The latest admission statistics released by Oxford have revealed a fall in applicants this year, despite applications from overseas and private school pupils increasing.This is the first year where students will pay £9,000 tuition fees. The drop in applications is, however, only 0.6% compared to the previous year. This contrasts with an average drop of around 7% nationally in UCAS applications for the 2012/13 round.Nonetheless, the number of state school students putting Oxford on their forms fell by 240, whilst 75 more private school pupils applied. In 2011, there was a fall in applications from 2010 levels in both the state and independent sectors.The figure represents only the second drop in applications to Oxford in a decade, although in 2007/8 the number of applicants fell by 1.8% compared to the previous year.State school students accounted for 56.6% of offers made to UK students, while private school students made up 41.1%. This is less than 2011, when the number of students accepted from UK private schools fell to 41.5%, a record low in at least the past five years. State schools pupils represented 56.7% of acceptances in 2011, an increase of 1.8% on the previous year and 3.8% since 2007.Preliminary figures for 2012 entry indicate that UK applications fell from 12,107 to 11,835. There was a slight drop in students applying from EU countries, but non-EU overseas applications rose strongly to increase total overseas applications from 5,236 to 5,408. Overseas applicants pay larger undergraduate fees ranging from £13,200 to £27,550 per year, and now account for more than 30% of total applicants.Overall applications in 2011, however, increased from 17,144 to 17,343. The figures demonstrate that the total rise in applications made to Oxford in 2011 was entirely due to an increase in overseas applications.Deferred entry, which had been consistently around 5% in the last few years, fell to 2% of acceptances in 2011, as applicants sought to avoid higher tuition fees. As part of the response to the incoming £9,000 a year tuition fees, the University has agreed to representation targets set down by the Office of Fair Access (OFFA), backed by fee waivers for the poorest students. It has, for the first time, also granted conditional offers requiring at least one A* grade at A level.Domestic applications are still dominated by students from Greater London and the South East, which together accounted for 38.8% of all acceptances to Oxford in 2011. Both regions produced over 19% of entrants, with either on their own outstripping the combined acceptances from the North, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber regions, which totaled only 12.5%.British Bangladeshi, Pakistani and black students, particularly Black Caribbean students, are still under-represented at Oxford. Only 0.6% of successful applicants were Bangladeshi and Pakistani, while 1.2% were black.There were fewer entrants combined from these groups than those of Indian origin alone (2.7%), who along with Chinese students continue to do better than their percentage makeup in the general UK population. However, the success rates of ethnic minority students remain largely remain below 20%, lagging behind those of white students, at 24%.The most and least competitive courses, ranked by success rates, remain broadly the same, with Economics & Management still attracting far higher numbers of applicants than subjects such as Classics. Whether increased fees will affect subject choices remains to be seen.In an earlier press release in January, the University announced figures which indicated that state school applicants attending its summer school were more than twice as likely to win a place at Oxford than the national average. 41.7% of students who applied after participating in the 2011 UNIQ summer school, Oxford’s flagship access initiative launched in 2010, received offer letters, compared with around 20.5% of applicants in the same year. Rhys Owens, who attended UNIQ in 2010 and is now studying at Hertford, believes its success “demonstrates a general trend of increased access within the university”.He added, “UNIQ is a particularly good framework for access schemes. But it cannot be seen as the only successful initiative taken by the university.” Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, said, “We are passionately committed to attracting talented students whatever their circumstances. The UNIQ summer schools are a central pillar of our access strategy and we are delighted to see how effective they are.‘We also believe that by offering the most generous financial support in the country, we have made it more likely that those from under-represented socio-economic backgrounds will choose Oxford. We hope our message is getting across: If you have the ability, Oxford will remove all barriers.”The University has released comprehensive new statistics for 2011 admissions, as well as the preliminary offer figures for 2012 entries.
PREMIERE: J.E.D.I. Shares Debut Studio Track Featuring Eddie Roberts, Borahm Lee, Dominic Lalli, Garrett Sayers [Listen]
Today, J.E.D.I. has shared their debut studio track, “Back Atcha”, the first in a series of upcoming releases via Color Red. J.E.D.I., which stands for Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised, is the brainchild of drummer Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls, David Byrne) and features a rotating cast of talented musicians from across the live music scene. For “Back Atcha”, Johnston recruited Color Red principal and The New Mastersounds guitarist Eddie Roberts, Break Science/Pretty Lights Live Band keyboardist Borahm Lee, The Motet bassist Garrett Sayers, and Big Gigantic saxophonist Dominic Lalli.As Johnston explains of the new track, “I might say this could be like The Headhunters on speed! For me, this style evolved out of our club Nublu in the East Village of New York. Mixing in jazz musicians with DJs playing house music, and both influencing each other. This one has a little uptempo funk/breakbeat intertwined, then opens up with the house vibe and Dom Lalli freely improvising over the top of it.”The artist roster for this initial studio release began to come together last year in New Orleans during Jazz Fest when Johnston brought J.E.D.I. to the Maison as a live late-night blowout. Notes Johnston, “I met Eddie for the first time in New Orleans for Jazz Fest and was able to get him on the premiere J.E.D.I. show down there. The gig and the hang were great and we both expressed wanting to do more music together. It just happened to be good timing that Eddie had just started Color Red and he asked me if I wanted to release some music. J.E.D.I. had only been in motion for a short time, but I was already thinking about how I could get some music out. I had known Borahm for some time from NYC, and I appreciate what people like he and Dom are doing in the electronic world besides their knowledge of jazz and other styles of music. Adding Garrett and Eddie to the mix was a no brainer and a great formula for this first track.”“All this music and musicians have come together in an organic fashion and I look forward to it continuing and evolving with time,” resolves Johnston.You can listen to the first-ever studio release from J.E.D.I. below via Color Red:J.E.D.I. – “Back Atcha” You can also check out some exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the recording of “Back Atcha” below:J.E.D.I. – Color Red Studios – Tracking Session[Video: Color Red]“Back Atcha” marks the first J.E.D.I. release in Color Red’s new “Session Series,” which will spotlight a trio of collaborative acts (including J.E.D.I., Electric Beethoven, and Death By Dub) with monthly singles and other exciting content. The single rollouts will culminate in full album releases for each band that showcase the individual releases as overall cohesive musical thoughts.For more information on Color Red’s “Session Series,” head here. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from J.E.D.I. in the near future.Next month, Aaron Johnston will take J.E.D.I. on the road for a brief Spring Equinox Tour featuring Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits. The run will see J.E.D.I. make stops in New Haven, CT (3/21); Burlington, VT (3/22); and Saratoga Springs (3/23); in addition to a March 20th performance for which the details have yet to be announced. Tickets are available via the respective venue websites.
One might expect, these days, to find corn products in food, fuel, and fabric, but a corn-based glue that can heal an injured eyeball? That’s a-maize-ing.Creating new materials from abundant, natural plant sources, today’s biomedical and biochemical engineers are finding clinical uses for new “custom” materials that were not even remotely considered in recent decades.Both renewable and remarkable, plant-based medical products are on the cutting edge of a field called “sustainable biomaterials,” a topic so intriguing that 23 undergraduates chose to spend an extra week at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) to take a course on it during their winter break.“It was engaging, comprehensive, and demonstrated just how ‘sexy’ science can be,” said Aubrey Walker ’15.The seminar-style mini-course was led by Sujata Bhatia, assistant director for Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering, who arrived at SEAS last spring. As an industry scientist at DuPont, Bhatia had been at the forefront of research resulting in clinically relevant products, including plant-based tissue adhesives. She now brings that expertise to guide an agile and modern curriculum at SEAS.Bhatia, who received a grant from the Harvard President’s January Innovation Fund for Faculty to offer the course, intended it as a “vehicle to really get undergraduates thinking about their paths in engineering, and to give a broader overview than they might get in any single course during the semester.”“I hope that this will both draw undergraduates into the concentration and give concentrators the tools necessary to begin asking their own questions within the field,” she said.For Walker, a freshman, the course was an inspiring introduction to the breadth of opportunities available in engineering.“Through the lens of a bioengineer, I felt myself at the precipice of innovative solutions to some of our generation’s biggest problems,” he said. “I can’t imagine a more concise, intellectually stimulating, or rewarding program. I am very glad to have come back from my long break to gain this experience.”During the week, the students attended foundational lectures on biomaterials and new methods of drug delivery. They also had the opportunity to survey some of the current research in the field by attending the Bio-Inspired Engineering International Symposium, which was hosted by Harvard’s Center for Nanoscale Systems on Jan. 17.Brandon Geller and Robyn Tsukayama of the Harvard Office for Sustainability gave a guest lecture on biopolymers, providing students insight into the strides that the University is making to integrate the fruits of bioengineering research into its operations.In addition to seeing the work of experts in the field, students were able to learn about research that their classmates are undertaking. Seniors in engineering, including Erfan Soliman ’12, led one of the week’s sessions by discussing their thesis research and introducing the groups to the laboratory and design spaces that are available to students at SEAS.Soliman’s work, which combines agar gel and corn-derived carbon nanotubes into a substrate for neural regeneration, extends far beyond the traditional boundaries of his own concentration, electrical engineering.In addition to presenting a poster at the Bio-Inspired Engineering Symposium, Soliman was able to connect with other students, across disciplines. He teamed up in the lab with Godwin Abiola ’14, a biomedical engineering student, in January, teaching him about circuit theory in order to measure the electrical conductivity of the agar gels.The partnership between Soliman and Abiola is typical of a trend of collaboration at SEAS that Bhatia believes is here to stay.“It’s very powerful, and it helps students appreciate early on the importance of bringing diverse perspectives to a project,” she said. “I’ve always been interested in the interfaces between different disciplines. That’s where all the cool things can happen.”
Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Some dedicated gardeners probably have already gotten their seed potatoes and have the rows ready. Potatoes are one of the first vegetables Georgia gardeners can plant each year.Some south Georgia gardeners aim for planting on or before March first, while north Georgians will plant potatoes around April Fool’s Day. Because Georgia’s weather can be so unpredictable, it’s hard to offer precise advice on a planting time.Potatoes are considered a cool-season crop and can be planted just as soon as the ground has dried enough to safely work the soil.Let Soil Dry FirstIt’s critical to let the soil dry adequately. If worked while it’s still too wet, soil becomes hard and compacted, leading to long-term frustrations for the eager gardener.The potato plant can adapt to most types of soil. But it has to have good drainage to prevent the tubers from rotting before they can be harvested.Choose a sunny spot and work in the recommended amount of a balanced, low-analysis fertilizer (5-10-15 or 10-10-10) to promote vigorous plant growth.The part of the potato plant that we eat is called a tuber, a technical name that refers to an enlarged, modified stem that grows underground. Potato tubers that are used to create a new planting are called seed potatoes.Use Quality Seed PotatoesYou’ll want to start with the best quality seed potatoes, so look for those that are labeled as “certified disease-free” at garden shops and in mail-order catalogs. Don’t buy potatoes from the grocery store for planting. They’ve usually been treated to prevent sprouting.To start a new planting, cut the seed potato into pieces so each piece has at least one healthy-looking bud (often called an “eye”). Many gardeners say the piece should be about the size of a small egg.That bud will become the shoot of the new plant, and as the stem develops, it will also produce new roots. The piece of tuber attached to the bud provides a source of carbohydrates to sustain the young plant until those new roots and shoots develop.Plant the pieces 2 to 3 inches deep. Space them about 12 inches apart within the row, and leave 24 to 36 inches between rows.Tubers Start in SpringNew tubers that will become this year’s harvest begin to form sometime in late spring. They’ll continue to grow until early summer, as long as they get adequate moisture, air and nutrients.The tubers can be harvested as “new” potatoes in midspring, before they reach full size and before the skins start to toughen. New potatoes are tender and tasty, but they don’t keep very long. The plant is pulled up to harvest the tubers, and yields are generally small.If you want bigger yields of full-size tubers, it’s best to leave the plants until they begin to die back on their own, usually by early summer.Dig Potatoes CarefullyAs the plants begin to turn brown, gently lift the tubers with a digging fork and remove them from the plants. If you’re going to use the potatoes immediately, no further treatment is needed.However, to be able to store the potatoes for later use, you’ll want to allow the tubers to “cure,” or air-dry, for a week or two to allow the skins to thicken and dry.The biggest challenge for gardeners who intend to keep their potatoes is finding dark storage conditions at 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Both light and warmth promote sprouting of the buds.For best results, store only the best-quality tubers that are free of cuts, bruises and diseases. Potatoes can be stored from two to nine months, depending on the cultivar and storage conditions.For more information on potatoes, check the Web publication at www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/C849.htm. Many south Georgia gardeners are only days away from planting their first potatoes. North Georgia gardeners are more likely to plant around April 1.
Consultants say offshore wind may soon be U.K.’s cheapest renewable resource FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews:Offshore wind could surpass the onshore sector as the cheapest source of renewable energy in the UK by 2028 without changes to planning regulations, according to new research from consultancy Cornwall Insight.The consultancy bases its analysis on projections for capital costs by technology, fixed and variable operational costs, expected hurdle rates and locational factors, such as transmission losses and connection fees. It also uses the current load factors for offshore wind of 58.4% and 38% for onshore wind.Cornwall Insight said innovations in the offshore sector – such as higher turbines with longer blades – are allowing projects to capture more wind, while planning restrictions on onshore turbine size mean projects cannot take advantage of such improvements.Cornwall Insight senior modeler Tom Edwards said: “The renewable energy market is under a process of transition with onshore wind facing the real prospect of being usurped by its offshore cousin to be the cheapest source of clean power in the not so distance future. Improvements in offshore technology are occurring all the time and for offshore wind increasing the size of turbines is making a significant impact.”With 8MW models currently being deployed, and larger 10MW and 12MW models under development as the technology advances. With these larger economies of scale, it is inevitable that costs will fall.More: Offshore ‘could be cheapest clean power in UK’
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Connie Shoemaker As Vice President of SWBC’s Financial Institution Group, Connie oversees a professionally-trained staff that supports the Collection Department and the Electronic Cash Management product. Under Connie’s direction, SWBC’… Web: www.swbc.com Details You could easily argue that a comprehensive training program is one of the most important items when considering an outsourced collections partner. This is where a collector will learn skills on how to excel when it comes to etiquette, where they will learn about the collections process, and where they will learn how to comply with regulations.A well-established training program is critical to the success and compliance of a collections operation. Since the type and frequency of training the collections staff gets directly impacts your borrowers, having a high-level understanding of the program is important. Collections Training OverviewTraining programs should include both classroom and real-life trainings. This allows collectors to learn the ins and outs of their role and also apply what they have learned in the classroom setting to real-life situations. If you can feel confident about the training that your outsourced collections staff receives, then you can feel confident that your members will experience the kind of service that your credit union would provide them.Compliance Training Compliance is an on-going challenge for most financial institutions. With something as regulation-intense as collections, it’s important that you understand how your collections partner administers compliance training to their staff. Compliance should not be a quick review, but rather in-depth so that their staff understands the importance of remaining compliant with the necessary regulations.Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA)The FDCPA was enacted to protect consumers from abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices, particularly from third-party debt collection agencies. It also restricts the time and frequency of collection calls, and provides guidelines for what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behavior by debt collectors. This law is particularly critical for a collection staff to be properly trained. Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP)UDAAP prohibits firms offering financial services from engaging in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices. According to the CFPB, an unfair act or practice:Causes or is likely to cause substantial injury to consumers;The injury is not reasonably avoidable by consumers; andThe injury is not outweighed by countervailing benefits to consumers or to competitionA well-trained collection staff will have a thorough understanding of their expectations under UDAAP when dealing with borrowers, will know how to identify potential complaints, and know what steps to take in order to resolve complaints. Systems NavigationYour partner’s collection team will need to be trained in the specific systems and software that they will be using to execute their tasks. Ensure that your training program includes time spent learning and navigating these tools so that the collections team is operating at maximum efficiency. A high level of functional familiarity with your collection platform will streamline the process of accepting payments.Effective CommunicationCollections agents spend a lot of their time interacting with your members, and the nature of these conversations can sometimes be stressful for the member. It is imperative that your partner’s collectors have had extensive training in how to handle these situations tactfully and effectively. Scripting and role playing different scenarios will ensure that the agent has a solid grasp on:Being professional How to ask probing questions Overcoming objections How to negotiate payments from the debtor Evaluating AgentsOnce the collections team has undergone training, it’s important that your partner evaluates their understanding of their role as a collections agent, compliance practices, communication strategies, and daily operations. All collection agents should have passing scores on:Compliance Exams Systems Navigation Communication StrategiesPeriodic Quality ChecksLearn how FAIRWINDS Credit Union decreased delinquency by 75% over a 5-year period by outsourcing their collections work to SWBC. Click here to download the case study.
Kyle Amor has signed a 12-month contract extension with St Helens, keeping him at the Super League side until the end of the 2021 season.The 32-year-old Cumbrian has made 182 appearances for Saints since joining them from Wakefield in 2013.The former Whitehaven and Leeds forward has played off the bench in all of his 14 matches so far this year and says he is happy to play a support role.- Advertisement – The 32-year-old former Whitehaven and Leeds forward has made 182 appearances for Saints since joining them from Wakefield in 2013 and has played off the bench in all of his 14 matches so far this year, saying he is happy to play a support role Last Updated: 17/11/20 2:06pm – Advertisement – St Helens’ Kyle Amor says he is ‘over the moon’ to sign a new deal “Part of my role next year is to help those young lads come through and that is what it is like at this club. We all help each other out and make sure that whatever happens is the best result for the club.”Saint coach Kristian Woolf said: “I have been really happy with what Kyle has offered us off the bench this year.“Kyle’s experience, in what is essentially going to be a younger group next year, is going to be essential and he will play a part in helping those other young middle forwards develop.” “I am over the moon to sign on again for another year,” he said. “Ever since I joined the club I have loved it.“My role has changed over the last couple of years and, as long as I am contributing enough to be selected every week, then I will be happy.“It’s a special time at the moment with a lot of young lads putting pen to paper and the club is clearly building for the future.- Advertisement –
A small school on contemporary trends in tourism: The importance of family accommodation and perspectives
ADR forecast is above € 120 in 2018/2019… Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com / Photo: Pixabay.com Tourist tax, membership fee and income tax NO # 2 / SMALL SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY TOURISM TRENDS: USA AND EU SUPPORT DIGITAL ECONOMY DESPITE TRADE CONFLICTS However, only family accommodation does not have its representatives in the bodies of the councils of tourist boards at all levels, from municipalities to the CNTB. (No legal obligation). Those who contribute the most to the income of the tourist board system are excluded from the system of managing these funds. (Honor exceptions.) B&B, “alternative hotels”, a kind of “mix” between hotels and hostels, but also apartments will be increasingly sought after in cities. In rural areas, holiday homes are increasingly in demand, and the demand for small camps, resting places is slowly increasing. Pensions are interesting as an alternative to hotels. Small family hotels – luxury hotels have their own audience that is tied to the gourmet scene and personalized service. In bathing places, there will still be an increased demand for apartments in the bathing season and mass vacations, and outside the peak bathing season, more and more specialized accommodation will be sought in Popout bike & bed accommodation, pet friendly accommodation, wellness accommodation… NO # 3 SMALL SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN TOURISM: CROATIAN HOSTS AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD * Hotelzone, source Hotels, camps and short stay rentals With the generated income, family accommodation creates 208.000 jobs (gross salary 1.000 euros x 12 months) in various activities that “follow” family accommodation. On an average of 7 beds per household, the required work is 16 hours per day, or 112 hours per week. This directly employs 2 people per household over a period of 70 days, which brings an additional 174.000 seasonal jobs. * “Find accommodation on Airbnb.” “Discover entire homes and private rooms ideal for any trip.” “5-star hosts.” “Freshly ironed bedding and recommendations for the best brunch in town are just part of the hospitality our local hosts will provide.” Global hospitality standards have been set. Guests write a review to the host after each booking. “Each of our hosts must continuously meet the minimum rating and hosting standards in order to advertise accommodation on Airbnb.” RELATED NEWS: Looking at the distribution of tourist traffic in Europe in 2016, hotels and similar accommodation were the most popular (65%), followed by short-stay accommodation (22%), and in third place are camps with a share of tourist traffic of 13%. Globally, hotels have a share of 30% The situation varies from country to country. In Cyprus and Malta, hotels take up almost 100% of traffic. In Denmark, Luxembourg, France and Sweden, the share of traffic in campsites is more than twice the EU average. * Eustat, source The future of family accommodation Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, big cities. In Berlin, the number of hotel rooms will increase by 3.700 in the next two years. 8.000 new hotel rooms are just opening in London. 2.600 new hotel rooms are opening in Budapest this year. To be continued … * Hotelzone, source Fall after climb Barcelona continues to grow in the occupancy rate of hotel capacity and is expected to reach 77,9% this year. As early as 2016, Dublin reached a rate of 83%, London 82%. In 2016, the Average Daily Rate (ADR) in Europe grew 1.5% to € 111.77. Geneva, Zurich and Paris achieve the highest prices. Paris (€ 229), London (€ 164), Rome (€ 148.2), Barcelona (€ 141.6), Dublin (€ 138.1), Milan (€ 137.9), Amsterdam (€ 137.5), Frankfurt (€ 127.4), How many jobs does family accommodation create? NO1 # SMALL SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN TOURISM: WORLD TRENDS IN FAMILY, “PRIVATE” ACCOMMODATION Demand for hotel beds In 2018, Croatian citizens, based on their private property and putting it into the function of the common good, paid HRK 180 million in income tax to the state budget. The same amount (180 million kuna) was paid into the system of the Croatian Tourist Board as well as an additional 60 million kuna of tourist membership fee. Which types of accommodation will increase in demand in Croatia? In which types of accommodation will prices fall, and in which? On average, the “fashion” standard changes every ten years. We remember the former “A” categories, one bathroom in two rooms and a sink with cold water in the room. After that comes the era of apartments. We are now in the era of vacation homes. “Returning” rooms, but in combination with breakfast and of course the bathroom. High standards of aesthetics, hygiene, relaxation zones, contact with nature, good housekeeping, authentic experience… it is always “in fashion”. The hotel’s hit destinations are At the global, European and Croatian level, the demand for family accommodation is growing. The biggest impetus for growth came from OTA platforms. Today there are dozens of “P2P connectors”: wimdu, 9flats.com, housetrip, flipkey, tripadvisor, homeaway, vrbo, booking.com, roomorama, travelmob, stopsleepgo, interhome, vaycayhero, bedycasa, waytostay, weneedavacation, perfectplaces.com, homestay .com, vacationrentalpeople.com, migoa… * Airbnb The offer is becoming more and more personalized, the new platforms have a “Facebook” configuration where accommodation providers can easily present themselves, their business, hobbies, their accommodation, novelties to see, experience in the destination. Airbnb – set new standards Prices are influenced by several factors, but most of all by the quantity of offered products or services of the same or very similar characteristics as well as the mass demand for such a product or service. The average apartment accommodation is most affected by seasonal price fluctuations, prices can vary even in the ratio of 1/3 (120 euros at the peak of demand – 40 euros in the period of low demand). Better equipped apartments will more easily attract demand, and only then raise the price. Better price and more stable demand will be provided by accommodation specialization (bike friendly, pet friendly, barrier-free accommodation…)
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However, many female activists lambasted the article, calling it “patriarchal in nature.”Mutiara Ika Pratiwi of women’s rights group Perempuan Mahardhika said the proponents only tried to deflect the fact that the whole bill would interfere with a family’s private life.“[The article] is a deception because the bill’s spirit is to control families,” Mutiara said. “According to the International Labour Organization [ILO] convention, the spirit of true maternity rights is not for family resilience. Maternity rights should be provided for the fulfillment of basic women’s rights.”Read also: Indonesia’s family resilience bill says housekeeping wife’s duty Indonesian Breastfeeding Association (AIMI) chairperson Nia Umar called the bill “very weird” as provisions on maternity leave have always been part of the Manpower Law because the regulation for such leave is directed at employers.“How will you enforce the regulation if it’s included in the family resilience bill?” said Nia.Frenia Nababan of the Mother and Child Health Movement (GKIA) said the bill excluded females from working as “factory workers, media workers and other jobs.”“Women working in informal sectors are always the ones facing difficulties when they want to take maternity leave,” Frenia said.“Since its conception, this bill covers areas that are considered private, as it wants to manage Indonesian’s family lives. However, each family has their own way of handling their own problems. We don’t need government intervention or new regulations,” she went on to say.The family resilience bill has been initiated by five politicians from several factions in the House of Representatives – three of whom are women. It has been included in the 2020 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).Topics : A controversial bill on family resilience includes a provision of six months of paid maternity leave for female workers, but only for those working in government offices, regional administrations, and state-owned or region-owned enterprises.Article 29 of the draft bill, a copy of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates that the aforementioned offices are obligated to give female workers their right to “get maternity leave for six months without losing their right to salary and position.”Other points in the article also obligate offices to provide daycare centers for children, as well as lactation rooms for female workers to breastfeed.