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MEP Kelly calls for increased support for girls and women in…

first_img Previous articleArdpatrick crowned this year’s Going For Gold overall champions for 2019Next articleWATCH: “We Have To Take Our Opportunities” Carbery and Henderson ahead of Samoa Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Ireland South MEP Sean KellySeán Kelly MEP and leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament has called for increased supports for girls and women in computer science, as the EU celebrates Code Week and European Week of Action for Girls this week.“More than half of female secondary school students in Ireland say they are not given enough information about STEM subjects, while only 17 per cent of the 8 million digital technology experts in the EU are women,” the Ireland South MEP warned.“The lack of participation of women and girls in the digital economy is not only down to lower interest in STEM and ICT,” he said noting the issue also includes “distorted perceptions, stereotypes and lack of role models” to inspire girls.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It is vital that girls are well-informed of the many opportunities available to them in the STEM sectors. There remains a severe shortage of skilled ICT professionals across Europe, and there is a clear solution to this – we must encourage girls to pursue their talents in STEM subjects,” said Mr Kelly, a former teacher.Women’s voices are sorely lacking in the world of technology, which causes significant loss on all fronts – economic, societal and human capital, according to MEP Kelly.As part of EU Code Week and the European Week of Action for Girls, Mr Kelly hosted the Greenlight for Girls group in the European Parliament for the Generation Code exhibition yesterday (Tuesday).“Greenlight for Girls seeks to promote inclusive education on STEM subjects and encourage girls to pursue studies in these fields.“Coding is an increasingly important skill that girls are still not being encouraged to engage in. There is a significant gender gap among technology experts, while 40pc of enterprises recruiting ICT specialists report difficulties in getting qualified people.“We need to be equipping young women with the necessary computing skills and encourage their studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM),” Mr Kelly underlined. WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img NewsBusinessPoliticsMEP Kelly calls for increased support for girls and women in techBy Staff Reporter – October 9, 2019 119 Print Email Linkedinlast_img read more

Board Of Elections Certifies Republican Primary Winner In Town Of Busti

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.BUSTI — The Chautauqua County Board of Elections says it has certified a winner in the Republican Primary Election for Busti Town Council Vacancy. Officials say Douglas K. Brown originally had a 14-vote lead over Randy L. Sargent on June 23. After the addition of absentee and affidavit ballot numbers, Brown won by a total of 276-246.Brown secured the GOP line for the Nov. 3 General Election and will possibly face off against a yet to be determined Democratic opponent. Officials say Sargent is currently filling the Town Council vacancy by appointment of the Busti Town Council.No other political parties filed candidates for this vote, and officials say the primary will be certified today. The Board of Elections has also forwarded county totals for the Democratic Presidential Primary and the Libertarian 8th Judicial District State Committee Primary, according to Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram. last_img read more

Transportation industry seeks ‘rescue package’ to weather COVID-19 impacts

first_imgTransportation companies are seeking government financial support to stay afloat following the imposition of social restriction policies across the nation, which has brought the industry to a virtual standstill.The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) stated that almost all companies in the air, land and sea transportation and services sectors had been hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.The epidemic and the government’s delayed response have crippled almost all business activities in the country. In aviation, border closures and flight cancellations had caused loss of earnings of 20 to 50 percent for airline companies since January, Kadin said.Earlier on March 26, Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA) chairman Denon Prawiratmadja said that airlines had seen a drastic fall in passenger numbers since early March, which prompted all airlines to cut frequency and routes by 50 percent and above.To offset the losses, several airlines had temporarily suspended operations and laid off some employees, Denon said.The airline support services sector had also been affected, with the Indonesian Ground Handling Association (AGHI) reporting an 80 percent drop among its members in services.“If the number of flights keeps declining, the ground handling sector will collapse and several AGHI members could be facing bankruptcy,” AGHI chairwoman Ida Pangelingsir said on Monday.Land transportation is also facing a similar situation, with the PSBB policy in Greater Jakarta and the government’s call to reduce nonessential travel cutting into the sector’s earnings.Kadin data shows that land-based logistics and land transportation companies had suffered declines in revenue of respectively 25 to 50 percent and 75 to 100 percent since early March.In the capital city, the epicenter of Indonesia’s COVID-19 outbreak, demand for public transportation had dropped by an unprecedented 90 percent from early March until April 10, when the Jakarta administration imposed the PSBB for a period of 14 days.Public transportation services will limit passenger numbers to 50 percent of their capacity and restrict their operational hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.mJakarta chairman Shafruhan Sinungan of the Organization of Land Transportation Owners (Organda) said on Monday that many transportation companies in the capital had to lay off their workers to offset the sudden plunge in demand. He also warned that small transportation companies could collapse if the current situation continued.“For big companies, they still have sufficient cash flow to pay their workers,” he said, but warned that they could sustain cash flow only “for the next month or two”.Carmelita said the transportation industry needed substantial assistance through a government rescue package to weather the health emergency. In particular, land transportation companies were hoping to be granted a 12-month exemption starting this month from nontax tariffs (PNBP), which was stipulated in Government Regulation No.15/2016.They also sought a six-month exemption from vehicle tax (PKB) and a wage relief scheme for drivers and other employees to cushion the epidemic’s economic impact on the transportation industry.Meanwhile, airlines have requested a six-month deferral for income tax (PPh 21 and PPh 23), airport fees, navigation fees, and jet fuel, as well as an exemption from aircraft parking fees.Airline companies also hoped that the government’s earlier tourism stimulus package, specifically the discounted tickets to the “10 New Balis”, could be reallocated as wage relief schemes for employees and flight crew that were on unpaid leave or had been laid off.Maritime transportation and shipping companies were seeking government support through a loan repayment moratorium, tax deferrals and docking fee exemption to offset potential losses from the pandemic, said Kadin’s Carmelita.President Joko Widodo in March announced additional funds of Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.8 billion) to finance the country’s COVID-19 prevention and control scheme, including Rp 150 trillion for economic recovery and Rp 70.1 trillion in tax incentives and corporate credit as part of a business stimulus package.Topics : Kadin deputy chair Carmelita Hartoto said that the transportation industry, which had been declining since late February, had seen conditions worsen following the government imposed the social distancing policy in mid-March.“After meeting with transportation companies, it must be said that the transportation sector as a whole has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Carmelita said in a press release on Monday.She said that the stay-at-home social distancing policy, combined with the closure of tourist sites and shopping centers had contributed to the sector’s plummeting earnings.Kadin data shows that sea transportation companies recorded a 15 percent decline in revenue in March. The declining trend is expected to continue as Jakarta and its satellite cities impose the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), an expanded policy that carries harsh sanctions for violators.last_img read more