Government expands KIP financial assistance for university students

first_imgThe KIP Kuliah program is primarily meant for low-income students who have performed well academically.Last month, Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim issued a ministerial regulation introducing measures to help higher education students during the COVID-19 pandemic, including by reducing university tuition fees.Under the policy, university students who are on leave or who are not taking any course credits no longer need to pay tuition fees. Those who are in their final semester of study and are taking fewer than six course credits will only pay only half of normal tuition.While experts applauded the move, some expressed concern that only small portion of the national education budget was allocated to private universities.Topics : “The government will also provide support for private universities through the KIP scheme by giving financial assistance to 410,000 students in the third, fifth and seventh semesters of college,” Angkie Yudistia wrote.Read also: COVID-19 education funds leave much to be desiredShe said 60 percent of the program’s funds would be allocated to private university students and 40 percent to state university students.“The government will make sure every state university reduces its tuition fees or sets a new tuition fee plan so that educational fees will be no longer be a burden for students,” Angkie said.  Government announced on Wednesday that it would expand its Indonesia Smart Card (KIP) program to provide financial assistance to more university students in need.In a statement released on Wednesday, presidential staffer Angkie Yudistia announced that the new KIP Kuliah program, which was initially only intended for incoming freshmen, would be expanded to students in the third, fifth and seventh semesters of university.Under the program, university students will receive Rp 2.4 million (US$166.5) in grants for university tuition, while students enrolled in vocational colleges will receive Rp 800,000 per semester.last_img read more

In Brief

first_imgFollowing talks in Frankfurt, German Railway Chairman Heinz Dürr and Italian State Railways Managing Director Giancarlo Cimoli have announced plans to upgrade services between the two countries. Improved overnight trains could be joined by Frankfurt – Milano and München – Roma high-speed services before 2000. ScotRail has installed a touch-screen Traveller’s Information Point (Trip) at Glasgow Central, able to print out selected journey details. Users can choose displays in English, French, German or Italian.SNCF’sTGV Duplex double-deck trainsets are to be fitted with a semi-enclosed ’Point Accueil’ where passengers can find the head conductor should they require assistance. The prototype is located on the upper deck of the car next to the bar/buffet vehicle.German Railway has signed an agreement with banking group Reisebank AG for the installation of automated cash machines on four Intercity trainsets, working the Kiel – Hamburg – Stuttgart – Basel corridor. The machines will accept any Eurocheque-approved servicecard, and a range of international credit cards.Portuguese Railways has cut 60min off the timings of the Irún – Lisboa/Porto Sud Express and domestic trains following electrification of the Pampilhosa – Villar Formoso route as far as Guarda. Italian State Railways is to run Treno di Sole holiday charter trains from Torino, Milano, Verona, Bologna, Firenze and Roma to resorts in Calabria every Saturday from May 17 to October 11, except in August. The Palinuro Express (PP 11.96 p6) will leave Milano, Piacenza, Bologna and Firenze for Campania every Friday from May 30 to September 20. Iarnród éireann and Northern Ireland Railways will put their new push-pull inter-city trainsets into revenue service with the timetable change on June 1. Manufactured by De Dietrich (RG 6.96 p321), the four seven-car trains are part of an EU-funded upgrading of the Dublin – Belfast main line.last_img read more

Bereavement raises heart attack risk, says study

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Bereavement raises heart attack risk, says study by: – January 10, 2012 Sharecenter_img 15 Views   no discussions Tweet The first seven days following bereavement appear to be the most risky in terms of heart healthThe newly bereaved are at greatly increased risk of heart attack after the death of a close loved one, US researchers say.Heart attack risk is 21 times higher within the first day and six times higher than normal within the first week, a study in the Circulation journal of nearly 2,000 people shows. Symptoms to watch for include chest pain and shortness of breath.Experts say intense grief puts extra strain on the heart.The psychological stress associated with loss can raise heart rate, blood pressure and blood clotting, which, in turn, can increase the chance of a heart attack. A person’s sleep and appetite are also likely to be disrupted. Compound this with self-neglect – such as not bothering to take regular medication – and the result can be grave.The researchers say it is important for family and friends to be aware of these risks and to keep an eye out during such difficult times. EmotionalLead investigator Dr Murray Mittleman, of Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said: “During situations of extreme grief and psychological distress, you still need to take care of yourself and seek medical attention for symptoms associated with a heart attack.“Caretakers, healthcare providers and the bereaved themselves need to recognise they are in a period of heightened risk in the days and weeks after hearing of someone close dying.”The researchers reached their estimates by studying 1,985 heart attack survivors and comparing how many of them had recently been bereaved.Among the study participants, 270 (13.6%) experienced the loss of a significant person in the prior six months, including 19 within one day of their heart attack.Heart attack risk went up significantly within the first week after the death of a close loved one. The risk was highest in the first seven days following bereavement and declined steadily thereafter. VulnerableThe elevated risk ranged from about one in 300 to less than one in 1,000 depending on the individual’s general heart health before bereavement. Those with a history of heart disease already fared worse.Prof Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation said: “We’re already aware that, under exceptional circumstances, emotional stress can trigger a heart attack.“But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that heart attacks triggered by stress normally only happen in people with underlying heart disease. It’s very important that if you’re taking medication because you have, or are at high risk of, heart disease, don’t neglect taking it following a significant bereavement.”Past research has already shown that recently bereaved people have heart rhythm changes which may make some of them more vulnerable to health problems. And grieving spouses have higher long-term risks of dying, with heart disease and strokes accounting for around half of the deaths, findings suggest. By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more

Pippin Bonds Out, Faces Six Drug Related Counts

first_imgJust hours after being charged on six counts of felony drug-related charges Wednesday, the Ripley County chief deputy sheriff bonded out of jail.David Pippin was charged with Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Deceit, after investigators say he filled prescriptions for Hydrocodone from five separate doctors in a two year period without disclosing that he was already prescribed.“He turned himself immediately into the Ripley County Jail after being notified there had been a warrant issued in this investigation today,” explained Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills. Pippin has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an internal investigation.The charges came as a surprise to Sheriff Grills, who administered a 12-panel drug screen to his employees a few months ago.“I had drug tested every employee in my office on September 17,” said Grills. “And everybody passed, Dave Pippin passed.”Chief Deputy Pippin has been employed with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office since 1995 and has not received any disciplinary actions, the sheriff added.An investigation into Pippin’s alleged prescription drug use was launched after his former sister-in-law notified Indiana State Police. Court documents also revealed that doctor’s office and pharmacy records were used to verify it.According to Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel, doctors would not have prescribed Pippin had they known he was already receiving the hydrocodone prescriptions.“He did not disclose this information to doctor’s that were prescribing him,” Hertel said.Pippin filled prescriptions for 494 hydrocodone pills in a 55-day period in 2012, and 2,825 from August 2011 to July 2012, according to the court affidavit.An initial hearing has not been set. If the case goes to trial, Hertel stated that it could be relocated to a different county.last_img read more

One Month From Relay For Life

first_imgCommunity members participated in the 2013 Relay For Life at Batesville High School.Cancer is a disease that affects two in every five Americans according to the American Cancer Society. Whether it’s a grandparent, spouse, child, friend or coworker, chances are you’ve been touched by this horrible disease at some point in your life.But there is hope. Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 19th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of RIPLEY COUNTY) gets underway with teams of residents gathering at the Batesville High School Track on June 21 and June 22 from 8:00am to 8:00am.Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at a high school athletic track, park or other gathering area with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening, signifying that cancer never sleeps.Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and faith-based groups – people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.By getting involved with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of RIPLEY COUNTY, you personally are making a difference in the fight against cancer. Through your donations you are helping:• Provide access to up-to-date cancer information, day-to-day help and emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a week through 1-800-227-2345 and cancer.org• Transport cancer patients to and from their treatments through Road to Recovery.• Fund nearly $475 million in American Cancer Society research grants.• Ensure cancer issues remain a focus for local, state and federal legislators.For more information about how you can create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, visit RelayForLife.org and click on “Find Events” or call Jeni Schnebelt at 812-571-0297 or you can email: ripleycorfl@gmail.comlast_img read more

War of words continues between PCB, FICA

first_imgTHE war of words continues between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) with the latter defending its decision to warn international players against travelling to Pakistan based on a recent report.Earlier this week FICA circulated a memo to players and players’ associations warning of “an extremely elevated” security threat in Pakistan declaring that “an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed”.The PCB were quick to issue a report that called the statement “careless and cavalier” and questioned the credibility of the report which it labelled “a sweeping negative statement about the security situation” from “thousands of miles away”.In response to the PCB’s claim about being able to name one credible source, the FICA pointed that advice was received from Eastern Star International (ESI), a firm that has provided advice to the ECB, CA, NZC and the ICC among others and who recently gave the go-ahead for England’s tour of Bangladesh.FICA’s response has come in light of the PCB announcing that the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) would be held in Lahore this year, and the possibility of the West Indies playing a couple of T20 internationals in the country in March. Pakistan has been a no-go for international teams since an attack in 2009 on the Sri Lanka cricket team.The last full member team to tour the region was Zimbabwe in 2015. On that occasion a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside the stadium in Lahore ahead of the second ODI series, killing himself and a policeman. (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

Football News Transfer Rumours: David Beckham wants Lionel Messi for his new MLS side Inter Miami

first_imgNew Delhi: Former England superstar David Beckham has targeted Barcelona ace Lionel Messi as a player for the debut of his MLS club Inter Miami in 2020, as per reports. The Argentine forward is under contract his boyhood club Barcelona until June 2021 and will be 33 at the time Beckham’s Inter Miami makes its MLS debut.The 31-year-old has been a part of Barca since his childhood and will unlikely switch to another European club and his sour relationship with the Argentine supporters could affect a return to his homeland after he decides to call it quits for the Spanish giants.ALSO READ: Tamim Iqbal batting with fractured wrist won hearts | Check reactionsHowever, Miami consists of a massive Hispanic population, which could work out as an alternative for Messi.David Beckham’s popularity and contacts within the game might hand him the advantage to secure this reported deal, which could shock the whole footballing fraternity.Messi was crucial for Barcelona’s success in lifting the La Liga trophy last season and has already started the 2018/19 season in top gear scoring four goals in as many appearances.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan vs Hong Kong Preview The five-time Ballon d’Or winner signed a new contract following a reported interest from English club Manchester City.Meanwhile, Messi-led Argentina squad crashed out from the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 as the Barca stalwart netted only once.In the recent years, MLS has seen the likes of Kaka, Zlatan, Andrea Pirlo, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham himself switching to MLS. However, Messi will arguably the greatest and biggest signing in the history of MLS since Pele signed for New York Cosmos in 1975.But Messi would be a far bigger draw than them and possibly even Beckham and maybe the biggest since Pele joined the New York Cosmos in 1975. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Control center: Cardinals’ defense thrives on Dieng’s court vision

first_imgWhen Gorgui Dieng left Senegal, he was a wire-thin teenager who only knew a few words of English. He enrolled at the upstart Huntington Prep School in West Virginia in 2009 – a 19-year-old with minimal basketball experience.Dieng didn’t come to West Virginia with polished fundamentals. Instead, the 6-foot-11 center made his mark with length and awareness, developing into a defensive force in the middle of the Huntington Prep defense.“He was very raw and skinny,” Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford said. “But he had an extremely high basketball IQ.”With his innate timing and awareness, Dieng swatted his way from the Sports For Education and Economic Development in Senegal Academy (SEEDS), to Huntington Prep, and finally to a scholarship offer from Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. Now a junior center with the Cardinals, Dieng has gained strength and refined his offensive game to become one of the most indispensible players on the No. 1 team in the country, which will play No. 6 Syracuse Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.Though his offensive contributions are increasing, Dieng still relishes the dirty work on the defensive end of the floor that got him to where he is today.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince he started playing basketball, Dieng’s role has been straightforward: Rebound the ball, score when it’s available and make life difficult for anyone trying to convert around the rim.That’s exactly what Fulford got when he recruited Dieng to Huntington Prep.Dieng learned basketball during his time at SEEDS Academy. Dieng earned a spot on Team Senegal in the 2009 Nike Global Challenge in Oregon, where Fulford heard about his talent from contacts covering the event.“He was a big time shot blocker and rebounder,” Fulford said. “His timing was very good and he had a knack for the ball.”Dieng channeled those skills into 15.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and a staggering 7.2 blocks per game in his senior year at Huntington Prep. For his teammates, Dieng’s presence under the basket was reassuring. He was always the last line of protection to cover for their mistakes.“You could tell right away that defense was going to be his thing because he was so athletic,” said Tyrel Edwards, Dieng’s Huntington Prep teammate. “As a forward, you always knew if your man got by you, he’d be around the basket to help out by making guys change shots or just getting a block.”Dieng kept protecting the basket when he got to Louisville. As a freshman, he ranked third in the Big East with 1.9 blocks per game.Dieng improved on that mark during his sophomore year, leading the Big East in blocks and finishing eighth nationally with 3.2 per game. Dieng directed a memorable onslaught against Michigan State’s offense in last season’s NCAA Tournament West Regional semifinal. He rejected seven shots as the Cardinals held the Spartans to 44 points in an upset victory to earn a trip the Elite Eight.“He was very disruptive. He pulled off some great blocked shots,” Michigan State forward Draymond Green said after that game on March 22. “That’s what he does. That’s his strength.”Dieng still wreaks havoc on opposing frontcourts in the post. His effect on the Cardinals was never more obvious than in the aftermath of a Nov. 23 victory over Missouri, when Dieng took a hard charge and fell to the ground, breaking his left wrist.He was initially ruled out for four to six weeks, as Louisville faced then-No. 5 Duke the day after Missouri. The Blue Devils won 76-71 in Dieng’s first game out. They out-blocked the Cardinals 6-1. It remains Louisville’s only loss of the season.Dieng missed seven games, working back into the lineup for a Dec. 29 game against in-state rival Kentucky.Dieng’s timing was off because of his absence. He still labored with a slim cardinal-red cast on his wrist.For Pitino, a flawed Dieng was more effective than his alternatives at center.“Even coming off a month layoff he’s still a lot better than what we have at that position mainly because he communicates so well,” Pitino said at a press conference before the Kentucky game. “He’s smarter than everybody. It’s not just the physical part, but he talks constantly. He tells people where to go. He picks up the scouting report perfectly.”Dieng only took four shots against Kentucky and found himself deep in foul trouble. Dieng made big plays, though, none more important than his ranging block on a 3-point attempt by Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin with one minute left in regulation as Louisville held on for an 80-77 victory.In his four games since, Dieng has asserted himself offensively. He has averaged 11.3 points (compared to a 9.2 average for the season), including a 16-point performance in a victory against Seton Hall Jan. 9.Even with the offensive explosiveness the Cardinals show in spurts, Louisville’s stifling defense has carried it for most of the season. The Cardinals boast the second-best turnover differential in the nation, thanks to the fast hands of guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith.When opponents navigate their way through the swarming quickness of Louisville’s backcourt, they find themselves trying to overcome the bulked-up 6-foot-11, 245-pound Dieng.Though he’s found a 15-foot jump shot and throws down a definitive dunk when he gets the chance, Dieng flourishes most when he’s playing defense around the basket.That’s the responsibility he’s used to. The duty he most likes to perform.“I always say I don’t care if I score or not,” Dieng said before Louisville’s dominating win over South Florida Friday. “I just want to do my role.” Comments Published on January 16, 2013 at 12:22 am Contact Jacob: jspramuk@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kevin Rice, Brandon Mullins lead 11 Syracuse players recognized as All-Americans

first_imgSyracuse’s Kevin Rice and Brandon Mullins have been named first-team All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, which announced all its Division I All-Americans Thursday morning.Nine other SU players were honored on the second, third and honorable mention teams. Midfielder Nicky Galasso and faceoff specialist Ben Williams were named second-team All-Americans, while attack Dylan Donahue was named to the third team. Six players — attack Randy Staats, midfielders Hakeem Lecky, Henry Schoonmaker and Peter Macartney, along with defender Sean Young and goalie Bobby Wardwell — received honorable mention accolades.Rice led the Orange with 84 points, including a team-high 48 assists. His point total was the most for an SU player in a single season in 11 years and his assists were the most in 15. Mullins led a defense that allowed less than 10 goals per game and held seven ranked teams under double digits.After a stretch of many poor seasons at the faceoff X for Syracuse, the arrival of Williams changed that He won 67.4 percent of his attempts at the X. His success rate was second in the nation, and significantly better than the Orange’s last two seasons, when SU failed to control more than half of its attempts in either year.Galasso tied for second on Syracuse with 36 goals, 23 more than he had last year, and led a first-line midfield group that posted 70 goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s season ended with a 16-15 loss to Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 21, 2015 at 10:50 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more