Jokowi to become second Indonesian president to address Australian parliament

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will address the Australian Parliament on Monday, making him only the second Indonesian president to do so in the 70-year-history of Indonesian-Australian diplomatic relations.“President Jokowi will convey his vision for Indonesia-Australia partnership for the next 30 years to the Australian Parliament to strengthen Australia’s support of our country,” presidential secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono said according to a State Palace press release.Besides Heru, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko and presidential military secretary Maj. Gen. Suharyanto also accompanied the President on his visit to Australia. Topics : By giving the speech, Jokowi would be the second Indonesian president to address Australia’s Parliament, following in the footsteps of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who delivered a speech in front of Australian lawmakers in 2010.In the speech, Yudhoyono announced the death of key Bali bombing suspect Dulmatin and highlighted the importance of Jakarta and Canberra becoming strategic partners.”Indonesia and Australia have a very promising future. We are not only friends. We are not only neighbors. We are strategic partners,” Yudhoyono said at the time.Besides the speech, Jokowi will also discuss the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement’s (IA-CEPA) ratification with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the visit, with both countries set to launch a plan of action for 2020-2024 to support the agreement. The President will also attend the Indonesia-Australia business roundtable. (mfp)last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Tours Expansion of Iron Workers Training Center, Touts Investments in Apprenticeships

first_img Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined local officials, employers and members of Iron Workers Local 3 today to tour ongoing renovations of the Iron Workers Training Center in Pittsburgh and discuss apprenticeships and PAsmart. The Wolf Administration provided $750,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding announced in June to help expand the facility and significantly increase the number of apprentices who will be trained.“Western Pennsylvania has more ironworker jobs open than there are skilled workers to fill them,” said Governor Wolf. “I am investing in apprenticeships and job training like this, so we can meet the demand for workers to build the cracker plant, manufacturing facilities, bridges and many other projects that are creating jobs.”The $4.2 million project will upgrade and expand the first floor and add a second floor to the training center, creating more space for hands-on training with modern equipment. The union expects to increase the number of apprentices from approximately 90 last year to more than 300 next year.“Not everyone wants to go to a four-year college, but apprenticeships like this enable workers to earn a good wage while learning at the training center and on the job with an employer,” said Governor Wolf. “These are jobs that can support a family and create a strong workforce that will attract more industry to Pennsylvania.”The starting wage for apprentices in the Iron Worker’s program is $19 per hour, which increases with experience. After the apprenticeship, the starting wage of journeymen is $33 per hour or more, plus benefits.Governor Wolf is expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Pennsylvania. His new and innovative PAsmart initiative will invest $30 million in workforce development. Of that, $7 million will be an increase in apprenticeships with a goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices by 2025. Since Governor Wolf established the commonwealth’s first Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016, the number of registered apprentices has increased by nearly 20 percent from 13,282 registered apprentices to nearly 16,000.PAsmart also includes a $3 million increase in the successful Industry Partnerships program, which connects similar businesses with educational and economic development partners to provide the job training. An additional $20 million will be invested in education for the rapidly growing fields of science, engineering, math and technology (STEM) and computer science.In July, the governor was joined by business and labor leaders to sign an executive order that cuts red tape, improves coordination between several state agencies and more effectively delivers workforce development services to Pennsylvanians.The executive order places the governor’s private sector policy advisor, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, in a leading role in coordinating job training strategies across the public and private sectors and will provide recommendations on the distribution of the $30 million in PAsmart funding, which will be driven out through a competitive grants process. August 10, 2018 Governor Wolf Tours Expansion of Iron Workers Training Center, Touts Investments in Apprenticeshipscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops by one spot, now world 35th

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland Nigeria’s Super Eagles have dropped by one spot in the FIFA World ranking for the month of October to now place as world 35th country.In the ranking table from the world football governing body, FIFA on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1,481 points as against 1482 recorded in September.However, in spite of the drop, Nigeria still occupy the third spot in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who are placed 20th and 29th with 1,546 and 1,495 points, respectively.On the global scene, although, 184 recent international matches have left their mark on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, those at the very top remain unaffected by the movement around them.Belgium (1st, unchanged) still leads the way from France (2nd, unchanged) and Brazil (3rd, unchanged), although top-ten rivals Uruguay (5th, up 1), Croatia (7th, up 1), Argentina (9th, up 1) have at least edged closer to the summit.But the most significant rises are to be found further down the Ranking, where the in-form quartet of Ukraine (22nd, up 3), Japan (28th, up 3), Turkey (32nd, up 4) and Russia (37th, up 5) are among the more notable climbers.Jumps of 10 or more places have also been made by a clutch of teams outside the top 50, namely Nicaragua (137th, up 11), South Sudan (162nd, up 11), Barbados (160th, up 10) and São Tomé and Príncipe (180th, up 10).And there is fresh celebrate, too, for Kosovo (114th, up 5), who can again reflect with pride on their best Ranking position to date. Tags: FIFAlast_img read more

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