The COVID-19 crisis had disrupted peacekeeping operations (PKO), making it difficult for conflicting parties to engage and discuss peace, while also limiting the movement and activities of peacekeepers, Retno said.Access to humanitarian aid and logistics had been disrupted due to the unavailability of transportation, she added.Read also: COVID-19: Nearly 90,000 Indonesians return home after more than 700 infected abroadIn this regard, Indonesia continued to stress the importance of ensuring the safety and health of UN peacekeepers at the UN Security Council (UNSC) meetings. Indonesia has renewed its call for the world to refocus on maintaining and supporting peacekeeping operations, as countries in conflict are being hit even harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than countries at peace.Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi on Thursday reiterated Indonesia’s concerns about the impacts of the coronavirus crisis in conflict countries, saying that Indonesia was committed to upholding any and all efforts to resolve conflict and build peace.“As we are all aware, COVID-19 has an enormous impact for all countries, including countries affected by conflict. The situation on the ground, which is already fragile due to ongoing conflicts, is now worsened by COVID-19 due to limited health infrastructure, fragile security, challenging economic situations and humanitarian conditions,” Retno told a press briefing on May 14. “At least 13 countries with PKO have confirmed COVID-19 cases. Sixty-four peacekeepers have contracted the virus,” Retno said, citing UN data.Although no Indonesian peacekeepers had contracted the disease to date, the country remained fully alert in following developments on the ground, she added.Indonesia is the largest country among UNSC member states in terms of contributing peacekeeping troops, and the eighth largest among all UN member states.“Therefore, Indonesia will closely follow the impact of COVID-19 on our peacekeepers,” Retno said.On March 23, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued an appeal for a global ceasefire during the COVID-19 pandemic.”To warring parties, I say: Pull back from hostilities. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns, stop the artillery, end the airstrikes. This is crucial to help create corridors for life-saving aid,” he states in the press release published on the UN website.“As a non-permanent member of the UNSC, Indonesia welcomes and supports the [UN secretary-general’s] call,” Retno stressed at Thursday’s briefing.Read also: Indonesia to prioritize quality in peacekeeping contributions as UN funds evaporateAlong with other members of the UNSC, Indonesia was currently drafting a resolution on measures to address COVID-19 challenges, particularly peace and security.“Unfortunately, the draft has yet to reach consensus. The longer the UNSC cannot agree on the draft, [the more] it sends a negative signal on the ground, and could even worsen the situation for [people] in many conflict areas,” Retno said.The UNSC should focus on enhancing cooperation to protect the people in conflict areas, and Indonesia was ready to continue contributing to negotiations on the draft resolution, she concluded.Topics :
Holiday destinations in Queensland have topped a list of suburbs where investors are likely to receive the highest income from an investment property.One-bedroom units in Cairns, Miami, Port Douglas and Noosaville make the top ten list of suburbs with the highest rental yields, realestate.com.au/Invest data shows.Caboolture, a satellite city in southeast Queensland, has the highest average rental yield in the country at 15.2%. Caboolture has a 15.2% rental yield, according to realestate.com.au/Invest.*Sunny Caboolture a new haven for investors?Professionals Caboolture Real Estate Principal Leigh Chippendale says she’s not surprised to see Caboolture stacking up decent rental returns for investors, but its prospects haven’t always been so bright.“Throughout the GFC we had to ask our landlords to drop rent or keep rent the same,” Chippendale says.“Now we’re able to increase rent, and we feel justified in doing so, where as a few years back that wasn’t the case.”Southeast spotlight: What’s inside the Golden Triangle?Chippendale says it’s mostly ‘mum and dad’ investors dominating the Caboolture investor market these days. “They’re starting to feel confident again. In the last three months we’ve started to get interstate investors back too,” she says.“As long as the figures match up with the returns they expect, they’re happy to buy sight unseen.“We’re also starting to see purchaser’s agents – that’s usually a sign of groups of investors becoming more confident of the market.”‘Mum and dad’ investors tighten their foothold on the Caboolture market.Chippendale says the Caboolture property market is pretty typical of most of Australia – probably about a third of housing is investor-owned.“Demographics are quite mixed – retirees, down-sizers, up-graders, couples in their 20s just starting out and a diverse range of working skills.“From an investment point of view, you know you can buy a good quality home in Caboolture for a reasonable price with good rental returns.“You have all the facilities here for people who wish to live here and rent your property. The area continues to grow – we have good private and public schools, good medical facilities, a community hub that offers a great library, arts and educational facilities.“It’s a great place to live … you’re only half an hour from the beaches, 45 minutes from the hinterland, and 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.“Plus, the weather’s good.”A range of commercial opportunities are attracting renters to Caboolture.What is rental yield?Rental yield is an important factor for investors to consider because it will indicate the future income an asset is likely to make.Rental yield is the rate of income return over the cost associated with an investment. There are two types of rental yield, which are calculated a little differently: gross rental yield and net rental yield.The suburb rental yield represented in these results uses the calculation for gross rental yield, which is annual rental income, divided by the property value and expressed as a percentage.Find out more: What is yield?To get the suburb rental yield, we’ve used the median advertised rent as a percentage of median price, based on the number of property rentals and property sales in the past 12 months. The data looks specifically at one and two-bedroom units.It’s important to note that gross rental yield does not take into account the known or estimated property costs and ongoing expenses that will affect a property’s value, such as stamp duty, legal fees, council rates and building and pest inspections.To calculate a more precise prediction of rental return, you would need to estimate these costs and deduct them from the annual rental income to get the net rental yield.Investor consideration: Capital gain vs. cash flowNational Top 10 suburbs with the highest rental yieldListed by suburb, state, bedroom configuration and gross rental yield. Results are for one and two-bedroom units.*Caboolture – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 15.2%More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoCairns City – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 13.2%Miami – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 11.9%Ultimo – NSW – 1-bedroom units – 11.6%Port Douglas – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 11.3%Box Hill – VIC – 1-bedroom units – 11.1%Harristown – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 10.6%Manoora – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 10.2%Noosaville – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 10.1%Woree – QLD – 1-bedroom units – 9.6%Top 5 suburbs with the highest rental yield by stateListed by suburb, bedroom configuration and gross rental yield. Results are for one and two-bedroom units.*QLDCaboolture – 1-bedroom units – 15.2%Cairns City – 1-bedroom units – 13.2%Miami – 1-bedroom units – 11.9%Port Douglas – 1-bedroom units – 11.3%Harristown – 1-bedroom units – 10.6%NSWUltimo – 1-bedroom units – 11.6%The Entrance – 1-bedroom units – 8.7%Eden – 2-bedroom units – 8.4%Nowra – 2-bedroom units – 7.8%Rosehill – 1-bedroom units – 7.7%VICBox Hill – 1-bedroom units – 11.1%Carlton – 1-bedroom units – 9.1%Mildura – 2-bedroom units – 7.2%Melton South – 2-bedroom units – 7.1%Horsham – 2-bedroom units – 6.9%ACTCanberra City – 1-bedroom units – 7.2%Franklin – 2-bedroom units – 6.5%Hawker – 2-bedroom units – 6.3%Franklin – 1-bedroom units – 5.8%Belconnen – 1-bedroom units – 5.7%NTGillen – 2-bedroom units – 7.2%Gray – 2-bedroom units – 6.5%The Gap – 2-bedroom units – 6.4%Bakewell – 2-bedroom units – 6.3%Parap – 2-bedroom units – 6.2%SAAdelaide – 1-bedroom units – 8.3%Rosewater – 2-bedroom units – 7.1%Findon – 2-bedroom units – 7.0%Kurralta Park – 1-bedroom units – 6.7%Salisbury – 2-bedroom units – 6.7%TAS Newnham – 2-bedroom units – 7.3%Mowbray – 2-bedroom units – 7.0%Riverside – 2-bedroom units – 6.7%Claremont – 2-bedroom units – 6.6%Newstead – 2-bedroom units – 6.5%WA Bunbury – 2-bedroom units – 6.9%Armadale – 2-bedroom units – 6.8%Rivervale – 1-bedroom units – 6.0%Mandurah – 2-bedroom units – 6.0%Rivervale – 2-bedroom units – 5.9%Looking to invest? 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KWAKWANI Secondary will battle President’s College (PC) in the final of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG)-organised National School Basketball Festival U-18 Boys competition, this Saturday evening at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).The Berbice River school has also booked places in the Boys’ U-14 finals and the Girls’ Developmental final. Those championship clashes are also billed for this Saturday from 17:30hrs.In their semi-final clashes, last Sunday evening at CASH, Kwakwani Secondary and President’s College surged to emphatic victories over Berbice school teams – New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) and Berbice High School (BHS) respectively.Led by a double-double from small forward Richard Semple, PC registered a 46-31 point victory over BHS.Semple, who pulled down 10 rebounds, scored 10 of his 12 points in the opening period to lead the winners to a 22-13 half-time lead.Rakin McDonald also played well for PC to finish with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Gabriel Lim added eight points and seven rebounds and Jushaun Bayley seven points.PC used their quick hands to undermine their opponents, since they were able to tally 12 steals compared to a single steal by BHS.PC also out-rebounded their opponents 33-20, although Charles Williams finished with a game-high 11 rebounds and six points for the defeated side.Rickford Blair led the BHS attack with 12 points, while Kezron Cort added nine points.ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCEKwakwani surged to a 16-point victory (60-44) in their clash against NATI, due to their quick hands, passing and team scoring. Nine of the 11 Kwakwani players scored, while six of the NATI players got buckets.Leading the winners was Rawle Sampson, who once again showed his range from deep, as he knocked down three shots from deep in a top score of 13 points. Elijah David added 12 points, Royon Shortt 11 points, nine boards and David Conway 10 points.Berbice Regional winners NATI had a number of second shot opportunities as their players out-rebounded their opponents 51-35, and although Jermain King finished with a game-high 16 points (12 of which were scored in the opening period) and 10 rebounds. NATI were outgunned.The only other NATI player in double digits was Gevon Schultz with 11 points and six rebounds. M. Durant added five points 13 rebounds and Jamal Chishom six points nine rebounds.The Festival is sponsored by Edward B. Beharry and Company Ltd, National Sports Commission, Banks DIH, ExxonMobil and Bounty Ltd.
Belgium and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is in a race against time to be fit for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday after picking up an ankle injury in United’s 4-0 defeat of Crystal Palace at the weekend, manager Roberto Martinez has said today.Belgium have booked their place at the Russia 2018 World Cup and should be comfortable without Lukaku on Saturday but Martinez is hoping the former Everton man will be fit enough to feature when they host Cyprus at home on Tuesday night. Martinez told the media on Wednesday:“At the moment, Romelu is working separately.“He has not joined the group yet since he arrived. We need to be a little bit patient.“I would say he is very uncertain for Saturday.“We will make a decision probably on Friday, but I would say that it is a little bit difficult for him to be involved on Saturday.“But we are still hopeful he will be involved on Tuesday.” Lukaku comes into the international window having scored his seventh goal of the premier league and Jose Mourinho would be watching closely how his talisman’s injury will be handled.Martinez is also without Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany who got injured in Belgium’s last match against Gilbrata at the end of August. Kompany was included in the original squad that was announced last Friday but Martinez has confirmed that after “good communication” with Manchester City, the defender will not be available for the Belgian National team in the last round of qualifiers this weekend.RelatedKompany Named In Belgium World Cup Squad Despite Injury As Benteke Misses OutJune 4, 2018In “England”Lukaku Plans To Retire From Belgium NT At 27August 17, 2018In “England”Lukaku Returns To Manchester United TrainingNovember 9, 2018In “England”