‘Donors’ promise cancer patient millions in aid, pose for photos, but the money never comes

first_img“I’ve lost count as to how many times we were photographed holding up the false signs.”He said that, despite being lied to, there were no hard feelings. He only wished that Kinem could recover from her illness.Kinem’s jaw cancer started in 2009 when she discovered a big lump under her chin. The condition made it hard for the 45-year old to speak and eat, as her tongue was pushed forward. The cancer also knocked out her teeth.Nursam took his wife to doctors several times, but the latest visit was two years ago, when she was admitted to Moewardi Hospital in Surakarta for two weeks. However, he said, the doctors could not operate her as she did not meet some of the health conditions for surgery.  Nursam said they could not afford further medical treatment for his wife, since he, as the sole breadwinner of the family, was struggling to support their five children doing odd jobs. (aly)Topics : Kinem from Boyolali regency in Central Java has had a cancerous tumor on her jaw for 11 years. Her story has drawn make-believe donors who visited her home and asked her to pose for photos while holding up signs pledging tens of millions of rupiah.The family in Gilirejo hamlet of Gunungsari village was looking forward to the financial support for her treatment, but they never got their hands on the promised money.“My wife and I were only asked to hold up the signs, then they took our pictures. The nominal varied from Rp 10 million [US$680] to Rp 30 million. We once received Rp 7 million of Rp 30 million promised, but other than that, we received nothing,” Kinem’s husband Nursam said on Friday, as quoted by Kompas.com.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces First Quality Tissue to Expand Creating 184 New Jobs in Clinton County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces First Quality Tissue to Expand Creating 184 New Jobs in Clinton County January 06, 2017 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that First Quality Tissue, LLC a manufacturer of ultra-premium towel and tissue products, will expand its operations in Lock Haven, a move that will create 184 new jobs.“This was a highly competitive project, as First Quality has other operations outside of the Commonwealth. Even so, Pennsylvania’s dedicated workforce and prime location continue to be highly valued assets to both new and existing companies and helped lock in First Quality’s decision to expand here,” said Governor Wolf. “As Clinton County’s largest employer, I am pleased that it is furthering its presence in Pennsylvania. The creation of 184 new, full-time jobs will have a significant impact on the county and beyond.”First Quality Enterprises will expand operations at First Quality Tissue by constructing a new plant near its existing facility at 904 Woods Avenue, and purchase machinery and equipment to accommodate a new tissue line. First Quality Enterprises has agreed to make a significant investment at the site along with a commitment to create 184 new, full-time jobs over the next three years and retain more than more than 3,000 employees statewide. Project completion and start-up of the new facility is anticipated for the first half of 2019.First Quality Enterprises received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $1 million Pennsylvania First program grant and $250,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. First Quality has also been encouraged to apply for a $2 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Clinton County Partnership.“First Quality has been a staple in our community for many years and this expansion positively enhances their impact on many working families,” said state Rep. Michael Hanna.  “I am honored to have been a part of securing state funding for this expansion project, as it is guaranteed to boost economic growth in Clinton County.”“We are very pleased that First Quality is again expanding in our greater community. We sincerely appreciate the company’s latest investment and providing new employment opportunities for our area,” said Mike Flanagan, president, Clinton County Economic Partnership. “First Quality is a first class operation. We would also like to thank DCED and Governor Wolf for providing a state financial package to assist in the company’s growth. The state has always been a great partner to work with on various projects throughout the years.”First Quality Tissue is a member of the privately held First Quality family of companies a diversified group that manufacture a variety of adult, infant, and feminine care products, consumer paper products, bottled water, and engineered non-woven goods. The company serves the retail, institutional, and commercial channels throughout the world.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Van Gaal favourite to replace Moyes

first_imgLouis Van Gaal has emerged as the front runner to replace David Moyes after he was axed by Manchester United just ten months into his six-year contract.Moyes paid the price for a dreadful campaign when he was dismissed following a meeting with United vicechairman Ed Woodward at the club’s training ground yesterday.United’s most-decorated player Ryan Giggs, a player/ coach under Moyes, will take charge ‘‘until a permanent appointment can be made’’, the club said.Holland head coach Van Gaal has emerged as the favourite to replace Moyes with senior figures at United holding the 62-year-old, who is out of contract after the World Cup, in high regard.Sources close to the club have made it clear the fact that Van Gaal will be in Brazil with Holland this summer would not be an obstacle to the Dutchman taking over.Talks could take place over the coming days as United want to install Moyes’ successor quickly. It is easy to see why United are interested in Van Gaal.The Dutchman lifted the Champions League with Ajax and he also won titles in Germany and Spain.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is also used to working with bigname players and attracting big signings – neither of which were part of Moyes’ track record.Van Gaal has made it clear he wants to move to the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires and is the bookmakers’ overwhelming favourite.Van Gaal was linked with the Tottenham job, but United’s illustrious history, and a £150million transfer kitty, make the vacancy at Old Trafford far more attractive.Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp ruled himself out of the running, telling the Guardian: ‘‘Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable.’’ Pep Guardiola was considered when Sir Alex Ferguson retired last summer, but the Spaniard went to Bayern Munich, where he intends to remain. ‘‘I want to stay at Bayern for two more years,’’ Guardiola told a press conference.‘‘Bayern are my team, I’m comfortable here.’’ Other potential candidates include Paris Saint-Germain manager Lauren Blanc, who played for United for two years, Ferguson’s former assistant Carlos Queiroz, whose contract as Iran coach expires in the summer, and highly-rated Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.For now, Giggs is the man charged with restoring some pride to United following what has been a truly awful campaign.What Giggs lacks in experience, he makes up for with passion and a will to win. The 13 Premier League winner’s medals he owns prove that.Giggs is expected to be assisted by Nicky Butt, who is currently in charge of the under-19s and also coaches the reserves. Phil Neville and Chris Woods remain in their posts as first-team coaches, but Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden – both brought in by Moyes last summer – have been fired.A throng of camera crews and photographers turned up at the AON Training Complex, but they had missed Moyes, who slipped in during the early hours of yesterday morning.Moyes was sacked shortly after 8am, but the 50-year-old remained at the training ground for a few hours so he could thank and say goodbye to his players.He then left via the back exit away from the cameras.Moyes knew he was on his way out when reports emerged on Monday claiming he had lost the faith of United’s owners, the Glazer family. But he can have few arguments about his dismissal.Exactly one year ago, United won a record 20th title with four games to spare.Now they are in seventh, 23 points behind leaders Liverpool.The list of unwanted records broken by Moyes is as embarrassing as it is long.United are guaranteed to end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history, they have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades while Moyes’ home record is the worst of any United boss since 1978 when Dave Sexton was in charge. That is why Moyes will go down in history as the third shortest serving United boss behind Walter Crickmer and Lal Hilditch.Moyes never looked capable of dealing with the pressure of being United boss, he struggled in the transfer market, and his reign was dogged by rumours – denied by the Scot – that he did not get on with a number of his players.Former United striker Michael Owen took to Twitter and he summed up the situation perfectly.‘‘United had to be 100% Moyes was the right man,’’ the former United striker said.‘‘Evidently they didn’t have the confidence in him in which case makes the timing absolutely right. Now the big question is who’s next?’’ Van Gaal looks likely to be that man.last_img read more