Commission orders BPKP to disclose BPJS Kesehatan’s deficit audit report

first_imgThe Central Information Commission (KIP) has ordered the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) to disclose its audit report on the Health Care and Social Security Agency’s (BPJS Kesehatan) deficit.The order was stipulated in the commission’s ruling in favor of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), which demanded that the comptroller open its report to the public after the BPKP rejected the watchdog’s initial request. The ruling was read by KIP commissioner Cecep Suryadi during a hearing in Jakarta on Tuesday.Cecep said the audit report did not have elements of confidentiality as regulated under articles 6 and 17 of Law No. 14/2008 on public information, which has given liability to any public agencies in central government and local administration to provide open access to public information. Read also: BPJS Kesehatan books deficit below 50% of 2019 projection“According to the Public Information Law, the defendant is required to provide public access to the audit report, the existence of which was mentioned during a public meeting, because it contains no confidential elements,” another KIP commissioner, Arif Kuswardono, said.ICW researcher Egi Primayogha said he appreciated the ruling and requested the BPKP make the BPJS Kesehatan audit report available to the public as soon as possible.”The audit report will probably be beneficial to the public as it might show the problems of the BPJS,” Egi said after the hearing. The ICW had filed a lawsuit against the BPKP after the comptroller refused to provide the audit report to the graft watchdog, which was planning to look into issues surrounding BPJS Kesehatan’s national health insurance (JKN) program.Read also: Can BPJS Kesehatan survive? An assessment after drastic premium hikesAccording to the graft watchdog, the government had allocated at least Rp 22.1 trillion (US$1.5 billion) to the agency to subsidize the premium payments of low-income participants. However, BPJS Kesehatan still recorded a deficit of Rp 15.5 trillion as of December last year, the ICW said.”The amount is certainly not small. That’s why the BPKP’s audit report must be known widely by the public. The public as taxpayers and the compulsory members of the JKN program must know every problem within its operations,” Egi said.A BPKP legal team member, who refused to be named, said he would coordinate with the agency in regard to the ruling. (ars)Topics :last_img read more

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Education minister Nadiem Makarim calls on people to stay at home

first_imgHe also implored the public to not take the virus lightly since it could spread quickly between people. Although some infected people may not exhibit the symptoms, they still could infect people with weak immune systems.“So please remember, every time we go out our presence could threaten someone else’s life,” he said in the video.Read also: IYSF scientist praises social distancing policy, urges govt to cancel ‘mudik’“Let us save Indonesian lives by working from home, studying from home and praying from home,” he adds.The government has called all Indonesians to practice what epidemiologists call social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Several major companies in Jakarta had been instructing their staff to work from home over the concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.As of Tuesday afternoon, health authorities have confirmed 134 COVID-19 positive cases across the country. Eight cases have recovered , while five others died from COVID-19.Topics : Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has called on people to stay at home to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading.Through a short video uploaded to social media, Nadiem told people to work from home and avoid public places in fear of transmitting the virus to others.“I’ve seen that there are a lot of people who are still going out despite being able to work from home,” Nadiem said, adding that he recorded the video from his house.last_img read more

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BPTJ to launch app that helps commuters track COVID-19 spread in Greater Jakarta

first_imgBPTJ head Polana B. Pramesti said in a statement quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday that the apps would include a feature called Pantau Jalan (Road Monitoring), which allows commuters to track the disease’s possible prevalence along the route they were traveling.Users will first be asked to complete their profile and health record, and provide the locations they have recently visited. If the user shows any chances of being exposed to the disease, they would also be marked red on the app.L-Cov app was originally going to be launched on Wednesday, but the BPTJ postponed it for a week to enhance several features.”We need a week to ensure that this app can be easily accessed by the public,” Budi added.Topics : The Transportation Ministry’s Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) is set to launch a new mobile application called L-Cov to help commuters track the spread of COVID-19 in the capital and its satellite cities.BPTJ spokesperson Budi Rahardjo said the app could help users decide whether they wanted to continue traveling to a certain area in Greater Jakarta after considering its exposure to COVID-19.”Areas classified as high-risk will be marked red in the app,” Budi said during a teleconference on Wednesday, adding that the platform would utilize data provided by users and the government to identify the risks of COVID-19 transmission in certain areas.last_img read more

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Rain pounds central Japan, 55 feared dead in south

first_img‘I was terrified’In hardest-hit Kyushu, the rains had mostly stopped by Wednesday morning, as residents tried to come to terms with extensive damage.Naomi Nishimura told Japan’s NNN broadcaster that her parents had been killed in flooding in Hitoyoshi City in Kumamoto region.”Even though a neighbor came over and pleaded with my parents to evacuate, they didn’t go… because I had told them that I’d come home [that day],” the tearful women said as she attempted to clean her parents’ flood-devastated home.In Kashima city in northern Kyushu’s Saga region, a woman was mopping the floor of a local souvenir shop inundated when a nearby river burst its banks.”It usually settles at the very edge of that stone bridge, but this time the water splashed up without stopping,” she said.”The water rose so fast that I was terrified. I was too scared and shaky to do anything, I just kept going this way and that,” she added, surrounded by knick-knacks now coated in mud.Non-mandatory evacuation orders have now been issued for 1.4 million people, with millions more under lower-level warnings.But the coronavirus has complicated evacuation efforts, with the need to maintain social distancing reducing capacity at shelters.Japan has been relatively lightly affected by the pandemic, with just over 20,000 cases and fewer than 1,000 deaths.But local media reported that some people were preferring to sleep in cars rather than risk infection at shelters.At some facilities, cardboard walls were set up to separate families and try to reduce the risk of infection.Authorities have warned that the rains will continue.”The rain front is expected to stay at least until Friday, and a wide swathe of the country… will likely have heavy rains,” said Yoshihisa Nakamoto, the chief of the weather agency’s forecast division, at a late morning press conference.”Please be extremely vigilant for potential landslides, flooding rivers and inundation on low-lying areas,” he warned.Japan is in the middle of its annual rainy season, which frequently unleashes deadly floods and landslides.Experts say climate change has intensified the risks of heavy rains, because a warmer atmosphere holds more water.In 2018, more than 200 people died in devastating floods in western Japan. The toll in the disaster has risen steadily as rescue workers discover new casualties.Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said 52 deaths had been confirmed with three more people feared dead.The toll is expected to rise, with more than a dozen people reported missing, and authorities investigating whether six additional deaths are linked to the disaster. “In these areas, heavy rains are at an unprecedented level,” a JMA official said at an early morning briefing.”Especially in areas designated as high risk for landslides and flooding, the possibility is extremely high that some kind of disaster is already happening,” he warned.At least 80,000 rescue workers have already been deployed in a desperate effort to reach survivors stranded by flooding and landslides.Late Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to double the number of troops involved in the rescue effort to 20,000. Torrential rain pounded the center of Japan on Wednesday as authorities said 55 people were feared dead in days of heavy downpours that have triggered devastating landslides and terrifying floods.Rains that began early Saturday on the island of Kyushu have already caused widespread damage across a swathe of the southwestern portion of the country, causing rivers to burst their banks and hillsides to collapse.The weather front was now moving north, and on Wednesday morning the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued warnings for Gifu and Nagano prefectures in central Japan, though it downgraded the advisories from its top level by midday. Topics :last_img read more

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Top competition helps McDonald to top of Southern SportMod rookie point standings

first_imgKamera McDonald collected three feature wins en route to capturing the national Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center South­ern SportMod rookie of the year prize. She is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)KELLER, Texas ­– Better competition made Kamera Kaitlin McDonald a better driver.The Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod national rookie of the year from Keller, Texas, tallied three feature wins while running weekly at Boyd Raceway and Kennedale Speed­way Park, also the regular venues for national champion Jeffrey Abbey and a host of the divi­sion’s heavy hitters.“I have raced with the Abbeys forever. It’s always been a goal of mine to be competitive,” said McDonald, 15 years old and a sophomore at Timber Creek High School. “I got three of the wins Jeffrey could have had. Once I won my first race (on June 11 at Kennedale) we strived even harder.”McDonald was runner-up to Abbey at KSP, third behind Abbey and Ronnie Welborn at Boyd and fourth in the national points race.“Seat time was very important. I learned to get a feel for the car and read more into the track,” said McDonald, who made 47 starts at five different speedplants in Texas and Oklahoma. “That helped me develop as a driver. That was the biggest thing I learned this season.”She was 17th when the division made its Labor Day debut at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, an event she described as both exciting and amazing.McDonald began racing a go-kart at the age of eight, then in the Bandolero, Legends and mini-stock classes. She’s the second female driver in as many years to earn national rookie of the year honors in the Southern SportMod division.“It’s quite an honor for me to follow in Taylor Florio’s footsteps. It also means a lot to me to be one of the youngest rookies of the year,” McDonald said. “I will be refining my driving skills and experienc­ing new tracks next season, trying to prepare for a run for the championship in the near future.”Starts: 47Wins: 3Additional Top Fives: 12 HER CREW: Parents Tim and Karan, John Sliney and Dean Abbey and his crew.HER SPONSORS: TM Racing of Keller; DAE Enterprises of Fort Worth; and Abbey Racing of Comanche.last_img read more

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Iheanacho: Clichy helped me at Man City

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Kelechi Iheanacho singled out one particular Manchester City player for praise as he reflected on his start at the club. The Nigerian emerged from nowhere to be a standout sensation on the club’s 2014 pre-season tour before linking up with the academy in Manchester in January 2015 after his 18th birthday. After another successful tour, Iheanacho made his competitive debut in August 2015 and scored his first Premier League goal a month later. He would go on to earn a new contract at the club and feature in Pep Guardiola’s first season at the Etihad before being sold to fellow Premier League side Leicester City in the summer of 2017 for what was then a City record fee of £25 million. Iheanacho still looks back fondly on his time in Manchester where he first made his mark in the Premier League and has particularly positive memories about left-back Gael Clichy, who also moved on to a new challenge in that transfer window. Speaking on an Instagram Live video about his development at the Etihad, the 23-year-old said: “This one is so dear to my heart: Gael Clichy. He’s like my teacher on the pitch, in the training, outside the pitch, anywhere. “I will mention his name anywhere I go, he’s so dear to my heart.” Iheanacho remains at Leicester where he has been reinvigorated by Brendan Rodgers, but has not been able to dislodge Jamie Vardy from the starting lineup. Clichy is coming towards the end of his third season at Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.Tags: Etihad StadiumKelechi IheanachoManchester CityPep GuardiolaPremier Leaguelast_img read more

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Corbisiero set for Lions Test bow

first_img The Northampton-bound forward has edged out his England colleague Mako Vunipola and clinched a starting place against Australia. “I just wanted to make the most of the opportunities I was given, try to put my hand up and let the coaches make the decision. I am absolutely thrilled to be involved this weekend,” he said. England prop Alex Corbisiero will complete an unlikely journey from South America to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday when he makes his Test debut for the British and Irish Lions. Press Associationcenter_img “I have just tried to focus on my own game, making sure my set-piece has been consistent and tried to be accurate and efficient around the park in everything I do. “Every time I had some game-time (in Australia), I tried to make an impact and show what I was able to do. I am very glad the coaches have given me the nod. “There have definitely been some dark times this season when you are sitting there and you are frustrated. But looking back now, there was light at the end of the tunnel and I made sure I was patient. “Like I’ve said before, I am just looking forward, and anyone who put question marks over my career I am trying every week to try to prove them wrong, show them what I am capable of and that I’ve got a long future in this game.” It comes just a fortnight after 24-year-old Corbisiero was summoned from England’s Argentina tour as front-row cover following injuries suffered by Cian Healy and Gethin Jenkins. Head coach Warren Gatland’s line-up contains eight Lions Test debutants – Corbisiero, Tom Youngs, skipper Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, George North and Jonathan Sexton – although only three of those are up-front. And there is a hard edge of experience elsewhere, provided by the likes of Irish pair Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell and Welsh tight-five forwards Adam Jones and Alun-Wyn Jones. last_img read more

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Guus Hiddink warns Chelsea players they must show desire or face axe

first_img Press Association Guus Hiddink has warned Chelsea’s players they will face the axe if they do not show “great desire” to reverse the club’s miserable Barclays Premier League fortunes. “They must have a heart full of the desire of an amateur. If they don’t have that desire then I will say: ‘Thank you very much’. I don’t need players who don’t have the desire.” Former Holland boss Hiddink does not expect to remain at the club far beyond the end of the current season, as he reprises the caretaker role he first held in 2009. The ex-Russia manager could help Chelsea chase Mourinho’s successor, with the likes of Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Antonio Conte in the frame. “At other clubs in the past I’ve been speaking from time to time with the board, but not in an official capacity,” said Hiddink, hinting at helping Chelsea’s board in their permanent manager search. When asked if he would consider seeking the full-time job himself, Hiddink replied: “We spoke about until the end of the season. “First we said let’s go to mid-May, and then let’s see. I will see what will happen. “As long as I feel desire, as long as I feel passion (to do the job). I must feel inside my heart that I’m passionate to work with the guys. “I shouldn’t be here, halfway into the season. That means things are not going as well as foreseen. “But anyhow I’m glad to be back.” Former Chelsea striker Drogba sat alongside Hiddink and club owner Roman Abramovich in Saturday’s 3-1 league victory over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. The 37-year-old continues to be linked with a role in Hiddink’s short-term set-up, despite remaining contracted to Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer. Hiddink reiterated his admiration for Drogba, but insisted the club’s board would handle any extra backroom recruits. “I worked with him five or six years ago and I was delighted to have such a professional in the squad,” said Hiddink. “He’s a legend already in this club. The only thing is at the moment is that he’s playing in Montreal. “The official process I don’t know but I spoke openly from the bottom of my heart that huge impact players can be key for the club. “Other people have to deal with that, not me.” Mourinho never recovered from insisting his players “betrayed” him in the 2-1 defeat at Leicester on December 14, his final match before receiving the sack. Hiddink claimed he has not met Mourinho despite reports the Dutchman sought his predecessor’s advice, but revealed Abramovich was “hurting” over sacking the Portuguese. “I don’t want to go into that too much,” said Hiddink when asked to comment on Mourinho feeling betrayed by his players. “I don’t want to be ‘informed’ that much, I will make my own judgements. “I didn’t have that long a conversation but it was hurting for him (Abramovich) to take this decision. That’s it. “And no I didn’t meet him (Mourinho). They told me yesterday we’d had a nice breakfast but we couldn’t agree who would pay! No, no, there was no contact.” Chelsea’s interim manager revealed he told his Blues squad to “look in the mirror” on Tuesday, as he plots the Stamford Bridge club’s path forward from Jose Mourinho’s sacking. Hiddink has not ruled out helping Chelsea identify Mourinho’s long-term successor, but refused to be drawn on whether Didier Drogba would join his backroom staff. Mourinho left Stamford Bridge last week with Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo citing a “palpable discord” with the players after nine defeats in 16 league matches. “Yesterday I spoke fully to the squad and of course we talked a bit about the past,” said Hiddink, insisting he can wield full authority despite his caretaker status. “Why I’m here, the reasons why we are down. “But on the other hand I told them things happen in football and I want everyone to look in the mirror, not just for two seconds, but longer. “We cannot ignore what has happened in the recent past, but I asked them and told them to look in the mirror and be hypercritical and give the best for the team. “There must be a great desire to play, yes? If you don’t have that desire, please knock on my door and we’ll talk – we’ll talk briefly. “If you have a temporary boss, in half a year he can still kick you around. “Through a strong appeal, not begging them, to perform. They have a profound obligation to perform. They are at a big club, they are well paid. last_img read more

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Zimbabwe seven wickets away from maiden Sri Lanka Test win

first_imgZIMBABWE 1st innings 356 (C. Ervine 160; R. Herath 5-116)SRI LANKA 1st innings 346 (U. Tharanga 71, D. Chandimal 55; G. Cremer 5-125)ZIMBABWE 2nd inningsH. Masakadza lbw b Herath 7R. Chakabva b Herath 6T. Musakanda c Karunaratne b Herath 0C. Ervine c Karunaratne b D. Perera 5S. Williams b Herath 22S. Raza b Herath 127P. Moor c sub b Kumara 40M. Waller c Tharanga b D. Perera 68G. Cremer c Karunaratne b Herath 48D. Tiripano lbw b D. Perera 19C. Mpofu not out 9Extras: (b-4, lb-14, nb-1, w-7) 26Total: (all out, 107.1 overs) 377Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-16, 3-17, 4-23, 5-59, 6-145, 7-289, 8-306, 9-361.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 14-0-43-0, Rangana Herath 39.1-5-133-6, Dilruwan Perera 30-2-95-3, Lahiru Kumara 20-3-72-1 (nb-1, w-3), Kusal Mendis 4-0-16-0.SRI LANKA 2nd innings (Overnight: 252-6; Target: 388 runs)Dimuth Karunaratne b Williams 49Upul Tharanga c Moor b Cremer 27Kusal Mendis not out 60Dinesh Chandimal c H. Masakadza b Cremer 15Angelo Mathews not out 17Extras: (lb-2) 2Total: (for 3 wickets, 48 overs) 170Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-108, 3-133.Bowling: S. Raza 9-1-29-0, S. Williams 16-0-62-1, G. Cremer 19-0-67-2, M. Waller 4-0-10-0.RefereesUmpire: Ian GouldUmpire: Nigel LlongTV umpire: Chettithody ShamshuddinMatch referee: Chris Broad COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Zimbabwe were seven wickets away from their maiden Test win over Sri Lanka yesterday after setting the hosts a target of 388 in their one-off match at the R. Premadasa Stadium.Sri Lanka were 170-3 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day, still needing another 218 to beat Zimbabwe, who also recently won their maiden one-day international series against the hosts.Kusal Mendis was unbeaten on 60 with Angelo Mathews, who stepped down as captain after the ODI series defeat, on 17 not out.Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer picked up 2-67 in Sri Lanka’s second innings to add to his five-wicket haul in the first innings.Earlier, Sikandar Raza’s first Test century helped Zimbabwe to 377 in their second innings after the touring side had resumed the fourth day on 252-6.Raza scored 127 and added 144 for the seventh wicket with Malcolm Waller, who made 68, to ensure his side set Sri Lanka a steep target to chase.Sri Lanka spin spearhead Rangana Herath picked up 6-116 – his 31st five-wicket haul in Tests – to total 11 wickets in the match.last_img read more

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Phantogram, Big Boi perform at Conquest rally

first_imgConquest was created as a means of highlighting Trojan pride before the school’s rivalry game against UCLA. The event is aimed at gathering a variety of campus organizations to hold an all-encompassing event for the USC community.Kirsten Lee, assistant director of Concerts Committee, said that though the process of preparing for the event was smooth, keeping the headliners a secret created some difficulties.“I think our only difficulty was that we were not able to release the headliners as soon as we wanted to, and that is a big thing for us because there is nothing we can do. We try to expedite the process as much as possible but it is really a contractual thing between the legal teams with the artist and the university. We are kind of that middle man, we don’t have that power,” Lee said. “I think that is something that we are really trying to educate students on, because I think that they think it’s all us.”Vendors included Nesquik, Kogi tacos, the Lime Truck, Waffles de Liege, Coolhaus, the Grilled Cheese Truck and the Boba Truck.Monica Parra, former executive director of Program Board, hosted the event. Parra kicked off the rally by introducing various student organizations such as the Order of the Torch, which included brief introductions by members such as USG President Andrew Menard and USC Panhellenic President Katherine Grabar.Following their introductions were the announcements for Mr. and Ms. USC Order of the Torch 2014-2015. Winners of the title were Chris Reimann and Ama Konadu Amoafo-Yeboah.Parra also introduced Trojan Dance Force, Troy Tones, Concert Force and 13 different athletic teams on campus.Midway through the student-athlete introductions, the generator for the stage lost power, but students quickly turned their attention to the Trojan Marching Band and Song Girls, who performed for more than an hour.The rally ended with a guest appearance by the USC football team and a “burn-the-Bruin-bear” bonfire and fireworks spectacular by Doheny Memorial Library, sponsored by Trojan Pride.Students rushed back to the stage to watch performances by headliners Phantogram and Big Boi.Phantogram, an electronic, rock duo performed over an hour-long set, with crowd favorites such as “Blackout Days,” from their recent album Voices, and “Mouthful of Diamonds.”The concert then took a shift in musical style with a performance by Big Boi, otherwise known as Antwan Andre Patton.Big Boi, a member of recently reunited hip-hop duo, Outkast, stunned the crowd with his interactive music performance with Phantogram. Together, they performed a single from their recent EP “CPU.”Ryan Hamilton, executive director of Concerts Committee, explained how Big Boi and Phantogram represent the unique variety of music taste among students.“I think that these artists are ones that students really want to see and they attract a very diverse audience, because one is indie -alternative, kind of electronic and the other one [performer] is a hip-hop legend…It’s going to be a really special show, something that hasn’t ever been done for Conquest before. Both artists have never played a co-headlining show together,” Hamilton said.Miranda Ferro, a junior majoring in psychology, was thrilled to see how the event brought a mixture of Trojan pride, entertainment and a variety of food options to campus.“I really liked coming out to Conquest because it shows we have a lot of school spirit. I really liked going to all of the food trucks and experiencing the Ferris wheel,” Ferro said. Students, faculty and alumni gathered in McCarthy Quad on Thursday night to attend Conquest, the university’s 11th annual rally and concert. The event was hosted by Program Board, Concerts Committee, the Office of Campus Activities and Trojan Pride.Love the way he moves · Rapper and Outkast member Big Boi performs at the annual Conquest rally Thursday in McCarthy Quad. – Kenneth Rodriguez-Clisham | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

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