the ring to pawn and fund her abortion.   The cinematography in the film is beyond stunning. The pastel coloring of the road trip is truly awe inspiring. Regardless of your opinion on middle America, the tones of the film find a way to give it a rustic charm.  “In my dream scenario, this movie doesn’t make sense to an audience in a couple years because it sounds absurd that someone would have to drive 1,000 miles to get an abortion in a country where it’s supposedly legal,” Goldberg said in the interview with Buzzfeed. “But that’s obviously not the reality right now.” The film is based on the young adult novel by the same title written by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan. Director and screenwriter Rachel Lee Goldberg told Buzzfeed in an interview that she read the book before it was published and really resonated with Veronica since she had an abortion in her twenties. She added in multiple interviews that the driving factor of the movie is Veronica’s never questioning her need for the abortion. center_img The repartee in the film is witty and current. Not one of the jokes fell flat, and all of the language was relevant but not overdone. The nuance of pop culture felt natural.  The film also pulls off a big scare by means of anti-abortion people kidnapping Bailey and Veronica after hearing their plans. In a hilarious moment, Bailey refers to the two kidnappers as “Mike Pence” and “Karen.” Veronica returns home to find that the closest abortion clinic that doesn’t require parental consent is in Albequerquee, N.M. She finds a map and begins to plan and budget for the trip.  “Unpregnant” will make its cultural timestamp on this generation of women. The film does wonders to normalize reproductive rights. Goldberg’s touch as a female director brings the film to life in ways a male director never could.  “We’re gay and pregnant,” the girls scream. As Bailey and Veronica embark on the trip, the bond of female friendship throughout the film is heartwarming and relatable. At the beginning, Bailey is portrayed as a grunge badass loner who drifted apart from the Ivy-League blonde Veronica. As the trip progresses, Bailey and Veronica learn to put aside their differences with a few setbacks. The emotions shown between the girls as they bond over topics like sex and sexuality are genuine for a young adult audience. It’s clear that Goldberg worked diligently to portray the abortion in a way that wouldn’t scare off audiences. Her decision to show it in a montage-esque way by having a voice over of the nurse describing the procedure to Veronica is simple and far from menacing.  During the movie, it is clear to see a woman’s touch on direction. One memorable moment shared between the two girls is at a fairground in Texas. Veronica discovers that Bailey has a crush on a girl. The two girls board a fair ride and use the freedom of rushing wind to scream into the void and expel their feelings.  Photo from IMDb Run time: 103 minlast_img read more

Estonia president discusses digital-first government

first_imgKersti Kaljulaid, president of Estonia, discussed how being the world’s only digital society increased participation from marginalized groups, like female, rural and disabled citizens, in the job market. (Thomas Forman | Daily Trojan)Estonia President Kersti Kaljulaid discussed her country’s use of cyber knowledge to achieve security and welfare Wednesday at Town and Gown.The discussion, hosted by the School of International Relations, marked the two-year anniversary of her election in 2016.“I’m very happy to be here in front of you representing the world’s only digital society,” Kaljulaid said. “We have gone through a societal disruption to make sure that our citizens and businesses have a totally digital environment to deal with the state and to deal with the private partners.”Kaljulaid said that while Estonia is not necessarily a country that develops technology, it has found innovative ways to utilize digital tools. “The difference in Estonian society compared to the other developed societies … is not technology itself,” she said. “The innovation lies elsewhere. It is in the process of bringing businesses and government together to help all people, young and old … In other words, we are the quick followers, not creators, of technology.”During her speech, Kaljulaid championed Estonia’s commitment to e-identity, a mandatory document for all citizens meant to authenticate digital identity, grant access to public services and pay taxes online.One of the challenges that Estonia faced, however, was incorporating technology into the lives of citizens of all ages.“It took some special effort to get all people in,” Kaljulaid said. “All generations, of course, need to use it, because otherwise, [there would] be division in society, not social cohesion … [older people] are normally those who are most reluctant.”Estonia’s digital advances have also led to increased opportunities for marginalized groups to participate in the job market. Kaljulaid championed the fact that women, rural citizens and the disabled are able to enter into the labor force by participating in e-commerce and digital markets.“Very often people say that digital takes jobs away and we should be scared, but it’s quite the contrary,” she said. “Digital makes job markets more equal, more accessible … and much bigger.” Kaljulaid also discussed Estonia’s commitment to national security and cyber safety, encouraging the audience to engage in what she has coined as “cyber-hygiene,” or the awareness of one’s digital presence.  “Everybody can do one thing: You can train yourself,” Kaljulaid said. “Governments, if they want to teach people cyber-hygiene, have to offer them safe identification means.”At the end of her speech, Kaljulaid mentioned Estonia’s bid to gain a seat on the United Nations Security Council. One week ago, Kaljulaid addressed the United Nations General Assembly and announced Estonia’s intent to run for the non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council in 2020.Kaljulaid also noted that she is not considering expanding digital platforms to currency. She said it would be too expensive to implement and may ruin the reputation of successful technology. She also addressed concerns about preventing authoritarian states and actors from taking advantage of the technology.  “Sorry to say, but technology does not solve humankind,” Kaljulaid said. “Whatever you do with technology, it will only reflect your society. Every e-state is a reflection of the state, you have nothing different.”last_img read more

Stapleton hails fitness of intercounty players

first_imgA recently retired Tipperary hurler says there’s now a marked difference in the fitness levels of intercounty and club players.Paddy Stapleton – who stepped away from the county panel last month – believes this is down to the increased amount of gym work that the former group are doing.The Borrisoleigh club man was involved with the Tipp set-up for 10 years. He says the physical demands put on elite players changed hugely in that timelast_img