The recent flap about football players taking a knee is to bring the news about black people being killed by the police in every corner of our country. It wasn’t about showing disrespect toward our country or flag. It wasn’t about hatred of our flag or country. It was to bring out what was happening to black men and children.Our president avoided service during the Vietnam conflict and hid while others died. How dare he act patriotic, as his actions show him to be a coward. I believe those who are saying it is unpatriotic for blacks and Caucasians to take a knee are bigots. I applaud the team owners for sticking by their players and showing respect.For too long, the American people have closed their eyes to what is happening. There’s evidence on videotape, and most don’t believe what is in front of their eyes. I watch football every Sunday. I served as many others have, and we will continue to serve. The fact is we have good cops and bad cops. I thank God for the good ones and I pray for those who have been denied life because of the bad ones.Thanks to Colin Kaepernick, America has been awakened to the senseless killings, as well as the plight of black men and children. This is something my four sons never had to worry about. I thank God for this and I will pray for those who woke America up.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionA recent letter writer stated that he had been a football fan since 1948. My friends and I played football and had our favorite players and teams. As we grew into manhood, we watched every game we could, and football taught us how to be good sports.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Progressive, liberals, socialists or whatever losers on the left call yourselves, here’s an updated list of your dishonor roll: Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Sheldon Silver and Eric Schneiderman.All of the above left office in disgrace. One can only hope that criminal coddler-in-chief, Andrew Cuomo, joins them seoon.Wake up, New Yorkers and vote this bum out.Ray WeidmanLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
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Topics : “We will produce lithium batteries in the region with hydropower energy. At the moment [mining tycoon] Andrew Forrest from Australia is there to conduct [feasibility] studies to also look at hydro-green energy that will be produced after lithium batteries,” said the retired army general.The plan is in line with the government’s vision of promoting EVs, which are considered cleaner as they do not use fossil fuels, with a greater goal of reducing the country’s carbon emissions while promoting domestic battery production. Indonesia is rich in cobalt and manganese, the main components for EV batteries.Hayu Prasasati, secretary of the new capital city secretariat at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), said the new capital would also be developed using transit-oriented development (TOD) methods whereby every center of business and entertainment would be able to be accessed within walking distance.Read also: Technology, regulation key to driving xEV adoption in Indonesia: Seminar“This would be a compact city and will be developed into clusters. In every cluster there will be centers of activities,” she said. “So, it won’t be like Jakarta, where every time we want to go to work, we need to allocate two hours on the road in advance. With clusters, we can get to different destinations in just 10 minutes.”The government is also aiming for 80 percent of people’s movements in the city being by public transportation, walking or cycling. The public transportation system is expected to reduce people’s travel times. The new capital city will be developed on 256,000 hectares, with buildings and infrastructure occupying only a fifth at 56,000 ha and the rest green areas. The government will start developing road access to and from the new city this year. As the government brushes up on its plans to ensure transportation in the new capital city fully involves electric vehicles (EVs), it has come up with the idea of developing parking lots surrounding the area, a senior minister has said.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Wednesday that as all vehicles in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara, both in East Kalimantan, must be EVs, non-EVs from surrounding cities such as Samarinda and Balikpapan would be prohibited from entering.“Non-electric vehicles cannot enter the new capital city. They must park and the passengers enter the city using public transportation. There will be parking lots for non-EVs” he told a discussion forum about the new capital city’s transportation system development in Jakarta. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced that the new capital city development will be focused on the basis of a technology-driven green city with an integrated transportation system. The new capital city development project is expected to cost Rp 466 trillion (US$33.7 billion).Read also: Jokowi wants all vehicles in new capital city to be autonomous, electricFor public transportation, the new capital city aims to fully use autonomous systems such as autonomous bus rapid transit and an autonomous railway.Luhut said there would be lithium battery-production facilities in the new capital city to ensure the availability of power for the EVs.
Australia has had 23 cases of the coronavirus but has managed to head off widespread transmission.That may change and Hunt met top state and territory officials on Tuesday to discuss plans if it does.”If you had an outbreak in a particular city or state … you might close the schools or change the configuration of the hospitals to deal with that,” Hunt told reporters in Canberra.”If it’s in several cities or states, you do it according to the local needs at the time.” Australia will close schools and cancel sporting events in the event of an uncontained coronavirus outbreak, Minister for Health Greg Hunt said on Wednesday, as the government accelerates plans to cope with a possible pandemic.Believed to have originated from wildlife in China’s Wuhan city late last year, the flu-like disease has infected 80,000 people and killed nearly 3,000 in China.It has jumped to about 30 countries and territories, with some three dozen deaths outside China, according to a Reuters tally. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned Americans to prepare for the spread of coronavirus in the United States, signalling a change in tone for the Atlanta-based U.S. health agency.Preparations to cope with the virus come as sports-mad Australia is looking forward to the start of the National Rugby League and the Australian Football League seasons.Hunt said some games could be cancelled, though that would be a “last resort”.Australia has since Feb. 1 barred entry to anyone arriving directly from mainland China.Last week, the government evacuated 170 citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which held been held in quarantine in a Japanese port with the virus running rife on board, and put them in quarantine for 14 days in northern Australia.Topics :
During Lent, Catholics are called on to give up something, like sweets. On Wednesday, Pope Francis added a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season and beyond: insulting people on social media.The pope made his appeal to tone things down while speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience on Ash Wednesday, the start of the 40-day season that leads up to Easter.Lent, he said in partially improvised remarks, “is a time to give up useless words, gossip, rumors, tittle-tattle and speak to God on a first name basis,” he said. “We live in an atmosphere polluted by too much verbal violence, too many offensive and harmful words, which are amplified by the internet,” he said. “Today, people insult each other as if they were saying ‘Good Day.'”In recent years, Francis himself has been the butt of insults from ultra-conservative Catholic websites and mostly anonymous anti-pope Twitter feeds.Twitter has also become a platform for sometimes pitched verbal battles between his supporters and detractors.Later on Wednesday, Francis was due to have ashes rubbed on his forehead at a traditional Ash Wednesday service that reminds Christians of mortality and that everyone will someday become dust.During Lent, which is marked by repentance, fasting and reflection, the faithful are also called on to practice more good deeds, such as alms giving, and to be particularly closer to the needy.Topics :
Indonesia has revoked the price floor for unsubsidized gasoline and diesel as the government expects falling global oil prices to push down retail costs, but distributors look less likely to drastically cut prices with some already providing discounts.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry issued on Feb. 28 Ministerial Decree No. 62/2020 that erases a price floor for gasoline and diesel set by a previous decree, providing flexibility for distributors to reduce prices as low as possible. The new decree still maintains a price ceiling for such fuels pegged to prices in Singapore.“The government’s position is to protect the people’s purchasing power and ensure business continuity,” said the energy ministry’s acting oil and gas director general, Ego Syahrial, on Monday, “as we are facing a sudden fluctuation in crude prices.” The month in which the Energy Ministry issued the new decree saw Indonesian crude prices (ICP) fall by 13.42 percent month-to-month (mtm) to $56.61 per barrel in February because of slowed economic activity from the world’s second largest economy.Global crude oil prices fell about 30 percent on Monday last week after Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, slashed selling prices and planned to increase crude production next month, effectively starting a price war between oil exporting countries.While Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati echoed government sentiment over increasing crude oil imports, a separate company representative did not immediately comment, explicitly, on plans to lower fuel prices.“Pertamina has executed and complied with the ministerial decree in question,” said Pertamina spokeswoman Fajriyah Usman on Monday.A representative from the Netherlands-based Shell Indonesia oil company also did not elaborate on plans to lower fuel prices.“Shell is committed to complying with regulations and collaborating with the government and all stakeholders over this issue,” said Shell’s vice president of external relations, Rhea Sianipar.Both companies had lowered fuel prices earlier this year after the energy ministry issued on Dec. 26 Ministerial Decree No. 187/2019 – a regulation revoked by the new decree – that tightened the minimum and maximum prices for fuel.Read also: Pertamina again lowers Pertamax prices to promote nonsubsidized fuelAfterwards, in early January in Greater Jakarta, retail fuel prices were reportedly lower at Shell and Total gas stations by up to 15.71 percent and 15.8 percent, respectively, for certain fuels.In comparison, Pertamina reduced its Pertamax and Pertamax Turbo brand gasolines by 8.7 percent to Rp 9,000 per liter and 12.1 percent to Rp 9,850 per liter, respectively.Topics : Global crude oil prices plunged this year as the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has hurt global demand and triggered a price war between major oil exporting countries. The international Brent oil price benchmark almost halved its value to below US$30.50 on Tuesday, from around $50.10 at the start of the year.Ego said on March 10 that the government would make the most of low global crude prices by increasing imports without swelling the country’s trade deficit. The government said it expected Indonesia’s top oil company, state-owned Pertamina, to “buy as much oil as it can”, preferably under long-term purchasing contracts, while global prices sit at a four-year low.Read also: ‘We have many tanks to fill’: Indonesia to make the most out of globally low oil pricesOil and gas imports, which reached $1.75 billion in February, up 10.7 percent from the same month last year, remained a key vulnerability for Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
‘It comes back fast’One nurse usually cares for two to three ICU patients, and on Monday, the AP-HP training platform sent 200 newly-trained medics to hospitals around Paris.Among those getting a refresher course was a 35-year-old radiologist who declined to give his name.”It must be 10 years since I have done this,” he said while sticking a needle into a dummy’s arm. “But it comes back fast.”At first, “I couldn’t do anything right, but now I’m feeling better, already more prepared than this morning,” he added.The teacher, a nurse, patiently takes the class through the ABCs of hospital care.First they are reminded of the importance of following strict hygiene — regularly changing gloves and disinfecting as they go along — especially key in dealing with a highly-contagious virus.Then they are shown how to apply a tourniquet, disinfect skin, find a vein… and within minutes four new nursing personnel are trained.”Nursing is not something to be taken lightly, particularly in intensive care, it is essential to train caregivers even if they are already doctors,” said the teacher, who also did not wish to be named.Several dozen volunteers are trained each day, said Hirsch, to be sent to critical and geriatric care wards at hospitals in the Paris metropolitan area. With other volunteers, including a cardiologist, Eliott learnt to draw blood, start an intravenous drip and inject medicines — tasks normally done by trained nurses.”What we need most at AP-HP are paramedics and nurses,” said director general Martin Hirsch. The group’s hospitals have more than 1,700 COVID-19 intensive care patients in and around Paris, now the epicenter of France’s coronavirus outbreak. Topics : France has more than 22,700 people afflicted with coronavirus in hospital on top of the usual patient population, with more than 5,500 in intensive care units (ICU).More than 3,500 have died in hospital so far.Once trained, Eliott can be called upon to provide nursing care in the greater Paris region.”Our vocation is to help” in any way, he remarks. COVID-19 has French hospitals in dire need of nurses, so seasoned doctors and interns are taking crash courses in drawing blood and other skills long forgotten or never learnt.”I’ve never done this before, but it’s the kind of thing you learn on the job,” said fourth-year medical student Eliott, 22 — a vial in one hand and a needle in the other as he practices on a dummy while being instructed in dosage.Eliott took an express course offered by Paris hospital group AP-HP, which is desperately seeking solutions for a dearth of nurses as the unprecedented health crisis swamps its facilities.
The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has slowed in some of the worst-hit countries, with Spain readying Monday to reopen parts of its economy as governments grapple with a once-in-a-century recession.Italy, France and the US have all reported a drop in COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours — with Italy, the European nation most afflicted by the disease, reporting its lowest toll in more than three weeks.It came as Pope Francis delivered an unprecedented livestream message to a world under lockdown on Easter Sunday and Britain’s Boris Johnson left hospital, thanking medics for saving his life. ‘Easter of solitude’ President Donald Trump had previously wanted the US to be back to normal by Easter. But most of the country remained at a standstill and churches took celebrations online.Many of the world’s more than two billion Christians celebrated Easter from the confines of their homes while from a hauntingly empty Vatican, Pope Francis delivered a livestream message.”For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,” he said.One priest in Rio de Janeiro blessed the Brazilian city from a helicopter, while another in Portugal addressed the faithful from the open top of a moving convertible car.In the UK, which has logged more than 10,000 deaths, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday he had been discharged after “a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question”, referring to the country’s state-run National Health Service.Britain is now seeing daily death tolls to match those previously seen in Italy and Spain, after recording nearly 1,000 fatalities on Friday and Saturday. There were 737 new deaths reported Sunday.Johnson, like Trump, had initially resisted stringent measures such as shutting down public places. More than half of the planet’s population is staying home as part of efforts to stem the spread of the virus, which emerged in China late last year and has now killed at least 112,500 people, overwhelming healthcare systems and crippling the world economy.Spain’s death toll has fallen over recent days, but as a small bump in deaths was reported on Sunday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned that the locked-down country was “far from victory”.”We are all keen to go back out on the streets… but our desire is even greater to win the war and prevent a relapse,” he said, as some companies were set to resume operations at the end of a two-weeks halt of all non-essential activity.In the US — the world’s worst-hit nation with a fifth of all deaths and more than half a million confirmed cases — the government’s top infectious disease expert added to cautious optimism that the pandemic may have reached its peak. Topics : Spain ends ‘economic hibernation’ Some factory and construction workers in Spain were set to return to work on Monday, with police to hand out face masks at metro and train stations.The fortnight of “economic hibernation” is about to be lifted, drawing criticism from some regional leaders and unions, but the rest of the lockdown restrictions in the nation of around 47 million people will remain in place.Meanwhile there were also worrying signs the virus could be taking hold in new, and vulnerable, parts of the world.Conflict-wracked Yemen reported its first case last week, raising fears of a devastating outbreak in the war-torn country.In Mumbai’s crowded Dharavi slum — one of Asia’s biggest and the inspiration for the 2008 Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” — more than 43 cases have been confirmed.And while sub-Saharan Africa has not been as badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic as some other parts of the world, the economy is being pummeled.Governments are under pressure to keep populations safe while preventing economic collapse, amid warnings of a downturn not seen since the Great Depression.But the World Health Organization has warned countries against lifting lockdown restrictions too early. Anthony Fauci said parts of the country could begin easing restrictions in May, but warned that the world’s biggest economy would not turn back on like a “light switch”.”We are hoping by the end of the month we can look around and say, OK, is there any element here that we can safely and cautiously start pulling back on?” Fauci told CNN.
Hungary and China have signed a loan agreement to finance the construction of a railway link between Budapest and Belgrade, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga announced on Friday.Varga said in a video on his Facebook page that the loan carried a fixed interest rate and an early repayment option but he did not say what the exact terms were.A key piece of data in the loan agreement is what interest rate Hungary will pay. Earlier this month, Hungary drafted legislation to classify all data included in contracts for the $2.1 billion, tax-payer funded rail project for 10 years.”We have a loan agreement that is advantageous and secure for Hungary,” Varga said in the video, adding that the terms of the loan were “favorable relative to the currently available debt financing conditions.”Some 85% of the financing comes from China as a loan, while 15% is provided by Hungary, he said.Varga said the new rail link, to be completed by 2025, would allow Hungary to be a center for European logistical networks as Chinese goods travel from Greece to western Europe. The 150-km (93-mile) Hungarian stretch of the railway will be built by CRE Consortium which includes holding company Opus Global, controlled by Lorinc Meszaros, an associate of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.The other half of the winning consortium is owned by China Tiejiuju Engineering & Construction Kft. and China Railway Electrification Engineering Group Kft., representing the Chinese state railways company.According to a statement by Opus in 2019, the holding company could earn revenues worth about 295 billion forints from the project over the planned construction period.The project has suffered significant delays. China, Serbia and Hungary signed a memorandum of understanding on the 370-km rail route in December 2014 in Belgrade. Topics :
A 57-year-old woman who was suffering breathing difficulties was left lying on the side of a public road in Purbalingga regency, Central Java, after the driver of the shuttle van she was riding dropped her off.The passenger, identified only as YT, was returning from Jakarta to her hometown in Sumingkir, Kutasari district, ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday.En route, she began to experience shortness of breath – a known symptom of COVID-19. She then asked the driver to drop her off on the side of Jl. Raya Kutasari, saying her family would pick her up instead. YT, who was still struggling to breathe, was then left lying on the side of Jl. Raya Kutasari along with her luggage. None of the locals helped her because of virus fears.Later, a medical worker clad in a protective suit arrived and rushed the woman to the emergency unit at Siaga Medika Hospital in the neighboring Banyumas regency. They arrived at the hospital at 11:25 a.m.Kutasari Police Chief Adj. Comr. Agus Amjat Purnomo said the shuttle van driver – a Purbalingga native identified only as KM – was brought in for questioning not long after YT was evacuated.“We tracked [the driver] down as soon as we received the report. We got his phone number and called him in for questioning,” Agus said as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday. Read also: COVID-19: ‘Mudik’ ban catches travelers flat-footedKM was taking 10 passengers from Greater Jakarta to Purwekerto, Purbalingga and Banjarnegara in Central Java, Agus said.“The driver did not know that the passenger was having breathing difficulties when he dropped her off,” Agus said.Purbalingga Health Agency head Hanung Wikantono said YT’s symptoms were not linked to COVID-19.“She was conscious during the evacuation. There were no seizures. She has a history of asthma,” Hanung said, adding that the patient was in stable condition.The government has officially banned the Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) to stem the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus throughout the country. However, a recent survey by the Transportation Ministry showed that 7 percent of citizens had already left for their hometowns ahead of the Islamic holiday.Some residents of Greater Jakarta participated in mudik despite the ban. Within the first five hours after the ministry’s travel restrictions were officially enacted, the Jakarta Police stopped more than 1,000 motorists attempting to leave Greater Jakarta. (rfa)Topics :
Brazilians are split on impeaching President Jair Bolsonaro despite a majority believing accusations by the former justice minister that Bolsonaro tried to interfere with the federal police’s work for political gain, a poll conducted on Monday showed.Pollster Datafolha found that 48 percent oppose impeaching Bolsonaro while 45 percent of those surveyed want to see him impeached, a difference within the margin of error of the poll.Sergio Moro, a popular minister because of his record fighting corruption as a federal judge, resigned as justice minister on Friday, accusing the president of attempting to interfere in sensitive police investigations involving family members. Bolsonaro said the accusations were unfounded.For 52 percent of those polled by Datafolha, Moro was telling the truth and only 20 percent said they believed Bolsonaro’s account.While Brazilians are split on Congress removing the president by impeachment, the number that believe Bolsonaro should resign has risen to 46 percent from 37 percent in the previous poll at the beginning of April. Those opposed to his resigning have decreased to 50 percent from 59 percent.A main reason for discontent with Bolsonaro has been his handling of the coronavirus epidemic, whose gravity he has downplayed as the death toll rises in Brazil. The poll found 45 percent consider his handling bad or terrible against 27 percent who think he has done a good or excellent job.The Datafolha poll showed that Bolsonaro has hung on to his core support, with the positive approval rating of his government rising to 33 percent from 30 percent in December. Its negative numbers have risen to 38 percent from 36 percent four months ago.Datafolha polled 1,503 people by telephone on Monday. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percentage points up or down.Topics :
Nahdhalatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest mass Muslim organization, has launched online career center NUcareer.id to help its member apply for jobs and improve their skills, according to the organization’s officials.The online platform was established through a collaboration between the organization’s professional association, NU Circle, and career center developer TopKarir Indonesia, and is designed to prepare NU’s youth members to enter the workforce.“We hope that through this platform, santri [Islamic boarding school students] and former santri will have the same employment opportunities as others,” NU Circle talent development head Bayu Janitra said during the platform’s online launch on Wednesday. The platform provides job search and posting features, information of scholarships and internships and an online training and certification center.Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki, who also participated in the launch ceremony, expressed hope the platform would help pesantren (Islamic boarding school) graduates gain employment in the formal sector.“During my visit with President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to local pesantren, many kyai [Islamic teacher] expressed hope their students could have professional careers. Hopefully, the career center can develop the skills of our santri,” Teten said.The application uses the TopKarir platform but is operated by NU and prioritizes NU members, although the website is accessible for the general public, NU Circle chairman Gatot Prio Utomo said. In addition to launching the career center, Bayu said the organization was also developing an end-to-end programming training course for santri in collaboration with state lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and the Indonesian Islamic Economy Expert Association (IAEI).“We’re developing the Santri Developer program to provide online and offline end-to-end training for our santri. We hope the State-Owned Enterprise Ministry and the cooperatives ministry can support the initiative,” he said.NU claims to have around 60 million members across the country and has had a major influence on the country’s politics and government since its founding in 1926.Ma’ruf Amin, a senior cleric within the organization, was elected as the country’s vice president in 2019.Topics :
Topics : A bid by a Saudi Arabian state fund to secure ownership of Newcastle United is drawing scrutiny, but even if it succeeds it is unlikely that the petrodollars will transform the Premier League club into a powerhouse in the near future.The prospect of the Saudi bid fuelling a rapid rise to the top, in the manner of Manchester City’s four title successes under owners from the United Arab Emirates, has thrilled many Newcastle fans, but several analysts believe that the investment impact may not be on such a scale.A group fronted by British financier Amanda Staveley, with an expected 80% investment from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund PIF and 10 percent involvement from billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben, have made a reported 300 million pound ($375 million) bid to buy the club from British businessman Mike Ashley. Investors wanting to become owners of English professional clubs have to show they have no unspent criminal conviction for fraud, are not bankrupt, and have not been banned from serving as a company director.Newcastle supporters, however, are mostly excited at the prospect of major investment in their team, which has not featured in the Champions League since 2004 and has not won the English title since 1927 or FA Cup since 1955, despite claiming one of the country’s largest fan bases.The timing of the bid, though, is far from ideal — the Premier League is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, Moody’s Investors Service cut Saudi Arabia’s outlook to “negative” from “stable”, saying the oil price crash has raised fiscal risks for the Gulf nation.”It is a relatively risky undertaking at a time when it looks like the kingdom will need a lot of liquid assets to finance deficits and maintain its currency peg,” says Steffen Hertog, Associate Professor in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics.Improving influence Hertog, like a number of observers, believes the Saudi involvement is aimed at improving the country’s influence and image outside of its borders but says economic realities may limit PIF’s ambitions.”It definitely is part of an Abu Dhabi style soft power strategy, but I am not sure how much extra money they will pour into the club. Given current fiscal developments and the travails of some of the PIF’s other assets, there are likely to be constraints to Saudi generosity,” he said.Manchester City’s UAE owners have been closely involved in the major decision-making at the club with Khaldoon Al Mubarak chairman since September 2008 but that path may not be followed by the Saudis.”PIF does not have the experience or capacity to be ‘hands on’ so would likely take a back seat,” says Neil Quilliam, CEO of Gulf-focused consultancy Castlereagh Associates.Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan addressed, in a television interview on Saturday, the issue of investments abroad, without directly mentioning PIF’s potential bid for Newcastle.”The investments are highly important because they have returns we can use in case of a crisis to curb the deficit. If we use the reserves, we consume the assets and won’t have any returns.”Also, these types of crises create investment opportunities. Many companies reduce their investments, which creates opportunities to invest in them,” he told Al Arabiya news channel.PIF manages over $300 billion in assets. It has been in existence since 1971, but became a more active investor since 2015 when it started reporting to a high-level economic body headed by the kingdom’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.PIF has been tasked with delivering on Prince Mohammed’s ambitious economic transformation drive to reduce the kingdom’s reliance on oil revenues.The fund is headed by former Saudi banker Yasir al-Rumayyan, whose title is governor and is seen as close to Prince Mohammed.Financial sources have told Reuters that the crown prince had a say on many strategic PIF decisions, such as Softbank’s Vision fund investment. The proposal faces some early obstacles and the prospect of Saudi ownership of a top English club has been condemned by human rights groups.Saudi Arabia was internationally criticized after the 2018 murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, the Yemen war and the detention of several women’s rights activists.Added to that there is the long-running dispute with Qatari company BeInSport regarding allegations of Saudi tolerance of ‘pirate’ broadcasts in the kingdom — an issue which has been raised by some parliamentarians in the UK.The proposed takeover is now being reviewed as part of the Premier League’s “owners’ and directors’ test”, which was previously known as the ‘fit and proper person’s test’.
Topics : Protests rekindle Hong Kong was convulsed by seven straight months of often-violent youth-led pro-democracy protests last year, with millions hitting the streets.More than 8,000 people have been arrested — around 17 percent of them secondary school students.The mass arrests and the coronavirus pandemic ushered in a period of enforced calm.But with the finance hub successfully tackling its COVID-19 outbreak — and social distancing measures easing — small protests have bubbled up.On Sunday, riot police chased flash-mob protesters through multiple shopping malls.They later used pepper spray and batons against protesters, bystanders and journalists in the district of Mong Kok.Police said 230 people were arrested throughout the day, aged between 12 and 65.”Police condemn protestors for disregarding the Government’s disease prevention and control measures, and participating in or organizing prohibited group gatherings,” the force said in a statement on Monday.Lam has resisted calls for universal suffrage or an independent inquiry into the police’s handling of the protests.In the New Year, she vowed to heal the divisions coursing through Hong Kong, but her administration has offered little in the way of reconciliation or a political solution.Arrests and prosecutions have continued apace, while Beijing’s offices in the city sparked a constitutional row last month by announcing a greater say in how Hong Kong is run. Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader on Monday vowed to overhaul the city’s education system, arguing its liberal studies curriculum helped fuel last year’s violent pro-democracy protests.Chief Executive Carrie Lam described the current secondary school program as a “chicken coop without a roof” and said her government would soon unveil their plans.”In terms of handling the subject of liberal studies in the future, we will definitely make things clear to the public within this year,” she told the pro-government Ta Kung Pao newspaper in an interview published Monday. Hong Kong has some of Asia’s best schools and universities with academic freedoms unseen in mainland China.Liberal studies was introduced in 2009 as a way to foster critical thinking with schools allowed to choose how they teach it.But it has become a bete noire for Chinese state media and pro-Beijing politicians who have called for more patriotic education.In Monday’s interview, Lam said she felt the classes allowed teachers to push their political biases and that greater oversight by the government was now needed. Her comments are likely to inflame those Hong Kongers who fear Beijing is chipping away at the freedoms that make the city a major international draw as political tensions rise once more.With the backing of Beijing, Hong Kong’s government is pushing ahead with a bill that outlaws insulting China’s national anthem and leading pro-establishment figures are lobbying for an anti-sedition law.The government says new legislation is needed to curb snowballing support — especially among younger Hong Kongers — for democracy and greater autonomy from China.Opponents say the laws will cut back on free speech and do little to heal the city’s festering divides.
The COVID-19 crisis had disrupted peacekeeping operations (PKO), making it difficult for conflicting parties to engage and discuss peace, while also limiting the movement and activities of peacekeepers, Retno said.Access to humanitarian aid and logistics had been disrupted due to the unavailability of transportation, she added.Read also: COVID-19: Nearly 90,000 Indonesians return home after more than 700 infected abroadIn this regard, Indonesia continued to stress the importance of ensuring the safety and health of UN peacekeepers at the UN Security Council (UNSC) meetings. Indonesia has renewed its call for the world to refocus on maintaining and supporting peacekeeping operations, as countries in conflict are being hit even harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than countries at peace.Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi on Thursday reiterated Indonesia’s concerns about the impacts of the coronavirus crisis in conflict countries, saying that Indonesia was committed to upholding any and all efforts to resolve conflict and build peace.“As we are all aware, COVID-19 has an enormous impact for all countries, including countries affected by conflict. The situation on the ground, which is already fragile due to ongoing conflicts, is now worsened by COVID-19 due to limited health infrastructure, fragile security, challenging economic situations and humanitarian conditions,” Retno told a press briefing on May 14. “At least 13 countries with PKO have confirmed COVID-19 cases. Sixty-four peacekeepers have contracted the virus,” Retno said, citing UN data.Although no Indonesian peacekeepers had contracted the disease to date, the country remained fully alert in following developments on the ground, she added.Indonesia is the largest country among UNSC member states in terms of contributing peacekeeping troops, and the eighth largest among all UN member states.“Therefore, Indonesia will closely follow the impact of COVID-19 on our peacekeepers,” Retno said.On March 23, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued an appeal for a global ceasefire during the COVID-19 pandemic.”To warring parties, I say: Pull back from hostilities. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns, stop the artillery, end the airstrikes. This is crucial to help create corridors for life-saving aid,” he states in the press release published on the UN website.“As a non-permanent member of the UNSC, Indonesia welcomes and supports the [UN secretary-general’s] call,” Retno stressed at Thursday’s briefing.Read also: Indonesia to prioritize quality in peacekeeping contributions as UN funds evaporateAlong with other members of the UNSC, Indonesia was currently drafting a resolution on measures to address COVID-19 challenges, particularly peace and security.“Unfortunately, the draft has yet to reach consensus. The longer the UNSC cannot agree on the draft, [the more] it sends a negative signal on the ground, and could even worsen the situation for [people] in many conflict areas,” Retno said.The UNSC should focus on enhancing cooperation to protect the people in conflict areas, and Indonesia was ready to continue contributing to negotiations on the draft resolution, she concluded.Topics :
“However, it’s impossible to impose restrictions on workplaces forever. We should keep the wheels of our economy running,” Terawan said in a statement on the Health Ministry’s official website. “That’s why workplaces must prepare to adapt to changes amid the COVID-19 situation, also known as the new normal.”The ministerial decree requires company management to create task forces to curb the spread of the disease. They should also ensure cleanliness and hygiene at the workplace and increase the number of hand-washing facilities.The decree also advises workplaces to do away with late-night shifts or at least only assign such shifts to workers under the age of 50.Employees are required to maintain a safe physical distance at the workplace and wear masks. Their temperatures should also be checked daily. Companies are also advised to set aside a time for employees to exercise together – while adhering to physical distancing guidelines – before work starts.”By implementing these guidelines, we hope to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission at the workplace,” Terawan said.The Health Ministry announced 479 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 22,750 with 1,391 fatalities.Topics : Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has issued new health protocols for workplaces to usher in the so-called “new normal” even as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise.In a ministerial decree issued on Saturday, Terawan detailed how offices and manufacturers should operate during the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).Government Regulation (PP) No. 21/2020 requires all workplaces, except those in essential sectors, to be temporarily shut down in areas enacting the PSBB.
Hong Kong will partly resume transit services at its international airport next week, the city’s leader announced Tuesday, as the business hub gradually reopens while keeping the coronavirus at bay.Hong Kong’s airport is one of the world’s busiest but arrivals and flights have collapsed in the wake of the global pandemic.”Transit services at the airport, which have been suspended since March 25, will partly resume on June 1,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters. Further details on lifting transit flight restrictions were expected to be unveiled at a press conference by health officials later in the afternoon. Hong Kong was one of the first places to record the COVID-19 disease when it broke out of mainland China. But the city has since made impressive headway against the virus with a little over 1,000 recorded infections and four deaths out of a population of 7.5 million people.Tuesday marked 11 consecutive days with no recorded local infections. Anyone arriving at the airport is not allowed into the city until they take a coronavirus test. Those found to be positive are immediately quarantined. Many businesses including bars were forced to shut in March and April but have since reopened.Karaoke lounges, nightclubs, saunas and party rooms will be allowed to reopen on Friday, Lam said.Hong Kong’s airport was ranked the largest air cargo hub and the fourth largest international passenger centre in 2019 by the Airports Council International, handling 4.8 million metric tonnes of cargo and over 71 million international passengers. Arrivals dropped last year during anti-government protests that rocked the city for months. Topics :
Publicly listed mineral miner PT Bumi Resources Mineral (BRMS) plans to issue US$52 million worth of new shares in a private placement this year to finish paying off a three-year-old debt penalty.The indebted miner is slated to sell all the shares to Singapore-based management consulting firm Wexler Capital Pte, to which BRMS owes the money. The miner plans to request shareholder approval over the debt-for-equity swap during a meeting on June 24.Read also: Omnibus bill to centralize permit processing, offer incentives for miners“After completing this transaction, BRMS’s minority shareholder ownership will only be diluted by 2.3 percent,” BRMS director Herwin W. Hidayat said in a statement on Tuesday.The sale is expected to improve the miner’s debt-to-equity ratio and liquidity, he added.Publicly-listed BRMS owes Wexler $154.96 million worth of shares after the consultancy and other creditors won a court case at the South Jakarta District Court in 2017.Read also: Miners call for more government support amid rising problemsThe miner paid off 65 percent of its debt to Wexler in 2017 and was scheduled to pay off the remaining 35 percent in 2018 but delayed payments twice until this year, according to a BRMS investor notice about the swap uploaded on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) website on May 18.As of December 2019, Wexler holds a 9.79 percent ownership of BRMS. The miner booked a $1.28 million net profit in 2019, turning around a $103.5 million net loss from the previous year.Topics :
Topics : The Social Affairs Ministry hosted a virtual event to celebrate the 24th National Day for Elderly People on Friday.”The celebration was conducted virtually to comply with physical-distancing procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the ministry’s social rehabilitation director general, Harry Hikmat, said as quoted by Antara.During the event, the ministry pushed for a revision of Law No. 13/1998 on elderly welfare, which is regarded as outdated and needing to be improved to accommodate the problems encountered by elderly people nowadays. A 2015 report from the United Nations, titled “World Population Ageing”, projected that the number of people 60 years old and above in the country would reach 39 million in 2030, 13.2 percent of the population, and 61.8 million in 2050, 19.2 percent.Many senior citizens live with their families, some of them have the potential for being abused behind closed doors, however such cases remain unreported.The World Health Organization estimates that up to 80 percent of cases of elder abuse are not reported.The government has made efforts to provide legal protection, as stipulated in Law No. 23/2004 on the elimination of domestic violence as well as Law No. 13/1998 on elderly welfare. However, there are few details on the implementation of these laws.Law No. 23/2004 prohibits negligence of the elderly within the household, while Law No. 13/1998 states that the family are responsible for the welfare of the elderly.However, neither law includes details on rights for the elderly or the protection of their interests and intentions. (vny) Harry hoped that the revised law could be included in this year’s priority legislation list (Prolegnas).In addition to that, the ministry also paid special attention to the elderly by providing them with various kinds of social assistance, including staple-food packages and cash aid.Indonesia has over 23 million senior citizens.Read also: COVID-19 kills elderly, haunts the young in Indonesia
Pertagas president director Wiko Migantoro said the deal was a means of using more locally made components within the Rokan Block, which is Indonesia’s second-most productive oil block.“This is mainly an effort to create synergy among state-owned enterprises and their subsidiaries in key national projects,” he said in a joint statement, adding that the deal would cut pipe purchasing costs by 16 percent.Indonesia, through Pertamina, is set to nationalize the Rokan Block next year. The area is currently operated by United States-based Chevron.Read also: Pertamina loses partners, eyes new investors for refinery megaprojectsThe country expects Pertamina’s takeover to maintain block production levels, which saw a landmark decline of 9.2 percent year-on-year to 190,131 barrels per day in 2019. Prior to 2019, the Rokan Block was Indonesia’s most productive oil block.“We guarantee punctuality on the lead time of 4-6 months, so that this project can be finished on time and with quality,” said Krakatau Steel president director Silmy Karim.Topics : State-owned energy giant Pertamina has enlisted fellow state-owned company Krakatau Steel to supply metal sheet coils for the former’s project in the Rokan oil and gas block in Riau.Pertamina, through subsidiary Pertamina Gas (Pertagas), signed on Tuesday a deal with Krakatau Steel, the country’s largest steelmaker, to purchase 53,600 metric tons of hot rolled coil (HRC) steel, which will be turned into 370 kilometers of piping for the project.Read also: SOE Ministry slashes Pertamina’s board of directors to refocus business
“It is a victory for French football, sport in general,” said outgoing Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu who was at the match. “I am delighted that football in France can resume in a popular way, with more people in the stadiums. It is the only country in western Europe to be able to do this.”Unlike Germany, England, Italy and Spain, France abandoned its league season in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but when the other four countries resumed their leagues, they did so behind closed doors.Although social distancing rules were in place, fans took a few liberties once they were in the 25,000-capacity Stade Ocean on Sunday. “It’s a bit like a return to normal life, even if there are some drastic conditions,” said Johan Vattier, president of Les Barbarians Havre, the club’s biggest supporters group. “We don’t give a damn about PSG, this match is first and foremost a way to get back together with our mates!””It’s not easy for a group like ours to enforce the rules because we’re used to cramming together, but we’re going to try to respect them as much as possible,” he added. “We want to start next season with fans in the ground.”Alan, 20, a student in Le Havre, who is a PSG fan, said it had been a dream to finally see his team in the flesh and he had not thought about the health risk.”When I saw that it was Paris, I didn’t even think about it,” he said. “Closed-door games on TV are boring.” On the field, Neymar and Mauro Icardi each scored twice and Kylian Mbappe once before PSG made 10 changes leading 5-0 at half time. Pablo Sarabia, with two, Idrissa Gueye and Arnaud Kalimuendo scored in the first 15 minutes of the second half to complete the rout as PSG started to warm up for a busy few weeks in late July and early August.”We are back! A friendly that feels like a final with a knot in my stomach,” Neymar wrote on Instagram before kick-off.PSG are due to play Saint-Etienne in the French Cup final on July 24 and Lyon in the French League Cup Ffinal on July 31 before resuming their Champions League campaign away to Atalanta on August 12.Both French finals will be at the 80,000-seat Stade de France in Paris.Maracineanu said the attendance limit would be reviewed on July 18 and would consider adjusting the limit so it was proportional with the size of the stadium.Topics : Paris Saint-Germain routed second division Le Havre in a friendly on Sunday remarkable not for the 9-0 score, but because it drew the biggest crowd for a match in one of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ football nations since early March.The French government relaxed the health protocols before the weekend to allow for a total attendance of 5,000, including players, journalists and staff, at games and while the match at Le Havre was not the first to be played, the others involved only lower-division clubs.For the game at Le Havre, the tickets, priced between 30 euros ($34) and 60 euros, sold out in six minutes.
Read also: Doubts loom over widespread use of rapid tests in virus-stricken IndonesiaBesides providing rapid test services for passengers, PT KAI has set up strict health protocols in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 on board and at train stations.Travelers who plan to take the train are required to be in prime condition and have a temperature below 37.3 degrees Celsius.Aboard the train, passengers have to maintain a safe physical distance, wash their hands routinely and wear masks and long-sleeved clothing. They also must wear face shields provided by the train operator throughout the trip, while children aged below 3 years old must bring their own face shields.The staff will also arrange seats for passengers aged above 50 years old so they won’t be sitting close to other passengers.Didiek expressed hopes that the rapid test services and strict health protocols could increase the number of passengers while ensuring their safety during their journey.Read also: Jakarta replaces entry and exit permit with app-based monitoring system to contain COVID-19″Through this service, we hope the public could increase their mobility by using trains. We also hope that we can keep all of our passengers healthy until they arrive at their destinations. We want to highlight that trains can be a safe and comfortable mode of transportation,” he said.The company suffered a plunge in income because of fewer trips and passengers due to the coronavirus outbreak.Didiek said that before the pandemic, the company earned Rp 23 billion per day, but the figure dropped to between Rp 300 million and Rp 400 million per day starting in March, tempo.co reported on June 30.Indonesia announced its first COVID-19 cases in early March, which was followed by social restriction policies set by the central and local governments in a bid to curb the spread of the disease. (nal)Topics : State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) has started providing rapid testing at several train stations in a bid to boost ridership and ensure safe protocols for passengers amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.“We provide this [rapid test] service for the passengers’ convenience, especially for those who want to travel during the ‘adapting to new habits’ era,” PT KAI president director Didiek Hartantyo said in a written statement on Monday as reported by kompas.com.The company previously announced that passengers of long-distance trains are required to bring negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or non-reactive rapid test results that are valid for 14 days at the time of the trip.Didiek said the rapid test services would be available at 12 train stations across Java, namely Gambir and Pasar Senen in Jakarta; Bandung and Cirebon in West Java; Semarang, Tawang, Purwokerto and Solo Balapan in Central Java; Yogyakarta; Madiun, Surabaya Gubeng, Surabaya Pasarturi and Malang in East Java.Pasar Senen Station in Central Jakarta was the first station to provide testing on Monday. PT KAI would then expand the service gradually to the remaining 11 stations.Passengers can take a rapid test by paying Rp 85,000 (US$6). They are required to show their ticket for a long-distance train ride to train station officials.
Tokyo stocks closed lower on Wednesday after the first US presidential debate between Democrat Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, which turned into a shouting match.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 1.50 percent or 353.98 points to end at 23,185.12, while the broader Topix index dropped 1.97 percent or 32.61 points to 1,625.49.”After the presidential debate, concerns over a (potential) political vacuum due to issues around Mr Trump caused falls in US features, with the Nikkei slipping further,” Okasan Online Securities chief strategist Yoshihiro Ito said in a commentary. Telecom operator NTT closed down 3.60 percent at 2,150 yen, a day after it announced a takeover of its mobile phone unit on concerns the deal could have negative impact on NTT’s financial conditions.Its phone unit NTT Docomo climbed 20.91 percent to 3,885 yen, near the 3,900 yen price NTT will pay in the deal.Its smaller rival and wireless newcomer Rakuten was up 0.89 percent at 1,132 yen. After the market close it announced a 5G wireless service at a much cheaper price than domestic rivals. Among other major shares, Toyota was down 2.54 percent at 6,932 yen, Uniqlo casual wear operator Fast Retailing was down 0.36 percent at 65,860 yen, and Sony ended down 2.04 percent at 8,032 yen.The dollar fetched 105.49 yen in Asian trade, against 105.68 yen in New York late Tuesday.Topics :
Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the national COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise awareness about the health emergency.Topics : The administration of Yogyakarta has set its sights on balancing its COVID-19 response with its efforts to reopen tourism to keep the local economy running. Heroe Poerwadi, the head of the Yogyakarta COVID-19 task force, said that the special province had implemented “small-scale”social restrictions to allow economic activities to continue in the region. The policy permitted the smallest administrative districts in the region, like villages, to temporarily limit access if a confirmed case emerged. “This ‘micro’ lockdown aims to curb transmission in only the affected are, while maintaining economic activities in other areas of the region, which relies heavily on tourism,” Heroe said on Sunday as quoted by tempo.co. He said the policy was implemented in mid-September, when a new COVID-19 cluster emerged in the province from a street food vendor selling soto Lamongan (Lamongan chicken soup) in Umbulharjo district.The soto Lamongan cluster resulted in 25 confirmed cases, including the vendor and several customers, as well as tourists who had bought food from other nearby vendors.Read also: 20 COVID-19 patients linked to ‘soto Lamongan’ cluster in Yogyakarta “When the soto Lamongan vendor cluster emerged, [the administration] immediately closed access to and from the village where the vendor was located, with local residents setting up an access point to monitor people’s movements over 10 days,” said Heroe.He added that Yogyakarta had taken a similar measure in Kotabaru when the subdistrict recorded nine new cases and one COVID-19 death.“With this type of micro-lockdown, we were able to [contain] the infection and avoid wider transmission of the virus,” he said.Heroe said that the Yogyakarta administration also encouraged the local people to help each other by providing free meals to residents who were self-isolating at home. The food must be in a container and placed in a certain spot for the self-isolating resident to collect.Earlier, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko expressed his support for Yogyakarta’s small-scale restrictive measures as a way to keep the economy running in the province, which was dependent on tourism and education.Meanwhile, Malang is another tourist destination that is also trying to balance its COVID-19 response with the local tourist industry.Known for its scenic view of the surrounding plateau and its apples, the city is requiring all visitors to present their negative rapid test result to be permitted entry. It is also mandatory for everyone in the city to comply with the health protocols, including wearing masks, washing hands with soap and maintaining physical distance. Read also: Malang designer finds inspiration in COVID-19 pandemicThe Malang COVID-19 task force stated that the city had seen a decrease in confirmed cases and an increase in recovered cases. Nevertheless, it was still seeing coronavirus-related deaths.Malang Mayor Sutiaji said that public compliance with the COVID-19 protocols had contributed to the improvements in its coronavirus figures.“But we have to stay alert and cautious,” Sutiaji said as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday. On Monday, Yogyakarta recorded 2,813 confirmed cases, 2,123 recovered cases and 75 deaths, while Malang recorded 1,823 confirmed cases, 1,575 recovered cases and 177 deaths. (nkn) #wearmask #usesoap #washyourhand
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer forced to break up dressing room bust-up between Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku after Southampton win Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Mar 2019 11:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Romelu Lukaku was furious with Paul Pogba (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to intervene to break up an argument between Manchester United team-mates Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku after the side’s win against Southampton on Saturday.The Belgian scored the winner – his second of the game – in the dying stages against the Saints and had the perfect chance to complete his hat-trick when United were awarded a penalty in injury time.However, Pogba – who is the club’s designated penalty taker – refused to give Lukaku the spot kick and the Belgian was even more furious when the midfielder failed to convert from 12 yards.United hadn’t recorded a hat-trick since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s treble against St Etienne in 2016 and Lukaku felt Pogba should have given him the opportunity to boost his confidence with the spot kick.ADVERTISEMENT Lukaku scored a late winner but was denied the chance to get his hat-trick (Picture: Getty)The pair are close friends off the field and Lukaku initiated the blazing row in the dressing room by telling Pogba he supported him when he fell out with Jose Mourinho, according to the Sun.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe striker told Pogba he would have given him the ball if the roles were reversed and cited Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who gave up his penalty duties for Roberto Firmino when he was on a hat-trick against Arsenal in December, as an example.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsPogba hit back by claiming he was only doing his job as the designated penalty taker and Solskjaer is said to have stepped in to calm the argument down after what was a pivotal win for the side.The Norwegian told the pair to forget about the incident and was able to calm tensions between the players. Advertisement Advertisement Solskjaer was forced to intervene in the dressing room (Picture: Getty)United can ill-afford to lose their focus as they travel to Paris this week seeking to overturn a two-goal defecit against Paris Saint-Germain.Pogba will remain in Manchester as he’s suspended for the second-leg and Lukaku is expected to start as Solskjaer deals with having ten injured first team players.MORE: Juan Mata pinpoints Manchester United youngster James Garner’s two biggest strengths
Comment Gary Neville describes what is fundamentally wrong with Man Utd after Everton thrashing Phil HaighSunday 21 Apr 2019 4:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link42Shares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologised to fans after the hammering by Everton (Picture: Getty Images)After Manchester United were thrashed 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, Gary Neville believes there is something ‘fundamentally wrong’ with the club.Goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott mean that United have now conceded more goals than in any other Premier League season.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to apologise to fans after the humbling defeat, and Neville believes that the Norwegian is not to blame for the situation at Old Trafford.The former United and England defender has blasted the structure of the club and believes it needs to change for United to compete with Europe’s biggest sides again.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Things can be turned around quickly but good decisions, big decisions need to be made quickly,’ Neville told Sky Sports.‘Ole Gunnar Solksjaer said he needs to rebuild this team, and rebuild this sqaud, but he also said eh needed a few transfer windows. Advertisement Advertisement The Manchester United players have come under fire after the 4-0 loss on Merseyside (Picture: Getty Images)‘Real Madrid are rebuilding, Bayern Munich, Arsenal are rebuilding, Barcelona, Liverpool will get players. Manchester United are in a world where they need to compete with those teams to get the best players into the club.‘Who is rebuilding this squad for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and for the Manchester United fans? I’ve asked that question since Christmas and from the start of the season.‘I don’t think there’s anybody there at this moment in time to rebuild that club from a football point of view, in the way that it needs to be built.‘I might be proved wrong, I might be completely out of order, but at this moment in time the evidence is there that something is fundamentally wrong.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityNeville has not only backed Solskjaer, but went on to say that the previous three Manchester United managers were not to blame for their failures either.The 44-year-old believes the current boss desperately needs some help from above him at the club if he is to improve their fortunes.‘I never wanted David Moyes, Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho to be sacked because I never fundamentally believed it was a managerial problem,’ continued Neville.‘I certainly don’t want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked because I love him to bits. So to protect him and get the club back where it needs to be, he needs to be supported by good recruitment and good support on the football side, he won’t be able to do it on his own.’United are sixth in the Premier League and out of all competitions, ahead of the Manchester derby on Wednesday at Old Trafford.MORE: Alan Shearer mocks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Everton thrash Man UtdMORE: Man Utd suffer humiliation at Everton as top four hopes take major hit
Markus Schubert has chosen Schalke over Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are set to miss out on Markus Schubert, with the goalkeeper opting for a move to Schalke instead of a switch to north London.It was reported last week that a deal to bring Schubert to the Emirates was imminent, but it now appears he prefers to stay in Germany after his contract expires at Dynamo Dresden.The 21-year-old was being lined up as a new number two, behind Bernd Leno, following Petr Cech’s retirement after the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea.However, Schalke also want to bring in Schubert as their back-up keeper, and they have been able to tempt him to Gelsenkirchen, according to the Daily Mail.ADVERTISEMENT Schubert had been close to a switch to Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Schubert will be second choice behind Alexander Nubel at Schalke, who has only made 24 league appearances in his career but is being linked with a move to Bayern Munich.AdvertisementAdvertisementWith Bernd Leno firmly positioned as the first choice at Arsenal, Schubert sees a more achievable route to the first team at Schalke, either by ousting Nubel or capitalising on his exit.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt is a blow for Arsenal who are operating on a limited budget this summer and were glad of bringing in a target free of charge.Unai Emery is thought to have no more than £50m to spend and with numerous positions needing strengthening, there will plenty of haggling for the Gunners during the transfer window.Emiliano Martinez, now 26-years-old, may be promoted to second choice stopper after numerous loan spells away from the club, including impressing for Reading last season.MORE: Arsenal confirm backroom shake-up as Unai Emery replaces Steve Bould with Freddie LjungbergMORE: Man City and Arsenal target Kostas Manolas described as ‘Chiellini’s heir at Juventus’ by Fabio Capello Comment Arsenal set to miss out on Markus Schubert with goalkeeper choosing Schalke instead Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 17 Jun 2019 8:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link750Shares Advertisement
Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Apr 2020 8:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Mata left Chelsea for Manchester United after just two-and-a-half seasons (Picture: Getty)Mata would win the Champions League and FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea, while Arsenal ended up waiting until deadline day to sign Mikel Arteta from Everton and just pipped north London rivals Spurs to third spot in the Premier League.The Gunners also missed out on Cazorla that summer, who instead joined big-spending Malaga, though a year later Wenger would eventually get his man in a bargain £10m deal.MORE: Why Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka ahead of N’Golo KanteMORE: Dimitar Berbatov fires warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mata and Cazorla could have been teammates at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)According to The Athletic, Wenger quickly dispatched Arsenal’s former chief negotiator Dick Law to Spain where he met with Mata’s father and even agreed a contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Then we waited,’ says Law of the negotiations. ‘Juan definitely wanted to come to Arsenal, there was no question about that.’However, Wenger and Arsenal were concerned by the combined value of both Mata’s massive contract and the transfer fee – with Valencia eventually receiving £37million.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThat would have more than doubled Arsenal’s then transfer record, which stood at the £18m that had been spent on Jose Antonio Reyes.While Arsenal delayed and dithered, Chelsea swooped in and offered better terms to land Mata, with the Spaniard – who now plays for Manchester United – winning the club’s Player of the Year award in his first two seasons at the club.Asked if Arsenal ever considered paying slightly over their own valuation to land a target ahead of a rival, Law told The Athletic: ‘I don’t think that calculation ever entered our equation. We didn’t have the money to say, “We’ll spend a bit more to block”.’ How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement When Fabregas left for Barcelona in 2011, the Gunners turned to another Spaniard (Picture: Getty)Arsenal were in pole position to sign Juan Mata back in 2011 as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas but dithered over the deal, allowing Chelsea to swoop in.Almost a decade ago, the Gunners were scouring the market for two new playmakers with both Fabregas and Samir Nasri looking to leave; the former returned to Camp Nou, while the latter joined Manchester City.Arsenal’s scouting department quickly identified two replacements for the duo, both from Spain: Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla and Valencia’s Mata. Advertisement
Remarks by Governor Wolf at the World Meeting of Families, Visit of Pope Francis September 26, 2015 Remarks Independence HallPhiladelphia, PATRANSCRIPT:Welcome to Philadelphia, and welcome to Pennsylvania. I am very proud to welcome you all to this great Commonwealth. And I am especially grateful to the Holy Father for visiting this city and this state. By his visit – and by his many actions as Pontiff – he is reaffirming the noble values this place symbolizesBehind me is Independence Hall. This was the home of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for many years. The Liberty Bell once rang out from its tower. The second Continental Congress met here. The Constitution of 1787 was drafted here. This is a place of freedom.It is also a place of welcome. The Commonwealth whose government met here was founded by William Penn. Its very existence was premised on the idea of freedom of conscience. Pennsylvania was established by Penn as a refuge for people of different faiths and different nationalities. It was a place that welcomed people looking for a place to worship their God in their own way.And Pennsylvania grew as a result. We Pennsylvanians showed that granting freedom of religion was not simply sound from a moral point of view. It was also smart public policy. Pennsylvania’s economy flourished. And so did its religious institutionsAnd this place became a magnet for great leaders with visions that transcended time. John F. Kennedy spoke here in 1962. Nelson Mandela spoke here. Abraham Lincoln stopped here on his way to his inauguration in 1861. In fact, he also spoke behind this lectern when he delivered the Gettysburg Address just a few miles west of here.This is an important neighborhood, too. The National Constitution Center is just across the green. The African American Museum is just down the street. The National Museum of American Jewish History is right over there. And of course the present home of the Liberty Bell is there.It is therefore fitting that Pope Francis makes this one of his new world destinations. This is a place of history. But more than that, it is a place of strong values and high ideals. Values and ideals that pay tribute to the Holy Father’s focus on justice, fairness, openness.Pope Francis reminds us all of what it is to be human in its most elevated ways. And so does this place.The Holy Father suggests that we should organize our lives in ways that promote fairness and justice. This place tells us we should govern ourselves according to the same values.The Holy Father tells us that the world is noble because it is founded on ordinary souls. This place tells us that a government so founded is also noble.The Holy Father tells us that we can be better than we often are. This place tells us that our government can be, too.So, I am honored and proud to welcome all of you and the Holy Father here today.This is a big event for all of us in Pennsylvania. And I know it is a big event for all of you here today. In a few minutes Pope Francis will give his message. He will inspire us with his thoughts on freedom and democracy. And he will reaffirm the commitment all of us must make to the better world it is our job to build.Next I am proud to hand these festivities over to the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra. And then to Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput, who will make way for His Holiness the Pope.### SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
BLOG: How to Stay Healthy in Harsh Winter Weather Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter PSA, The Blog, Weather Safety This past weekend, Pennsylvania saw our first major snowstorm of the season. While all of us hope that we don’t experience another Winter Storm Jonas this year, all Pennsylvanians should be prepared to brave the snow, wind, and cold for many more weeks.In light of this historic storm, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding Pennsylvania residents to follow some important tips to stay healthy and safe, particularly while removing snow in cold winter weather.Keep Your Heart HealthyCold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. When removing snow, make sure you stay as warm as possible. Always call 911 if you or your loved ones have any heart attack symptoms.The major symptoms of a heart attack are:Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, upper abdomen, or back;Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint;Chest pain or discomfort;Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder;Shortness of breath;Unusual or unexplained tiredness;Nausea; andVomiting.Shovel SmartlyIf you have to do outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it. Follow these additional tips to make removing snow safer:Consider shoveling in shifts instead of all at once;Take breaks and drink water to prevent dehydration;Push snow instead of lifting it – if you must lift, bend your legs and not your back;Avoid twisting motions that can stress your back; andIf using a snow blower, follow all safety instructions and stay aware of others who may be nearby.Dress AppropriatelyExposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health problems and should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during winter weather.If you have to go outside in harsh winter weather:Dress warmly and stay dry;Make outdoor trips brief and dress warmly;Cover your ears, head, mouth, and face;Never ignore shivering – it’s your body’s way of saying you’re losing heat and it’s time to return indoors;Know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite:Hypothermia causes shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness in adults and bright red, cold skin and very low energy in babies.Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas and symptoms include a white or grayish-yellow area of skin, numbness or skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.Seek medical attention if it is suspected that you or your loved ones have hypothermia or frostbite. January 25, 2016 By: Dr. Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health Beware of Carbon Monoxide PoisoningCarbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. The use of other sources of fuel or electricity for heating, cooling, or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home or garage and poison the people and animals inside. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those made by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood.In order to prevent CO poisoning:Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.Never run a generator outside an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.Never run a generator inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented.Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, garage, or camper.Install a battery-operated CO detector.CO poisoning can be recognized by the following symptoms:Headache;Dizziness;Weakness;Nausea/Vomiting;Chest pain; andConfusion.If CO poisoning is suspected, call a health care professional right away. If the CO detector alarm sounds, leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1.Visit www.health.pa.gov for more winter weather safety tips.
Budget News, Efficiency, Government That Works, The Blog Governor Wolf remains committed to improving efficiencies, streamlining government operations, and reducing costs. He continues to change the way business is conducted to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, redundancies are eliminated, and customer interactions at all levels are improved.Just last week, Governor Wolf gave an update on these improvements, announcing produced savings for both the current and future state budgets. The Wolf Administration is on track to save $150 million in the current fiscal year. To date, GO-TIME has identified nearly 250 initiatives by state agencies to modernize government operations by increasing efficiency, improving technology, and identifying opportunities for agencies to collaborate and share resources. These initiatives will provide benefits including savings, reduced processing times, increased convenience, better customer service, and maximizing existing resources.Last year, Governor Wolf’s administration also implemented many reforms that generated substantial taxpayer savings and increased service effectiveness, including: eliminating the SNAP asset test, reducing the food stamp error rate, helping more TANF families find employment, reducing insurance rates by more than $80 million, and the largest reduction in prison population in 40 years.The 2016-17 Budget will again focus on creating a government that works effectively through innovation and increased efficiencies to ensure that taxpayer dollars are wisely spent.This budget includes the merger of the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole (PDF) and the relocation of the eHealth Partnership Authority to within the Department of Human Services.The 2016-2017 Budget increases the use of Pay for Success performance contracts, which provide an innovative strategy to finance proven programs through public-private partnerships on a straightforward proposition. The Wolf Administration will work with private sector partners to address the employment needs of individuals with criminal convictions to make them less likely to return to the corrections system and more likely to build a foundation for a stable, productive life.Taxpayers will only pay for services that get results and save money in the long run. Payments are tied to the achievement of specific, pre-established performance goals that are set forth in the contract, and only occur after rigorous evaluation.Governor Wolf’s 2016-2017 Budget includes key government consolidations along with targeted investments that build upon the bipartisan budget agreement. It faces up to reality and does the difficult things we need to do to bring it into balance. This budget is the path we must choose to ensure that Pennsylvania has a bright future. BLOG: Governor Wolf Will Keep Making Government More Efficient February 11, 2016 You can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary
May 17, 2016 Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pruftechnik, Inc., a global provider of high-quality testing and measuring systems for industrial maintenance, will establish a national headquarters in Philadelphia, a move that will create 35 new, high-wage, full-time jobs.“Today’s announcement is another indicator that businesses are feeling confident in Pennsylvania as the best place to start and grow their companies,” Governor Wolf said. “Companies from all across the U.S. are moving their operations to Pennsylvania, and Pruftechnik is the latest one to make the move.”Pruftechnik will expand operations and establish a national headquarters which will house its sales and management operations for alignment systems and condition monitoring at a renovated building on Bartram Avenue in Philadelphia. The new facility will also house Pruftechnik Services, Inc., a subsidiary that provides specialized machinery services. The company will invest more than $1.4 million in the project, and has also committed to creating 35 new, high-wage full-time jobs over the next three years.“The new operation enables PRUFTECHNIK to bridge the gap between R&D, product management, international sales and production in Germany, and the end-user community in the United States. The ‘factory direct’ approach makes us more customer-centric,” Florian Buder, Chief Executive Officer, PRUFTECHNIK North America said.Pruftechnik received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $70,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $21,350 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.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.PRUFTECHNIK is a market leader in laser alignment systems and a world leading solution provider for the maintenance of rotating equipment. PRUFTECHNIK’s portfolio of products and services ranges from the monitoring of machine health and fault diagnosis through to corrective solutions such as alignment and field balancing. PRUFTECHNIK operates 20 sales and service locations around the world.For more information on Pruftechnik, visit www.pruftechnik.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newPA.com.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Announces PRUFTECHNIK, Inc. to Establish National Headquarters in Philadelphia, Creating New Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Weekly Update: Protecting Pennsylvanians’ Healthcare, Managing State Finances, Urging Ban on ‘Bump Stock’ PA has a responsibility to our institutions of higher ed. The legislature must act to fund them — our students are counting on us. pic.twitter.com/IfkmtpdcYs— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 12, 2017 The Blog, Weekly Update On Monday, Governor Wolf called on the state legislature to pass legislation that would require employers to cover contraceptives at no-cost. The governor’s call for the mandate follows the announcement that the Trump Administration would be allowing more employers to deny coverage for birth control.On Friday, Governor Wolf and Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman issued a statement on the Trump Administration’s latest effort to destabilize the Affordable Care Act, which would cause health insurance rate increases in 2018.This week, Governor Wolf continued to manage state finances and announced more action to meet commitments to fund schools, health and human services, and other government entities. The governor also traveled to Erie on Wednesday to rally support for a shale tax and urged the legislature to pass funding for state-related universities.“I’m here to make clear that I am managing the budget, but the General Assembly still has work to do: fund our major state universities and pass a commonsense tax on shale,” said Governor Wolf. “The fairest and simplest solution to the current budget challenge is a severance tax on natural gas production.”After the tragedy in Las Vegas, Governor Wolf joined in supporting commonsense bipartisan proposals to ban ‘bump stock’ accessories for military style-weapons.“Bipartisan legislators are rightfully sounding the alarm that these devices should not be legal in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Given the bipartisan nature, this should be commonsense for the General Assembly to swiftly pass to protect Pennsylvanians.”Governor Wolf’s Week, October 8 – October 14, 2017Sunday, 10/8/17Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial ServiceMonday, 10/9/17Governor Wolf Calls on Legislature to Make Birth Control Coverage a MandateGovernor Wolf Announces More Action to Manage State Budget and Meet Commitments to Schools, ProvidersTuesday, 10/10/17Governor Wolf Urges Swift Passage of Bipartisan ‘Bump-Stock’ BanGovernor Wolf Announces Relocation of Royal Industries International, Inc. Into Pennsylvania, Creating 80 JobsWednesday, 10/11/17Governor Wolf Signs Legislation Authorizing “Right to Try,” Allows Terminally Ill Patients to Seek Experimental TreatmentsGovernor Wolf Announces $217 Million in GO-TIME Savings in 2016-2017 Fiscal YearGovernor Wolf Urges Support for Shale Tax, State-Related UniversitiesThursday, 10/12/17Governor Wolf Announces Google to Invest in Workforce, Business DevelopmentGovernor Wolf Nominates Acting Secretaries of Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Acting Commissioner of Insurance to Serve PermanentlyFriday, 10/13/17Governor Wolf and Acting Insurance Commissioner Statement: Washington Sabotaging Pennsylvanians’ Health InsuranceGovernor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Hears From North Central PennsylvaniaHighlights from The BlogDid you know you can find The Press Office on Twitter?Highlights from TwitterExcited to be with @Google to announce their new initiative that will help more Americans prepare for jobs, find jobs & grow their business. pic.twitter.com/LE3tGkA5R0— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 12, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf October 13, 2017
October 18, 2017 Governor Wolf’s Statement on House Finance Committee’s Shale Tax Approval Budget News, Press Release, Severance Tax Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf provided the following statement on the House Finance Committee’s approval of a shale tax:“I urge House leadership to bring the severance tax to a vote on the floor as soon as they return to Harrisburg next week.“This is a fair and commonsense proposal that will address our structural budget deficit. Pennsylvania is the only natural gas producing state without a severance tax and the vast majority of the tax would be paid out of state.“I want to thank the bipartisan members of the General Assembly who worked to find common ground on the severance tax proposal.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a new low-interest loan approval through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program for TruFood Mfg., Inc., a confection and snack food manufacturer, that will enable the expansion of the company’s production capacity and the creation of more than 50 new jobs in the Pittsburgh area.“This is great news for the workers and families in the region,” Governor Wolf said. “TruFood has had great success in Pittsburgh over the years, and this funding will help them continue that success for years to come.”In 2018, PIDA has approved $68.5 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $91.3 million in private investment and supported 3,380 created and retained full-time jobs.TruFood Mfg., Inc. was approved for a $650,000, 10-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through North Side Industrial Development Company, Inc. for the purchase of machinery and equipment to be installed at the company’s manufacturing facility located in Pittsburgh. To meet the production obligations of several new contracts, the company requires two additional production and bagging lines to be constructed along with significant building modifications to accommodate the installation of the new production lines. The project is expected to create 55 new full-time jobs and retain 470 existing jobs within three years.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Production Capacity, Job Creation at TruFood Mfg., Inc. September 05, 2018
Eager buyers keen to claim their own little patch of Australia are snapping up properties in just three weeks, as the country’s property boom continues.No suburbs outside of NSW made the national top 30 list of suburbs where properties spend the shortest number of days on the market before sale.Properties in the northwestern Sydney suburb of Cherrybrook, Naremburn and Queenscliff, along with Jannali in The Shire, tied for number one spot on the list.All four suburbs recorded a median number of days on market of just 21 between March 2014 and February 2015.The realestate.com.au data was compiled by measuring the difference between the days when a property was first listed on realestate.com.au to the last day it was listed. The results include only those suburbs that recorded at least 60 sales.Which suburbs made the list in your state? See belowFamily-friendly Cherrybrook is top of the list for buyers in SydneyWhile NSW was a clear winner on the list, properties in Victoria weren’t far behind, with five suburbs tying for the top honours.Properties in all five – Armadale, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Ivanhoe East and Malvern – recorded a median number of days on market of 26.Of the top suburbs in each state, properties in Leanyer in the Northern Territory, spent the longest time on market with a median of 76 days.Thinking of selling? Get a Property Value Report for your homeBresicWhitney Estate Agents CEO Shannan Whitney says the short sale times are indicative of a sellers’ market.He says the market conditions are a result of demand from buyers and urgency on both sides for a sale.“When the market is good it feeds that urgency in number of ways and you tend to find fewer properties go to auction,” he says.“It’s the need to try and minimise the process and price is one of the main mechanisms.“Sales happen quicker, they will not go to auction because buyers are forcing results to get the property off the market.”Hot property: What $1 million buys you in AustraliaPublic transport and proximity to the city make Armadale a top choice for buyersWhitney says agents have seen the pace of the market pick up at the start of 2015.“We expected that to be how 2015 was going to start, given the momentum at the end of last year.”How to: Spot a growth areaWhitney urges buyers in the market for property to be pragmatic in their approach to a sale.“It’s important because it does require a certain amount of decisiveness and patience. I would encourage buyers to be aware of what outcomes they want.“You can still make good decisions when the market is a sellers’ market.”And he says vendors need to remain realistic about prices and understand where their property is performing in its particular market.The median number of days on market for homes in West Hobart was 40.5Top five suburbs with the shortest time on market by stateNSWCherrybrookJannaliNaremburnQueenscliffBeacon HillSydney buyer’s agent Rich Harvey of propertybuyer.com.au says Cherrybrook is popular for families with children as it lies in the Cherrybrook Tech School catchment area.“It’s also close to the new Castle Hill train station which is being built. It’s a nice family friendly, leafy suburb in northern Sydney.”Harvey says buyers looking to get into sought after suburbs should do their research on the area and be ready to make an offer if a house they like comes on the market.“You could also use a buyer’s agent, as they often get advance notice on properties coming up for sale.”VICArmadaleCarlton NorthClifton HillIvanhoe EastMalvernHocking Stuart Armadale Director Andrew James says buyers are always on the lookout for inner-city locations.“In Armadale in particular there are only 3,500 dwellings and not a huge amount of turnover. It’s highly sought after, for its village atmosphere plus close proximity to public transport.”ACTMore from newsAustralia’s best growth suburbs16 Feb 2015Up-and-coming suburbs set to boom20 Apr 2015O’ConnorDunlopHarrisonKambahMacgregorO’Connor, in the north of the capital, is one of Canberra’s high-demand suburbs. With a median house price of $750,000 it is home to a mix of young couples and older families as well as independent youth. The suburb commands a median rent of $495 per week. Homes in O’Connor tend to be detached single dwellings built along leafy, tree-lined streets.SAFullartonTranmereParksideRostrevorLockleysHomes in Parkside spent a median 50 days on the market before sellingWAForrestfieldCoolbellupSouth LakeHigh WycombeSeville GroveWith a median house price of $455,000 and just 15km from the Perth CBD, Forrestfield is in high demand among buyers. Data shows the suburb receives 323 visits per property listing in the past 12 months – well above the WA average of 198 visits per property.TASLenah ValleyWest HobartSouth HobartSandy BayMoonahSandy Bay, south of Hobart, has a median house price of $640,000 and is popular with young people, families and professionalsQLDCentenary HeightsBrinsmeadBrowns PlainsGlenvaleHarristownNestled in the southern suburbs of booming Toowoomba, Centenary Heights is riding the boom currently running through the Queensland city.House Estate Agents Principal Emmy Thies says the established suburbs is attractive to young families.“It’s a leafy green suburbs, really well-built houses and great established trees and parkland. There are also good schools and a nice café strip.”Thies says the Toowoomba market is the best she’s seen it in four years and is offering great opportunities for investors.Fast growing towns: Toowoomba in investors’ sightsNTLeanyerGillenKatherineStuart ParkRoseberyWith a median property house price of $620,000 and an average weekly rent of $620, Leanyer, in Darwin’s northwest, is in high demand from buyers. The suburb recorded 337 visits per property listing in the past 12 months, compared with the NT average of 217.
Holiday destinations in Queensland have topped a list of suburbs where investors are likely to receive the highest income from an investment property.One-bedroom units in Cairns, Miami, Port Douglas and Noosaville make the top ten list of suburbs with the highest rental yields, realestate.com.au/Invest data shows.Caboolture, a satellite city in southeast Queensland, has the highest average rental yield in the country at 15.2%. Caboolture has a 15.2% rental yield, according to realestate.com.au/Invest.*Sunny Caboolture a new haven for investors?Professionals Caboolture Real Estate Principal Leigh Chippendale says she’s not surprised to see Caboolture stacking up decent rental returns for investors, but its prospects haven’t always been so bright.“Throughout the GFC we had to ask our landlords to drop rent or keep rent the same,” Chippendale says.“Now we’re able to increase rent, and we feel justified in doing so, where as a few years back that wasn’t the case.”Southeast spotlight: What’s inside the Golden Triangle?Chippendale says it’s mostly ‘mum and dad’ investors dominating the Caboolture investor market these days. “They’re starting to feel confident again. In the last three months we’ve started to get interstate investors back too,” she says.“As long as the figures match up with the returns they expect, they’re happy to buy sight unseen.“We’re also starting to see purchaser’s agents – that’s usually a sign of groups of investors becoming more confident of the market.”‘Mum and dad’ investors tighten their foothold on the Caboolture market.Chippendale says the Caboolture property market is pretty typical of most of Australia – probably about a third of housing is investor-owned.“Demographics are quite mixed – retirees, down-sizers, up-graders, couples in their 20s just starting out and a diverse range of working skills.“From an investment point of view, you know you can buy a good quality home in Caboolture for a reasonable price with good rental returns.“You have all the facilities here for people who wish to live here and rent your property. The area continues to grow – we have good private and public schools, good medical facilities, a community hub that offers a great library, arts and educational facilities.“It’s a great place to live … you’re only half an hour from the beaches, 45 minutes from the hinterland, and 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.“Plus, the weather’s good.”A range of commercial opportunities are attracting renters to Caboolture.What is rental yield?Rental yield is an important factor for investors to consider because it will indicate the future income an asset is likely to make.Rental yield is the rate of income return over the cost associated with an investment. There are two types of rental yield, which are calculated a little differently: gross rental yield and net rental yield.The suburb rental yield represented in these results uses the calculation for gross rental yield, which is annual rental income, divided by the property value and expressed as a percentage.Find out more: What is yield?To get the suburb rental yield, we’ve used the median advertised rent as a percentage of median price, based on the number of property rentals and property sales in the past 12 months. The data looks specifically at one and two-bedroom units.It’s important to note that gross rental yield does not take into account the known or estimated property costs and ongoing expenses that will affect a property’s value, such as stamp duty, legal fees, council rates and building and pest inspections.To calculate a more precise prediction of rental return, you would need to estimate these costs and deduct them from the annual rental income to get the net rental yield.Investor consideration: Capital gain vs. cash flowNational Top 10 suburbs with the highest rental yieldListed by suburb, state, bedroom configuration and gross rental yield. Results are for one and two-bedroom units.*Caboolture – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 15.2%More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoCairns City – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 13.2%Miami – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 11.9%Ultimo – NSW – 1-bedroom units – 11.6%Port Douglas – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 11.3%Box Hill – VIC – 1-bedroom units – 11.1%Harristown – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 10.6%Manoora – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 10.2%Noosaville – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 10.1%Woree – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 9.6%Top 5 suburbs with the highest rental yield by stateListed by suburb, bedroom configuration and gross rental yield. Results are for one and two-bedroom units.*QLDCaboolture – 1-bedroom units – 15.2%Cairns City – 1-bedroom units – 13.2%Miami – 1-bedroom units – 11.9%Port Douglas – 1-bedroom units – 11.3%Harristown – 1-bedroom units – 10.6%NSWUltimo – 1-bedroom units – 11.6%The Entrance – 1-bedroom units – 8.7%Eden – 2-bedroom units – 8.4%Nowra – 2-bedroom units – 7.8%Rosehill – 1-bedroom units – 7.7%VICBox Hill – 1-bedroom units – 11.1%Carlton – 1-bedroom units – 9.1%Mildura – 2-bedroom units – 7.2%Melton South – 2-bedroom units – 7.1%Horsham – 2-bedroom units – 6.9%ACTCanberra City – 1-bedroom units – 7.2%Franklin – 2-bedroom units – 6.5%Hawker – 2-bedroom units – 6.3%Franklin – 1-bedroom units – 5.8%Belconnen – 1-bedroom units – 5.7%NTGillen – 2-bedroom units – 7.2%Gray – 2-bedroom units – 6.5%The Gap – 2-bedroom units – 6.4%Bakewell – 2-bedroom units – 6.3%Parap – 2-bedroom units – 6.2%SAAdelaide – 1-bedroom units – 8.3%Rosewater – 2-bedroom units – 7.1%Findon – 2-bedroom units – 7.0%Kurralta Park – 1-bedroom units – 6.7%Salisbury – 2-bedroom units – 6.7%TAS Newnham – 2-bedroom units – 7.3%Mowbray – 2-bedroom units – 7.0%Riverside – 2-bedroom units – 6.7%Claremont – 2-bedroom units – 6.6%Newstead – 2-bedroom units – 6.5%WA Bunbury – 2-bedroom units – 6.9%Armadale – 2-bedroom units – 6.8%Rivervale – 1-bedroom units – 6.0%Mandurah – 2-bedroom units – 6.0%Rivervale – 2-bedroom units – 5.9%Looking to invest? 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Stockland’s Bokarina Beach residential precinct (part of the $5 billion Oceanside development on the Sunshine Coast) is generating strong early interest from buyers ahead of the first land release in July.STRONG interest is fuelling the fire of the Sunshine Coast’s highly anticipated Bokarina Beach community with around 220 people heading to its recent plan and price unveiling.The premium mixed-use residential, retail and tourism hub is a key component of the $5 billion Oceanside community.Stockland regional manager for the Sunshine Coast Ben Simpson, said the project had struck a chord with potential home buyers seeking an enviable coastal lifestyle, with an outstanding turnout for its unveiling.“Bokarina Beach will be an exceptional masterplanned community fronting one of the Sunshine Coast’s best beaches and just minutes from the world-class facilities within Oceanside,” Mr Simpson said.“After years of carefully planning every aspect of this exciting new community, we’re delighted with the strong interest we’ve already received from home buyers.”The preview event, held at the Bokarina Beach site, provided registered buyers the chance to be one of the first people to secure a home site.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoDisplay village at Oceanside.The first land release includes a wide range of home sites just a short stroll to the beach, the future village park, the calm waters of the future Lake Kawana extension and the future shops and cafes.Lots range in size from 250sq m to 480sq m and are priced from $319,000 to $639,000. “The public launch of home sites will take place in early July and since all lots will be exclusively available to customers who have registered their interest, I would encourage anyone wishing to secure land to act now,” Mr Simpson said.The community spans almost 30 hectares and will feature a five hectare central lake, parkland and conservation areas leading to the beach.Located close to the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct and future Oceanside Town Centre, Bokarina Beach will include a community hub and outdoor plaza for markets, festivals and community events.The community will eventually comprise approximately 160 home sites, 130 terrace homes and 800 beachside and north facing park front apartments.
The kitchen at 39 Instow St, Yeronga, is something else. Picture: realestate.com.auFIVE bedrooms, absolute river frontage, a deep water pontoon, a jet ski landing and one killer kitchen.Make that two.You’d expect nothing less from food outlet and commercial kitchen designers Spencer and Brooke Lambert, of Lamberts, which designed the funky fit-outs for Bucci and Quench in Fortitude Valley’s James Street.The Brisbane couple have just listed their amazing family home for sale at 39 Instow Street, Yeronga. The home is being offered to the market by Place director Sarah Hackett and is expected to fetch a price north of $2.5 million. The view from 39 Instow St, Yeronga. Picture: realestate.com.auMrs Lambert said she would miss the peace and quiet the most.“There’s no street noise and on this part of the river there’s not much river traffic, so it’s quiet and we’re opposite a park and Indooroopilly Gold Course,” she said. Mrs Lambert said she also loved how the house opened up and invited the outdoors in, making it the perfect entertainer in summer. This home at 39 Instow St, Yeronga, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auMrs Lambert said the house had been perfect for raising her three children, but it was time to downsize.The kitchen, living and dining space is the hub of the home on the second floor, featuring high ceilings with wraparound glass panelling designed to capture natural light. The kitchen opens onto the front and back of the house with glass bi-fold doors that fold back to create a breezy atrium feel, ideal for year-round entertaining. The kitchen itself is stainless-steel and commercial-style – perfectly practical for the home chef. The kitchen at 39 Instow St, Yeronga, which is for sale.Four bedrooms are also on this level, as well as separate powder room and office/library.A loft-style master bedroom is connected to the home via an internal suspended walkway and separated with an outdoor deck.Yeronga is just 5km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $912,500. “Yeronga is such an easy suburb to live in; it’s so accessible to everything and still a bit of a hidden pocket,” Mrs Lambert said.Follow Liz Tilley on Twitter @liztilley84 Indoor/outdoor living at 39 Instow St, Yeronga. Picture: realestate.com.auThis connects to a covered, outdoor entertaining area and dining room featuring a second outdoor kitchen and barbecue, overlooking the river.It’s enough to make any passionate chef salivate. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago What a $700,000 reno looks like Brisbane home price growth slows Swap city penthouse for suburbia The house occupies 690 sqm of riverfront land in a private cul-de-sac, with views of the river and Indooroopilly Golf Course from every living and dining space. The kitchen and living area at 39 Instow St, Yeronga. Picture: realestate.com.auThe mix of polished and raw timber, polished concrete, and stone throughout the house allows for durable, low maintenance living.“It’s a hardy, tough house,” Mrs Lambert said.“You can do a lot to it, it’s not precious. It’s a real kids home.”The lower level of the home features an open-plan living area with a fully equipped bar and floor to ceiling glass bi-fold doors which open out onto a large deck overlooking the saltwater swimming pool and river.
151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“We focused a lot on raw materials like marble and wicker and although I am a big fan of trends we wanted a family home that was modern and elegant but a place you could live in and enjoy comfortably.” African baskets, art and tropical plants fill the large spaces. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“We didn’t have Pinterest or much online inspiration at the time, it was mostly ideas we pulled from magazines and our travels to South Africa and around the world.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“My husband Johan’s family is South African and we used that as inspiration in the design.“We gave our architect photos from our travels and photos of angles on houses we liked and he was able to use that to design a house that matched our personality.” The mammoth sized front door opens to reveal an African-style and captures a striking riverfront view.“That was one of the requirements we gave the architect, that when you opened the front door you would have a long, unobstructed view down the hallway to the water,” Mrs Planting said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.ADMIRATION for breathtaking architecture led homeowners Helen and Johan Planting to build one for themselves. The six-bedroom house designed by architect Shane Denman commands the street with its sophisticated style and extensive use of raw materials including timber, marble and stone.The couple who built their stunning family home five years ago said they were inspired by a friend’s home. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.Louvres and wall-to-wall bi-fold doors seamlessly connect the inside to the outside while the soaring ceilings provide light and a sense of space.“There are windows everywhere so you can catch the light from a sunrise and a sunset right through the house,” Mrs Planting said.The mother-of-two said she wanted a home that wouldn’t date. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.While the house is big on space Mrs Planting said it is designed to feel like you’re living in two villas.“The water feature separates the back of the home so when you’re in the main bedroom you can look out and feel like you are completely detached from the next room,” she said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“We asked our friend what architect he used because we loved the angles, light and especially the space in his house,” Mrs Planting said.“It was luxurious and breathable at the same time.“We really admired the architecture and wanted similliar spaces.” Mrs Planting said the couple bought the block of land and started from scratch.“The design took about six months,” she said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“We needed a lot of wall space because we love showcasing art,” Mrs Planting said.“My father-in-law does a lot of beautiful paintings and we wanted a place to hang them, not just a corner but walls with space.”
The courtyard links the living and personal wings. Picture: Realestate.com.auThis week it’s hit the market with Kollosche Prestige Agents at $9.95 million.“This property was initially on the market with another agent and then removed from the market,” Kollosche Prestige Agents principal Michael Kollosche said.“They’ve now priced it for sale at $9.95 million.” Relax on your private terrace. Picture: Realestate.com.auMr Burnett and wife Toni Ferguson bought the five-bedroom house at 22-24 Admiralty Drive in 2011 for $6.72 million after moving back to Paradise Waters from Sanctuary Cove.Admiralty Drive has some of the largest residences on the Gold Coast and is home to a swag of rich listers and corporate high-flyers. No expense has been spared in the fitout of the home. Picture: Realestate.com.au More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoThe 12m pool. Picture: Realestate.com.auMr Kollosche said he was confident he could sell the 1351sq m riverfront property.“There is a lack of quality properties available at the moment,” he said.“This one in particular has a timeless design, it located in the six knot zone which is highly sought-after and has outstanding Surfers Paradise skyline views.“The new price of $9.95 million represents really good value.” Enjoy a waterfront lifestyle. Picture: Realestate.com.au Tony Burnett has slashed the listing price of his waterfront home by $1 million. Picture: Realestate.com.auA Surfers Paradise mega-mansion has had its listing price slashed by $1 million.Pub baron Tony Burnett, whose hotels include the Jubilee in Brisbane, Del Plaza in Southport and Waxy’s Irish Pub in Surfers Paradise, listed his Glitter Strip residence in June for $10.95 million. Unwind in your library. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe home was “originally built for (Sachiko) Matsushita — the family behind the Panasonic Electronics empire”, according to the listing.The five-bedroom house is on a 1351sq m block and features a 12m indoor swimming pool, marble-tiled ensuites, cinema, library games room, boathouse and 24m pontoon among its luxury features.The large master suite has direct access to the 12m indoor pool as well as river and city views. The home also has three other bedrooms in a separate wing, plus a bedroom designed for wheelchair access, which was being used as an executive study by the couple.
The kitchen at 24 Willand Drive, Beenleigh.“The 900mm gourmet oven was a definite must have for us and I couldn’t do without the gas cooktop,” Ms Murphy said. There is also a separate media room upstairs. The master bedroom has an ensuite with a huge shower and the remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. The family bathroom also features a big shower and bath. The home at 24 Willand Drive, Beenleigh.THIS two-storey family home at 24 Willand Drive was built five years ago on an elevated block in Beenleigh. Owners Fiona and Adam Murphy said they wanted a spacious home that was light, bright and cheerful. “We built up high so it’s so breezy,” Ms Murphy said. “I love hanging out in my hammock on the deck — I feel like I’m on holidays out there.“And it’s nice to sit on the front porch in the morning, eat my breakfast and take in all the different layers of the garden.” The living area at 24 Willand Drive Beenleigh.Spread across two levels, the home has a double lockup garage downstairs along with a second living area and bedroom with bathroom that could be used as a home office. The hub of the home is a huge light-filled open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, with high ceilings, timber floors and french doors opening to the front deck. 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“We get really nice breezes that come through the french doors,” Ms Murphy said. The modern white kitchen includes plenty of cupboard space, island bench and stainless steel appliances. The deck at 24 Willand Drive, Beenleigh.The home has ducted airconditioning, intelligent home automation and an in-built sound system in several of the rooms. The house is on a 724sq m block with side access. “We’re on a quiet, older street so it is really only people who live here who drive down it,” Ms Murphy said. The property is being marketed by Brennan Hill of Ray White Beenleigh and will go to auction at 10am on October 7.
The home at 28 Joynt St, Hamilton.A BIG family home with an even bigger backyard in Hamilton has sold in just one week for $2.3 million.The renovated five-bedroom Queenslander on a 910sq m block at 28 Joynt St attracted many offers before selling to a local buyer.“Family homes on good-sized allotments are hot property at the moment and we can’t get enough of them,” selling agent Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot said.Mr Warat said the Ascot/Hamilton market was “very strong”, with properties over $2 million particularly sought-after.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The home at 28 Joynt St, Hamilton.“We have seen over $10 million of local real estate transact off market in the last month,” he said. The sprawling home has character features such as wide verandas, high ceilings and polished timber floors. Dual living areas and decks are spread over two levels.It also has a solar-heated pool and a wading pool with a water feature and an outdoor shower.The home’s location in the Ascot State School catchment was another strong selling point. Hamilton is 5km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $1.1 million, according to CoreLogic.
Up to 8 guests are welcome to stay in this Broadbeach Waters house. This $899 per night Reedy Creek property is described as a ‘Commonwealth Games luxury home’ on Airbnb.Gold Coast City Council decided last year to slug property owners $8086 to rent out a room or their home. This was introduced under changes to the city plan.As part of the council’s enforcement of regulations governing party houses, most Airbnb hosts would have to apply for development permits to rent out their properties legally. A current Airbnb listing on the Gold Coast. This two-bedroom apartment with a private pool can be rented for $446 per night.A PILOT program is targeting tenants illegally subletting homes as the popularity of short-term rental options such as Airbnb grows.BnbGuard is currently monitoring 3000 properties across 12 websites for unauthorised listings. You can book a mansion on the Gold Coast! This Hinterland haven, featured in a Mission Impossible TV series, can be rented for $1250 per night.Co-founders Richard Frey and Reuben Schwarz started BnbGuard to address the risks of unwanted subletting, such as out-of-control parties, increased wear and tear, uninsured property damage, security worries, pop-up brothels, and squatters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Our unique technology and specialist team monitor short-term and long-term rental sites for our clients’ properties,” Mr Frey said. The listing is advertised for $373 per night.There were more than 120,000 Airbnb listings active in Australia as of November 2017 — an increase of 40 per cent from the year before; according to industry estimates, 35 per cent of those were listed by tenants.Surfers Paradise ranks the fourth highest Australian suburb with the greatest number of listings on Airbnb with one in 10 rental properties listed on the website. It comes with the number of Airbnb listings expected to peak in the lead-up to and during the Commonwealth Games.
Heavy haul bogiesSir – The Leader in your May issue (RG 5.97 p 267) concerning high axleloads for heavy haul railways mentions ’the unending search for the ideal wheel-rail interface’. This subject was addressed in detail in my paper titled Review of Freight Car Bogie Design and Performance presented to the IHHA Bogie Conference in Montreal last year.Modern passenger trains, such as the Eurostar and the British InterCity 125 and 225, have bogies designed for the specific service requirements and are capable of providing excellent performance. Equally, high axleload freight cars in heavy haul service, both bulk commodity and intermodal, need bogies purpose-designed to meet the requirements of this particular duty.In my paper, I listed the performance requirements of the ideal freight car bogie as follows:
However, in December, while committee members for the RBWM’s Berkshire Pension Fund approved extensive collaboration with the other two schemes, committees at Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire rejected the merger.They said no decision could be made until a central government consultation on investment strategies for the 89 local government pension schemes (LGPS) in England and Wales was complete.The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is currently considering consultation responses on whether to mandate LGPS funds to invest all listed assets passively and via a collective vehicle. However, the RBWM dismissed this reasoning and accused the councils of abandoning the merger after holding separate discussions with Northamptonshire.In December 2014, the Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire councils announced a Tri-County Council Alliance, with the view to working together across a range of issues.In response to the RBWM’s claims, Neil Gibson, strategic director at Buckinghamshire, said: “Establishing the Tri-County Council Alliance and the formal decisions both ourselves and Oxfordshire made on pension fund collaboration with the RBWM were completely unrelated.“The focus of the combined authority alliance is to unlock new opportunities for economic development across the three county areas and not on sharing or merging services.”Oxfordshire also said it held no discussions with the Northamptonshire pension fund on collaborations or mergers.When deciding not to continue with the RBWM, both Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire said the DCLG consultation decision would materially impact the cost/benefit analysis undertaken on the merger.However, Buckinghamshire also said the investment strategy between its £1.8bn (€2.4bn) pension fund and the £1.6bn Berkshire Pension Fund differed too greatly to merge, and the pensions committee agreed to investigate the possibility of collaboration with Oxfordshire alone.The £1.5bn Oxfordshire Pension Fund’s committee similarly agreed to consider collaboration with “more suitable” pension funds.A note explaining the failed merger published by Nick Greenwood, pension fund manager at the RBWM, said no mention of the Tri-County Council Alliance was made at previous meetings between the three funds.“Consequently, it is clear both councils [Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire] have no intention to collaborate with the RBWM on managing pension funds,” he said. Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) has dismissed claims that a proposed pension scheme merger failed because it sought to collaborate with another council.The reaction comes after talks between the pension schemes for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Council fell through at the final hurdle, after months of working to merge investment management and administration activities.The RBWM said negotiations failed due to on-going discussions between Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire County Council.The schemes began talks 18 months ago to cut costs and increase efficiencies, with all three councils agreeing that their investment and liability profiles matched to make a merger feasible.
Because the equity market downturn had little effect on the scheme, due to its limited stock holdings, it explained that bridging the funding gap with any potential merger partner would now be easier.PME said the transfer of pension rights would be carried out on a ‘funding neutral’ basis.At the end of August, the Alcatel-Lucent scheme’s official policy coverage ratio stood at 97.5%, while PME’s policy funding was 99.8%.The Dutch regulator forced the transfer of pension rights after the Alcatel-Lucent scheme lost its sponsor’s support.Because the scheme was under-funded at the time, it was legally required to liquidate. However, the liquidation process was delayed after a court case between the pension fund and the employer, which the scheme lost last year. PME said Blue Sky Group would remain as pensions provider over the next six months.PME’s regular provider is MN. The merger of the Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds with PME is part of an extensive consolidation process in the Dutch pensions sector. So far, several dozens of predominantly company schemes have joined PME, including the pensions funds of truck maker DAF, car manufacturer Nedcar, the industrial conglomerate Stork and ship yard De Schelde. Over the past six years, the metal scheme has seen its assets increase by €7bn due to value transfers from joining pension funds. PME manages the pension rights of approximately 630,000 participants who are affiliated with almost 1,300 large and medium-sized companies. The €700m Dutch pension fund of telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent has joined the €40bn metal scheme PME as of 1 October.The Alcatel-Lucent scheme placed the pension rights of its 1,700 pensioners and 2,400 deferred members with the industry-wide pension fund for the metal and electro-technical engineering sectors.Because the sponsor company terminated its contract for pensions provision, the pensions accrual of the scheme’s limited number of active participants has been outsourced to Blue Sky Group since 2012.Last month, the Alcatel-Lucent scheme said it was accelerating its liquidation process to benefit from the recent decline in equity markets.
Trustees of UK defined contribution (DC) schemes are unlikely to receive complete transaction cost information from their managers and providers in time for March 2018 year-end statements, according to a survey.Consultancy LCP surveyed 20 DC asset managers and five of the largest DC pension providers, and found that 56% of respondents were unlikely to be able to provide a full year of transaction costs in time for the information to be included in the next round of scheme statements.The situation would improve with time, LCP said, with over half of those surveyed indicating that they would be in a position to provide members with transaction costs for the whole year by the time required chair statements for the June year-end were due.In January regulation came into effect that, for the first time, required all asset managers to provide transaction costs in a standardised format to UK DC scheme trustees on request. The legislation was introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) at short notice, and LCP noted that fund managers were experiencing initial problems in reporting as some data elements that were now required had not previously been monitored. In some cases managers had been forced to rebuild internal systems inside a year, LCP said.The consultancy said investment managers’ first priority was to provide transaction costs covering the first quarter of this year, and that prorating the costs would allow schemes to provide members with a proxy annual cost figure.“Longer term, the news is more positive,” said Laura Myers, LCP partner and head of DC, “with managers and providers seemingly confident that transaction cost information will be available and in a format that can be understood by all involved in running and saving into DC pensions”.“In light of the intentions of the FCA’s regulation in the first place, that appears to be a productive step forward,” she added.Illiquid assets, DGFs proving problematicHowever, the consultancy noted there could be a “major stumbling block” in providing DC scheme members with a comprehensive comparison of fund transaction costs.Almost half of survey respondents indicated envisaging problems in reporting transaction costs for some asset classes in a timely fashion, with illiquid asset classes such as property – and consequently some diversified growth funds (DGFs) – being the most problematic.Although the majority of DC savers are in default investment strategies, the requirement of managers to disclose transaction cost data also applies to asset classes traditionally offered as self-select options.The consultancy also noted that DGFs were a “fundamentally important asset class” for DC, and that it would be key for many schemes to have complete cost data for them.Any problems in providing transaction cost data for the broad range of illiquid assets, meanwhile, could affect their further adoption by DC schemes, LCP said.The consultancy’s survey found that four-fifths of providers have, or would shortly have, internal checks for reasonableness of transaction costs in place.“This is encouraging for trustees who rely on their providers as an aggregator and checker of this information,” said LCP.
It was appointed following advice from the fund’s manager Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) that Norway’s state assets would be less vulnerable to a permanent reduction in oil and gas prices if the GPFG were not invested in energy stocks.Energy stocks currently amount to some 4% of the total value of the fund, or about NOK315bn at the end of 2017, according to the finance ministry.Siv Jensen, Norway’s minister of finance, said: “Together with the advice from Norges Bank and the public consultation of the bank’s advice, this report will constitute a solid foundation for decision-making. The government aims to conclude on this matter later this fall.”Although the commission agreed with Norges Bank that the value of energy stocks was linked to the oil price – especially in the short term – it had been asked to take a number of other considerations into account.One of these was the need for an insurance against a permanent decline in the value of Norway’s oil and gas resources, the ministry said.Divestment dismissedHowever, the commission contended that divestment of the fund’s energy stocks was not an effective insurance against lower oil revenues in the future.In a scenario with sustained lower oil prices, the loss in the government’s net cash flow from petroleum activities would be substantial, the experts said, but pointed out that only around 1% of such a loss would be covered if the GPFG were not invested in energy stocks.“The estimate is uncertain, but the contribution will in any event be insubstantial,” the commission said.Selling off its energy stocks would challenge the current investment strategy of the fund, with broad diversification of the investments and a high threshold for exclusion, it added.The expert group also said the need to insure Norway’s wealth against a permanent reduction in the oil price was historically low.Instead, it suggested reducing the Norwegian state’s equity stake in directly-held energy companies such as Equinor, in which the energy ministry held a 67% stake in 2014, according to its latest available report. Norway’s government also owns oil and gas companies including Gassnova, Gassco and Petoro.If the state wanted to reduce the climate risk in the GPFG, the experts suggested doing more work on individual companies with the largest exposure to climate risk.Equity strategy shiftSeparately, NBIM has written to the finance ministry recommending that the process of benchmark index rebalancing should happen more gradually.It argued that the logistics of switching holdings had changed over the years now that the fund had grown so large. Since 2013, the fund has grown by two thirds from NOK5trn to NOK8.3trn as of 30 June.“The equity share in the benchmark index should be adjusted back to the target level more gradually than at present,” Norges Bank said. “The width of the no-trade band within which the equity share may move without triggering rebalancing should be narrower than today, and could be set at +/- 2 percentage points.”As of 30 June, the fund had NOK5.6trn, or 66.8% of its portfolio, invested in listed equities. Since last year the fund’s benchmark allocation targeted a 70% weighting to listed equities. Norway’s NOK8.7trn (€890bn) sovereign wealth fund should remain invested in energy stocks, a government-tasked expert commission has concluded, even though the managers of the fund believe the shares should be sold off.Øystein Thøgersen, chair of a commission created in February by Norway’s finance ministry, said: “Divestment of the energy stocks in the Government Pension Fund Global [GPFG] is not an effective insurance against a permanent decline in oil prices.“The energy stocks only contribute marginally to Norway’s oil price risk.”The commission had been asked to assess whether the GPFG should continue to invest in stocks listed in the energy sector as classified by FTSE Russell.
The issue of deploying pension contributions for mortgage payments has been on the agenda for pensions reform in the Netherlands since at least 2011, when trade union RMU came up with the proposal.Last month, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said he would assess the possibilities of making it an option for savers in a new pensions system.The researchers at ASRE highlighted that they only looked at the financial impact of using pension contributions for paying off a mortgage, and said that they hadn’t taken any possible legal or practical hurdles into account.Contribution flexibility pros and consResearch published by Tilburg University and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis last year called for Dutch workers to be granted greater flexibility over how they use their pension savings, claiming the benefits of such freedoms would outweigh the risks.At IPE’s annual conference in Dublin in December, panellists also debated alternative uses for pension contributions.During a panel discussion, Michael O’Higgins – a former chair of the UK’s Pensions Regulator – suggested allowing people to use auto-enrolment savings to pay off student loans faster. Amlan Roy, chief retirement strategist at State Street Global Advisors, added that the US Treasury department and the Department of Labor were considering “lifetime loan-bundling vehicles” to help younger workers pay off student debt.However, Tim Jones, former CEO of UK defined contribution fund NEST, disagreed strongly with the idea, arguing that: “Pension money is for your later life. No ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’.” Using pension contributions to pay off a mortgage would not be a financially attractive option, a survey by the Amsterdam School of Real Estate (ASRE) has suggested.It found that, on balance, the financial advantage of lower initial housing costs would be more than cancelled out by a lower pension income in retirement.The survey found that households using their pension contributions to pay down mortgage debt would have 6% more income during the entire duration of the mortgage.However, these households would also have a 15% lower pension income, it said.
While the framework was based on the Royal Mail proposal, the DWP said it would “structure our legislation to allow us to move promptly to other forms of CDC benefit provision”, including for multi-employer arrangements and “decumulation-only” models. “Royal Mail and CWU have been campaigning together to bring about this legislation, building a cross-party alliance of supporters in both houses of parliament as well as working with government. We now look ahead to the next stage, and ultimately, delivering the UK’s first CDC pension.”Jon Millidge, chief risk and governance officer, Royal Mail “The pensions industry desperately needs innovation if we are to enable people to retire with dignity and security. The CWU… will be delighted to prove that CDC options will prove to be a watershed moment in pension provision and benefit working people way beyond our own membership.”Terry Pullinger, deputy general secretary for postal, CWUGuy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said of the government’s consultation: “There were encouraging signs of a growing interest in CDC [arrangements] among employers and commercial providers outside of the Royal Mail and CWU.“I expect this will increase further as all parties become more accustomed to this type of provision. There are 140,000 postmen and women working for Royal Mail in depots up and down the UK. It is clear these employees and the CWU are very engaged and supportive of CDC [schemes].”Inter-generational fairnessSome respondents to the DWP’s consultation were critical of the plan to introduce CDC schemes, highlighting perceived inter-generational unfairness.However, the DWP said it was “confident” that its chosen approach would “not create new inequalities in the occupational pensions system”, highlighting that imbalances between age cohorts exist in other forms of pension arrangement.It added that its regulatory regime for CDC plans would “require all schemes to have a sustainability and continuity strategy that assesses whether the scheme continues to provide value to members and properly addresses the risk of inter-generational imbalance”.The paper also advocated a “best estimate” approach to valuing scheme assets, and opted against requiring new CDC schemes to build a financial buffer to soften the impact of asset price volatility. However, it said that it would not outlaw the creation of buffers if other CDC providers wished to introduce one.CommunicationsThe DWP emphasised the importance of clear communications with members, particularly around the circumstances in which benefits could be increased or reduced. This would form an important part of CDC regulation, it indicated.David Fairs, executive director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice at TPR, said in a statement: “We will be working closely with government to ensure clear, effective and efficient regulation is in place and that communications to members are also clear and comprehensive.”Rob Harper, partner at consultancy firm Hymans Robertson, added: “Ensuring clear member communications and strong governance are vital if CDC is to succeed and I’m glad the government has recognised this in its response.“Pension provision is already far too complicated for many savers to fully understand and early transparency from employers and providers will aid member understanding of what CDC really means for them.”Questionable timelineIn his introduction to the DWP’s paper, Guy Opperman said legislation would be put forward “as soon as parliamentary time allows” – a caveat added to several other recent pension documents published by the department.Sir Steve Webb – who pushed for the introduction of so-called ‘defined ambition’ schemes during his time as pensions minister from 2010 to 2015 – warned it could still be many years before the first CDC schemes are launched. The UK government is set to legislate for collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes after more than a year of negotiation and consultation with industry stakeholders.In a paper published today, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) outlined its framework for the introduction of CDC schemes for the first time in the UK.The model was based on a plan put forward by Royal Mail and the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), which have been lobbying for CDC legislation for the past year, after selecting it as the best option for settling a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.According to the DWP’s paper, all new CDC schemes would have to be approved by the Pensions Regulator (TPR), in a similar manner to the authorisation regime recently introduced for defined contribution master trusts. Royal Mail and its workers’ union have been campaigning for CDC legislation for more than a year“Even for the Royal Mail it is likely to be several years before a scheme could be up and running,” said Sir Steve – now director of policy at Royal London.“If other employers want to use a different model, this could need new primary legislation and we would probably be talking about the mid-2020s before further schemes could be in place.“I strongly suspect that the government has very limited legal resources as civil servants are being diverted to work on Brexit-related legislation, and this is limiting their ability to produce more comprehensive legislation on CDC.”The DWP’s consultation paper is available here.
According to the report, premium payments to occupational pension schemes grew by 12% over the past year across the board, or by SEK18bn (€1.7bn) in absolute terms.Within this, inflows to collectively agreed occupational pension schemes using Sweden’s online pension centre, known as Valcentralen, increased by 17% or just over SEK10bn. For those schemes outside the election centre system, contributions rose 9%, or just over SEK2bn.The association attributed the rise in part to the increase in provisions for the occupational pension system, which was due to stronger economic conditions boosting the rate of employment and the total wage bill in Sweden.Svensk Försäkring also said, however, that Swedes were earning more and entering the higher pension contribution bracket of 30% of salary or higher, instead of 4.5%. Contributions to Swedish occupational pension providers increased by 17% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to figures published by Swedish industry association Svensk Forsäkring.Of the country’s main providers, Folksam and Alecta increased their market share over the period, while Skandia and AMF experienced decreases, the data showed.The three largest funds – Folksam, Skandia and Alecta – accounted for 38% of premiums paid annually, as of 31 March.Martin Solberger, quantitative analyst at Svensk Försäkring, said: “There are several reasons why occupational pensions are growing strongly. Provisions for the occupational pension system have increased, in many contract areas.”
Legal & General Retail Retirement has acquired a 100% stake in Finovation Limited, a company specialising in pension pot tracing and consolidation.L&G this morning said the acquisition of Finovation, which trades as MyFutureNow, would support its defined contribution (DC) and retail retirement businesses by enabling it to provide customers with a view of their pension and retirement savings, including individual pots, workplace savings and their underlying investment assets.The acquisition comes a few months after the UK government presented the framework for its own initiative on pensions “dashboards” – digital tools intended to give individuals an overview of all their pension savings in one place.Chris Knight, CEO of Legal & General Retail Retirement, said L&G fully supported the government’s pension dashboard initiative, “but the reality is that it may be years before full coverage is realised”. According to a statement from L&G, MyFutureNow uses basic personal data and employment details plus “provider knowledge” to trace pension pots and provide updated details to customers. It could be used as a tracing service or as a way of creating a single ‘dashboard’ view of an individual’s pension savings portfolio.Emma Byron, managing director, Legal & General Retail Retirement Income, said L&G intended to make the new platform available through its DC business in the fourth quarter of this year, before launching it directly to consumers through its Retirement Income business in the first quarter of 2020.L&G said it would offer the MyFutureNow platform to its customers of retirement age but that it could also offer the service to working age customers. LGPS Central turns to KAS Bank for cost transparency assistanceLGPS Central, one of the UK’s eight local authority asset pools, will be using KAS Bank to help it with collecting and reporting cost information. The pooling vehicle will use KAS Bank to help it with collecting cost information across its range of investment mandates for pooled assets and those employed by its partner funds, according to a statement. A cost report to be generated by KAS Bank would be accessible to the LGPS Central team as well as its partner funds.The integrity and security of the cost data would be an important area of focus.Mike Weston, chief executive at LGPS Central Limited, said: “We are committed to being as transparent as possible about investment costs with our clients. We’re delighted to be working with KAS BANK and are looking forward to shining even more light on costs – one of the key benefits of the pooling process.”LGPS Central is the pooling vehicle for nine Midlands-based local government pension scheme (LGPS) pension funds with around £45bn (€48.6bn) of assets between them. LGPS Central is currently responsible for managing around £20bn of the assets.
A look at Andrew Winter’s newly-renovated home on the Gold Coast. Supplied: Foxtel. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoAn artist’s impression of the townhouses approved to be built on the site.The property is being advertised through Ray White Ipswich with a price guide of $375,000 to $400,000.Winter was reportedly weighing up his options, which included a small-scale innovative terrace housing scheme, consisting of smaller freehold blocks so people could still have control over their land without high maintenance.But he’s obviously decided to leave the hard work to someone else.You can’t blame him after spending the past 12 months renovating his sprawling, waterfront house in Sanctuary Cove. MYSTERY OVER GINA RINEHART’S HOME The view from Andrew Winter’s newly-renovated home in Sanctuary Cove. Supplied: Foxtel.Winter and his wife, Caroline, bought the property for $1.9 million a year ago.The Mediterranean style, four-bedroom, five-bathroom house on 942sq m is more than 20 years old. QLD TO DEFY ‘MINI CREDIT CRUNCH’ ‘Andrew Winter’s newly-renovated home on the Gold Coast. Supplied: Foxtel. This parcel of land at 12 Moffatt St, Ipswich, is for sale.The parcel of land at the Limestone Park end of the street is in the heart of Ipswich’s CBD and has development approval to build five, three-bedroom townhouses. THREE BEDS NOW CHEAPER THAN TWO Television presenter Andrew Winter is selling one of his property investments. Picture: Rohan Kelly.HE’S just pulled off a major renovation of his Gold Coast home and now Andrew Winter is offloading one of his investment properties.The host of Love It or List It Australia and Selling Houses Australia travels the country transforming hovels into amazing homes, but he lives and invests in sunny Queensland.The property guru and Gold Logie nominee invested in a slice of the Ipswich property market in late 2016, buying more than 1100sq m of land at 12 Moffatt Street for $285,000 in a transaction that settled early last year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE
32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar. 32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar. 32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Leonie was working at Griffith Dental School at the uni and we were at Hope Island and it was taking her 35 minutes to come home at night,” Mr Walker said.“Australand (now Frasers Property) were just wrapping up their Crestwood Heights development.“They had two houses left and we decided to buy one.”The ground floor features a huge tiled entrance with LED downlights, spacious living area, study nook, two bedrooms and stacker doors that lead out to an undercover tiled patio and entertaining area. 32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar is on the market at $777,000.SET on a large corner block, this family home overlooks a park in Crestwood Heights.Seller Leonie Short and her partner John Walker bought the property in 2007, initially drawn to its Molendinar location. 32 Highcrest Circuit, Molendinar. The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, double pantry, and new Bosch appliances.Upstairs is three bedrooms including the main bedroom with a balcony and ensuite.Mr Walker said the house suited an intergenerational family with dual entry access as well as buyers looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59The residence has been recently refurbished and updated.“It’s vacant and ready for buyers to move in,” Mr Walker said.
Health Facilities up to $20 million — Paynter Dixon Queensland Pty Ltd for Townsville Hospital Clinical Services Department Commercial Building over $50 million — Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd for International Terminal Building Northern Concourse Expansion Best Residential Bathroom — D T L Constructions Pty Ltd for Villa Florentine THE QUEENSLAND WINNERS Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million — Taranaway Building & Landscapes Pty Ltd for Verney Project It’s opulent, it’s grand — yet extremely functional.“The home is essentially a slice of Europe on the Gold Coast.“It exudes luxury and quality, without being too much, or over the top.“It’s the subtle, yet intricate and thoughtful details that made is stand out from the crowd.” Retail Facilities over $5 million — ADCO Constructions Pty Limited T/A ADCO for Willows Shopping Centre, Stage North Expansion Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 — Askonstructions Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Toowoomba for Hotondo Homes Toowoomba — Office & Showroom Individual Home $351,000 — $450,000 — Blinco Constructions Pty Ltd for Kingfisher INDIVIDUAL Education Facilities up to $10 million — Badge Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd for Somerville House, Seymour Library Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year — Arden Architectural Pty Ltd for Aurizon Display Home $251,000 — $350,000 — Cummins Constructions Pty Ltd T/A GJ Gardner Homes — Gold Coast North for Gold Coast Beachmere Display Rising Star — Robert Gray from Graya Construction Pty Ltd >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Institute of Building Consultants — Andrew Mackie-Smith from BuildingPro Diversity — MiHaven Pty Ltd Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 — $575,000 — Urbane Build Pty Ltd for Cavell St The Cairns Aquarium was the obvious winner for 2018 Project of the Year.“Where else can you find a man-built attraction that showcases so many World Heritage-listed attractions in the one spot? It really is a one-of-a-kind, world class venue.” The home has brought a slice of Europe to the Gold Coast.“You can see the high degree and quality of workmanship from the moment you walk into this place,” Mr Galvin said.“While it’s opulent and grand, it’s extremely functional, practical and liveable; a combination that can be extremely tricky to achieve, but one the team from D T L Constructions have done seamlessly. House of the Year — D T L Constructions Pty Ltd for Villa Florentine CONSTRUCTION Best Use of Steel Frame Housing — Alpha Steel Building Systems Pty Ltd for Views on Clarke Display Home $451,000 — $550,000 — McLachlan Special Projects Pty Ltd for The Mantra You can see the quality of workmanship from the moment you enter.Master Builders’ CEO Grant Galvin said D T L Constructions’ Sanctuary Cove home, Villa Florentine, was something you would tell your friends about — it was that spectacular. The master suite is ‘opulent’ to say the least.Mr Galvin said the Cairns Aquarium was the obvious winner for the 2018 Project of the Year.“Not only because it’s Australia’s first aquarium in 18 years, but because it’s provided such a massive boost to the local economy,” he said. Residential Trade Contractor of the Year — Filippo Grasso T/A Rock Solid Tiling for View Residence Community Service Facilities — Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd for Bundaberg Multiplex, Stage 2 Individual Home $651,000 — $750,000 — Matt Greenwood Constructions Pty Ltd for Riverstone The home has ample living space, but a functional flow and ample privacy.“The laundry really blew us away; the stainless steel benchtop is extremely functional and perfect for a big family.“Each bedroom is themed, giving each room its own unique personality.“The master suite is opulent to say the least — everywhere you turn, you just go ‘wow’ — the liveability and general finishesof this place made it an absolute standout.” Health Facilities over $20 million — Cockram (Qld) Pty Ltd for Brisbane Private Hospital In-Patient Unit Facility The home exudes luxury without being too over the top.The judges commented on the functionality, which they said was really made it stand out.“The master suite at one end and the other bedrooms at the other end of the house, with living space in between, means there’s a functional flow and plenty of privacy for family members,” they said. Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 — KARDA Constructions Pty Ltd for Air House Industrial Building up to $5 million — Clarke’s Project Management Pty Ltd T/A Clarke’s Design & Construct for Tekno Auto Racing — DUX76 Best Residential Kitchen — Platinum Property Group Pty Limited T/A Platinum Residential Designer Homes for Home Waters Best Use of Sloping Sites — Coastal Edge Constructions Pty Ltd for Turtle Bay Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million — Ruby Developments Pty Ltd for Living Gems Pacific Paradise — Country Club Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) up to $20 million — Stokes Wheeler Pty Ltd for Main Beach Apartments Retail Facilities up to $5 million — Leith Mitchell T/A Leith Mitchell Builder for Northerlies at Freedom Shores This year’s House of the Year, Villa Florentine, is the kind of home you would “tell your friends about”.A European-inspired mansion in the state’s south and a world-class, one-of-a-kind tourist attraction in the state’s north, have taken top honours at this year’s Queensland Housing and Construction Awards. Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million — Cavcorp Qld Pty Ltd for Lucent Gasworks Display Home $351,000 — $450,000 — Ownit Homes Pty Ltd for Hamilton 317 Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management — Jorgensens Pty Ltd for Loving Hearts Child Care Centre and Kindergarten Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety — Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd for Toolbox Spotter Individual Home over $2 million — D T L Constructions Pty Ltd for Villa Florentine Individual Home $251,000 — $350,000 — Swish Design & Construct Pty Ltd T/A Swish Homes Queensland for Sander House Display Home up to $250,000 — Bold Properties (Qld) Pty Ltd T/A Bold Living for Calypso 187 TRADE CONTRACTOR/SPECIALTY Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000 — Lendlease Building Pty Ltd for NAB Place Lifestyle Housing for High Care Needs, Disabled and Seniors Award — Askonstructions Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Toowoomba for Blair Lifestyle Home Display Home over $551,000 — Critter Pty Ltd T/A PS Designer Homes for Brookwater Home Commercial Building $5 million — $50 million — FDC Construction & fit-out (QLD) Pty Limited for NEXTDC B2 Medium Density up to 3 Storeys — 2 to 5 Dwellings — Dj Buckley Builders Pty Ltd T/A DS & B Joinery for Curtis St People’s Choice — Corella Construction Pty Ltd for The Vine House HOUSING Individual Home $551,000 — $650,000 — REA Taylah’d Homes Pty Ltd for REA Anchorage Home Individual Home up to $250,000 — Comfort Homes (QLD) Pty Ltd for Poinciana 196 Best Residential Swimming Pool — Benjamin Young T/A Unique Pools for Bribie Contemporary Education Facilities over $10 million — ADCO Constructions Pty Limited T/A ADCO for Southern Cross University, Building C Individual Home $1.26 million — $2 million — Mancorp Quality Homes Pty Ltd for Bribie Contemporary Individual Home $751,000 — $950,000 — D T L Constructions Pty Ltd for Augusta on Brookwater MAJOR It is a ‘one-of-a-kind, world class venue’.The winners were honoured at last night’s ceremony held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. FK Gardner & Sons and D T L Constructions were recognised for their contributions to building Queensland communities, taking home Project of the Year and House of the Year respectively. President’s Award — Swish Design & Construct Pty Ltd T/A Swish Homes Queensland for Sander House More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago Project of the Year — FK Gardner & Sons for Cairns Aquarium Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 — $1 million — Graya Construction Pty Ltd for The Russet House Women in Building — Rachael Turner from Yowassup Pty Ltd T/A Front Porch Properties Industrial Building over $5 million — FDC Construction & fit-out (QLD) Pty Limited for Asahi Beverages Heathwood Logistics Facility Medium Density up to 3 storeys — over 5 Dwellings — AMD Quality Constructions Pty Ltd for Vuze Individual Home $451,000 — $550,000 — Executive Living Homes Pty Ltd for Botanical Abode Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes — Cockram (Qld) Pty Ltd for Regis Chelmer Aged Care Facility Commercial Building up to $5 million — J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Peregian Beach Digital Hub Sporting Facilities — Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd for Carrara Sports Precinct Projects Individual Home $951,000 — $1.25 million — Clamroc Constructions Pty Ltd for Sirena Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million — FK Gardner & Sons for Cairns Aquarium Excellence in Sustainable Living — MyStyle Homes (QLD) Pty Ltd for MyTenacity
What a view to wake up to. Source: Realestate.com.au Looking back to the home from the pool. Source: Realestate.com.auThe home has two living zones, with 15 foot ceilings, a farmhouse mudroom, drying room and laundry, a separate master wing, a guest wing, triple car garage, huge alfresco wing with built in barbecue and seating, and a huge shed to store caravans or horse floats. MORE: APRA lifts limit on interest-free mortgages Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Glass brings the outdoors in. Source: Realestate.com.au The perfect spot to be this summer. Source: Realestate.com.auMr Bowman told The Courier-Mail that the property went unconditional on Friday.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“It’s a year old property,” he said. “We had it on the market for four weeks, got four offers through the tender process and it sold to a family who just want a beautiful home with a beautiful landscape.” The home makes the most of natural materials. Source: Realestate.com.au MORE: Home with side hustle of llamas, pizza yurt Called The Greenhouse, it was listed as a “modern interpretation of a farmhouse” loaded with natural materials including Rosewood stacker doors and barn doors, Ironbark flooring, slate and marble.The six acre property is in the vicinity of Samford Valley, just 21 kilometres northwest of Brisbane CBD — offering the ultimate blend of retreat and city home.The design incorporated environmentally friendly options including a chlorine free swimming pool with Enviroswim filter, drought tolerant native plantings by landscape designer Dan Young, solar power, four water tanks and dog proof fencing across the entire site. The house in Wights Mountain has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, six car parks on 2.69 hectares. Source: Realestate.com.auA Brisbane designer home that took out a national award last month has fetched a multimillion-dollar price just days before Christmas.The stunning Wights Mountain retreat was designed by renowned Brisbane architect Shaun Lockyer and saw builder VL Constructions take out this year’s Housing Industry Association national award just over a month ago ($1-2 million Custom Built Home category).Hamish Bowman of Ray White New Farm — who marketed the property with his principal Matt Lancashire — posted the $2.6 million sale this morning. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The large alfresco wing. Source: Realestate.com.au
It could be a mob of kangaroos or a tedium of golfers that you spy from the back deck of 127 Brookwater Drive.Darren and Leanne Goode first saw this Dwyer Quality Home on a canal estate while they were living on Bribie Island.Deciding to move to the mainland for work, they rented in Springfield Lakes while they built an almost identical house at 127 Brookwater Drive, overlooking the 18th Fairway of the Brookwater Golf and Country Club. Renovated three years ago the kitchen includes a giant island bench.“We totally refurbished the kitchen and opened it up by putting a window in looking out on to the pool. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The renovated ensuite has been fully tiled and complements the adjoining dressing room. “The house has worked brilliantly for our family,” he said.“It’s one of the largest blocks in Brookwater.” If you want to view this property, contact the agent for an inspection. It is on the market for offers over $1.1m. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN BROOKWATER This 10m x 4m saltwater pool is visible from the kitchen and living areas.“We replaced the cupboards and brought in an island bench that is one great big piece of quartz.“It took five of us to carry it in.”The most recent work this year has been to fully renovate the ensuite off the master bedroom. The four bedrooms upstairs include the master bedroom with views of the pool, gardens and Fairway.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 2020Upstairs is the master suite with ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and a balcony that has since been enclosed.“It was a timber deck that was open and we just found like any outside area that it gets dirty and we weren’t really using it, so we closed that in and made it into a sun room or retreat,” he said.The floors are a mixture of New Guinea oak wood, tiles, and carpets, while a sunken lounge is centrally located in the main void of the house. The kitchen was renovated three years ago, and the family have put lighting and landscaping around the 10m x 4m saltwater pool. One of the largest blocks in the Brookwater community, 127 Brookwater Drive looks over the 18th Fairway of the Brookwater Golf and Country Club.THE morning rituals of kangaroos and early bird golfers can be studied from the backyard of this large 1100sq m block which is being brought to market for the first time since it was built 12 years ago. The Goode’s have raised three boys at Brookwater, with each having their own bedroom that opens on to a living area with a separate bathroom and toilet.
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) plans to start a new industry competition next month with the aim of reducing emissions and fuel consumption in offshore wind vessels.OWA is now calling on the industry to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) to inform the scope of the competition.The RFI is the first stage in the competition that will have an estimated funding envelope of circa GBP 400,000. The results from the RFI will help gauge the current interest and development levels, and assist efforts to tailor the competition to best suit industry needs.The initial focus will be on systems, subsystems, and technology that support the operation of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV). However the industry’s view for larger vessels such as Service Operations Vessels in the future is also worth consideration, the Carbon Trust said.The project is being led by BMT Defence and Security UK (BMT DAS) and Black & Veatch, commissioned by the Scottish Government and nine OWA industry partners – EnBW, EON, Iberdrola, Innogy, Ørsted, Shell, SSE, Equinor, and Vattenfall.
Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship designed specifically for the Chinese market, has left Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II.The float out of the 168,666 gross ton newbuild took place in Papenburg, Germany, in the evening hours (local time) of February 25, 2019.Spectrum of the Seas will now berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding. The North Star — glazed viewing capsule — will also be installed on the ship, Meyer Werft said.The 4,188-passenger cruise ship will then remain in the shipyard port for further outfitting work and onboard trials until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which will probably take place mid-March.With a length of 347.75 meters and a width of 41.4 meters, Spectrum of the Seas will be the largest ship in Asia when it sails from Shanghai, China starting in June 2019.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Apart from Spectrum of the Sea, Meyer Werft is constructing eleven other ships — one for Royal Caribbean, one for Norwegian Cruise Line, two for Saga Cruises, three for Disney Cruise Line, two for P&O Cruises and two for AIDA Cruises, according to data provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Unimedien
MacArtney France has delivered a portable multi-beam echosounder hydrographic system, designed for small vessels, to the French government organisation, Collectivité de Corse, in Corsica.The Collectivité de Corse, a government organisation, represents the interests of the community of Corsica – a Mediterranean island off the south coast of France.With 1000 km of coastline, the island attracts many tourists and cruise ships creating the need for an MBES hydrographic system.The purpose of the MBES hydrographic system is to ensure visiting vessels can securely navigate the harbours of the island, monitor the seabed to control the quality of dredging, identify obstructions on the sea floor and verify underwater installations.MacArtney France worked with Kongsberg, Valeport and SBG Systems on this project to fulfill the project specific needs and supply an adaptable MBES hydrographic system that meets the standards set down by the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO).This new bathymetric system from MacArtney France will reduce survey time, increase accuracy, expand survey area reach and ensure a comprehensive hydrographic survey system.
Hilli Episeyo FLNG; Source: KeppelKeppel Offshore & Marine’s has received the final notice to proceed (FNTP) from Gimi MS Corporation, a Golar LNG unit, to begin full conversion works for the Gimi FLNG project.Keppel O&M said that Keppel Shipyard would begin work on the conversion of the Gimi FLNG, with the total value of the contract being $947 million.It is worth reminding that Keppel received a limited notice to proceed back on December 17, 2018 while Golar entered into a formal lease and operating agreement with BP for the charter of an FLNG unit to service the Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim project back in February.Keppel’s scope of work in the conversion of a Moss LNG carrier into an FLNG vessel includes the design, detailed engineering, and procurement of the marine systems as well as conversion-related construction services.It will be similar to the work done on the first FLNG vessel, Hilli Episeyo, which Keppel undertook for Golar, but will be customized for work on BP’s Greater Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim field offshore Mauritania and Senegal. According to the company, the delivery of the vessel is expected in the first half of 2022.Also, Keppel Shipyard will once again engage Black & Veatch, its partner for the conversion of the Hilli Episeyo, to provide design, procurement, and commissioning support services for the topsides, as well as the liquefaction process.When completed, the Gimi FLNG will be stationed at a nearshore hub located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border as part of the first phase of the Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim project. The Gimi FLNG is designed to produce an average of approximately 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum.Iain Ross, CEO of Golar LNG, said: “Golar looks forward to working closely with Keppel on another Mark I FLNG and has a high degree of confidence in Keppel’s ability to safely deliver FLNG Gimi on time and within budget.“
TVNZ News 12 July 2012 Labour is continuing to take a hard line on alcohol reform by proposing greater restrictions on advertising. The opposition party has been drumming up support in Parliament in recent weeks for legislation to set a minimum price for a drink. Labour’s latest call is for alcohol prices to be banned from television and radio advertising in the Alcohol Reform Bill, which is soon to be debated in Parliament. “Because we know that it’s the shifting of huge quantities that cause a lot of the problems we have,” Labour’s associate health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway said. “It’s a lot more than chest beating, it’s about trying to get results.” The Government said the bill already prohibits advertising alcohol discounted by 25% or more. “The changes that are recommended in the legislation are based on research and i think they are well founded,” Prime Minister John Key said. To get the ban into the bill, Labour needs the support of the opposition parties and the Maori Party.http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/labour-calls-ban-alcohol-advertising-4967073
LifeSiteNews 11 August 2015Presidential candidate Ben Carson has said the argument that abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother is “spurious.”Carson was asked about a statement from Hillary Clinton, which condemned 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls for saying “outrageous” things about women’s health.CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell pressed the retired physician repeatedly on the issue.“I spent my entire career as a pediatric neurosurgeon, frequently staying up all night, fighting, struggling to save the lives of little babies, even operating on babies inside the womb. So, I don’t think it should be hard for anybody to understand that I am totally opposed to killing babies,” he said.O’Donnell followed up by asking, “I looked at your website and it wasn’t clear on your website. You are opposed to all abortions, even in the case of life of [the] mother?”“When it comes to the case of the life of the mother, you have to look at the individual situation,” Carson replied. “Recognize that that is largely a spurious argument, because we have advanced so much in medicine these days that that situation rarely occurs.”https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ben-carson-abortion-to-save-the-mothers-life-is-spurious-video1
NZ Herald 29 September 2016Police are to appeal the discharge without conviction of Losi Filipo.Filipo, 18, was last month discharged without conviction for an attack that occurred in central Wellington in October 2015.He was charged with assaulting Kelsey Odell, 22, her boyfriend Hayden Williams, 22, Greg Morgan, 21, and Olivia Samuels, 22.The sentence caused an outcry from Filipo’s victims and other members of the public, who say Filipo should be convicted.In a media statement, the Crown Law Office said the Solicitor-General had reviewed the matter.The confirmation of an appeal was immediately applauded by Bob McCoskrie, director of the conservative lobby group Family First NZ.“This offender-friendly sentence sent a dangerous message that we don’t value the protection of victims and the safety of the public in a case that involved significant violence towards both males and females,” he said.“This is not about revenge as some will suggest. This is about an appropriate sentence which reflects the gravity of the crime.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11719370Police to appeal Losi Filipo’s discharge without convictionNewsTalk ZB 29 September 2016Police are to appeal the discharge without conviction of Losi Filipo.Filipo, 18, was last month discharged without conviction for an attack that occurred in central Wellington in October 2015.The confirmation of an appeal was also applauded by Bob McCoskrie, director of the conservative lobby group Family First NZ.“This offender-friendly sentence sent a dangerous message that we don’t value the protection of victims and the safety of the public in a case that involved significant violence towards both males and females,” he said.“This is not about revenge as some will suggest. This is about an appropriate sentence which reflects the gravity of the crime.”READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/police-to-appeal-losi-filipos-discharge-without-conviction/
Public Discourse 27 April 2017Family First Comment: Bravo to Walt Heyer who once again hits the nail on the head – based on his own experience. “No objective tests can prove that the transgender condition exists. No physical examination, blood test, bone marrow test, chromosome test, or brain test will show that a person has gender dysphoria. It is a condition revealed solely by the patient’s feelings. Yet the recommended treatment is extreme—cross-gender hormones and sex-reassigning surgery. …. My message attempts to help others avoid regret, yet the warning is not welcome to the advocates whose voice for transgender rights rings strong and loud. Some will find my words offensive, but then the truth can be offensive. Personally, I cannot think of anything more offensive than men diminishing the wonder and uniqueness of biological women by suggesting women are nothing more than men who have been pumped with hormones and may or may not have undergone cosmetic surgery. Cheers and bravo to the offensive truth. Let’s reclaim the beautiful reality of male and female sexual difference and reject transgender ideology.”A recent New York Post article tells the story of a Detroit mom named Erica who changed into a transgender dad named Eric. If that is not enough, his son had already changed genders: born a boy, he transitioned to living as a girl. Thus, mom became dad and son became daughter. Similarly, back in 2015, a fifty-two-year-old Canadian man made the news when he traded in his wife and seven kids to fulfill his “true identity” as a six-year-old transgender girl.Stories like these remind us that transgender identity is a product of LGBTQ social ideology, not of each human person’s innate identity as male or female. Transgender identity is not authentic gender but man’s attempt to socially engineer the family, sex, and gender identity.What Makes a Person Trans?The accepted LGBTQ standard for being a “real” trans woman or trans man is simply that a person desires to self-identify as the opposite of his or her biological sex and to be socially accepted as such. If a person feels distressed about his or her birth gender, then the politically correct action is for everyone to affirm the new and “authentic” gender identity—the one that exists only in the trans person’s feelings.In a recent interview on Fox News, transgender lawyer Jillian Weiss, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, was asked repeatedly by host Tucker Carlson, “What are the legal standards to be transgender?” Finally, the legal specialist admitted, “There are no legal standards.”That’s right—no legal standards or legal definitions of transgender exist. Yet, as Carlson pointed out, $11 billion of federal money is spent on sex-specific programs, such as the Small Business Administration investing in businesses owned by women. Without a legal definition, these funds become easy prey for, as Carlson puts it, “charlatans” who will claim to be women simply to get the money.When people feel that their biological sex doesn’t match their internal sense of gender, they are typically diagnosed with gender dysphoria. This is defined as “discomfort or distress that is caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and that person’s sex assigned at birth.” In other words, the medical diagnostician simply listens to and affirms the patient’s own verbal self-identification and self-diagnosis.No objective tests can prove that the transgender condition exists. No physical examination, blood test, bone marrow test, chromosome test, or brain test will show that a person has gender dysphoria. It is a condition revealed solely by the patient’s feelings. Yet the recommended treatment is extreme—cross-gender hormones and sex-reassigning surgery.Don’t be duped when trans activists conflate the unrelated condition of intersexuality with transgenderism to gain sympathy for a trans agenda. People with intersex conditions are not the same as self-identified transgender people. Being intersex is verifiable in the physical body; being transgender is not. People who identify as transgender usually have typical male or female anatomies.How to Become TransgenderThe wikiHow article entitled “How to Transition from Male to Female (Transgender)” outlines a simple five-part system for men who want to become women. Here is a small sample:Seek a qualified therapist. . . . Ask your friends in the trans community to recommend a therapist. Browse the internet in search of a therapist experienced working with members of the trans community. . . .Receive a diagnosis. Over the course of a series of sessions, your therapist will evaluate your individual situation issuing a diagnosis. After determining that you have consistently experienced symptoms such as disgust with your genitals, a desire to remove signs of your biological sex, and or a certainty that your biological sex does not align with your true gender, your therapist will likely diagnose you with Gender Dysphoria.These instructions are typical of the advice offered to those who believe they may be transgender. I myself followed a similar series of steps. Yet, in hindsight, after transitioning from male to female and back again, I see that many important topics are ignored by such advice, placing vulnerable people at risk. Four crucial omissions are most obvious and problematic.First, these instructions fail to caution the reader about therapist bias. Asking friends in the trans community to recommend a therapist guarantees that the therapist will be biased toward recommending the radical step of transitioning.Second, no mention is made or warning given about sexual fetishes. If a person has been sexually, emotionally, or physically abused or is addicted to masturbation, cross-dressing, or pornography, he could be suffering from a sexual fetish disorder. As such, he is probably not going to be helped by gender dysphoria treatment protocols.Third, the high incidence of comorbid mental conditions is not mentioned. Those who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, oppositional defiance behaviors, narcissism, autism, or other such disorders need to proceed cautiously when considering transitioning, because these disorders can cause symptoms of gender dysphoria. When the comorbid disorder is effectively treated, the gender discomfort may relent as well.Fourth, regret after transition is real, and the attempted suicide rate is high. Unhappiness, depression, and inability to socially adapt have been linked to high rates of attempted suicide both before and after gender transition and sexual reassignment surgery. My website gathers academic research on this topic and reports the personal experiences of people who regret transitioning.When Real Looks FakeAs simple as it is to become a “real” transgender person, it’s even easier to turn into a fake one. “Fake” transgender people like me start out as real, but when they eventually see through the delusion of gender change and stop living the transgender life, transgender activists give them the disparaging label of “fake.”If someone comes to the difficult and honest conclusion that transitioning didn’t result in a change of sex, then he or she is perceived as a threat to the transgender movement and must be discredited. Name-calling and bullying ensues. To be considered real, the transgender person must continue in the delusion that his or her gender changed. The problem with basing a diagnosis and irreversible treatment on people’s feelings, no matter how sincerely held, is that feelings can change.My message attempts to help others avoid regret, yet the warning is not welcome to the advocates whose voice for transgender rights rings strong and loud. Some will find my words offensive, but then the truth can be offensive. Personally, I cannot think of anything more offensive than men diminishing the wonder and uniqueness of biological women by suggesting women are nothing more than men who have been pumped with hormones and may or may not have undergone cosmetic surgery.Cheers and bravo to the offensive truth. Let’s reclaim the beautiful reality of male and female sexual difference and reject transgender ideology.READ MORE: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/04/19080/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=cefaa5125b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-cefaa5125b-84094405
Hundreds arrested over xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Africa’s biggest film and TV market underway in Johannesburg Jason Stange was arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-up Jason Stange was arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-upA fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said on Monday.Officers on a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force saw Jason Stange’s picture in the Olympian newspaper’s feature last week on horror movie “Marla Mae,” said Jack Williams, chief deputy for the agency’s western district of Washington state.The officers, who had been tracking his disappearance for several months, identified him by the photo and a unique forearm tattoo, Williams said. Marshals tracked him from a filming location to a store in Olympia, where he was arrested without incident on Friday, he said.Stange was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison and five years supervised release in 2006 after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery, Williams said. He was freed on supervised release in 2014, but had been sought since he walked away from a halfway house in Spokane.Brandon Roberts, the film’s producer, said he did not know Stange was a fugitive and that he would not have cast him if he had known about his past.“This is a small-budget movie,” he said. The filming process is “a short blast of work, 12 hours a day, every single day. You get to know people well in a professional sense – what is their work ethic, do they show up on time – but beyond that we didn’t know anything about his background.”“He did a good job. He was friendly. Well-liked. We didn’t know he was a criminal or anything like that,” Roberts added.Stange plays the role of Dr. Lourdes, an evil physician who targets the protagonist, in the film slated to be released in 2016, Roberts said.– REUTERS –Related Experience the horror of Ebola in this new virtual reality film
Share Tweet 44 Views no discussions Share Share HealthLifestyle HIV carriers in Caribbean and Latin America now 1.6 million by: – April 6, 2011 PANAMA CITY, Panama — The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says there are about 1.6 million people in Latin American and the Caribbean carrying the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that can cause the deadly disease AIDS.In releasing the findings of a new report for the state of HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS regional director Cesar Nunez said the region has not registered any improvement in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS.CMC reported that he urged governments to increase efforts to combat the spread of HIV, suggesting that work should be focused on prevention among younger people and at schools.“At this time of crisis, let us optimise the means and let us not fall into complacence,” he said.Nunez said, however, the region has the “best coverage of medicine available of HIV carriers” noting that about 51% of those living with the virus have access to HID/AIDS medicine.Source: Caribbean News Now! Sharing is caring!
Sharing is caring! Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Drug firms cut vaccine prices to the developing world by: – June 6, 2011 Share 30 Views no discussions Share The vaccines will be sold at a price that covers the drugmakers’ costsSeveral major drugs companies have announced big cuts to the amounts they charge for their vaccines in the developing world.GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi-Aventis have agreed to cut prices through the international vaccine alliance Gavi.GSK said it would cut the price of its vaccine for rotavirus by 67% to $2.50 (£1.50) a dose in poor countries.Rotavirus-related diarrhoea kills more than 500,000 children a year.The vaccine will be subsidised by higher prices being charged in richer countries.The rotavirus vaccine, for example, would cost about $50 in the US.‘Helped out’“What we need is a return to invest in the next generation of new vaccines and drugs and that has to come from the profits of the medicines or the vaccines,” Andrew Witty, chief executive of GSK told the BBC.“But it’s obvious that if you’re in Kenya or a slum in Malawi or somewhere like that there is no capacity for those people to contribute to it, so they have to be helped out by the contribution from the middle and the richer (countries).”Gavi is a partnership representing public and private sector organisations that helps to fund mass vaccination programmes in developing countries.It is committed to funding the introduction of rotavirus vaccinations in 40% of the poorest countries by 2015, but it faced a $3.7bn funding shortfall and so has been appealing for price cuts and donations.It will be holding a pledging conference in London on 13 June.Anti-poverty campaigners welcomed the move but also called on world leaders to act.“The pricing commitments announced today help drive momentum, but Gavi’s ambition to save four million lives in the next five years is only achievable if the international donor community steps up to the plate on 13 June,” said Jamie Drummond, executive director of campaign group ONE.Malaria vaccineMerck has said it will provide its own rotavirus vaccine for $5 a dose, coming down to $3.50 once more than 30 million doses have been sold.The price Gavi pays for pentavalent vaccines, which protect against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B will be cut by two Indian firms, Serum Institute and Panacea Biotec.GSK also said it was very close to developing the world’s first malaria vaccine, which is unusual because there is no market for it in the West.That means there is no opportunity for patients in richer countries to subsidise those in poorer countries.As a result, GSK said that if the vaccine comes to market it would be sold at a price that provides a small return of 5%, which would be used to fund the next generation of malaria treatments.Save the Children called on other companies to replicate the “landmark move” which it said could prevent hundreds of thousands of “needless deaths”.“It’s important that Gavi now uses this to spur other vaccine producers to reduce prices and work to foster greater competition amongst producers to drive prices down even further and help even more children,” said chief executive Justin Forsyth.BBC News
LifestyleRelationships I Dont Know How To Date. by: – June 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! 37 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Share I don’t know how to date. This has come to my attention in recent weeks, months, or more specifically, the last 15 years or so. Every relationship I’ve ever had, I’ve just sort of fallen into where dating wasn’t really part of the equation. I always thought I was lucky in this regard, but I no longer feel that way.To me, dating is the worst. I do not care for it at all. And to be honest, most first dates rarely end up in a second, because I’m wonky and my social skills are definitely a bit questionable. Getting through a date is more stressful for me than fun; in fact, I find I’m more relaxed when I go to the gynecologist.Recently, I went out with a gentleman caller. He was a friend of a friend. I was forced into it as some sort of distraction for a recent falling out with an on-again, off-again love interest who ended up falling so below par that being with him became heartbreaking and disappointing.I had tried to emotionally prepare myself for the date (read: had a martini and a Xanax before heading out the door), and had also cried out any possible tears that might pop out later in the evening, as I am a bit on the emotional side lately. I had also gone to the effort of putting on lipstick and even shaved my legs right before just in case things got hot and heavy. I’ll actually admit my reason for going on the date was more to hoping to get laid than find some lasting sort of relationship. This, I fear, is the boy in me.The martini and Xanax were a bad idea, of course. Halfway through the dinner, I proceeded to tell my date that I didn’t know how to date, that I hated dating and that I didn’t care to go through the process of ever getting to know anyone because I already knew everyone I wanted to know except for Ryan Gosling. Furthermore he, my date, should know that I already met my soulmate, and although he was probably drunk in a gutter somewhere in Bushwick, as I spoke those words, someday, it was going to make sense and said soulmate and I were going to get our s— together and it was going to be perfect in a fantasy world with pink unicorns and bunnies named Fred. Yes, that’s what I told my date in a round about way. I have not heard from him since.Of course this makes perfect sense, because had someone told me some malarkey about pink unicorns and bunnies named Fred, I, too, would avoid them like the plague, and I like those things.So I went home and had a moment similar to the one Annette Bening had in American Beauty – the one where she cries and smacks herself to stop being such a baby. I didn’t smack myself with my hand, but rather with words. And in the moment I was forced to recall the so many first dates I’ve been on, and all the reasons they never resulted in a second. Granted, 70% of the time the choice to not have a second date was mine because I have obscenely unrealistic standards and again live in a fantasy world where everything is perfect. However, that 30% was not in my control. I had literally lost the chance for another chance for the same reason I had with my most recent suitor: I just don’t know how to date.I don’t know how to make small talk and have it involve into topics more interesting. I don’t care to ask questions or even offer up any information about myself. I don’t try to be charming, because it seems like such a waste since I’ve convinced myself that there are only three people who have ever existed for me in the history of the world and two are dead – F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Miller – and the other is drunk in a gutter in Bushwick. I am absolutely completely closed off and by most accounts a curmudgeon. Women my age should not be this way so early in the game, but I am. This does not make me innovative or even a maverick; it makes me a narrow-minded a—- . Someone please tell me why there isn’t a class out there I could take to remedy this issue, or at least teach me how to be more relatable to the opposite sex so there is the slightest hope of eventually procreating with someone, anyone.This weekend, I’m going to try this dating thing again. Once again, a friend is setting me up. I have already decided there will be no pre-gaming in my apartment, no mention of my soulmate – although he is, FYI – nor will I bring up anything about mythical animals or my disappointment in the whole dating process. No, instead I will do what they do in the movies and smile a lot. I will laugh at jokes that aren’t funny and put my wonky ways on hold for the evening if only to prove to myself that I can get to a second date and maybe even a third or fourth. Although to be honest, a don’t see a fifth one happening… by then I will have unleashed the real me and that takes a certain breed to be able to handle that level of madness, er, uniqueness.Here’s hoping it’s just a “not enough practice” thing as opposed to a “missing the dating gene” thing, but I guess only time will tell.by Thegloss Dotcom
Sharing is caring! Share Share Food & DiningLifestyle Chicken Parmesan Pizza by: – August 24, 2011 Tweet 22 Views no discussions Chicken Parmesan PizzaWith school back in session, coming up with a dinner idea while carpooling, packing lunches, and helping with homework is harder than ever!This 5-ingredient meals will help you get dinner on the table in the midst of the confusion. And the best part? You probably already have most of the ingredients on hand. Ingredients1 (10-oz.) package frozen garlic loaf1/2 cup canned pizza sauce6 deli-fried chicken strips1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Italian three-cheese blend2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basilPreparationPreheat oven to 400°. Arrange garlic bread, buttered sides up, on a baking sheet.Bake at 400° for 8 to 9 minutes or until bread is lightly browned. Spread pizza sauce over garlic bread. Cut chicken strips into 1/2-inch pieces, and arrange over pizza sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.Bake at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately.Recipe Source: Southern Living Share
Sharing is caring! Share Share 45 Views no discussions Share Food & DiningLifestyle Pumpkin Lasagna by: – October 22, 2011 Pumpkin LasagnaMake this twist on the popular Italian classic for a festive autumn meal. With savory ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, pumpkin, fresh sage, and mozzarella cheese, this lasagna is sure to please the entire family. Pair it with some buttery, crunchy garlic bread for a satisfying and delicious dinner.Ingredients:12 dried lasagna noodles8 ounces shiitake or porcini mushrooms, stemmed and sliced8 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, sliced3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/2 tsp. salt2 tablespoons olive oil12 slices bacon, cut crossways into 1/4 inch strips1-1/2 cups chopped onion3 tablespoons snipped fresh sage or 2 tsp. dried leaf sage, crushed2 15-ounces cans pumpkin3/4 cup whole milk or half-and-half1 teaspoon ground black pepper1 teaspoon cider vinegar1 teaspoon kosher salt or 3/4 tsp. salt1 15-ounce carton ricotta cheese1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices6 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese, finely shredded (1-1/2 cups)Directions:1.Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; set aside. In skillet cook mushrooms and 3/4 teaspoon salt in hot olive oil over medium heat until tender and no liquid remains. Remove; set aside. Add bacon to skillet; cook until crisp. Remove; set aside. Discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Add onion; cook in drippings until tender. Add sage; cook 30 seconds. Add the pumpkin, milk, pepper, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Heat through.2.In a greased 3-quart oval baking dish spread 1/2 cup pumpkin sauce. Cover bottom of dish with 4 noodles, trimming to fit. Spread one-third of sauce over noodles. Layer with one-third each of mushrooms, bacon, ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat layers twice. Bake, uncovered, in 400 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes. Makes 12 servings.Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Tweet
75 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share BusinessLifestyleTravel Jet Blue adds four Caribbean routes by: – May 2, 2014 Tweet Share JetBlue’s major Caribbean expansion continued on Thursday with the launch of four new routes to the region.The New York City-based carrier began nonstop service from the US to destinations including Montego Bay, Jamaica, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Punta Cana and Santiago in the Dominican Republic.The new nonstop service included Newark-Santiago, Fort Lauderdale-Montego Bay, Fort Lauderdale-Port of Spain and Fort Lauderdale-Punta Cana.“We now offer customers 69 nonstop routes from the US to the Caribbean and more than 200 daily flights to, from and within the Caribbean, which is more than any other airline,” said JetBlue President Robin Hayes. “We will continue to expand our presence in this region to better connect families and friends, create international business opportunities and bring Americans to the wonderful leisure destinations across the Caribbean.”JetBlue has been on a significant growth drive in the Caribbean region, out of New York, Fort Lauderdale and its “focus city” of San Juan, Puerto Rico.Its expansion has helped soften the blow caused by the departure of American Eagle last year, and the carrier seems to have a number of other new destinations in mind as well.Caribbean Journal
Share Share Sharing is caring! 108 Views no discussions Tweet Share BusinessHealthInternationalLifestylePrint India seeks $100m in damages from Nestle after noodle ban by: Associated Free Press – August 12, 2015 A basket filled with packaged food hangs with a ‘Maggi’ sign on it outside a shop in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3. Indian shopkeepers withdrew the popular brand of instant noodle from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained lead above permissible levels. (Photo: AP)NEW DELHI, India (AFP) – India’s government is seeking damages of nearly $100 million from Nestle for “unfair trade practices” after the food safety watchdog banned its hugely popular Maggi noodles brand.The government said Wednesday it had filed a suit with the country’s top consumer court for 6,400 million rupees ($98.6 million) in damages from the Indian arm of the Swiss food giant.India’s food safety watchdog in June banned Nestle from making or selling noodles in the country after tests by some states found lead levels exceeded statutory limits.Nestle has withdrawn the product in India but continues to sell it elsewhere, and has always denied the charge.“We filed the complaint with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) yesterday and have sought around 6,400 million rupees in damages,” G, Gurcharan, Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, told AFP.“Our complaint is over their unfair trade practices and the court will now issue them notices to hear their response,” Gurcharan added.A Nestle India spokesman told AFP that the company had not yet received official notice about the complaint with the NCDRC, a semi-judicial body that has the power to fine companies.But in a statement late Wednesday, the firm said it was “disappointed with the (government’s) unprecedented step of filing” the complaint, and reiterated that Maggi was safe to eat.Nestle India is challenging the ban on Maggi noodles in the Mumbai high court, which is expected to deliver its verdict on Thursday.It had been selling the brand for over three decades in India, and had 80 percent of the country’s instant noodle market before the ban.Several celebrities have endorsed Maggi over the years, including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti Monday called on all candidates in the second round of presidential and legislative elections on Sunday to show patience and restraint as they wait for the results of the vote.In a statement, the UN peacekeeping mission said that the message of restraint and clam was also being sent to the followers of the candidates, warning that the future of the impoverished Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country is at stake.“The second round of the presidential and legislative elections has concluded in considerably better conditions than the first round despite some logistical and administrative problems and isolated acts of violence in certain departments,” the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).“MINUSTAH congratulates the Haitian people for the patriotic spirit, calm and discipline which they have shown,” it added, praising the efforts of the authorities to make the run-off credible and allow the popular will to be expressed. “The evident enthusiasm of the electorate is clear evidence of the importance Haitians attach to democracy.”Former first lady Mirlande Manigat and popular musician Michel Martelly faced off in the presidential poll, which was delayed by two months when violence erupted after disputed first round results in December.Those results initially put Mrs. Manigat and outgoing President Rene Préval’s party candidate, Jude Celestin, in first and second place, qualifying for the run-off, with Martelly less than one percentage point behind in third place, but thus excluded.His supporters set up burning barricades of timber, boulders and flaming tyres. After a re-examination of the ballots, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) last month announced that the second run off would be between Martelly and Mrs. Manigat.Results of the second round are not expected for several days.“While awaiting the end of the counting and the tabulation of ballots, MINUSTAH urges all candidates and their followers to show patience and restraint, thus giving an example of democracy, since it is the future of the country that is at stake,” MINUSTAH said.MINUSTAH, with almost 12,250 uniformed personnel currently on the ground, has been in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest.Aristide returned to the country mere days before Sunday’s poll despite pleas by the United States thayt his presence could affect the voting.Aristide’s Lavalas party was not allowed by the CEP to contest the elections.Source: Cana News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share 18 Views no discussions NewsRegional BE CALM: Haitians told to be patient and await presidential election results by: – March 22, 2011 Share
Simon WalshThe leading organization on the island that has been fostering and promoting tourism in Dominica for more than three decades, is citing accessibility to the island as one of the main challenges currently affecting the industry.At the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA), the President, Mr Simon Walsh noted that while DHTA celebrated many accomplishments during his tenure as president, the challenges continue to mount amidst the global financial crisis.The DHTA President believes that the high travel cost and the prolonged travel time to Dominica are two of the major factors contributing to the decline in the industry.“The number one issue in the tourism industry from 1972 to 2011 is access to Dominica. Let us not ever forget access, access, access. There has been improvements and I can honestly say that the private se ctor recognizes this fact that The Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism are throwing themselves across that wall and trying to improve on that issue. We’ve seen Air BVI coming in from St Maarteen, we’ve seen JEANS Ferry Service coming in to Portsmouth starting this month, we have Sunshine Airline that will be servicing San Juan Airports hopefully in October; so we’re seeing improvements. But the brutal reality is how much does it cost to come from the east coast of the United States to Dominica? In December, it will be US$1,200, taking two days to reach to Washington D.C. So if you’re sitting in Washington D.C and thinking of taking a trip of a lifetime, you could be in Africa on safari looking at elephants; cheaper and faster than you could be in Dominica looking at a broadfish.” The DHTA’s is pledging to continue its mission to promote tourism and related services as a critical sector in Dominica’s economic development and to work closely with all stakeholders to create and sustain an enabling environment that will support members’ efforts to improve the standards of their products and the quality of their services.Mr Walsh said that they also recognize the efforts of Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and the Ministry of Tourism in putting strategies and plans in place in addressing the critical issues affecing the tourism industry.“It’s a difficult financial world that we are in right now and many airlines are losing money. So no matter how many good things we do, if we can’t find an airline that can make money flying into Dominica, we’ll never find an airline to fly into Dominica. They have to do it and they have to make money. We should think of new and different ways because we’re having trouble convincing airlines to come. How can the government of Dominica sit down and partnership with an airline and create an airline that will fly and service the tourism industry of Dominica? The DHTA’s job is to make sure that the stakeholders’ issues are represented in the public sector”.The tourism industry is currently the leading contributor to Dominica’s economy. In 2010, tourism contributed EC$243 million to the economy, an increase by sixty eight percent (68%) compared to 2005, just five years ago.Hon. Ian DouglasMinister for Tourism and Legal Affairs, Honorable Ian Douglas said that the government has been working closely with stakeholders like Discover Dominica Authority to ensure that the experience is a lasting one for visitors.He confirmed that great strides have been made in delivery of services within the industry, however more focus needs to be placed on marketing the destination.“We need to be cognizant that this industry is quite competitive, and in order to survive in this market we have to make our destination as marketable as our competitors. Our service has to be of international standard, the product we offer (including our rooms) has to be up to international standards, visitors are very savvy, their expectations are great and we always have to meet and exceed their expectations to keep them coming back and to spread the good news about Dominica as a destination”.The Government is also placing great emphasis and focus on community/rural tourism, an area the minister says will strengthen tourism capacity and potential in several communities around the island.“I am sure many of you are aware that the Tourism Sector Development Programme supported by the European Union’s Special Framework of Assistance (SFA) 2006, which was implemented from 2008 to 2010, has injected approximately €1.4 million or EC5.1 million into the programme. This programme targeted specific projects in community tourism to foster expansion of rural tourism, provision of technical assistance to community groups and destination marketing. Under the rural tourism component of the Tourism Sector Development Programme, eleven new and existing community tourism groups were strengthened through human resource development, infrastructural development and marketing. Specifically, infrastructure work on construction of new facilities were undertaken at the Indian River in Portsmouth, Wotten Waven, Bellevue Chopin and Layou. Upgrading of faciliteis was undertaken in Vieille Case and at the L’escalier Tete Chien in Sineku.The New Board which will now serve from 2011 to 2011 consists of:President – Ms. Yvonne ArmourImmediate Past President and Director – Simon WalshVice President – Nikima RoyerExecutive Secretary – Renee Whitchurch Aird-DouglasTreasurer – Carol RabessDirectors -Richard Stanton, Arienne Perryman, Michael Bunche and Tanaquil PfundAdministrative Assistant, David ThornhillThe Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA) was first formed in 1972.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 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NewsRegional Montserrat police conducting internal investigation into misconduct allegations by: – January 18, 2012 Share Tweet 20 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Flag of Monsterrat. Photo credit; flags.netBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) –The Royal Montserrat Police Service has been conducting an extensive internal investigation into allegations of police misconduct during and following the arrests of George Leonard and George Farrell on the morning of 17 December 2011. As a result of the investigation, one officer has been suspended from duty and another is on compulsory leave pending further investigation. The Governor has decided that, in addition to the very comprehensive internal investigation undertaken to date, he should activate the provisions of a co-operation agreement on reciprocal law enforcement assistance between the Caribbean Overseas Territories. This will enable law enforcement officers from the Bermuda and Cayman police services to come to Montserrat to assist in the on-going investigation under the command and direction of Deputy Commissioner Paul Morris and present their findings to the Director of Public Prosecutions through the Governor. The police officers should begin their work early next week.by Nerissa Golden Caribbean News Now Share Share
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 18 Views no discussions LocalNews Major workshop gets underway in Dominica today by: – January 26, 2012 Share Share Photo credit: umemro.blogspot.comA workshop geared at raising the awareness on what “Results Based Financing” is and how these approaches are being implemented in different countries globally will get underway in Dominica today. The workshop will include presentations on the Argentina Plan Nacer experience, Belize Pay for Performance program, and Burundi’s Performance Based Financing approach. Participants will also engage in group work and case study discussions to raise challenges and opportunities for RBF approaches in Dominica’s health sector.In support of the RBF workshop and to provide the World Bank team with a better understanding of the challenges faced at the different health service delivery levels in Dominica, the Ministry of Health organized site visits for the World Bank team to visit the Princess Margaret Hospital and Type I and Type III Health Centres throughout Dominica. The workshop is the first activity of the RBF program and will be followed by a situational analysis to further explore how to effectively apply RBF approaches in the health sector. It will also include study tours visits to countries implementing good practice RBF approaches relevant to Dominica’s context, and the development of a country work plan to support further exploring an RBF approach for the health sector. Meanwhile a World Bank Mission team led by Carmen Carpio, Health Specialist, arrived in Dominica on January 23, 2012 to provide technical assistance in support of the Dominica health sector. The mission will consist of two main activities which include discussing and exploring opportunities for results-based financing (RBF) approaches in Dominica’s health sector and assessing the Health Information System. Results-Based Financing (RBF) for Health is a tool used for increasing the quantity and quality of health services. It combines the use of incentives for health-related behaviours with a strong focus on results, and can support efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).A follow-on visit by the World Bank team will take place in February to focus on the health information system (HIS). This visit will build on the RBF workshop and assess the stage of development of the HIS and identify opportunities for supporting potential RBF approaches and regional reporting on common health indicators across the OECS. Dominica Vibes News
Share Coolers presented to women in Layou. Photograph by Ashton Shillingford.Several women in the Layou community were presented with coolers and ice sheets last week as part of efforts to reclaim and sustain the Titiri market. The community of Layou is well known as the Titiri Village.The presentation formed part of plans by the Labour Party administration to assist residents of the community following the Layou river disaster and the breach of the Mattieu Dam which had a devastating impact on the livelihood of residents last year.Parliamentary representative for the St. Joseph constituency Hon. Kelvar Darroux spoke of the contribution by government towards the relief efforts for the Layou people.“The Government of Dominica has stepped in, in several ways. We have provided assistance to the farmers who were affected by giving them a stipend of five hundred dollars for those who had to traverse through another route. We provided assistance to the fishermen of Layou. Over twenty-five fishermen received sixty percent of what they lost. The government of Dominica responded in quick time to provide relief to the residents of the Clarke Hall area who were severely affected by the loss of their properties and so forth. The government has spent in excess of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to replace the center portion of the York Valley Bridge. This was in an effort to allow the famers who had their farms in that area to regain access to their farms. We continue to work tirelessly. We are also in the process of finalizing negotiations with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for a loan in excess of 27 Million dollars to ensure that we can rehabilitate and restore the Layou Valley area to its original state and that would include works on the road, the river walls and of course the people of Layou would benefit tremendously because part of that project will also include an emergency and disaster shelter which will comprise of a resource center and classrooms for training. All this is in effort to get the people of Layou back to a state of normalcy.”President of the Layou Improvement Committee Lazare Charles said the latest gesture by government will bring relief to the women of Layou.“The coolers will provide a sanitary and convenient method for transportation and sale of Titiri. We know that Titiri is a very fragile product and has a short lifespan so with these coolers, the Titiri can know be presented at a higher quality for public consumption. This way it is safe for the use of the public. The ice sheets are appropriate for keeping cooling power and freshness without the mess caused by melted ice…”.Photographs by Ashton Shillingford: [nggallery id = 181]GIS News 30 Views 2 comments Share Tweet Share LocalNews Government comes to the aid of women in Layou by: – May 15, 2012 Sharing is caring!
Sharing is caring! Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comA local tour guide, who before last week had never been in trouble with the law, ran out of luck on Sunday when he was found with forty-one (41) grams of cannabis. Jackie Lewis, who was charged for possession of cannabis and possession of 41 grams of cannabis with intent to supply, pleaded guilty to the offences when he appeared before magistrate Candia Carette George on Tuesday.Police prosecutor Claude Weekes said a search warrant was executed by the police on the defendant’s person where a clear plastic bag was discovered with a content of what appeared to be cannabis on May 20th in Portsmouth.When he was asked by officers regarding the contents of the plastic bag he said; “that is weed”.He was asked what he meant when he say “that is weed” to which he replied “ganja, I just get that from a padner. Officer anything you get there is mine”.Magistrate Carette-George asked Lewis whether he knows that “marijuana is illegal”? He responded “yes, that’s why I didn’t give the police no trouble”.He was fined $1,000.00 to be paid by July 31st, 2012 on the possession of cannabis with intent to supply charge. There was no separate penalty for the possession of cannabis charge.If he fails to pay he will serve two (2) months in prison.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Tour guide runs out of luck by: – May 22, 2012 Tweet Share 7 Views no discussions Share
Ibrahimovic, 38, has scored three goals since returning to Milan last month.The Swede headed in the second goal on Sunday after setting up the first, but Inter hit back with four second-half strikes.“I showed that I can still make a difference, even at 38,” he said.But Inter striker Romelu Lukaku will be looking to upstage the two other former Manchester United players against Napoli in the other last-four first leg on Wednesday.Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli, despite their current slump, ousted holders Lazio in the quarter-finals.“There’s a new king in town,” a jubilant Lukaku wrote on Twitter after scoring the fourth goal for Inter in Sunday’s derby.“We run this town.”The Belgian was replying to Ibrahimovic’s pre-derby post saying that “lions don’t compare themselves to humans”. Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to go head-to-head in Thursday’s Italian Cup semi-final, first leg between Juventus and AC Milan at the San Siro.Advertisement Lukaku claimed that there is a “new king in town”Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has reason to be worried by his side’s away form, with the defending Serie A champions having lost their last two games on the road.“I hope that someone will help me, it’s something we have to resolve,” Sarri said after the loss to Verona.“Right now we have a difference in performance between home and away.”Juventus are bidding to reclaim the trophy which they held for four seasons until losing to eventual runners-up Atalanta in the quarters last year.Antonio Conte’s Inter are the only one of the four semi-finalists to win in Serie A at the weekend, with Napoli crashing to a 3-2 defeat by lowly Lecce.Inter’s victory lifted them ahead of Juventus on goal difference at the top of the table, as they target their first Scudetto since 2010.The second-leg ties will take place on March 4 and 5.FixturesSemi-finals, first legWednesdayInter Milan v Napoli (1945GMT)ThursdayAC Milan v Juventus (1945GMT)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best Car Manufacturers In The World10 Most Praised Historical Movies7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks “It wasn’t the result we wanted,” said the 35-year-old Ronaldo despite becoming the first Juventus player to score in 10 successive league games, just one game short of the Serie A record.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season. Both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic scored at the weekend in defeats as Juventus fell 2-1 at Hellas Verona, while AC Milan threw away a two-goal lead in a 4-2 defeat by city rivals Inter.
Everton and Brighton could be set to do battle for Jeremie Boga in the summer transfer window (Daily Express) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Christian Eriksen joined Inter in January for just £16.9m as he entered the last six months of his contract while Jan Vertonghen is due to be a free agent at the end of the season. Dier, 26, has played 20 times in all competitions this season but last started a Premier League match in December Spurs are also interested in the Canaries’ England Under-21 right-back Max Aarons (Daily Express) Manchester United have been given approval to sign Lyon’s French striker Moussa Dembele in a £60m deal (Daily Star) But Chelsea have also been encouraged in their own pursuit of Dembele as Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted they will “sell the players who want to leave” (Daily Mail) West Ham are keen to sign AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi in the summer (Hammers News) Manchester United star Paul Pogba “would not mind” going back to Juventus next season, according to his agent Mino Raiola (Goal) Tottenham are ready to cash in on a midfielder wanted by Aston Villa, while West Ham are chasing a 16-goal winger, according to Friday’s Paper Talk. Jose Mourinho was spotted in the stands as RB Leipzig took on Bayern Munich in a German table-topper Tottenham are reportedly ready to sell Eric Dier in the summer transfer window, with Aston Villa showing interest in the player. Dier has struggled to break into the Spurs side this season, although he seen more game time since Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in north London. The 26-year-old was tipped to leave the club in January, with Villa strongly linked with a move for the England international. Dier’s current contract is due to expire in 2021 and he is reluctant to put pen to paper on a new deal over a lack of game time. The Daily Mail reports that unless Dier is willing to commit his future to the club, he will be sold in the summer. Spurs are keen to avoid a situation whereby the midfielder enters the final stages of his contract and could only command a significantly reduced transfer fee or leave on a free at the end of it. Promoted Content9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot
Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Bruno Fernandes can help turn Scott McTominay into a better player. Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureLittle Georgie Henley Has Grown Into A Beautiful Swan!8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Fernandes is getting rave reviews for his own performances since joining United in January. “Bruno can help Scott impove, definitely. Bruno is going to give us loads, definitely, and he is going to help the young kid,” said Solskjaer. “I shouldn’t call Scotty a kid, he is 23, but he is still learning the game. Bruno knows it inside out. He has been around, he’s travelled, he’s had his ups and downs.Advertisement He has been in Italy, Portugal so he has learned to deal with setbacks, so he will help them all including Scotty.” Solskjaer can’t wait for his Scottish international midfielder to be fully match fit and firing. “Scott has been important for us but he needs games as well to get back to the level that he was at before he got injured,” he added.Fallout of Utd victory: Ighalo reminded me of my playing days–Scholes Read Also: “It takes time when you’ve been out for two months so he’s getting there, he has done remarkably well in his recovery and to be back so quickly, we are delighted.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
The US car manufacturer signed a deal worth £450m with the Red Devils in 2014 but are reportedly unwilling to sign an extension on the current deal, which ends in 2021. United’s poor performances on the pitch over the last six years and lack of success – relative to their lofty standards – coupled with Chevrolet’s parent company General Motors feeling they overpaid for the partnership have all contributed to the car company’s time as sponsor coming to an end. In fact, then-global marketing chief at GM Joel Ewanick left the company shortly after negotiating the deal in 2012, with a spokesman saying that he had “failed to meet the expectations the company has of an employee”. The Old Trafford club are sending replicas of their home kit to potential suitors with their branding printed on the front, according to the Daily Mail . Sending prototype shirts is becoming common practice amongst Premier League clubs as they look to obtain lucrative sponsorship deals, and United’s is already the most expensive in the country. Loading… Manchester United are leaving no stone unturned as they look for a shirt sponsor to replace Chevrolet at the end of next season. The current Chevrolet deal is worth £64m per season, far higher than nearest rivals Manchester City , who earn £45m per campaign from Etihad. Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold are thought to be leading United’s search for the new sponsor. The Red Devils’ global appeal and marketability make them an attractive target for sponsors and many top brands are said to be swooping. Forbes ranks United as the third most valuable football club in the world, after Real Madrid and Barcelona , valuing them at £3.808bn. Read Also:Man Utd to go all out for Sancho, despite interest in Chelsea rebel The new sponsor will likely take it’s place on the front of the shirt with Kohler on the sleeve after the US manufacturing company were unveiled as United’s first ever sleeve sponsor in 2018 in a deal worth up to £20m per season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Actors That Started Their Careers On SoapsWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical
Loading… Nigeria midfielder cum striker, Lanre Kehinde has rated the Super Eagles as one of the best national teams on the African continent.Kehinde who is eyeing a move back to Europe from his K League 1 club Incheon United noted that the Eagles have also achieved a lot in world football to receive the high rating, while noting that the current crop of players have the ability to take Nigeria football back to the zenith.Going down memory lane, the former Ankaragücü of Turkey player said that the Eagles exploits at the USA 1994 World Cup where the team was adjudged the second most entertaining side behind Brazil and the gold medal-winning feat at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta were defining moments in the history of Nigerian football.“It is nice to see all that the country has achieved in Africa and world football. We have won the heart of millions of fans with our scintillating brand of football and hopefully we will get backLanre Kehinde rates Super Eagles high and gives Rohr a pat on the backto the zenith of world football with the present crop of players,” stated the stated the 6ft 4 1/2 in tall player, who scored 20 goals in 32 appearances for Israeli second division outfit Hapoel Afula in the 2014/15 season. The bullish striker also commended the Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr for his ability to fish out talents and coordinate the team, adding that the Eagles would soar under the Franco-German tactician. “Coach Rohr is good at his job and he has a lot of experience coaching different clubs and national teams in Africa“He knows how to get the best out of his players. And his calm mien is needed to mould a strong side capable of battling for and winning laurels,” stated Kehinde, who scored 10 goals in 15 appearances for Denizlispor of Turkey in 2019. Read AlsoAhead of Eagles clash: Rumpus in Sierra Leone as coach Tetteh quitsHe also called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to continue to support the Eagles and all other national teams so that the country can continue to excel in international competitions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWorld’s Most Famous Ceilings That Are Actually Works Of Art14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year
Barcelona reportedly have an agreement in place to sign Neymar this summer, after striking a deal to block a move to Real Madrid in 2019.Advertisement Loading… According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants told Neymar’s representatives they would sign him in the summer of 2020, if they could not complete a deal with PSG ahead of the 2019-20 season.The report states Barcelona acted to ward off growing interest from Los Blancos, and assure Neymar they wanted to facilitate a return to the Camp Nou.However, La Blaugrana are now under pressure to fulfil the reported transfer, with Neymar keen to push through an exit from the Ligue 1 side.Read Also: Barcelona look to free agent signings amid coronavirus pandemicThe French club have reportedly lowered their asking price from €200M to €150M for the 28-year old, in a bid to end speculation on his future.The new price could encourage Barcelona to sign him, but due to the financial pressure created by the Covid 19 lock down, the La Liga leaders may look to bring the fee down even further.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Loading… The Ligue 2 club released a statement saying on April 14, CAS upheld a decision by FIFA last July, which ordered Sevilla to pay part of the original fee plus interest and costs.When they sold 24-year-old Lenglet to Sevilla for 5 million euros in January 2017, Nancy negotiated a sell-on clause for 12 per cent of any transfer profit.The second tier outfit’s statement explained that when the France defender moved to Barca in July 2018 for a fee of “more than 35 million euros”, Sevilla argued that because Lenglet had activated a release clause he had not been sold but released.Clement Lenglet’s former clubs have been fighting over the fee that took him to BarcelonaRead Also: Serie A: Rugani, Matuidi free from coronavirusBut CAS, like FIFA, “considered that Sevilla FC could not use this release clause as an excuse to avoid its obligation to pay.”Nancy, who have a budget of around 15 million euros this season and were 12th in Ligue 2 when the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, said Sevilla had 45 days to pay.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sevilla have been ordered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to pay Nancy 3.7 million euros ($4.04 million) from the transfer of Clement Lenglet to Barcelona, the French club said on Wednesday.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Real-life Robots That Will Make You Think The Future Is NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie
The task force quarantine team onThursday and Wednesday sent back to Manila hundreds of kilograms of porkproducts that arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport and Bredco Port here. Last Saturday, the task force alsoseized at least 27 kg of pork “asado” siopao from Luzon that arrived at theairport. The 34 packs of siopao were burned immediately.(With a report from PNA/PN) The inspections were conducted by theProvincial Veterinary Office (PVO) District Field Unit III underofficer-in-charge Dr. Modesto Joseph Cañonero III. Ma Ling is one of the nine brandslisted on the Food and Drug Administration Order 2019-046, which directs allimporters, distributors, retail outlets and other dealers to immediately recallall pork meat products imported from countries suspected to be affected by theASF virus. NEGOCC PROVINCIAL ASF TASK FORCEPersonnel of the Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force seize at least 14 cans of luncheon meat at a grocery store in Murcia, Negros Occidental on Friday. Last Aug. 22, the task force chairedby Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson seized several cans of Ma Ling during aninspection at a supermarket in Bacolod City. Task force personnel and the Murcia municipalagriculture office on Friday confiscated 14 cans of banned pork products,mostly Chinese-made Ma Ling luncheon meat from a grocery store, following theconfiscation of 21 cans of the same product during an inspection at the publicmarket in Silay City on Tuesday. To ensure the safety of the P6-billionswine industry of Negros Occidental, including backyard swine producers, theprovincial government implemented a 90-day ban on pork products fromLuzon. The ban covers live pigs, pork, porkproducts and by-products from Luzon whether fresh, processed or canned whichcan carry the ASF virus. BACOLOD City – As the ProvincialAfrican Swine Fever (ASF) Task Force here intensified its campaign, moreimported canned pork products were seized in Negros Occidental in a series ofinspections conducted this week.
She was detained in the custodialfacility of the Belison municipal police station. Police identified her as Diane Aguilo,25, of Barangay Ipil, Belison, Antique. The court recommended a P6,000 bail bondfor Aguilo’s temporary liberty./PN ILOILO City – Charged with oraldefamation, a woman was nabbed in Barangay Dulonan, Arevalo district. Aguilo was arrested on the strength ofan arrest warrant around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, police said.
Health MinisterElizabeth Hinostroza said over 50 percent of the victims were in “very critical”condition, with burns covering over 80 percent of their bodies. The truck burst into flames after it hurtled off aramp on a street in Lima. At least 11 children were sent to local hospitalswith severe burns, authorities said. Peru restrictsthe shipping of gas to homes and industry via pipelines, and relies heavily ontrucks for distribution of the fuel.(Reuters) LIMA – A truckcarrying natural gas exploded on Thursday in Peru’s capital, killing at leasttwo people and injuring 48 others. A burned car is pictured after a tanker truck carrying gas exploded in a residential area in Lima, Peru on Jan. 23. REUTERS/SEBASTIAN CASTANEDA
Officers of the Ajuy municipal policestation have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN ILOILO City – A 31-year-old man wasfound dead along the shoreline of Barangay Luca, Ajuy, Iloilo. Police identified him as 31-year-old JoebertGuanzon. Residents discovered Guanzon’s bodyaround 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, the report added. Guanzon – resident of Barangay Ilaya3rd, Dumangas, Iloilo – was believed to have drowned, a police reportshowed.
Iran is battling one of the worstoutbreaks outside China, with nearly 13,000 confirmed cases and more than 600fatalities. The real number of infections could be even higher, as questionshave been raised about the government’s transparency. Firefighters disinfect a street against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. AP TEHRAN – The official leading Iran’sresponse to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East on Sundayacknowledged that the pandemic could overwhelm health facilities in thecountry, which is under severe U.S. sanctions. “If the trend continues, there will notbe enough capacity,” Ali Reza Zali, who is leading the campaign against theoutbreak, was quoted as saying by the state-run IRNA news agency. (AP)
SINGAPORE – A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely. “For the safety of all involved in the proceedings, the hearing for Public Prosecutor v Punithan A/L Genasan was conducted by video-conferencing,” a spokesperson for Singapore’s Supreme Court said in response to Reuters’ questions, citing restrictions imposed to minimize virus spread. (Reuters) Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, received the sentence for his role in a 2011 heroin transaction on Friday, court documents showed, with the country under lockdown to try and curb one of the highest coronavirus rates in Asia. At least four people were reportedly executed in Singapore in 2019 for drug-related and murder charges. HOW HWEE YOUNG/EPA
WRBI Area Baseball Regional Scores.Class 3A @ Jasper.Gibson Southern 1 Batesville 0Silver Creek 2 Southridge 1Championship: Gibson Southern 16 Silver Creek 4Class 1A @ Morristown.Jac-Cen-Del 5 Indy Lutheran 2Shakamak 10 Greenwood Christian Academy 0Championship: Shakamak 10 Jac-Cen-Del 2Courtesy of The IHSAA.
Batesville 7th Grade team beat Milan 26 – 22 on Tuesday night.Seth Gausman led the Bulldogs with 11 points and 5 steals. Colt Meyer added 9 points, John Thompson and Jake Cruse 2 points and Drew Kiefer and Clay Grunkemeyer chipped in a point each.The 7th grade is now 8 – 3 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The 8th Grade Bulldogs improved to 8-3 on the season with a win at Milan last night by a score of 41-29.Leading scorers were Trey Heidlage with 14 points, Sam Haskamp 10, Cooper Williams 7 and Lane Oesterling with 6.The Dogs improved their lead every quarter.Our next game is this Thursday at BMS against Franklin County.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Terry Giesting.
WRBI Area Girls Basketball Scores.Thursday (1-29)Switz. County 39 South Ripley 30Jac-Cen-Del 40 SW Hanover 29Milan 45 Waldron 44Madison 68 Lawrenceburg 58Heritage Christian 56 Rushville 41Shelbyville 41 Hauser 32Indy Lutheran 55 Morristown 50SW Shelby 60 G-wood Christian 49
Robert E. Lafary, Jr., 65, of Versailles passed away at 11:50pm, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at his home. He was born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on October 29, 1951 the son of Robert and Donna Jo Bonfer Lafary. He was married to Kris Ford on March 24, 1990 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Donna Jo Lafary of Versailles; one son Rob Lafary of Versailles; two daughters Amy Jo Lafary of Champaign, Illinois, and Faith Renee Lafary of Versailles; one sister Lisa (Butch) Allee of Versailles; nephews Dustin and Dane Allee, his niece Shannon (Allee) Benham and his great-nieces Emma, Allee, Ella, and Ava. He is also survived by numerous individuals who considered him a father figure or simply referred to him as “Uncle Bobby.” Mr. Lafary was a 1969 graduate of South Ripley High School and a 1971 graduate of Northwood University. Bob spent his career as a professional musician and more specifically a professional drummer. He founded his first band the Steppin Stones as a teenager and in recent years headed the Bob Lafary Trio, playing several venues in the tri-state area. Away from music, he previously managed numerous hotels and restaurants throughout Southern Indiana, is a former employee and coach in the South Ripley Community School Corporation and was a licensed IHSAA baseball and softball umpire. Bob was an inductee of the Southeast Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame and he also attended the Versailles Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the South Ripley Music Boosters to aid in their goal of purchasing new drums for the band or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
Oldenburg, Ind. — Members of the Oldenburg community gathered Wednesday to dedicate the town mural on the side of the Village Store facing State Road 229. The artwork was developed by the town and staff from the Oldenburg Academy.The design includes all local businesses, and was conceived by the town of Oldenburg, Chris Ann Hettesheimer and Andrea Grimsley. Students in all grades participated in layout and painting of the project.Assistant principal Jonathan Maple says the students were involved in every aspect of the project- design, material procurement, layout and painting. The mural was funded by the Rural Alliance for the Arts and Joan and John W. Hillenbrand Vision Fund. The cooperation of Ellen and Jeff Paul, owners of the Village Store was vital in the completion of the mural. Oldenburg Academy peresident Diane Laake led the presentation.
Anthony D. Prickel, age 76 of Batesville, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. Born September 19, 1940 in Batesville, he is the son of Alvina (Nee: Wallpe) and Alphons Prickel. He married Joyce Gindling May 5, 1962 at St. Louis Church and she preceded him in death January 17, 2002. Tony worked as an inspector for Cummins Engines in Columbus for 33 years before retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and the Batesville Eagles Aerie #1130.For those who knew Tony, he had two passions. To say he was a huge Notre Dame fan would be an understatement. A bigger fan would be harder to find. A close second was his love of golf. He played as often as he could. He also followed the Reds and was a casual Bengals fan. In his earlier years he enjoyed rabbit and squirrel hunting and in later years Tony became an avid Solo player. He would often stop at the Knights hall mid afternoon to sit in on a game or two.He is survived by his daughter Gayla Prickel of Greensburg; sons Scott and Chris Prickel, both of Batesville; his longtime companion Brenda Gridley; sisters Emma and Katie Prickel, both of Batesville; brother Larry Prickel of Napoleon and seven grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Pauline Vankirk and brothers Alvin (Buster) and Paul (Pete) Prickel.Visitation is Friday, September 15th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, September 16th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. The family encourages everyone to wear their favorite Fighting Irish attire to the visitation and funeral. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Batesville Knights of Columbus or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.