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SMBC Group donates $930,000 to help Indonesians impacted by COVID-19

first_imgBank holding and financial services company Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. has donated US$930,206 through the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help Indonesians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“These are challenging times for everyone all over the world.  Global collaboration is now more important than ever to find ways to overcome the common challenges posed by COVID-19,” the company’s global business unit deputy head, Ryuji Nishisaki, said in a statement on Friday. Nishisaki added the donation from the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) group served as an example of the institution’s commitment to contributing to Indonesia’s economy and society “especially in the time of a global health crisis that has caused immediate impacts on people’s livelihoods.”Read also: Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreakUNICEF representative to Indonesia, Debora Comini, said the UN body appreciated the donation.“During this extraordinary time, UNICEF is pleased to accept this assistance from SMBC Group. This will allow us to further expand our response programs to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the health and livelihoods of children and women,” said Comini. Separately, employees of publicly-listed private lender Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Negara (BTPN) – in which SMBC has a 96.89 percent stake – raised Rp 166 million in donations to provide personal protective equipment to medical workers in various health facilities in 10 provinces across the country.Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf: $2.5 Million Available to Connect Teachers and Local Employers, Boosting Job Training for Students

first_img Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that $2.5 million is available for Teacher in the Workplace grants that will partner school districts with local businesses, resulting in new career opportunities for students.“I am firmly committed to giving Pennsylvania students, workers and businesses the opportunities they need to thrive in our 21st century economy,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants are truly a win-win for all involved, as the vital partnerships they create will result in students being better prepared to successfully enter the workforce.”Creating new opportunities for students and workers is an essential component of the governor’s PAsmart initiative. A new way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and business, PAsmart expands innovative job training for students and workers.A total of $2.5 million in funding is available through the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) to eligible organizations who partner with their local workforce development board to implement Teacher in the Workplace programs. These programs partner educators with local businesses to share and exchange information that can then be used to enhance students’ classroom instruction.“A knowledge-based, 21st century economy demands a workforce that is prepared to tackle today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Developing the skilled workforce that businesses need by improving access to education, training programs, and apprenticeships for students and workers is a top priority of the Wolf Administration.”Teacher in the Workplace programs allow teachers, counselors and school administrators to interact directly with industry and business leaders to learn about industry trends, needs and opportunities. This first-hand experience and knowledge can then be used to enhance classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.“Local business leaders know what skills they require in their employees to successfully run their businesses, so they are uniquely positioned to provide insight to school administrators and teachers,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Teacher in the Workplace grants provide a critical pathway to connect classrooms with local industries so our students are best prepared to start a career, earn a certificate or enroll in college.”The Teacher in the Workplace grants are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses and chambers of commerce, labor organizations, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, public libraries, trade associations, and economic development entities.Additional details and the grant application can be found on L&I’s website. The application deadline is December 21, 2018.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart. Governor Wolf: $2.5 Million Available to Connect Teachers and Local Employers, Boosting Job Training for Students October 25, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Plenty of space for the family in Scarborough home

first_imgThe updated kitchen at 17 Fernlea Ave, Scarborough.The separate granny flat has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, bedroom, study, laundry, bathroom and toilet. Outside there is an inground pool, a cabana for poolside entertaining, and tropical gardens. Mr Maclean said his favourite space in the home was the back balcony with views over the gardens and pool. “It’s very peaceful,” he said.The property is being marketed by Cameron Reid of Crown Properties Redcliffe for offers over $879,000. The poolside area at 17 Fernlea Ave, Scarborough.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019On the ground floor there is a bedroom, rumpus room, storage space, laundry and bathroom with shower and toilet. Upstairs, the master bedroom has built-in robes and front balcony access and the two other bedrooms have built-in robes and access to the back balcony.The family bathroom has a shower and toilet. There is a separate lounge room and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, which opens to the back balcony. The updated kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space and stainless steel appliances. The home at 17 Fernlea Ave, Scarborough.THIS Scarborough property has been a much-loved family home for 30 years. Duncan and Mary Maclean were living at the other end of Fernlea Ave when they bought No. 17 in 1987 with their extended family in mind. Mr Maclean said his mother had passed away when they bought the home and the granny flat on the property was the perfect place for his father to live. “My dad lived with us for 23 years at that house,” he said. The Macleans also raised their three children in the house and have seen first-hand how well it stands up to family life. “The house was built in 1971 and, though we’ve updated the bathrooms and kitchen, it’s an older home that has been well in truly lived in,” Mr Maclean said.“It is very much a family home full of memories.”last_img read more

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One in 10 Queensland homes empty, with some areas seeing as much as a fifth unoccupied

first_imgAerial view over Little Cove Noosa looking towards Main Beach. Noosa had one of the highest coastal unoccupied property rates in Queensland on census night. Picture: Lachie MillardThe Gold and Sunshine Coasts, where a lot of southern investment dollars have headed in the past two years, also returned double digit unoccupied figures. Census 2016 listed 12.4 per cent of Sunshine Coast private dwellings as empty (18,230 homes), and 10.5 per cent of those on the Gold Coast, which was a whopping 23,832 privately held properties. Cairns, which is considered the tourism gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, had 11.7 per cent of private dwellings listed as empty on census night.But much higher levels of empty properties were recorded in areas where there was significant property investment linked to the resources boom, with Gladstone for example seeing 19.2 per cent of properties (5,087) unoccupied. Townsville, which also took a hit during the resource downturn, had 12.4 per cent of homes listed as unoccupied, a figure that accounted for over 11,400 homes. The national average vacant property rate was 11.2 per cent with over one million homes across the country listed as empty on census night. Not a soul in sight: Investment in holiday destinations such as the Gold Coast has been strong in recent years especially from equity-rich southern buyers. Picture: Mike BatterhamONE in 10 homes in Queensland was empty on census night, with the rise in investment properties believed to be one of the causes.Census 2016 data showed 195,570 homes in Queensland were classed as unoccupied on census night, a figure that made up 10.6 per cent of dwellings in the state.The figure was a rise from 2011’s result of 10.3 per cent, when 177,912 properties were unoccupied on census night.Brisbane emerged with the highest number of unoccupied homes on census night, listed as a whopping 68,401 by Census 2016.Investment properties and empty holiday homes were believed to be part of the issue across the board, with some leisure zones showing as much as a fifth of properties was vacant.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoPopular tourism destination Noosa showed a significantly higher proportion of empty properties than other coastal holiday home zones, with 20.6 per cent of properties classed as unoccupied on census night.last_img read more

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Love it or loathe it, this big grey box just sold for big dollars — but wait until you see the back

first_imgThis house at 107 Masthead Dr, Cleveland, has sold for $1.75m.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property at 107 Masthead Drive fetched $1.75 million.The home overlooks Moreton Bay and backs on to a canal.Features include a swimming pool, pontoon, marble tiling, fireplace, Vacumaid and security gates.It was marketed by NGU Real Estate Toowong. This house at 107 Masthead Dr, Cleveland, has sold for $1.75m. The view from the back of 10 Twigg St, Indooroopilly.Inside, the middle level accommodates an open plan living and dining area, which opens out onto a large balcony to make the most of the breathtaking views.The bedrooms are upstairs and the master has ‘his and hers’ walk-in robes and an ensuite with double vanity, bath and double-head shower.The store room downstairs on the lower level has been converted into a self-contained granny flat, accessed via a private entry or wheelchair accessible lift.It offers a full kitchen with oven, microwave and cooktop with a spacious living area and views over the pool, landscaped garden and river.The second biggest sale of the week in Queensland, according to CoreLogic, was another family home in Cleveland, about 25km east of Brisbane’s CBD. This house at 10 Twigg St, Indooroopilly, just sold for $2.35 million.LOVE it or loathe it, this contemporary riverfront home just sold for $2.35 million.It might look like a big, grey box from the front, but it’s what’s at the back that will surprise you. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This house at 10 Twigg St, Indooroopilly, has sold for $2.35m.Spanning three levels of luxury overlooking the Brisbane River, this house at 10 Twigg Street, Indooroopilly was the biggest sale in Queensland over the past week, according to property researcher CoreLogic.The home was sold by Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige, after being on the market with a number of different agents for more than two years.The property has five bedrooms and four bathrooms and sits on a 914 sqm absolute riverfront block of land. BARGAIN BUY ON EPHRAIM MODERN LUXURY AT ITS VERY BEST WHEN FLATMATES BECOME SOULMATES More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agolast_img read more

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Netspar: Technology will ‘force providers to specialise’

first_imgTechnological developments will force pensions providers to specialise in either pensions administration or asset management, or to develop into a financial adviser, research by Dutch think-tank Netspar has suggested. Bas Werker, professor of finance and econometry at Tilburg University, said that providers should start assessing their future position, citing the increase of both available data and computing power, “which will make it easier to predict risks at an individual level”.However, he noted that this, in turn, could affect the desired level of solidarity between pension fund participants.Netspar’s findings were published this month in a report by Werker, Bastiaan Starink and Wesley Kaufmann, all of Tilburg University. The working group behind the report said it expected pension products to become simpler through standardisation and European legislation.Werker said: “Pension providers could draw their view of the future on roughly four scenarios, based on fragmentation and concentration in both demand and supply.“Fragmentation in demand, for example, reflects a situation in which every individual arranges a pension with a provider, which would lead to very many different suppliers, offering parts of services.”He continued: “Currently, there are a limited number of both suppliers and groups of participants.”In Werker’s opinion, pension providers must look into these kind of scenarios.He suggested that social and technological developments should also be part of the discussions about pensions reform, “as these trends thunder through and can’t be stopped through legislation”.The working group concluded that providers must specialise in, for example, efficiently offering a certain product in the pensions chain or offering financial advice.“This advice is to become broader than just pensions,” Werker argued, “not only because of existing demand but also because providers could get access to more information about their participants.”He recommended that providers should be divided into product suppliers and consultancies.Additional Netspar research – on the impact of data science on options and advice – concluded that linking databases could strongly improve the quality of advice about choices.According to the authors, linking databases would allow details about current and future income and assets to be factored in. Currently, pensions providers usually only have information available about accrued pensions.last_img read more

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Egypt’s second phase of the parliamentary elections ended Monday

first_imgThe second phase of the Egyptian parliamentary elections came to an end yesterday. Egypt opened polling stations for the second day in Cairo and 12 other governorates for the second stage of its parliamentary elections. Public sector employees were given a half day off to allow time for voting.Voting abroad was concluded Sunday night.Runoffs are scheduled for the first week of December after which, parliament will hold its first meeting.last_img

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Saathoffs celebrate Eagle IMCA Modified success

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (July 30) – Team Saathoff had two wins to celebrate Saturday at Eagle Raceway.Johnny Saathoff topped the Kaplan University IMCA Modified feature while son Jaxon won his ‘B’ and ran 13th in the main event.“I gave Jaxon the car I’ve been driving all year and made a couple of changes. I‘m using a new car with an open motor,” said Saathoff, a four-time national IMCA champion. “This is my 37th year racing. Jaxon won at 14 – at 14 I was cleaning up and fixing the bleachers here at Eagle and he’s rac­ing here at the same age.”Lance Borgman raced from 17th starting to win the NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod feature. The victory was his fourth of the season at Eagle.Dave Carter’s first checkers of the season came from seventh starting in the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock main. Cole Krichau collected his fourth Mountain Dew Kick Start IMCA Sport Com­pact win of the season.Shon Pointer took over with six laps left in scoring his first IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car feature win.“We’ve worked our butts off getting here. This win was a long time coming, and it sure tops my losing the points by one point last year,” he said.One hundred and fifty-four teams vied Saturday at Eagle.last_img read more

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Joshua-Fury clash: Wilder wants $10m to step aside

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Deontay Wilder is reportedly demanding $10 million to step aside and allow Tyson Fury to lock horns with Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight title.The Bronze Bomber suffered his first professional defeat against Fury back in February, with trainer Mark Breland throwing in the towel after seven rounds at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas. Since Fury’s emphatic victory, which handed him the WBC heavyweight crown, talk has surfaced of a potential undisputed showdown with unified champion and British rival Joshua.But following his decision to exercise a rematch clause with the Gypsy King, Wilder would first need to step aside for that dream domestic matchup to go ahead.Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn insists the American will not be doing so, while Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has voiced the same opinion.According to The Athletic, though, Wilder would be prepared to accept a step-aside offer of $10 million. He is also seeking a guarantee for the winner of any potential undisputed battle between Joshua and Fury to face him next.An unnamed source was quoted as saying: “Deontay would have to get the winner guaranteed in the deal, but if he can swing that, he’d actually be stupid to not take the $10 million to not fight. “That’d be a record step-aside fee, by far. I’d take that deal so fast and go fight a hopeless guy like Travis Kauffman.”As well as Wilder, Joshua’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev would need to agree to step aside for his proposed clash with Fury to go ahead.Pulev, who has been scheduled to face AJ on two separate occasions, saw his June 20 shot at the Olympic champion fall through as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Yet the Bulgarian has previously suggested he would step aside for the right amount of money.“I am ready for this fight against Joshua, so I don’t know. Nobody knows. I want this fight,” he said. “When somebody comes to me and tells me something and offers me something, maybe. I don’t know, but I want this fight.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderMGM BrandTyson Furylast_img read more

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CAF Champions League: AL Ahly Close to Winning 9th Trophy

first_imgAlgerian Belaili took the spot-kick himself and drilled the ball low into the bottom corner.Charef then awarded a third penalty with 15 minutes remaining, again consulting the VAR, after Azaro went down in the box in an off-the-ball incident.Despite replays suggesting there was little in it, he upheld his decision and Soliman converted.The second leg will be played next Friday at the Stade Olympique de Rades just outside Tunis as Al-Ahly seek to extend their record of eight Champions League victories.At stake is not just the trophy but the prize of N900 million ($2.5 million or 2.2 million Euros), apart from the winner qualifying automatically for the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Participating in the Club World Cup by the winner also guarantees at least another N360 million or $1 million.Both sides met in the final of 2012 edition, with Ahly winning 3-2 on aggregate to claim their seventh title. The two teams are familiar foes on the continent, having met 16 times at various stages of the Champions League, starting with two goalless 1990 qualifiers.Al Ahly and Esperance count between them 10 Champions League titles, with Ahly the record champions having eight titles, with two for the Tunisians.Yesterday’s final was Ahly’s 12th appearance in the final, which is an African record.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egyptian giants, Al Ahly yesterday at the Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, moved closer to winning the CAF Champions League for the 9th time after defeating a familiar foe, Esperance of Tunisia 3-1.Walid Soliman scored two penalties for Al-Ahly while Amr Al Sulaya also scored for the home side, but Esperance have a lifeline through a penalty netted by Youcef Beaili as his Algerian compatriot, referee Mehdi Abid Charef, took centre stage.The visitors were handed the opportunity to halve the deficit when they were awarded a penalty when Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy raced off his line and crashed into on-rushing Esperance forward Belaili.last_img read more

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