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The State Palace has given an assurance that the change in the status of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) employees to civil servants will not affect the antigraft body’s independence despite concerns from critics.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration recently issued Government Regulation No. 41/2020 on the status changes, a regulation mandated by the controversial revision to the KPK Law, which stipulates that all previously independent employees of the agency would become civil servants, giving a two-year transition period to implement the change.Presidential expert staff member Dini Shanti Purwono said the regulation would not reduce the KPK’s independence, citing Article 3 of the revised law, which stipulates that the KPK would remain independent and free from any external powers. “The government has no intention to weaken the KPK in this case. On the contrary, this is a part of [our efforts] to strengthen Indonesia’s corruption eradication institution,” Dina said in a statement published Monday.She also said the status change would not reduce employees’ salaries. The regulation itself stipulates that all KPK employees will be paid like other civil servants, meaning they will receive benefits in addition to their primary salary.Critics, however, expressed fear the change would undermine the KPK’s ability to fight graft, with former KPK commissioner Laode M. Syarif saying that an independent anticorruption body also required its staff to be independent in order to fulfill their mandates.Read also: KPK Law revision violates democratic values: Ex-justice Laode, who served as commissioner from 2015 to 2019, also criticized the new wage system as the commission has long stressed the importance of a single salary system to ensure accountability.“With this regulation, [employees] can appear to have small salaries but receive benefits, meeting fees and other [additions] that are large and difficult to account for,” Laode said during Monday’s discussion with the Jentera School of Law.Meanwhile, Antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Kurnia Ramadhana argued the change in employee status would reduce the independence of graft busters as KPK investigators would become civil investigators (PPNS), which fall under the supervision of the National Police.He added that the change could also disrupt corruption investigations as, due to their civil servant status, the government could easily transfer KPK employees to other state institutions.In response to the criticisms, KPK commissioner Nurul Ghufron assured that his staff would remain independent despite the changes in wage system and status.“The independence of our employees as law enforcers is born from the spirit and understanding that the KPK is a law enforcement agency and independence is the main thing in enforcing the law,” Nurul said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.In late June, KPK chairman Firli Bahuri made a request to the House of Representatives for Rp 928.8 billion (US$65.1 million) in additional funds for the KPK’s 2021 budget to, among other programs, support the employees’ transition to civil servants. Topics :
Advertisement Alan Smith lays out what new Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta must do in the January transfer window Mikel Arteta could have a busy transfer window ahead (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal hero Alan Smith predicts a busy first January transfer window for new manage Mikel Arteta, with players coming and going from the Emirates.Arteta was confirmed as the new Gunners boss on Friday and he does not have long to get his plans together before the window opens on 1 January.Some players are expected to leave the club, with Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka both heavily linked with moves away, and Smith has backed Arteta to weed out ‘bad influences in the dressing room.’‘Anyone unwilling to follow will get very short shrift,’ Smith wrote for the Evening Standard. ‘They won’t get a look-in under the Spaniard.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘For that reason, we might see certain individuals being moved on, possibly in January, the summer at the latest. Unfortunately, there are some bad influences in that dressing room, only interested in themselves. They’ve got to be shifted fairly sharpish, if at all possible.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAs for arrivals at the Emirates, Smith still thinks Arteta needs to fix a problem that has bothered the Gunners for some years – defensive midfield.The former England international believes Arteta’s time at Manchester City will have seen him learn the huge benefits of having the likes of Fernandinho in a team and he will look to replicate it in north London.However, whether he can find someone of the required quality with the budget available is in question.‘As for the style of play, if Arteta wants to follow the Manchester City blueprint, he’ll seek to bring in a Fernandinho type,’ continued Smith. ‘Someone capable of both protecting the defence and quickly moving the ball forward from that pivotal slot at the base of midfield. Comment Fernandinho has been a rock for Manchester City in recent years (Picture: Getty Images)‘To be fair, that may require inspiration from the recruitment team, seeing as Arsenal’s budget just now might not stretch to an expensive ready-made answer.’Central defence is also an area Arteta will need to focus on, according to Smith, describing it as ‘a car-crash department in recent times.’However, he is hoping that problem can be solved from within without having to plunge into the transfer market.‘Rob Holding is another who could make vast leaps forward with the right tuition in a solid system,’ wrote Smith. ‘God knows, Arteta needs someone to make the grade in central defence.’The Arteta era begins on Saturday away at Everton in the Premier League although the former Toffees midfielder is unlikely to be on the touchline, leaving Freddie Ljungberg to take charge for one more match.MORE: Unai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel ArtetaMORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Mikel Arteta after being appointed new Arsenal head coach Phil HaighFriday 20 Dec 2019 3:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement
Governor Wolf Announces Guidelines for Consumers and Industry on Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Coverage
Governor Wolf Announces Guidelines for Consumers and Industry on Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Coverage Press Release, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Insurance Department has issued a notice outlining how health insurance companies are expected to apply parity laws for mental health and substance use disorder coverage. This notice was announced alongside a consumer guide to mental health and substance use disorder treatment designed to help Pennsylvanians understand their rights and the benefits to which they are entitled. The guide details what is required to be covered by different types of insurance and where help can be found, if necessary. The full guide is available at PID’s website here.“This guidance will help ensure that all parties – consumers and insurance companies – understand how the federal and state laws relating to mental health and substance use disorder treatments interact so they may be properly implemented,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Ensuring that Pennsylvanians have access to the mental health and substance use care that they need is a priority for my administration, and I urge all insurance companies subject to these regulations to take implementation very seriously.”The Insurance Department drafted the notice as a part of its ongoing comprehensive strategy to ensure the parity law is correctly implemented in Pennsylvania and in response to concerns surrounding the implementation and enforcement of existing laws governing mental health parity and substance use disorder coverage. Standards for applying parity laws outlined in the notice will continue to be enforced going forward.“Accessing the right kind of treatment for mental health and substance use disorders can be critical for many Pennsylvanians,” said Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller. “My department is committed to ensuring that Pennsylvanians have access to the coverage requirements that they are guaranteed under state and federal laws, and we are taking enforcement of these requirements very seriously.”The notice clarifies requirements for mental health and substance used disorder coverage under both state and federal law. Commissioner Miller urged consumers to contact the department’s Bureau of Consumer Services if they have any questions or if they think their plan is not in compliance with parity or other requirements for mental health and substance use disorder coverage.“Hearing from consumers who utilize these benefits can be an invaluable resource in enforcing parity requirements,” said Commissioner Miller. “Not only can our department potentially help resolve your case, you may also help us find an area where stronger enforcement is necessary.”For more information or to file a complaint or ask a question, visit www.insurance.pa.gov or call 1-877-881-6388.To view the department notice, visit www.pabulletin.com on Saturday, October 29th.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf October 27, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Dwayne Bravo struck a long-hop from Shahid Afridi high over mid-wicket for six before rain interrupted to soothe West Indies’ ailing pride, with a one-run victory over Pakistan under the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the fourth One-day International on Monday.West Indies finished on 154 for four from 29.5 overs – the total required under the D/L Method – to claim their first victory in the five-match series, and over a Test side other than Bangladesh since June 2009.The result also ended a run of eight straight defeats for West Indies in this form of the game by Pakistan, and a recent run of six successive defeats against all opposition, stretching back to their penultimate match in the recent World Cup against England.They owe it all to Lendl Simmons. He struck four fours and three sixes in a breezy 76 from 70 deliveries to put them on the right trajectory.Rain delays before and during the West Indies’ innings, left the hosts to chase 223 for victory from 39 overs, after Mohammad Hafeez struck his second ODI hundred of 121 to Pakistan to 248 for nine from the allocation of 50 overs. NewsSports Victory at last: Rain helps Windies claim one-run result by: – May 3, 2011 20 Views no discussions Share
Paige will be on the Today Show next month.BROOKVILLE, Ind. – Paige Rawl has turned the negative into a positive.The Indianapolis native was born HIV positive.Midway through our interview, Paige tells me she has to check her phone because it keeps buzzing.“Sorry,” as she reaches into her purse.She looks at her iPhone 6 puzzled, “French?”“What?”“Positive might be translated into French,” she hesitantly replies.Paige wrote a book in English but also remembers a few Latin words, because she had to sit through that class in high school.Life has made the 20-year-old stand up when most others would sit down.It was Paige who told her best friend in sixth grade she had it. It wasn’t hours later she heard it.It was middle school classmates that nicknamed her “Paids”. It was a soccer coach that joked how her HIV could help the team get a win because opponents were too scared to play on the same field.Paige was at Franklin County High School telling her story Thursday.“I just hope in some way the students can relate and connect. If they can take just one thing away I am happy. If it is something positive, then that’s good,” Rawl said as she prepared for the presentation.The Marion County girl was bullied, pulled out of one school, homeschooled, and later enrolled into Herron High School in Indianapolis.Sharing her story to a gymnasium full of teenagers isn’t anything new for Paige.In high school she was the one who addressed an audience full of peers when rumors swirled about how she contracted HIV.“People started finding out because I was doing all these news articles, and all these rumors going around, that ‘she got it this way, she got it that way’, and this and that.”“So my sophomore year I spoke to my entire high school and I said look, these are the facts,” Paige recalls.“I had people come up to me after, like, sorry, we really didn’t want to be friends with you because I had this view of people with HIV, or whatever, I educated them, I gave them a couple facts.”Paige graduated high school and enrolled at Ball State in the fall of 2013. She is taking this year off and plans to be back in Muncie next year continuing her major in molecular biology.During her freshman year on campus, she joined a sorority but it proved too much, due to her being in the university’s dance marathon plus writing a book.Positive was released this past August.It was Paige who had to relive the days she wanted to forget.“Writing the book, I have always told myself that if my book can save just one life then everything I have ever been through has been worth it.”On Thursday, Paige also spoke at the high school library and at Brookville Library, just three months after having heart surgery. She said her recovery brings good and bad days, and yesterday was a good day.Paige and her story will be featured on NBC’s Today Show November 14. Positive is the first non-fiction selected for the show’s book club segment.Paige will then be traveling across the country to California for a movie premiere Nov. 18.Award winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks has created a documentary about personal stories of young people from around the world whose lives are affected by HIV/ AIDS.Paige is the only U.S. citizen featured in the full-length documentary titled “It’s Not Over.”Rawl is an avid book reader and country music fan who told me she wants to try out for The Voice.In the meantime, if her story can save one life, then she is doing something positive.
Press Association Ki spent last season on loan at Sunderland after being told he was not part of former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup’s plans and helped the Black Cats reach the Capital One Cup final as well as win their battle against Barclays Premier League relegation. Sunderland boss Poyet wanted to make the loan deal permanent but Monk persuaded the South Korean midfielder that his future lay in Swansea after he succeeded Laudrup and Ki has since signed a new four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium. “Gus deserves big credit, he gave him a good role in the team and highlighted what Ki had, but we knew that anyway,” Monk said ahead of Swansea’s league trip to Sunderland on Saturday. “I knew that myself after playing with him and seeing him in training and that’s why I made it clear for him to stay. “But he’s matured as well as a footballer and a human being. He understands himself a bit more now of what he needs to do to get the best out of himself and what players need from him as well.” The 25-year-old has been one of Swansea’s stand-out performers during their impressive start to the season and repaid Monk’s hard work during the summer when he made getting Ki back on board one of his main priorities. “I spoke to him a lot in the summer and told him he was the type of player I wanted with us,” Monk said. “He is an important part of how I want to go with this team and he just needed to feel that and that he was wanted. “I explained that very much to him and from that point onwards he was pretty much sold on it. “His commitment in training every day has been great and in the games he is producing some good football.” Swansea boss Garry Monk feels his Sunderland counterpart Gus Poyet deserves huge credit for returning Ki Sung-yeung back to south Wales a more mature footballer and rounded person. Monk refuses to criticise his predecessor Laudrup over his decision to send Ki out on loan last season, but Swansea defender Neil Taylor admits the Welsh club’s dressing room were baffled by the fact he was playing for one of their relegation rivals at the time. “When he was up there last season we were thinking ‘we’d love to have him here’,” Taylor said. “Circumstances meant he couldn’t be but we knew if we could get him back – and he was already our player – then we would get the best out of him. “He’s come back a better player and we’ve reaped the benefits, and if we keep players like that fit then the sky’s the limit.”
Black Satellites Coach Orlando Wellington says he is still expecting majority of the 11 invited foreign-based players to join the team as they prepare for their title defence at next month’s Africa U-20 Nations Cup in Libya.This follows reports that most European clubs may not release the Ghanaian players for the continental competition.The Satellites will assemble in Barcelona, Spain on March 3 for a ten-day pre-tournament camping and are scheduled to arrive in Libya three days before the commencement of the championship.Coach Orlando Wellington is counting on the assurance of the foreign-based players to turn up for the competition.He said even all of them don’t come, he is confident a significant number will.Source: Joy Sports/Ghana
“They did a good job,” he said. “You give them credit. Yeah, give them credit.”He was referencing the pesky defense of the Utah Jazz, which forced the sharpshooting Redick into a dreadful series. He shot 38 percent from the field and averaged 9.1 points per game. Take away his 26-point performance in a Game 5 loss, and Redick averaged just 6.3 points per game.“Obviously I would have loved to figure out a better way to get him going,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We got a basket for him late in the game tonight. It was a tough series for him.”Redick’s 3 with 3:28 left was his only make on a 1-of-5 shooting night. Rivers said that the Clippers sometimes tried to lean in to Redick’s struggles, using him as more of a decoy than a scorer. Not even that paid off.Rivers compared it to experiences he had in Boston with Ray Allen.“Someone has a bad series, and the other guys pull the tow,” Rivers said. “We didn’t do that for him. When one guy has not got it going or they’re doing something to take him out, you hope what they’re doing will allow somebody else to score, and we didn’t do that.”Redick was visibly emotional as he discussed the series.“It’s always difficult to have your season end in disappointment,” he said. “I really enjoyed myself with this group this year regardless of what happened today with the basketball,” said Pierce, who averaged 2.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting in 13.3 minutes in six postseason appearances against the Jazz. “I’m happy at the end of the day what I was able to accomplish and able to do throughout my career. I gave every ounce I could each and every day. I have no regrets even to the last day.”Even if Pierce spoke those words with finality, he said it will take time to process everything coming to an end.“Maybe in those months when I get up and don’t have practice, I’ll realize it’ll probably hit me more then,” Pierce said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet actually. I know it’s over. But it’s probably not going to hit hard when my wife is going to tell me to take the kids to school every day.”3 bawlIn the end, J.J. Redick could only tip his cap. LOS ANGELES >> The finale lacked a storybook ending as Clippers forward Paul Pierce nursed the frustration of a 104-91 Game 7 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday at Staples Center. With his 19-year NBA career featuring both tears of joy and sorrow, though, the conclusion seemed fitting for Pierce’s last NBA game.“It’s tough when you come up short with your goal. Each and every year, you set a goal to be champions,” Pierce said. “It’s a tough pill to swallow. I’ve been in the league 19 years, so I had to swallow 18 tough pills.”To the Lakers’ dismay, Pierce did not have to swallow one of those pills when he helped the Boston Celtics win the 2008 NBA championship. To the Lakers’ joy, Pierce swallowed one of those pills when the Celtics fell in seven games in the 2010 Finals.Pierce’s role the past two seasons with the Clippers differed drastically than his 15 years with the Celtics. The Clippers relied Pierce more on veteran mentorship than production. Through a limited role and early finish, Pierce still called the experience “a fun ride.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The NBA is committing $300 million over the next decade to funding economic empowerment in Black communities, the league and the National Basketball Players Association announced Wednesday afternoon.Team owners in the NBA will contribute $30 million annually to a newly created NBA Foundation, which will seek to create employment opportunities for Black men and women, according to a statement released by the NBA and NBPA. They will reach particularly in NBA markets through local organizations and charitable partners that they hope will create lasting economic change to swing the scales of racial justice.The NBA restart in Disney World has been a platform for social justice messages, from plastering “BLACK LIVES MATTER” on the court, to players speaking out in media conferences, to messages on the back of their jerseys. But all parties in the NBA have said their larger commitment lies in creating lasting change to institutions that have created economic, legal and even health disparities that disproportionately hurt Black communities.“The creation of this foundation is an important step in developing more opportunities for the Black community,” said NBPA President Chris Paul in the statement. “I am proud of our league and our players for their commitment to this long-term fight for equality and justice, and I know we will continue to find ways to keep pushing for meaningful institutional change.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The foundation will aim to help Black men and women get their first jobs, get jobs out of high school and/or college, and advance their careers once employed. There will be emphasis in STEM skills and education, as well as support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.All 30 NBA teams will conduct local outreach. The foundation will be steered by a board of eight people: four seats representing league owners and governors; three seats representing players, and a seat representing the league itself.