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first_imgThe government has tried out a facial recognition verification system to make it easier for recipients to claim social assistance.The National Team for Accelerated Poverty Reduction (TNP2K) said that its trial of the system to disburse subsidized household gas, staple food assistance and subsidized electricity last year had an average success rate of 85.2 percent.The trials were conducted in cooperation with e-wallet platform LinkAja in three regions, namely Madiun in East Java, Sleman in Central Java and North Penajam Passer in East Kalimantan. With the new system, recipients only need to visit a designated merchant where facial scanning technology will be used to verify their identity.  Utilizing financial technology is more cost and time efficient than disbursing aid through the cards, as the cost of producing the cards, distribution and maintenance of electronic data capture (EDC) machines can reach Rp 1 trillion (US$67.5 million), Elan added.“We received feedback that people find it hard to keep their social aid cards or remember their PIN [personal identification number], so [the facial recognition verification] is a simpler solution that I believe people can adapt to quickly,” he stated.The technology also lowers costs for the recipients, as they do not need to own a smartphone to access the assistance, he added.Read also: World Bank warns pandemic could push 60 million into extreme poverty“Even though the cards are currently considered the most accessible and inclusive method for disbursing aid, the government needs to collaborate with fintech service providers to innovate and reach more people,” said Social Affairs Ministry technology and social welfare expert staff member Andi ZA Dulung during the same discussion.He acknowledged that digital disparities still posed a challenge to the ministry’s efforts to reach underprivileged people in remote areas.Recently, experts criticized the use of online platforms to disburse COVID-19 relief, as the country’s low internet penetration rate and internet literacy had prevented some people from accessing the assistance.Furthermore, the government still faces challenges to integrating and storing citizens’ data, said Home Ministry Population and Civil Registration (Dukcapil) Director General Zudan Arif Fakrulloh.“Our infrastructure is also outdated, so we cannot store every citizens’ biometric data in our system,” he said, adding that the directorate general would collect additional funds to upgrade its infrastructure by charging users to access population and civil data.  Read also: Airlines resume operation in state of loss amid COVID-19He admitted that another challenge was that each ministry kept their own data on social assistance recipients, resulting in uneven and unfair distribution.Last year, the Home Ministry considered connecting regional governments’ closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems to Dukcapil’s data bank to allow for facial recognition and fingerprint matching.  However, experts said this could lead to data leaks if the government hired a third party to operate the CCTV systems and warned that it could also lead to privacy violations if not implemented with sufficient safeguards.Topics : “Facial recognition technology can be used for all citizens, even in rural areas,” TNP2K policy working group head Elan Satriawan said during a webinar hosted by the Indonesia Fintech Association (Aftech) on Wednesday.Read also: Govt rolls out $43b stimulus in bid to rescue economyHe added that the biometric data could be obtained through the Home Ministry’s e-identification card (e-KTP) database.The government’s social assistance has mostly been channeled through various types of cards connected to the recipients’ bank accounts, allowing them to use the cards to shop for basic needs at appointed merchants.last_img read more


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first_imgTriBeCa Terraces is named after one of Manhattan’s most desirable suburbs, an area dominated by celebrity-owned lofts and apartments in New York City.Duke Realty sales agent Sam Patterson said buyers were identifying the outstanding value and opportunity of the TriBeCa’s residences.“To purchase a house in Bulimba you need to be spending a minimum of $1.5 million and closer to $2 million for a home with the level of TriBeCa’s finishes,” Mr Patterson said. “Empty nesters who are looking to downsize can get the high-level TriBeCa finishes for around the $850,000 mark and still have money left in their pocket after they sell the family home.”TriBeCa Terrace residences offer large living and kitchen areas, multiple balconies, generous third bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, ground-floor courtyards, double garages, extensive landscaping and recreation areas. They include marble features and Miele appliances which can be viewed in the display suite.Residents will have access to lifestyle facilities, including two recreation areas and a luxury pool. It is a short walk to a ferry terminal and Oxford Street’s vibrant retail, dining and entertainment hub. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoDi Carlo Property Group director Joshua Di Carlo said the developer had wanted to “strike a chord” by creating a distinctive product, and buyers had responded enthusiastically. Other recent projects included Ebony + Ivory at Coorparoo and Element Bulimba.“TriBeCa Terraces delivers the space and scale of freehold home ownership in the context of an inner-urban development,” Mr Di Carlo said. “We have shaped TriBeCa to suit discerning, sophisticated buyers who are increasingly drawn to this unique pocket.” TriBeCa Terraces offer two and three storey contemporary residences in one of Brisbane’s most sought-after lifestyle suburbs, Bulimba.A freehold residential development in one of Brisbane’s most sought after riverside suburbs has already secured $20 million in pre-sales.Construction has now started on TriBeCa Terraces, which will include 53 two and three storey residences on Johnston St at Bulimba.last_img read more


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first_imgJust one of the bedrooms in this sprawling homeThe other wing is where you will find another two bedrooms, one with its own balcony and the other with its own study. Each one has its own ensuite bathroom.Outside, there is three undercover living areas with panoramic views of the Brisbane River, a fire pit, a private pontoon and a resort-style infinity edge salt water pool. The kitchen overlooks the river, and includes a butler’s pantry, breakfast bar, a wall of European appliances including double oven, gas cooktop and coffee machine, suspended stainless steel rangehood, stone and stainless steel benchtops and feature lighting. There is also close access to the big vegetable garden outside. The outdoor area makes a splashMrs Wyldbore said the house had been a great place to raise a family but it was time to pass it on.One of her fondest memories would be their 25th wedding anniversary, which was celebrated on the terrace with 100 friends and family.“But my husband (a retired Cathay Pacific pilot) wants to spend more time on the golf course now rather than in the garden,” she said.“It is a big family home but it is well-designed and easy to look after. It is just time for someone else to enjoy it now.” A series of water features make it look like water runs through the house and out to the Brisbane River“When you walk in to the foyer you come to the dining room and an internal water feature,” she said.“Then as you keep walking you see an outdoor reflection pool, the infinity pool and then the river.“It looks like the water just runs through the house, all the way to the river.”On the ground floor there is also a statement kitchen, a study, a living room, multi-purpose room, and two bedrooms, each with their own walk-in-robes and ensuites. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agocenter_img The living spaces are open and airyMrs Wyldbore said their daughter, who is now at university, had grown up using the two downstairs bedrooms, with one used as a playroom, then a music room and finally a study.Upstairs, there is a master bedroom in one wing that includes seperate his and hers walk-in wardrobes, two ensuites and a kitchenette. 111 Lather Rd, BellbowrieTHIS modern mansion on a sprawling 18,000sq m block overlooking the Brisbane River has been described as a ‘rare find’.And when the original owners decided to move overseas in 2007, neighbours Sheila and Ronald Wyldbore jumped at the chance to buy the magnificent flood-free riverfront acreage property.But the couple are downsizing to a smaller property at Hamilton.“It has been our well-kept secret for 11 years,” Mrs Wyldbore, a retired Hong Kong businesswoman, said.“We were living down the road and bought it off the original owners who built it.“It is just a magnificent house and property and had everything we needed as a family.”The house has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and space for five vehicles. Mrs Wyldbore said one her favourite features was the water features.last_img read more


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first_imgThere is privacy and space in the master bedroom on the second storey. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The house suited because it was ready to move in, with no major renovations necessary.“To sell a property in a day doesn’t happen very often, not unless there is competition.” Ms Smith has confidence in the current market and is encouraging potential sellers to list now. “The market is going well,” she said.“We’ve had four settlements so far and another three coming. We just need listings at the moment.”The latest CoreLogic property data shows Underwood’s median house price is $552,100, a 0.4 per cent rise in 12 months, with 83 houses sold in the last 12 months. An offer was made on this house last year but the start of school brought fresh interest and it has now sold for $530,000.A HOUSE that had been on the market since November was bought in a day by a family moving closer to school.The four-bedroom two-storey house at 9 Glencoe Court, Underwood, is on a 551sq m block with an upstairs master suite. An early offer last year was not negotiable, so the owner decided to wait until after Christmas.The house sold during the first week of school for $530,000 with @Reality agent Leanne Smith saying the buyers were keen to move into the area as they already had children at a nearby school. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN UNDERWOODcenter_img “They really liked it straight away, the floorplan worked for them and it was in a cul-de-sac,” she said. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more


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first_imgSince 2016 there have been nine different winners of a Grand Slam title in 15 tournaments. Can one of these five names make it 10 from 16?  As the final Grand Slam of the year at the US Open approaches, could history repeat itself in New York with a maiden Grand Slam champion being crowned? World No 1 Naomi Osaka claimed her first Grand Slam title in New York last year following victory over 23-time major winner Serena Williams. Osaka’s major breakthrough meant for her that the shackles were off as she backed up her first major title with victory at the Australian Open four months later. Once again as we head into yet another open singles event, there are a plethora of contenders heading into the final Grand Slam of the year. Here are five possible contenders who could reach the pinnacle of their career and win their first major title..Bianca AndreescuCanadian teenager Andreescu has had a phenomenal year on the hard-courts. En route to winning the Indian Wells title in March, the 19-year-old saw off five seeds most notably, Elina Svitolina and former world No 1 Angelique Kerber who she beat in the final in three pulsating sets. It was in the desert of Indian Wells where Andreescu announced herself on the world stage. With a dynamite combination of power and finesse and her ability to create devastating angles with her forehand and backhand, the Canadian is one of the most exciting players to watch in the women’s game. Free of persistent shoulder injuries that sidelined her for much of the first quarter of this year. In front of her Canadian faithful in Toronto earlier this month, Andreescu won the Rogers Cup to add to her already impressive résumé – delighting the crowd and creating one of the stories of the year. It remains to be seen if Andreescu will be able to transform her outstanding form into Grand Slam level, in what will be her first main draw appearance at the US Open.Madison KeysThe US Open holds bittersweet memories for American Keys. Keys was a beaten finalist in 2017 where she lost in straight sets to close friend and fellow American, Sloane Stephens.Since then, Keys’ best result at the majors came last year where she reached the semi-finals at the French and New York. Keys who is known for her eye-catching power game recently came to life at the Cincinnati Masters where she went all the way and claimed her second title of the year – adding to the title she won in Charleston, on the clay, in April. Keys, 24, was one of the women who was highly regarded as a multiple Grand Slam champion when she first burst onto the scene.As she continues to knock on the door at the majors, and having already tasted a finals appearance at the US Open, albeit coming out second best, could this be the year where she finally wins her maiden Grand Slam title in New York?Karolina PliskovaWorld No 3 Pliskova has the game to trouble anyone in women’s tennis. A first serve and powerful groundstrokes off either side, it may come as a surprise to many that she is yet to win a major title. When you look at the Pliskova game, on the eye you would say that her imposing game is best suited to grass-courts but it was at the US Open in 2016 where Pliskova reached her only Grand Slam final to date, where she lost out to German Kerber. In the last two years the 27-year-old Czech has failed to go beyond the quarter-finals stage in New York – losing out to Coco Vandeweghe in 2017 and then last year to beaten finalist Williams. A winner in Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne this year, Pliskova reached the quarter-finals in Toronto and Cincinnati in preparation towards the US Open. She returns to the scene of her best slam showing next week in the hope of going one better than she did two years ago.Elina SvitolinaWorld No 5 Svitolina reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam event for the first time in her career at Wimbledon this year, where she was beaten by eventual champion Simona Halep. This pivotal breakthrough in the    In seven previous appearances at the US Open, Svitolina is still looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. Eleven out of Svitolina’s 13 career singles titles have come on hard courts therefore her counter-punching game could prove dividends during the fortnight in New York.Sofia KeninIt has been a breakthrough year for American rising star Kenin. The 20-year-old, who reached a career-high ranking of 20 last Monday, has claimed wins in Horbart and Mallorca. A noteworthy summer hard court season to boot, the American reached the semi-finals in Toronto and Cincinnati losing out to eventual champions at both tournaments, Andreescu and Keys respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


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first_img“Come on down!”Audience members strain to hear these words in anticipation of being chosen to compete on “The Price Is Right.” When Tyler Mains first heard what he thought might be his name, he wasn’t sure how to react — or even if it was his name that had been called.“When you go into the show you have no idea that you are going to be called. It’s so loud that it’s hard to hear the announcer,” Mains said. “I thought I might have heard my name, but I wasn’t sure. Then they held up cue cards and I saw my name written on one, but I didn’t hear them say, ‘Come on down!’”Mains, a former resident adviser for the sixth floor of Birnkrant who graduated with a degree in biological sciences from USC Friday, attended the game show on May 4 because “it was a childhood dream.”While waiting in a line outside of the studio for about four hours, Mains and the group of 18 other students he was with sang the USC fight song and other cheers to get the attention of the producers that were walking down the line talking to people, looking for dynamic contestants.“We each filled out a card that asked us about ourselves and why we wanted to be on ‘The Price is Right,’” Mains said. “Then they interviewed the entire audience in groups of about 15 to 20 — the [interviewing] process took about six hours.”During the 10-hour process, Mains said he remained very enthusiastic.“I was very excited and yelled and clapped a lot,” he said.The long wait and exuberant cheers paid off — Mains was selected to be one of nine contestants on the game show.“When I saw my name I stood up, screamed and went down,” he said.At the contestant’s row, Mains — who was the first contestant to be called — won the second round of bids by guessing closest to the price of the luggage shown. From this win, Mains played the game “Easy as 1, 2, 3” where he was shown a set of women’s and men’s fragrances, a number of small kitchen appliances and a set of golf clubs and asked to rank them in order of cost. Mains successfully did so, winning the game.Mains then progressed to the Showcase Showdown, where he was the third contestant to spin the wheel in an attempt to get as close to $1 without exceeding that value in two spins. The first contestant spun twice for a total of 45 cents, the second spun twice for a total of $1.05 and Mains spun once for a total of 95 cents, making him the winner of the Showcase Showdown.From winning the Showcase Showdown, Mains automatically was one of the two competitors in the showcase at the end of the show, where he attempted to guess the price of a group of prizes. Mains decided to pass on the first showcase, which included swimwear, skiwear and a trip to Fiji and Iceland.Mains’ showcase included a refrigerator, stove and oven, dishwasher, Dell laptop and Chevrolet Cobalt. Mains bid $25,000 for this prize package — only $399 off from the actual price — and won.Mains — who said he watched The Price is Right every day during the summer and when he was home from school when he was younger — attributed his success on the show to chance.“Before the show we were looking up prices of different things on an iPhone. I looked to my friends in the audience for help, but everyone was yelling numbers so it was hard to get a sense of what to do,” Mains said. “A lot of my success I think was luck.”Cayla Cocanour, a freshman majoring in comparative literature who lived in Mains’ dorm, also attended the show.“There’s no one who deserves to win all this stuff more than Tyler,” she said. “We were all so happy for him.”Ilana Broad, a freshman majoring in music industry who lived on Mains’ floor and also attended the show, said the experience was one she would not forget.“The whole thing was a blur,” she said. “The best part was when Tyler won the showcase and we all stormed the stage.”last_img read more


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first_imgMILWAUKEE — His teammates call him “Twinkletoes.”It’s a laughable moniker on the surface, quite possibly the last nickname you’d expect for the 6-foot-8, 290-pound man it describes. But to call Davante Gardner by anything else would be an injustice.“He doesn’t look like a good player,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. “But he’s pretty good.”And on this night, Gardner was spectacular, leading the No. 22 Golden Eagles (20-7, 11-4 Big East) to a 74-71 win over Syracuse with a dominating display of girth and grace, strength and sleight. He scored a career-high 26 points – 18 in the second half – and grabbed eight rebounds as he singlehandedly out-toughed the No. 12 Orange (22-6, 10-5). A single missed free throw was the only blemish on a performance that was essentially perfect.The player whose body resembles an NFL offensive lineman played with the grace of a dancer, and tiptoed his way over, through and around the Syracuse defense before a rowdy crowd of 16,049 in the Bradley Center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We lost the game because we didn’t rebound the ball in the second half,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “And when they got it inside, we really couldn’t stop Gardner.”He became the focal point of the Marquette offense in the second half, asserting himself through superior offensive rebounding, as well as designed plays. The result was the same in both cases: He scored when SU fouled, and scored even more easily when it didn’t.Gardner, who entered the night shooting 87 percent from the free-throw line in Big East play, made 12 of his 13 attempts Monday. Chants of “Automatic! Automatic!” rained down on the Marquette big man with each successive trip to the stripe.When Syracuse didn’t foul, Gardner simply carved the 2-3 zone apart. He sliced through the lane for a basket on a beautiful feed from Jamil Wilson that trimmed the Syracuse lead to 55-54 with 5:53 remaining. Then, he executed a devilish little floater up and over the arms of Baye Moussa Keita the next time down the floor.His points came in a variety of ways, and they always seemed to come at will.“He’s like Zach Randolph, in a way, with rebounding,” SU guard Brandon Triche said, referring to the Memphis Grizzlies’ power forward. “He just creates space, he doesn’t jump too much. He obviously knows how to get fouled, and he’s shooting like 90 percent from the free-throw line.”Gardner’s combination of size, quickness and athleticism frustrated Keita and frontcourt partner Rakeem Christmas throughout the second half. His production (26 points on 7-for-7 shooting) dwarfed that of the aforementioned duo combined (nine points on 4-for-9 shooting).As his teammates were outmuscled by Gardner, DaJuan Coleman watched in frustration from the Syracuse bench. He’s the Orange’s largest physical presence on the interior at 6 feet, 9 inches and 288 pounds, but did not see the court for even a minute on Monday.He is cleared to play after recovering from minor knee surgery, and Boeheim even said he thought he would be able to go against Marquette. But for some reason, he remained seated, wearing warm-ups, unable to contribute against a huge man amid a huge game.“I think I’m ready to go,” Coleman said in the locker room after the game. “It’s just up to coach Boeheim.”Who knows if Coleman would have made a difference, but it’s unclear why Boeheim opted not to try. When asked about it during the postgame press conference, Boeheim said his two best defensive players — Christmas and Keita — were the ones on the court.On the court, Gardner, a player coach Williams described as “obese” when he thought back to the first time they met, had beaten Boeheim’s team. Gardner changed his diet when he came to Marquette, and worked vigorously with strength and conditioning coaches to rework his body.On Monday, the fruits of his labor showed through, and at one point, Boeheim told an official Marquette was “the most physical team in the conference.”So, when Gardner lined up a 17-foot jumper to give Marquette a six-point lead in the closing minutes, it was a cruelly ironic knockout punch. For the final 20 minutes, he had bludgeoned the Orange inside, doing his damage on the interior where his talents went unmatched.But suddenly, he relented, backed away from the paint he now owned. Everything else had worked, so why not a jump shot, too?Twinkletoes swished it home, along with the upset. Comments Published on February 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


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first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM Waterford golfer Seamus Power incredibly holds a share of the lead at the Wells Fargo Championship on the PGA Tour.He posted a round of 71 yesterday to finish his second round on 5 under par, alongside Francesco Molinari and American duo John Peterson and Billy Hurley.Graeme McDowell is also well in contention on 2 under par, but Shane Lowry faces a battle to make the cut. He was on 1 over par with three holes left to play before heavy winds resulted in play being postponed late last night.The projected cut currently stands on 1 over, and play has just resumed on the course.last_img read more


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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 876-878, which codify her previous Executive Orders , further extending the renewal dates for driver’s licenses, CDLs, state ID cards and vehicle registrations. Among the extensions outlined in the legislation, those with driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations expiring between Feb. 1 and June 30 would have until Sept. 30, 2020 to have them renewed. Many transactions, including vehicle registration renewals, do not need to be conducted in person, and should be done online at Michigan.gov/SOS. Automobile, motorcycle and watercraft registration renewals also can be completed at one of the 122 Self-Service Stations located around the state. Residents needing to schedule an appointment can do so online at Michigan.gov/SOS or by calling 888-SOS-MICH. Advance appointments can be made up to 180 days ahead of time. Same-day appointments become available 24 hours prior to the appointment time.    Senate Bill 876-878 extends the renewal dates for certain licenses, state identification cards or enhanced drivers licenses or state identification cards that would have previously expired between varying dates to now be valid until 30, 2020. All of the bills were sponsored by Senator Wayne Schmidt, R- Traverse City. To view the governor’s signing letter for Senate Bills 876-878, click the link below:7-1-20 Gov Whitmer Signing Letter.pdfAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan auto insurance reform offers relief for millions of driversNext Governor Whitmer releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap, directs school districts to develop return to school planslast_img read more