Meghan Mathon Named General Manager of EnSave

first_imgMeghan Mathon Named General Manager of EnSaveEnSave Energy Performance, Inc. announces the appointment of Meghan Mathon as its new General Manager. Ms. Mathon assumed the responsibilities of retired EnSave co-founder and General Manager, Paul Ohlson.EnSave is an energy services company that works exclusively in the agricultural sector helping farmers save energy. EnSave works with public benefits corporations, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, and state and federal organizations to design and implement energy conservation programs for farmers across the United States.Ms. Mathon will lead EnSaves growth according to a 5-year Master Plan developed with EnSaves Board of Directors. She will build and maintain budgets and cash flow projections, oversee program development and implementation, and supervise all staff.Ms. Mathon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and taught middle school for five years before joining the EnSave team in the fall of 2000. During her tenure at EnSave, Ms. Mathon has mastered the accountabilities of every position held with the company including Project Administrator and Director of Special Projects.Ms. Mathon lives with her husband, Jake, and two daughters in Williston, Vermont.last_img read more

Health statement released after customer at Men’s Warehouse tests positive for virus

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has issued a public health alert after person who was at Men’s Warehouse in Vestal tested positive for the coronavirus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever and shortness of breath. The full statement can be read by clicking here.center_img The department is asking anyone who was at Men’s Warehouse from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 21 to self-quarantine until Aug. 4.last_img

World Bank urges govt to spend more on human capital

first_imgThe World Bank found that systemic constraints had hampered the effort to improve the Indonesian government’s public spending on human capital and in general, including coordination challenges across agencies and between government levels, as well as inadequate data and information systems.For example, despite the government having increased education expenditure over the last few years to an allocation of Rp 508.1 trillion (US$35.6 billion) in the 2020 state budget, data and studies showed that it had translated into limited outcome for education quality.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 report showed that Indonesian students scored poorly in science, reading and mathematics, ranking 73rd, 74th and 71st in those subjects out of 79 assessed countries and territories.Meanwhile, the recipients of major subsidies were often the economically secure middle class rather than the poor and vulnerable, according to Juul Pinxten, a World Bank’ social protection specialist. According to World Bank data, from state subsidies for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and electricity amounting to Rp 54 trillion and Rp 48 trillion, respectively, in the 2018 state budget, the poor and the vulnerable only received 15 percent and 22 percent.“The main message is that Indonesia can certainly spend more and can spend better,” Pinxten stated. However, there has been a shift toward more targeted and hence pro-poor programs, as indicated by a decline in the rice assistance program (Rastra) and a transition to noncash food assistance (BPNT), he added.In response to the pandemic, the government has earmarked Rp 695.2 trillion in funds to cushion the impact of the outbreak, with Rp 87.55 trillion allocated for healthcare and Rp 203.9 trillion for strengthening social safety nets.Meanwhile, the World Bank also stated that it found inefficiency in the healthcare sector, particularly with regard to hospital spending in relation to the National Health Insurance (JKN).Launched in 2014, the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), which manages the JKN, covered about 224 million Indonesians as of February, or more than 80 percent of the population.“It is estimated that between 5 and 11 percent of total hospital spending is inefficient,” World Bank senior economist Reem Hafez said.She added that the yield of efficiency measures in the healthcare sector could be between Rp 4 trillion and Rp 8 trillion, or even more.The healthcare sector could also benefit from a strengthening of governance and accountability by introducing an annual sector review and investing in health information systems to improve monitoring and evaluation, Hafez stated.BPJS Kesehatan has been battered by deficits, totalling Rp 13 trillion last year, that has led the government to issue a presidential regulation to almost double JKN premiums in early May.Kalsum Komaryani, the head of the Health Ministry’s center for health insurance and financing, stated on Wednesday that the JKN deficit contributed to the problem.Although the deficit decreased to less than Rp 2 trillion by mid-June, she acknowledged that there was more to be done to improve the management of JKN.“We will reshape the benefits package, set standards for hospitalization. We need to finish our clinical guidelines and strengthen our referral system,” Kalsum noted.Meanwhile, Elan Satriawan, who heads the National Team for Accelerating Poverty Alleviation’s (TNP2K) policy working group, said improvement of the social assistance delivery system was needed particularly amid the pandemic. “We have been discussing expanding the coverage of the [social assistance recipients] as the current situation indicates that 60 percent of the population [now fall into the category of] vulnerable people,” Elan said.The government expects 4 million more people to fall below the poverty line this year due to the health crisis, making for a total of 28 million people in poverty in the nation, or around 10.6 percent of the population, up from 9.2 percent in September last year.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to accommodate the clarification by the World Bank on Juul Pinxten’s statement and job title.Topics : The World Bank has advised Indonesia to increase its human capital spending and improve the quality of that expenditure as the country pushes for economic recovery.World Bank lead country economist for Indonesia Frederico Gil Sander stated on Wednesday that developing the country’s human capital through education, social assistance, better health and nutrition should be the country’s highest priority and its main challenge going forward.“Thinking about how the government spends on human capital is going to be especially important over the next three to five-year period as Indonesia both recovers from COVID-19 and tunes into becoming a high-income middle-class economy,” Frederico said during the World Bank’s webinar series “Indonesia Public Expenditure Review 2020: Spending for Better Results”.last_img read more

No. 2 Badgers blanket Scarlet Knights to improve to 5-0 in Big Ten play DH fms

first_imgThe No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team won their eighth straight game Wednesday night against Rutgers University in impressive fashion, 25-6, 25-11 and 25-11. The match was 11th sweep and quickest match of the season for the Badgers (13-0, 5-0 Big Ten), taking only 65 minutes to down a clearly mismatched Scarlet Knights (4-14, 0-5 Big Ten) team in dominant form.Wisconsin held its newest top-tier ranking in style and looked virtually unstoppable doing it. The Badgers recorded only two service errors in the whole match and posted their third game of the year with a hitting percentage over .400 with .436. In the third straight conference game on the road Wednesday, the squad wasted no time climbing to an early lead and refused to give an inch for the rest of the match.The usual suspects did most of the heavy lifting for the Badgers as All-American senior setter Lauren Carilini hit a career-high six aces and 31 assists.  Fellow senior All-American and middle blocker Haleigh Nelson notched a match-high 11 kills and a .733 hitting percentage with no errors as well. The rest of the team for the Badgers followed suit as junior Lauryn Gillis, junior Kelli Bates and sophomore Tionna Williams all contributed to finish off the Scarlet Knights.As if Wisconsin needed any help on the other side of the court, the defense had an equally impressive day, holding Rutgers to a season opponent-low .013 hitting percentage at the end of the game. The match was as balanced as the Badgers could have asked for and proved this 2016 squad is truly in midseason form.A headline that might have been overshadowed by the brevity of the game was Gillis’s return, the player who spent almost a month nursing an ankle sprain that she suffered in Wisconsin’s only loss of the season at then-No. 11 North Carolina. The experienced outside hitter adds an incredible amount of depth to a team already taking major strides toward championship goals.Volleyball: Wisconsin players battle through injuries to continue winningThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team continued their winning ways this weekend with a pair of road victories over Read…With most of the major parts back in place, the potential is endless for a perfect 5-0 Badgers squad tied for first in the Big Ten with five top 20 wins and the No. 2 overall ranking. Despite the success, there is still no room to rest with a matchup against No. 1 University of Minnesota only five days away.Wisconsin returns home for another tough in-conference battle against No. 24 University of Illinois Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Coverage of the game airs live on BTN.last_img read more