ECMH requests $10K appropriation from Brundidge council

first_imgLatest Stories Email the author Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell Lawrence Bowden, a member of the East Center Mental Health Board of Directors, presented a FY2019 budget request to the Brundidge City Council at its Tuesday meeting in the amount of $10,000.The request is in keep with the city’s recent budget allocations to the agency that provides services to Brundidge citizens,Bowden said the ECMH board was created by the state in 1974 as one of the governing boards that would regulate services to those with mental disabilities. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 3:00 am Wednesday, August 22, 2018 ECMH requests $10K appropriation from Brundidge council You Might Like Brown Bag kicks off football season Thursday on the Square At long last, it’s football season and the fans of local teams will have an opportunity to show their true… read more Print Article The executive director of the ECMH board is Don Schofield. The board serves Pike, Bullock and Macon countries. The board’s budget for 2017 was $8.4 million.Bowden said the board oversees two apartment facilities in Brundidge and a day care center for those with mental disabilities.“10 percent of Brundidge residents are assisted by ECMH,” Bowden said. “That’s a lot of people.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Chapman said the modified doors should meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.“If any of the three locations do not meet the manual operation standard of a five-pound pull to open, they should be modified or replaced,” he said.The petition was signed by 32 members of the senior center.Boyd said the council would look into the situation with the doors as requested.The council declared 10 items surplus property including a backhoe, bucket truck, chipper, bush hog frame, SUV, truck, two police cars, city truck, another truck and converted peanut wagon. All items will be placed for sale on gov.dealThe Brundidge Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundiidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Mayor Isabell Boyd thanked Bowden for informing the council about the important role ECMH plays in Brundidge and for his commitment to the board and to the community.Richard Chapman, a member of the Robert E. Barr Senior Center, presented a petition to the council requesting that the governing body of the city authorize, fund and prioritize, as an immediate requirement, the construction and installation of automatic door openers at Brundidge Station, the home of the Brundidge Nutrition Center and the city’s senior center.“There have been several incidents where seniors could not open the doors on the western entrance of the building, the eastern entrance that provides sheltered entrance to the facility and to the men’s and women’s restroom entrances,” Chapman said. “Those who are on walkers or crutches or have other mobility limitations have difficulty opening the doors.”Chapman cited an incident where a senior was unable to open a restroom door and was actually locked in for a length of time. Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Wage subsidy program may fall short of target due to data issues

first_imgThe government’s wage subsidy program, earmarked to reach 15.7 million people in an effort to boost household spending and cushion the economic impacts of the pandemic, might fall short of its target as data validity remains a major issue.National Team for Accelerated Poverty Reduction (TNP2K) working group head for economic capacity enhancement policy, RM Purnagunawan, noted that invalid recipient data and potential missed targets could hinder the program, preventing it from reaching its goals. “There is a possibility that the 15.7 million target will not be reached,” Purnagunawan said in a webinar on Wednesday. He added that the total recipients would likely be around 12 million, in line with the number of registered bank accounts already eligible for the program as reported by the government.  Data issues could occur for several reasons, he went on to explain. For one, companies might work around not paying some of their employees’ social security benefits by failing to submit a valid account of their employees’ database. For some workers who have moved from one place of residence to another, their civil registry data might be considered invalid due to inconsistencies in the database, preventing them from receiving the social assistance. For other workers, they may be ineligible to receive the subsidy for not owning a personal bank account, Purnagunawan said.The government has allocated Rp 37.7 trillion (US$2.57 billion) for the wage subsidy program. The program is eligible for workers who earn less than Rp 5 million per month, are active members of the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) as of June 2020 and own an active bank account. Recipients are entitled to a Rp 2.4 million subsidy, delivered in two installments of Rp 1.2 million once every two months.The program was put in place by the government to prop up household spending as the Indonesian economy experienced a contraction of 5.32 percent year-on-year in this year’s second quarter, with household spending shrinking 5.51 percent.  “Maybe the solution can be added. [The subsidy] can be delivered through the post office. It is unwise to solve the issue by relying on bank accounts,” BPJS Watch advocacy coordinator Timboel Siregar said during the webinar. He explained that some workers who were not eligible for the wage subsidy program were among the most vulnerable, as they were presumed to be outsourced contract workers who were not paid the minimum wage and thus likely not to receive social security benefits from their employers.“The philosophy of social assistance is [delivering help] for those who need the help, whereas accurate targeting has yet to happen,” Timboel said. BPJS Ketenagakerjaan strategic planning and information technology director Sumarjono acknowledged that data issues made it difficult to disburse the wage subsidy to the intended recipients.Some bank accounts are already closed, while others are considered invalid due to inconsistent name spellings, frozen statuses or inconsistent civil registry data, Sumarjono noted. “We are coordinating with the banks that channel the funds [to resolve] the obstacles,” he said during the webinar. As of September, Sumarjono reported that the first installment of the wage subsidy had reached a total of 10.5 million recipients out of the registered 12.42 million accounts. The second installment would be disbursed in October or December at the latest, he said.  National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) director of demographic planning and social protection Muhammad Cholifihani said during the webinar that in reforming the country’s social security, an integrated database between state agencies would be necessary. “We are looking to continue increasing data accuracy by 50 to 70 percent,” Muhammad said, explaining that reformation of the social protection system was part of the government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.In a World Bank report titled Indonesia Public Expenditure Review 2020: Spending for Better Results published in June, the global financial institution made a suggestion for the Indonesian government to strengthen its social assistance delivery systems. “Invest in the capacity of the integrated social welfare database (DTKS) to minimize exclusion and inclusion errors through reliable dynamic updating mechanisms with the local government and related external institutions,” the report says.Topics :last_img read more

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Asian Games Indonesia celebrates heritage, traffic and world peace at energetic Asiad opening ceremony

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Jakarta: A presidential dig at their traffic woes, a colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace—Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and slick opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games here on Saturday.Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shown taking a motorcycle to the stadium after his convoy was stuck in one of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams.The footage, played out on the stadium’s giant screen, had Widodo grabbing hold of a motorbike to whiz past the stranded vehicles and take the narrow lanes to make the stadium in time.Also Read | Kuwait welcomed back to Asian Games with OCA warningA helmet-clad biker, presented to be the President, eventually appeared at the stadium before Widodo revealed himself at the dignitaries stands amid loud cheers from the crowd.Raising the emotional quotient was the unified Korean delegation, repeating the touching images from the Winter Olympics, to once again deliver the message of world peace amid the recent diplomatic breakthroughs.The two Koreas will field a united team in three events—lightweight rowing, dragon boat racing and women’s 5×5 basketball. The flag was a unity banner, a light blue representation of the Korean peninsula on a white background. It was first seen at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also at the Asian Games staged in the South Korean city of Busan in 2002 and in Doha in 2006.“We are all here to celebrate diversity, we are all here to celebrate differences, we are all here to celebrate humanity,” Organising Committee President Erick Thohir said in his speech.Young Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the flag bearer, led the Indian contingent with players arriving in blue suits, smiling and with small flags in their hands, waving to the crowd.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Kabaddi event complete schedule, timings and detailsMuch to the relief of Kuwait athletes, they were allowed to participate in the athletes’ parade under their own flag after International Olympic Committee lifted their suspension, just 48 hours ago. The government interference had forced IOC to suspend their NOC.The loudest cheers, however, were reserved for the host nation, who arrived last, led by swimmer Gede Siman Sudartawa and basketball player Arki Wisnu.Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah then addressed the packed stadium and was delighted that his own country Kuwait participated under country’s flag. He also appreciated the harmony between the two Korean nations.Widodo then declared the Games Open.In Palembang, which will host shooting and tennis disciplines among others, the athletes watched the opening ceremony on a giant screen, installed at the main football arena.A team of visual artists from Jakarta and Bandung, West Java transformed the stadium’s front area into a huge stage, designed to look like a lush mountain surrounded by the country’s unique plants and flowers.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Young ‘guns’ of India hungry for medalsThe ceremony opened with the traditional ‘Saman’ dance, which has been listed by UNESCO in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The dance has its origins in the Gayo ethnic community of the Aceh province.Performed by over 2200 school children, it welcomed the athletes from the region for a sporting extravaganza which is considered second to only Olympics in participation even though the countries involved stand at 45.The athletes involved in the two-week long show will be over 11,000.The musical extravaganza’s highlight tonight was Indonesian singer Anggun Cipta Sasmi, whose popularity graph has been on the rise in the country.Along with Anggun, renowned local musicians Raisa, Tulus, Edo Kondologit, Putri Ayu, Fatin, GAC, Kamasean and Via Vallen also enthralled the jam-packed stadium with their performances on a spectacular stage.Legendary Indonesian athletes, who have been carrying the torch across the country, brought it to its final destination during the ceremony which is believed to have cost the organisers USD 55 million.The relay had begun on July 15 at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi and came to the Indonesian capital after being carried in 53 cities across the country in the past month.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Day-wise schedule, time-table for AsiadsFormer shuttler Susi Susanti, who won the women’s singles gold for Indonesia at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, lit the cauldron which marked the opening of the Games amid the trademark fireworks.Red was the dominant colour of the ceremony where Indonesia showcased its origins in a spectacular song and dance show which never lacked in energy. last_img read more

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