Greenwich Group spun off from US operations

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Businesses like Sri Mulyani most, Yasonna least in Cabinet opinion poll

first_imgState-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir came in second place with 57.7 percent, followed by Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi in third and fourth place, respectively.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly scored the lowest of the Cabinet; 32.1 percent of respondents approved of his performance. Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Minister Arifin Tasrif and Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia polled at 34.5 percent approval.The pollster’s executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi said on Thursday that Sri had secured the highest approval rating from the business respondents in several economic sectors, including medium, small, micro and large enterprises, manufacturing, agriculture and transportation and warehousing. Erick surpassed Sri only in the construction sector, while Prabowo polled higher in the mining sector.Read also: ‘No hope for public health’: Lawmakers slam govt’s COVID-19 economic recovery committeeResponding to the survey, presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said the results were in line with the President’s decision to form a COVID-19 handling and national economic recovery committee.The committee, responsible for streamlining strategic policies to counter the pandemic, is led by Sri and Erick.“Hopefully, the trust of businesses can help the committee accomplish its goals, thanks to the ministers’ approval,” said Fadjroel.However, a separate survey released by Indikator on Tuesday, showed that 64.8 percent of 1,200 general respondents from throughout the country believed that President Jokowi should reshuffle his Cabinet.Regarding the demand for a reshuffle, Fadjroel said the ministers had responded to Jokowi’s warnings quickly, demonstrated by the increasing ministerial budget disbursement.“The key word is not ‘reshuffle’, but ‘acceleration’ of budget disbursement. […] That’s what the President is working on, not a reshuffle,” Fadjroel added.Read also: State secretary plays down reshuffle talk, claims ministers have improvedSaan Mustopa, secretary-general of the NasDem Party, a member of Jokowi’s coalition, said he was aware that several Cabinet ministers had not shown their best performances. However, he hoped Jokowi would wait for them to make improvements.“[The Cabinet reshuffle] can be done, but only when the situation has started to improve,” said Saan.Mulyadi of the Democratic Party, a party outside the coalition, said the President should not ignore that nearly 65 percent of people wanted him to shake up the Cabinet to give more competent officials a chance during the health emergency.Topics : A recent survey of business players by Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia awarded Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati the highest job approval rating of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet.The pollster surveyed respondents by phone between June 29 and July 11, polling 1,176 business actors in nine provinces: North Sumatra, South Sumatra, Riau, Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java and East Kalimantan.Some 61 percent of the respondents said the finance minister’s performance had met their expectations.last_img read more

Advisory board presents proposals on cutting pensions red tape

first_imgA Dutch advisory board has suggested that pensions red tape for flexible workers and the self-employed could be cut significantly through improved communication, the merger of sectors, and automatic value transfer for small pension claims.In a letter to Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs, the board (Actal) recommended widening sectors with single pension arrangements in order to limit the number of value transfers and redemptions of pension rights.Actal said it reached its conclusions – based on a survey by KPMG – following signals from flexible workers and companies about the increasing complexity of pension rules and the lack of insight into accrued pension claims.It pointed out that flexible workers and the self-employed already made up 31% of the working population, and that this percentage was still increasing. According to Actal, red tape could also be reduced through a mandatory value transfer for pension claims of less than €451 a year, which currently cannot be redeemed.It recommended allowing pension providers to redeem, or write off, pension amounts of a few euros as soon as somebody leaves a job.This would decrease costs and positively affect pension contributions, as well as investment returns, it argued.Actal also recommended showing all first and second-pillar information in a single digital portal – the current Pensions Register – to cut back the overabundance of information provision.The advisory board also suggested an adjustment of legislation to allow for a better match between the contributions of the 48,000 self-employed, who still participate in mandatory industry-wide schemes, and their fluctuating income.Actal stressed that its recommendations would require not only legal changes but the commitment of pension funds and insurers.The Pensions Federation said it could not yet respond to Actal’s recommendations.last_img read more

Cricket News Allen, Pooran, Thomas handed West Indies contracts for first time

first_imgNew Delhi : World Cup returnees Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran and Oshane Thomas have been handed West Indies central contracts for the first time while seven players have been given all-format contracts.The number of all-format contracts for the men has now increased from four to seven with Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul joining those in the Test and ODI formats — captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach — on the list.In total, 19 men have been retained for the upcoming contract year which runs from July 1 this year to June 30 next year including first-timers Allen, Pooran and Thomas who were part of the West Indies team which finished ninth out of 10 teams in the World Cup.Meanwhile, 15 women an increase of three have also earned central contracts  including veteran all-rounder Stacy-Ann King, fellow left-hander Kycia Knight and newcomers Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean and Karishma Ramharack.Cricket West Indies (CWI) policy allows up to 22 contracts to be offered each contract year to men’s players, so the selection panel may decide to offer additional central contracts throughout the year.CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams said verbal offers had been made to all players, and contracts will be issued in the next few weeks, as soon as the board has concluded a new four-year Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Players Association.This is the third year that CWI will award central contracts to West Indies men under three different categories.WEST INDIES MEN CENTRALLY-CONTRACTED PLAYERS 2019-20:All-Format Contracts:Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar RoachRed-Ball Contracts: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jomel WarricanWhite-Ball Contracts: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | Lethal blow to sporting structure

first_imgExactly a week ago, Jamaica’s sporting structure was struck a lethal blow to the most tender portion of its body its youth. A Manning Cup encounter played at the National Stadium East playing field between Excelsior and St George’s College ended midway when news filtered through that the Light Blues’ captain, Dominic James, had lost his life at the hospital. The 18-year-old, who previously represented Jamaica College, had been transported there by his father, who, along with his wife, the boy’s mother, was watching the game from the sidelines. It was less than five minutes into the game when the youngster, in an off-the-ball mishap, fell to the ground and lay there with minimal movement. That was scary to many who were looking on live or by television. What immediately followed were frantic scenes from the first responders as they gesticulated to the periphery for the support that would have been required in these circumstances. With no stretcher or similar device in place, the now-motionless player had to be taken off cradled in the arms of support personnel, including his coach, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell. One can only imagine the thoughts caressing the mind of this consummate lover and protector of youth who traditionally extends his paternal-like caring to team member and opponent alike. Later, when the news of James’ unfortunate passing hit the gathering, the outflow of emotion came in torrents. There was falling to the ground by players on both sides; there were close embraces; there were oceans of tears. Schoolboy sport had suffered this type of tragedy before. Who can forget St Jago High School’s Cavahn McKenzie, who passed away after representing his school in a cross-country run in Trinidad? Then there was the 17-year-old, Rushane Ricketts, who suffered a similar fate at the STETHS Cup competition just prior to cementing the transfer from Tivoli Gardens High to Jamaica College. Ardenne’s swimmer, Matthew Hylton, adds to the statistics of similar sad and sorrowful incidents. Foster’s Fairplay will not contribute to the already voluminous calls for an adequate medical presence at sporting events. Suffice it to say that with all the will in the world, the logistical challenge aligned to the scarcity of resources is overpowering. Another thought in this area is, how much will it prevent? In asking that, the response of “even one is too many” is recognised and respected. The Government has prescribed a probe into the circumstances surrounding the mournful occurrence that robbed the nation of one of its brightest talents, blessed with, as highlighted by coach Bell and others associated with the lad, such an admirable work ethic and discipline. The outcome of the announced investigation will hopefully, alter the protocol to be observed before the referee blows that starting whistle or the umpire calls play. On the other hand, given a culture of nine-day wonder, it could be, sadly, business as usual. Whether it is one or the other, there is a legacy that ought never to leave all those who were spectators to the aftermath of this highly regrettable happening. Foster’s Fairplay wishes to commend Dominic’s parents, caught in the midst of unspeakable grief, for their resilience and spontaneous ability to rebound from the scenario that played out before their eyes last Tuesday evening. It was never going to be an easy call. It would have taken a show of fortitude in the face of a tragic loss and permanent separation in flesh from a loved one to come out in support of his teammates at their next game. That they did in the company of the former Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna. The manner in which David and Denese James celebrated each and every one of the four goals registered by their departed son’s teammates spoke to a plethora of positives. Their presence portrayed a strength of character, a caring and courageous commitment to a cause in crisis and a resounding resolve to be part of the revival of spirit, even with the real prospect of having to summon a whole lot more when they come to the final tribute to their own boy and laying him to eternal rest. Well done, Mr and Mrs James. The nation can learn a lesson. • E-mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.com PREVIOUS OCCURRENCElast_img read more