The Senate parliamentarian is the official who interprets the Senate’s complex, arcane rules and has a major influence in the day-to-day running of the upper chamber. What is her role? Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Harry Mason Reid Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? Trumpists' assaults on Republicans who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid will help Democrats The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) appointed Elizabeth MacDonough as the Senate’s first female parliamentarian in 2012, and she has held the position until present. ADVERTISEMENT The parliamentarian and her team provide daily advice to the Senate’s presiding officer on the correct execution of floor procedure, but one of her biggest jobs is to decide what can and can’t be included in legislation passed under special budgetary rules known as reconciliation. These budgetary rules can only be used on a few occasions each Congress and … [Read more...] about Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important?
JAKARTA: He calls it a “kost for jailbirds” - the six-square-metre shoebox unit in central Jakarta that Mr Appe Novian Caniago has been renting at 500,000 Indonesian rupiah (S$49) a month for the past three years. A kost usually refers to a spare room which a landlord rents out but his unit, which is near one of the newly-opened MRT stations, is a makeshift version - erected with partition boards to house seven more rooms on the roof of a shophouse selling shoes and bags on the first floor. The 48-year-old’s rooftop “cell” heats up like an oven in the day. Sometimes, fights break out with noisy neighbours as the walls are porous. And the common toilet and bath area he shares with the other tenants - including a couple with a young child - is so often choked that he had inscribed a warning in Bahasa Indonesia on the wall that says : “Don’t litter because if it is clogged, we will all be flooded. Be a little smart, okay?” Despite his austere surroundings, the … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Beset with problems and losing its capital status, Jakarta still a city of dreams for many
LONDON: British insurer Prudential expects to split off its U.S. business in the second quarter, it said on Wednesday as it posted a 4per cent rise in full-year operating profit on the back of strength in Asia. Prudential, which has been pressed by activist investor Third Point to split the business in two, said in January that it would separate U.S. unit Jackson through a demerger and could raise up to US$3 billion in new equity. The life insurer on Wednesday said that it is making "good progress" with the plans, adding that its preferred option for the capital increase is a global offering to institutional investors and a public share sale to Hong Kong retail investors. Prudential hived off its UK insurer and asset manager M&G in 2019, following in the footsteps of rivals such as Standard Life Aberdeen and Old Mutual, which have also restructured complex businesses. "These two transactions constitute the largest structural change in Pru’s 172-year history," Chief … [Read more...] about Prudential’s US spin-off plan on track as Asia drives profit rise
SINGAPORE: Many new jobs are available in industries that have been disrupted by technology, and the challenge is training workers so they can transit from their current jobs into these new jobs, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Tuesday (Jul 9). In an interview with Arnold Gay and Yasmin Jonkers on CNA938's Asia First, Mr Chan said that the way to get these workers ready is to “retrain them as fast as possible”. He gave the example of how staff who previously worked as bank tellers have now been retrained to be customer relations officers, involved in selling insurance and wealth management products. “Their previous jobs have been displaced by technology, but they have been retrained by the banks, together with the Government, to take on new jobs, and it is very exciting to hear how people in their 40s, 50s are able to take on new roles,” he said. The minister's comments come amid an increase in retrenchments and a drop in job vacancies in the first … [Read more...] about New jobs can be created through technology, but workers need help retraining for these positions: Chan Chun Sing
"I'm waiting to see if Hassan takes the vaccine." This was the refrain I kept hearing on a recent visit to the Bedouin village of Sa'wa in Southern Israel, a 20-minute drive from the Bedouin town of Hura where I served as Mayor from 2004 to 2018. Hassan is the village's beloved and trusted Imam, and as the third wave of the pandemic crashed over us, I met him with one goal in mind shared by countless leaders across the world: getting the COVID-19 vaccine into as many arms as possible. At that stage of the vaccine rollout in Israel, a big part of the country was already getting vaccinated and vaccines were readily available. But among the Bedouin community, participation was extremely low. In my community, the Imam's word carries more weight than any scientist or government official could ever muster. Vaccinating the people of Sa'wa depended on Hassan, and he was eager to lead by example. But at 46, he was too young to be eligible for a vaccine during this early stage of the … [Read more...] about How to Vaccinate a Bedouin Village in Israel: A Case Study in Overcoming | Opinion