Month: October 2020

Flag protesters are sending message

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

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Add Gov. Cuomo to list of ex-politicians

first_imgCategories: 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 intimidationlast_img read more

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Industrial Prime time

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True grit

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Prescott all-clear for Stockley

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Railtrack in chaos

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When a plan comes together

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Glasgow scheme gets the go-ahead

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David the goliath

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No EV? Park outside new capital city and take public transportation

first_imgTopics : “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.center_img 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.last_img read more

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Australia to close schools, cancel sports in event of coronavirus outbreak

first_imgAustralia 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 :last_img read more

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Pope to Catholics: For Lent, give up trolling

first_imgDuring 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 :last_img read more

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Indonesia removes price floor for unsubsidized fuels amid global oil price war

first_imgIndonesia 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.last_img read more

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French doctors learn to draw blood as virus knackers nurses

first_img‘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.last_img read more

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Cautious hope for pandemic peak as Spain readies to reopen some factories

first_imgThe 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 :center_img 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.last_img read more

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Hungary, China sign loan deal for Budapest-Belgrade Chinese rail project

first_imgHungary 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.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Van passenger struggling to breathe left on side of road

first_imgA 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 :last_img read more

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Brazilians divided on impeachment of President Bolsonaro: poll

first_imgBrazilians 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 :last_img read more

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Nahdlatul Ulama launches online career center for members

first_imgNahdhalatul 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 :last_img read more

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Saudi plans for Newcastle may not be on scale of Man City transformation

first_imgTopics : 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.center_img 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’.last_img read more

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Hong Kong leader vows education overhaul after protests

first_imgTopics : 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.last_img read more

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Indonesia renews call to maintain UN peacekeeping operations during COVID-19

first_imgThe 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 :last_img read more

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COVID-19: Health minister issues ‘new normal’ guidelines for workplaces

first_img“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.last_img read more

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Hong Kong airport to resume limited transit services

first_imgHong 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 :last_img read more

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Bumi Resources Mineral to hold private placement to pay debt

first_imgPublicly 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 :last_img read more

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Ministry pushes for revision of laws on welfare during National Day for the Elderly

first_imgTopics : 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)center_img 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 Indonesialast_img read more

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Pertamina enlists Krakatau Steel as supplier for Rokan Block

first_imgPertagas 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 businesslast_img read more

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‘Victory for French football’ as fans return and witness 9-0 PSG rout

first_img“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. last_img read more

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PT KAI offers rapid testing for passengers at 12 Java train stations

first_imgRead 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.last_img read more

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Tokyo stocks close lower after Trump-Biden debate

first_imgTokyo 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 :last_img read more

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Yogyakarta, Malang balance local COVID-19 response with economic activities

first_imgEditor’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 #washyourhandlast_img read more

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Maurizio Sarri wants Chelsea bosses to revamp squad after Manchester City loss

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Sarri says he’s ‘at risk’ of losing his job, after City thrashingTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:36FullscreenSarri says he’s ‘at risk’ of losing his job, after City thrashinghttps://metro.co.uk/video/sarri-says-hes-risk-losing-job-city-thrashing-1860108/This 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. The Italian has run out of patience after another woeful performance (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri does not believe his Chelsea players are capable of playing ‘Sarri-ball’ and wants club bosses to back him in overhauling the squad, according to reports.The Italian is under growing pressure at Stamford Bridge following Sunday’s brutal 6-0 defeat to Manchester City – the club’s heaviest defeat in the Premier League and worst since a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Nottingham Forest in 1991.Sarri has previously questioned his players’ desire and motivation after poor results against Arsenal and Bournemouth, but was at a loss to explain Sunday’s capitulation at the Etihad. Maurizio Sarri wants Chelsea bosses to revamp squad after Manchester City loss Comment Chelsea were ripped apart by Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday (Picture: Getty)According to The Times, the defeat is the breaking point for Sarri and he is worried he lacks the players required to implement his gameplan at Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe now feels that the club must either back him or sack him, believing it is virtually impossible to play the brand of football he is so noted for unless there are significant changes made to his squad.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 CitySarri has identified two key traits his squad are lacking: physical commitment and tactical understanding.The former Napoli boss was given little opportunity to really stamp his ideals on the squad, and club bosses are sympathetic to the fact that his pre-season preparations were cut short as they struggled to get rid of Antonio Conte until deep into the summer. The Italian believes his squad lacks physicality and tactical understanding (Picture: Getty)Sarri has only made two permanent signings since taking charge – Jorginho and Kepa – and believes more investment is needed.Chelsea have a number of players nearing the end of their contracts, while star man Eden Hazard is being linked with a £100million move to Real Madrid, and Sarri wants to use it as an opportunity to remould the squad he has inherited.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Feb 2019 7:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShareslast_img read more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer forced to break up dressing room bust-up between Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku after Southampton win

first_imgOle 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.center_img 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 strengthslast_img read more

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Gary Neville describes what is fundamentally wrong with Man Utd after Everton thrashing

first_img 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 hitlast_img read more

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Arsenal set to miss out on Markus Schubert with goalkeeper choosing Schalke instead

first_imgMarkus 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

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How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement

first_imgAdvertisement 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”.’center_img 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. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Remarks by Governor Wolf at the World Meeting of Families, Visit of Pope Francis

first_imgRemarks 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.###center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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BLOG: How to Stay Healthy in Harsh Winter Weather

first_imgBLOG: 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.last_img read more

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BLOG: Governor Wolf Will Keep Making Government More Efficient

first_img 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/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretarylast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces PRUFTECHNIK, Inc. to Establish National Headquarters in Philadelphia, Creating New Jobs

first_img 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 Jobscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Weekly Update: Protecting Pennsylvanians’ Healthcare, Managing State Finances, Urging Ban on ‘Bump Stock’

first_img 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, 2017last_img read more

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Governor Wolf’s Statement on House Finance Committee’s Shale Tax Approval

first_img 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.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Production Capacity, Job Creation at TruFood Mfg., Inc.

first_img 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.center_img September 05, 2018last_img read more

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Australia’s fastest selling suburbs

first_imgEager 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.last_img read more

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Suburbs with the highest rental yield

first_imgHoliday 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? Our Invest section will help you crunch the numbers.*Data correct at time of publication.Disclaimer: The information published regarding property investment yields is of a general nature only and does not consider your personal or investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs. Information is based on historical data and past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. realestate.com.au does not hold an Australian financial services or credit licence and cannot provide any endorsement, recommendation or suggestion about any information or products displayed on the property investment destination. 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Bokarina Beach is drawing strong interest as it nears sales launch

first_imgStockland’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.last_img read more

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You’ll be salivating over this kitchen designer’s kitchen

first_imgThe 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 @liztilley84center_img 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.last_img read more

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Inspired by a friends mansion, these homeowners wanted one for themselves

first_img151 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. center_img 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.” last_img read more

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Gold Coast mega mansion listing price slashed

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

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Enjoy breezes on deck on elevated family home

first_imgThe 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. center_img 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.last_img read more

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‘Hot-property’ family abode gone in just a week

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

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Holiday’s over: pilot program to crackdown on unauthorised rentals

first_imgUp 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.last_img read more

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Letters

first_imgHeavy 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:last_img read more

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