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Retail The waiting game

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The market in minutes

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PREMIUMFinancial inclusion empowers women in underprivileged families

first_imgfinancial-inclusion Women OJK savings study East-Java Center-for-Global-Development World-Bank Mercy-Corps Topics : Google Linkedin Financial inclusion for underprivileged women has contributed to an increase in business profits, savings and women’s role in household decision making, a recent joint study shows.The study looked into the Financial Services Authority’s (OJK) Laku Pandai (branchless banking) program and its effect on unbanked but productive women in five rural villages in East Java, namely Bojonegoro, Gresik, Lamongan, Ngawi and Tuban.The study, titled Unequal Ventures: Results from an Endline Study of Gender and Entrepreneurship in East Java, Indonesia shows that the program helped increase women entrepreneurs’ revenue by 15.5 percent and savings by 14.7 percent.“Women lack access to a safe and reliable saving place in developing countries,” said Myra Buvinic, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development who conducted the study with other researchers…. Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Facebooklast_img read more

 

Barcelona take leap into the unknown after summer of change

first_imgNelson Semedo and Arthur Melo have also made way despite being hailed as long-term solutions not long ago, while the only new arrival so far is midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Juventus, 30, whose best days seem to have passed.New coach Ronald Koeman had warned of Barca’s need to freshen up their squad long before he was appointed and has led the clear-out, calling Suarez and Vidal to tell them they were no longer wanted while urging academy graduate Riqui Puig to look for a loan move.The Dutchman, one of Barca’s greatest ever players, has never been afraid of rocking the boat and will look to exert his authority on a dressing room used to getting its own way.Chief among Koeman’s objectives is to get the team fitter and stronger, while he has also hinted at a different style of play to the plan centered on long periods of possession which Quique Setien unsuccessfully tried to restore last season. Topics : The best news in a dreadful close season, though, was Lionel Messi’s decision to end his standoff with the club after threatening to leave.”I couldn’t imagine a Barca without Leo and I crossed my fingers hoping he would stay. Now I think he has the same enthusiasm and ambition as always,” said Barca player Sergi Roberto.Messi appeared to be playing a deeper role in Barca’s pre-season games, behind Antoine Griezmann, a relative flop last season, and Ousmane Dembele, who missed the majority of the last campaign injured.There is also more excitement about 17-year-old forward Ansu Fati after a thrilling breakthrough campaign.Elsewhere in La Liga, champions Real Madrid play Real Betis at home after an uninspiring goalless draw with Real Sociedad in their first game.Atletico Madrid host in-form Granada in their first game but will be without coach Diego Simeone as he is still isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.center_img After selling five key players and employing a coach more than happy to take on the established order, Barcelona begin their La Liga campaign at home to Villarreal on Sunday in unchartered territory.Seething from their 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and a first trophyless campaign since 2007-08, Barca have made some big changes and will line up with a very different side to the one that ambled through last season.Luis Suarez, their second top scorer last season and third all-time marksman, has been handed to title rivals Atletico Madrid, while Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal have also been moved on for next to nothing.last_img read more

 

Governor Wolf’s Budget Goal: Create ‘Strongest Workforce in the Nation’

first_img February 05, 2019 Governor Wolf’s Budget Goal: Create ‘Strongest Workforce in the Nation’ Budget News,  Economy,  Education,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Bold and sensible plan will rebuild Pennsylvania’s economy and prioritize skills training from birth to retirementWith the commonwealth on a comeback, Governor Tom Wolf today outlined in his 2019-20 budget address a bold plan to move the commonwealth forward by building the strongest workforce in the nation that drives the strongest economy. With a comprehensive package of programs and an overhaul of policies, the Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program will provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement.“Today, I present a comprehensive plan to help grow our economy by continuing to invest in our workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “This plan calls on contributions from the business community, labor unions, educators, research institutions, students, parents, and adult workers. And it increases opportunity for every Pennsylvanian at every stage of life – from birth to retirement.“The people of our commonwealth have proven that, despite the challenges we face, Pennsylvania remains a place worthy of its history – a place where people can find good work, strong communities, and opportunity for their kids. And, here in Harrisburg, we’ve proven that despite our differences, we remain capable of doing what Washington just cannot seem able to do: tackle big challenges, put aside petty partisanship, and serve the public interest.”A core component of the governor’s plan is the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center, which brings together agency heads and public and private sector experts in a unique approach to finding solutions that connect skilled workers with good jobs that employers need today and in the future.The governor’s budget expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative, launched last year as a groundbreaking approach to workforce development.Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command CenterTackling the skills gap and creating a well-trained workforce requires government, schools and industry to work together. PAsmart was the first step, but Governor Wolf wants bolder action. Soon the governor will sign an executive order creating the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. The departments of Community and Economic Development, Labor & Industry, State and others will partner with external leaders to find solutions that will strengthen our workforce.“Across the commonwealth, we have workers aging out of our workforce, and too often the next generation of worker is not there or doesn’t have the skills to replace them,” said Governor Wolf. “If we can’t strengthen our workforce, we will fall behind. And we cannot let our government’s response to this problem be handcuffed by stale habit. The time is now for this comprehensive plan for preparing Pennsylvanians to compete and win in our rapidly changing economy.”Early Childhood Development and Parent SupportParents cannot work if they lack food, housing or childcare. To break the cycle of poverty, the governor’s budget invests in early childhood education and removes barriers for low-income parents. The proposal provides $5 million to expand home-visiting programs for pregnant women and at-risk infants and toddlers, $15 million in federal funds to reduce waiting lists for high-quality childcare, and $5 million for wrap-around services so parents can attend college or other training to get skills for family-sustaining jobs.Continuing Investments in Education and Career TrainingThe governor’s budget ensures that every student is ready for a career by continuing investments to improve public schools along with more funding for early childhood programs, k-through-12, and higher education. The budget provides increases of $200 million for basic education, $50 million for pre-k and Head Start, $50 million for special education, $7 million for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and $8 million in one-time grants for community college students or graduates who are working in Pennsylvania.PAsmart is an innovative and pioneering approach to connecting Pennsylvanians with education and training opportunities, apprenticeships, and STEM careers and the governor’s budget expands this initiative with an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.Governor Wolf is also proposing to save nearly $120 million over the next two years by raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour on July 1, 2019. The boost in pay for one million workers would enable tens of thousands of people to work their way off of public assistance, reducing the burden on taxpayers who are subsidizing low wages.To prevent students from falling behind, the governor’s plan lowers the age when students must start attending school from 8 to 6 and increases the dropout age from 17 to 18. The administration will also study the benefits of providing free full day kindergarten to all children starting at age 5.The transcript of the budget address as prepared is available here.Pennsylvanians can find out more about Governor Wolf’s budget at budget.pa.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

 

Luxury housing estate bound for Brisbane’s west after record sale

first_imgmanaging director Sahba Abedian of Sunland. Pic Annette DewDEVELOPER Sunland Group has paid $5.9 million for a prime residential development site in Brisbane’s west, with plans to build a $30 million luxury housing estate.The 2.29ha amalgamated site at 34-38 Kirkdale Road in leafy Chapel Hill has been earmarked for a boutique residential development, with approval for 33 high end detached homes.The combined sale represents the highest price paid for a residential site in the suburb since a home on 4685 sqm on Tristania Road sold for $3.6 million in 2014.Selling agent Reuben Packer-Hill of McGrath Estate Agents Paddington said the project would be the first of its size in Chapel Hill. An artist’s impression of the Abian residential tower under development in Brisbane’s CBD. Soheil and Sahba Abedian of Sunland Group. Picture: Tara Croser.Sunland managing director Sahba Abedian said the project would feature a mix of three and four-bedroom residences.“This latest acquisition is in line with our strategy of identifying premium sites within established high-growth areas, with access to considerable natural and built amenity,” he said in a statement to the ASX.“The homes will cater specifically to the owner-occupier market to deliver the high level of amenity, finishes, and quality craftsmanship sought by this segment.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoAlmost 1ha of the site will be dedicated to open green space, encompassing substantial revegetation along the brook’s edge. Queenslanders ditching houses for units Record cash sale for Gold Coast Brisbane’s new house price record The site is close to Chapel Hill State School, Mt Coot-Tha Reserve, Kenmore shopping centres and the Western Freeway.“A lot of people were worried it would be a big townhouse development, but Sunland have changed the scope of it,” Mr Packer-Hill said.He said there had been a lot of land subdivision activity in the area in recent years.“This is by far the warmest market I’ve seen,” he said. “Traditionally most of the market here is mums and dads and families, but at the moment a lot of people are taking advantage of low interest rates and upsizing.” Sunland anticipates construction to start during the first half of next year, with delivery scheduled during the second half of 2019.The developer’s other projects in Brisbane include the luxury Abian residential tower in the CBD, which commenced settlements in June.last_img read more

 

Murray agrees new Munster deal

first_imgIreland scrum-half Conor Murray has agreed a new two-year contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union that ties him to Munster until June 2016. The 24-year-old has rejected approaches from the Top 14 to remain at home in a deal funded by the IRFU, the governing body has announced. Murray made two Test appearances during the British and Irish Lions’ victorious tour to Australia and has won 22 caps for Ireland since making his debut in 2011. “I’m thrilled to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue playing my rugby with Munster,” Murray said. “In 2013 I learned a lot as a player with my club, Ireland and the Lions and I hope to continue to develop and push for honours over the coming years.” Murray made his senior debut for Munster against Connacht in 2010 after graduating from the academy and has since made 49 appearances for the province. “Conor has illustrated in recent months the value he brings not only to Munster, but also to the national team,” Munster coach Rob Penney said. “At 24 he is still a young guy and he has the potential to go on to become one of the best scrum-halves in the game.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

 

Putin congratulates Macron

first_imgMoscow, July 11: Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Frances semi-final victory over Belgium, the Kremlin press service said.“Shortly after the semi-final game between teams of France and Belgium, Russian President Putin made a phone call to French President Emmanuel Macron, who was present at the game. Putin warmly congratulated Macron and all French fans on their team’s victory in this match and their advancement to the World Cup final,”the statement read, reports TASS news agency. Moreover, the Russian president also made a phone call to King Philippe of Belgium, who was also present at the game. Putin noted that “Team Belgium has demonstrated supreme football throughout the entire championship,” the Kremlin press service said. IANSlast_img read more

 

Football: Fresh defensive line, linebacking corps seek to return Wisconsin defense to dominance

first_imgThe date was December 27, but the Badgers’ 34–3 Pinstripe Bowl victory against the University of Miami feels like it was yesterday.Now, we’re entering April with the offseason in full swing.Head Coach Paul Chryst’s team began spring practices last week in preparation for the 2019 season. Chryst’s team has many question marks on its roster entering these practices with many former players declaring for the NFL Draft. It is through these practices, though, that answers start to become evident, and the team’s depth chart for the season comes into form.Kicking off a series of coverage looking at these practices and analyzing where each Badger positional group stands as spring practices come and go, we begin with two groups that are up in the air with the season five months away — the defensive line and linebackers.Football: NFL Pro Day sets up Wisconsin’s top recruits for April’s draftThe University of Wisconsin held their NFL Pro Day March 13, as scouts from around the league came to watch Read…Defensive LineOne of the Badgers’ greatest pitfalls a year ago was their inability to stop the run and win the battle in the trenches defensively. After ranking third in the nation in rush defense in 2017, Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard’s unit fell to 50th in the nation in 2018, good for fifth in the Big Ten.Now, Leonhard returns with his entire defensive line intact with the exception of nose tackle Olive Sagapolu who graduated and is now testing the NFL waters. This is a positive sign after last year’s squad started two true freshmen and a converted offensive lineman.As of the beginning of April, redshirt junior Garrett Rand and junior Isaiahh Loudermilk are set for starting roles at defensive end. Rand missed all of 2018 with a torn achilles he suffered before the season began.Chryst talked about Rand’s rehab and progress last Monday, discussing how Rand will be limited this spring.“[I] did not know what [Rand’s] pitch count will be,” Chryst said.Along with Rand and Loudermilk, who is fully healthy now after missing four games last season, Leonhard will keep an eye on how David Pfaff, Aaron Vopal and former walk-on Matt Henningsen progress as a unit this spring.On the interior of the line, the Badgers will look to improve upon their lack of depth from 2018.Sophomore Bryson Williams is set to take over Sagapolu’s role as the starting nose tackle. From there, the depth chart has question marks as redshirt senior Gunnar Roberge is the only listed backup to Williams. Leonhard will welcome help for the position in the fall when true freshmen Keeanu Benton, Rodas Johnson and Gio Paez come to Madison.Chryst noted the importance of the defensive line and their development as spring football continues.“That’s the group that needs to lead this team,” Chryst said.Football: A closer look at Alex Hornibrook’s record as he departs WisconsinAlex Hornibrook’s 26-6 record is the best for any quarterback in program history, yet his performance often contradicted his team’s Read…LinebackersWisconsin football is often recognized for its stellar play at linebacker over the years. Since 2009, seven Badger linebackers have been drafted in the NFL, with two or three names likely to join the list this year. Notable alums who’ve spent time on NFL rosters include DeAndre Levy, Chris Borland and T.J. Watt.The position is pivotal to Leonhard’s 3-4 defensive scheme. After losing three of the team’s four leading tacklers to the draft in T.J. Edwards, Andrew Van Ginkel and Ryan Connelly, Leonhard will need to revamp the position in order to anchor his defense.Badger fans hope this new linebacking unit will record more than the 14 sacks and seven turnovers it posted a year ago.The projected starters at inside linebacker entering spring ball are redshirt senior Chris Orr and sophomore Jack Sanborn.Orr played in all 13 games last season and recorded 27 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. Sanborn, the Badgers’ top recruit in 2018, played in 11 games as a true freshman and recorded seven tackles and one forced fumble.Sanborn is seen as a breakout candidate for the defense after receiving a considerable amount of playing time as a true freshman, playing well in the time he saw on the field.The unit’s depth will most likely be filled by ex-safety Seth Currens, Mike Maskalunas and early-enrollee Leo Chenal.On the other hand, the finalized lineup of outside linebackers is more uncertain entering the spring than the inside unit.After saying goodbye to position coach Tim Tibesar, linebackers Leon Jacobs and Garret Dooley a year ago and the team’s top pass rusher Van Ginkel this year, the development of the team’s new outside linebackers will have to occur quickly if the team wants to improve on their low sack and turnover totals from 2018.Seniors Tyler Johnson and Zack Baun are set at the moment to be the starters at the position. Johnson battled injuries a year ago, though he did record ten tackles and three tackles for loss in his 10 appearances.Baun played in 13 games last season, was the team’s third-leading tackler with 63 tackles and recorded 2.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and one interception. Baun is the true breakout candidate to watch at outside linebacker as the season approaches.The depth at the position is rounded out by juniors Noah Burks and Christian Bell, sophomore Izayah Green-May, redshirt freshman Jaylan Franklin, ex-inside linebacker Griffin Grady and true freshman Spencer Lytle.With many new contributors, Chryst and Leonhard have a lot to work with as the 2019 season approaches with both the defensive line and linebacking units look to improve upon a 2018 season sub-par by Wisconsin standards.last_img read more

 

KeSPA offices raided, amidst allegations of embezzlement

first_imgKeSPA offices have been raided as part of an investigation into embezzlement of KeSPA funds as well as bribes received by aides of a former KeSPA chairman. The reports have surfaced in multiple Korean publications, including Hankyoreh, Seoul Economic Daily and JTBC News.The reports suggest that the investigation is looking into a sponsorship deal between Lotte Homeshopping, worth 300 million Korean won. Lotte Homeshopping sponsored the second season of the 2015 KeSPA Cup. It is also looking into the embezzlement of Association funds. The Hankyoreh article suggests that associates of the former KeSPA Chairman had received payments worth multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars from Lotte Homeshopping outside of the sponsorship deal. The report continues to reveal that Lotte Homeshopping’s operating license would have been renewed by the former Chairman who also held a parliamentary position. It’s worth noting that this is not the first time that Lotte Homeshopping have been investigated, or had negative news surrounding them. Back in 2016, the company’s CEO was indicted following an investigation into “creating secret funds” and submitting fictional business plans. It’s more news that doesn’t shine brightly upon the Korean e-Sports Association, following news that the association lost its spot on the Integrated Korean Olympic Committee as recently as last month. Whilst the association hopes to regain its spot amongst the ranks, with allegations around embezzlement it’s likely to become increasingly more difficult.Esports Insider says: A big blow for KeSPA, as an esports body gets found out for shady activity. When there’s discussions around governance and infrastructure for regulating the esports industry, it’s always important to remember that several high profile federations in traditional sports have been rightly dragged through the mud.last_img read more