Microsoft’s To Do app is receiving an update that brings new features and improvements. The update for Windows 10 includes a task count besides the completed bucket in user-created lists, in order to help keep track of completed tasks. Apart from Windows 10, Microsoft has also rolled out the update for Android and iOS as well. For Android, the update brings improvements to syncing, and for iOS, it enhances the experience while adding tasks from Siri. The update also fixes some bugs in the To Do app.For Windows, the update is only available on the latest version of the Windows 10 Microsoft To Do app. The changelog for the same says that sections in the Planned smartlist will now show the task count in the section title. It also fixes a few bugs around keyboard focus and addresses an issue that was causing the app to crash. A task count visual beside the completed bucket has also been added.- Advertisement – Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. To Do is an app by Microsoft for lists, tasks, and reminders. The update for the app on Android has fixes to improve syncing in To Do. The changelog for Microsoft’s update on iOS says it fixes some issues so that users can have a smooth experience while adding tasks from Siri. It also fixes some bugs related to print functionality.Meanwhile, Microsoft also reminded users that November 15 will be the last day to export Wunderlist data to the To Do app. Wunderlist, a cloud-based task management app that was acquired by Microsoft in June 2015, will shut down on November 16, after which it will not be possible to export data.The latest update of the Microsoft To Do app with all the new features can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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xSurprise, surprise. The complaint only challenges predominantly Black counties including: Fulton, Richmond, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, Henry, DeKalb and Gwinnett. (Atlanta metro, Augusta, Macon, and Savannah.) And exactly zero rural, white counties. https://t.co/XKXQN37N90— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) November 12, 2020They could not keep Black voters from turning out, so they’re trying to take their votes away after the fact.Control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. We need you to phonebank, textbank and do other crucial work necessary for Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock to win seats in Georgia. Click to find the activity best for you.- Advertisement – Black voters matter.The Trump campaign has filed yet another stupid lawsuit contesting the election and trying to stop certification in certain Georgia counties. This suit alleges that there is “evidence that sufficient illegal ballots were included in the results to change or place in doubt the results of the November 3, 2020 presidential election” in “certain counties.”Those counties:- Advertisement – – Advertisement – We’ve got one last shot at booting Senate Republicans from power in January. Please give $3 right now to send the GOP packing.
– Advertisement – Leading the team is Linda Darling-Hammond, the president of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Learning Policy Institute, who also oversaw the education transition for Mr. Obama in 2008. Ms. Darling-Hammond, a veteran education researcher and policymaker in arenas like desegregation, school finance and teacher preparation, was considered a contender for Mr. Biden’s secretary of education, but took herself out of the running, saying she was committed to her work in California.The transition team’s strong representation from former Obama-era officials and teachers unions has been met with mixed reactions.In announcing the team, a transition official said its members had “deep backgrounds in key policy areas” with “a diversity of perspectives critical to addressing America’s most urgent and complex challenges.”- Advertisement – “There’s a lot of work to be done, but it will be nice to know there’s an education secretary who’s thinking about how to protect students from predatory schools instead of the other way around,” said Aaron Ament, the president of the National Student Legal Defense Network, which has sued the department for its efforts to roll back Obama-era rules on loan forgiveness and consumer protection.The team Mr. Biden has named to help the Education Department through the transition signaled the direction he intends to take.- Advertisement – Keri Rodrigues, the president of the National Parents Union, which represents low-income parents and parents of color, said the composition of the team made her worried that the Biden administration might stack the government with people who are “interested in fortifying the status quo that has been failing so many of our kids.”“This is the biggest table right now,” she said of the transition team, “and I don’t see parent groups, family groups, community groups present.” She added, “It seems we’re back to the same old, ‘We’re going to do things to you, not with you.’”
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Crossing the line? Dancing With the Stars partners Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko “definitely had a flirty relationship” while on the show, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.The Selling Sunset star, 39, and the Russian dancer, 37, were partnered for season 29 and eliminated during the November 2 show.- Advertisement – Throughout their time together on the competition series, the other “DWTS pros turned their heads” to the pair’s playful dynamic because “they love Gleb and also [his estranged wife] Elena [Samodanova],” the source adds.Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko ABC/Kelsey McNealThe cast was “really sensitive about the situation, but also felt like it wasn’t their problem or place to get involved,” the insider says, noting that Stause and Savchenko “had an attraction toward each other right at the beginning.”That instant connection led to the pair “texting a lot and hanging out outside of work,” the source adds.- Advertisement – “Chrishell and Gleb are still texting all the time and have been in contact about the public frenzy surrounding them,” the insider tells Us, referring to Savchenko’s recent divorce news. “Chrishell isn’t bothered by the attention either.”The former soap opera star “isn’t concerned about what [her estranged husband] Justin Hartley thinks of it all and is super over him and has moved on and is focused on the next thing,” the source says.Gleb Savchenko and Chrishell Stause ABC/Eric McCandlessFor now, the pair “are just having fun and neither of them are expecting/wanting their relationship to become serious.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Earlier this month, Samodanova, 36, announced that she and her husband of 14 years were separating. Savchenko confirmed the split to Us in a statement.“It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage,” the choreographer told Us. “We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them.”The timing of the breakup caused some to think that Stause’s working relationship with the dancer was partially to blame, but Savchenko denied that she had any part in it.Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Broadimage/Shutterstock“I will not stand by and allow false accusations and internet rumors go unaddressed. My relationship with Chrishell was and remains strictly platonic,” he told Us, denying his estranged wife’s accusations of a “recent inappropriate relationship” amid their breakup. “Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage.”Stause, for her part, addressed her involvement in an Instagram Story post, noting that she was “saddened about the news” of the couple’s split.“It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this one anyone,” Stause, who is in the midst of a divorce from This Is Us star, 43, wrote on November 6. “As you can imagine, the countless hours of training, and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!
In the news release, Sherry said it has been estimated that up to 1 in 2,000 smallpox vaccinees has complained of chest pain, shortness of breath, and related symptoms. But the number of people who had a viral infection of the heart after vaccination without any symptoms could be much higher, she said. The general aim of the study is to begin investigating why smallpox vaccination appears to trigger myopericarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle and lining) in a tiny fraction of recipients, according to a news release from the North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine. People who have myocarditis can later experience dilated cardiomyopathy, which can cause severe heart failure, Sherry said. However, whether myocarditis associated with smallpox vaccine can lead to this condition is unknown, she said. In addition, the researchers will inject mice with the viruses and then monitor them for cardiac damage and to determine whether the mice can serve as an animal model for future studies, Sherry said. “If we find interesting results, then we would consider submitting a more in-depth proposal to better address how the vaccine might be altered to improve it,” she added. Jun 16, 2004 (CIDRAP News) In an effort to shed some light on a potential side effect of smallpox vaccination, researchers are launching a federally funded pilot study of the effects of smallpox vaccines on cardiac cells in mice. See also: The study will focus on the effects of three different poxviruses on cardiac cells in mice, Sherry told CIDRAP News in an e-mail message. Two of the viruses are vaccinia, used in the standard smallpox vaccine, Dryvax, and a weakened form of vaccinia, which is used in the modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) vaccine. The other virus is a virulent cowpox virus, which does not cause smallpox but is not weakened. Mouse heart cell cultures will be infected with the viruses, and the effects on two types of heart cells will be compared with the effects on more generic mouse cells, Sherry reported. The cell cultures also will be monitored for viral replication and virus-induced cell death. North Carolina State University news releasehttp://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/04_06/194.htm CDC report on adverse events in civilians who received smallpox shots in 2003http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5305a4.htm “We will also determine whether these viruses cause cells to release different cytokines (cell factors involved in protection against viral infection), and whether differences in virus-induced damage to the cells reflect differences in release of these cytokines (either differences between the viruses, or differences between the responding cells),” Sherry stated. Among more than 39,000 civilian health workers who received smallpox shots in 2003, there were 16 suspected and 5 probable cases of myopericarditis after vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, 75 cases of myopericarditis occurred among 623,244 military personnel who received smallpox shots between December 2002 and May 10, 2004, according to the Department of Defense. North Carolina State officials said the National Institutes of Health awarded a 2-year, $500,000 grant for the research. Dr. Barbara Sherry, a professor of virology in the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, is conducting the study in collaboration with Dr. David Pickup, a Duke University expert on smallpox vaccines. Safety summary for the Department of Defense smallpox vaccination programhttp://www.smallpox.mil/event/SPSafetySum.asp
Jan 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese health officials today confirmed the fourth human case of avian influenza in Vietnam since December, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.The patient is an 18-year-old woman from the southern province of Tien Giang who is hospitalized in critical condition, the WHO said. She became ill Jan 1 and was hospitalized Jan 5, the agency said.Three other Vietnamese children—two boys, aged 6 and 9, and a 16-year-old girl—have died of H5N1 avian flu since Dec 30.Another 18-year-old Vietnamese woman, from the province of Hau Giang, died Jan 10 of what was suspected to be avian flu, according to reports earlier this week.The latest case brings the total of confirmed cases in Vietnam to 31, including 23 fatal cases, by the WHO’s count. Thailand has had 17 cases, including 12 deaths.The WHO also said today that the recent tsunami in Southeast Asia is not likely to increase the risk of a flu pandemic, despite the presence of H5N1 avian flu in the region. The WHO and many disease experts fear that the avian flu may spark a pandemic if it evolves to a form that could spread easily from person to person.”Areas with the highest prevalence of avian influenza were not directly affected by the tsunami, thus there is no inherent increased risk of the emergence of the pandemic strain due to the tsunami itself,” the WHO said. “However, any activity that spreads avian influenza increases the possibility of the emergence of a pandemic virus. The risk of importing avian influenza into areas affected by the tsunami can be minimized by controlling the movement of poultry from areas where outbreaks of avian influenza have occurred. It is also important to ensure that infected poultry are kept out of the food chain, including emergency food relief activities.”See also:Jan 13 WHO announcementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_01_13/en/
Sep 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian officials have blamed two more deaths on H5N1 avian influenza, bringing the country’s reported avian flu toll to six, although the cases have not yet been confirmed by an international reference laboratory.A 27-year-old woman who died today and a 5-year-old girl who died last week had the virus, according to officials quoted by the Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse.In addition, Indonesian officials reported that several other people have tested positive for the virus, but they gave no details on those cases.The 27-year-old woman was hospitalized Sep 22 and died early today at the Jakarta hospital designated for possible avian flu cases, hospital spokesman Dr. Sardikin Giriputro told the AP. He said blood and saliva tests confirmed her infection, but samples were sent to a Hong Kong laboratory for further confirmation. AFP listed her name as Karwati.According to a Reuters report, Giriputro said it was unclear how the woman caught the virus, but 15 chickens in her household had died of unknown causes.A blood sample from the 5-year-old girl, named Riska, tested positive for the virus, although a saliva test was negative, said I Nyoman Kandun, the health ministry’s top infectious disease official, as quoted by AFP today. He said the ministry had classified her case as an avian flu death despite the mixed test results. Samples from the girl, who died Sep 21, have been sent to Hong Kong for further testing.A Reuters report today said a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on the girl was negative, but the story didn’t explain who conducted that test.Previous deaths blamed on H5N1 avian flu in Indonesia include those of a 38-year-old man and his two young daughters in July and a 37-year-old woman who died Sep 10. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sep 22 that an 8-year-old boy hospitalized in Jakarta had the virus. (The WHO has said the test results for the 38-year-old man’s daughters did not meet the criteria for H5N1, but the Indonesian government regards their cases as confirmed.)Yesterday AFP quoted Giriputro as saying that five hospital patients in Jakarta had tested positive for avian flu while five others had tested negative. But the story gave no details on the cases.The AP said today that at least 34 people in Indonesia were hospitalized with possible avian flu symptoms. However, Health Minister Siti Fadila Separi said the situation remained under control and the virus did not appear to be spreading from person to person.Indonesia to receive oseltamivirThe Indonesian government announced today that 400,000 tablets of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), enough to treat 40,000 people, were being donated to the country this week, the AP reported. Supari, the health minister, said donor countries and agencies were providing the drug to help Indonesia fight avian flu, but gave no details.The AP said the Australian government pledged today to give Indonesia enough antiviral medication to treat 40,000 people, but it was not immediately clear if the donation announced by Indonesia included the Australian contribution.FAO says control strategy underfundedIn other news, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, “The global strategy for the control of avian influenza in animals remains largely under-funded despite contributions pledged by some donors.”A strategy developed by the FAO and other agencies last May is expected to cost over $100 million over the next 3 years, the FAO said. So far, donor countries have pledged about $16.5 million. That includes $6 million each from Germany and the United States, $4 million from Switzerland, and $0.5 million from Japan.”It makes sense to stockpile antiviral drugs to protect humans against a potential avian influenza pandemic, but at the same time we have to contain the virus at source, in animals, to reduce the risk to people,” said Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer.The support pledged so far “is excellent, but it marks only a starting point and unless it translates into further financial funding to support affected countries, the cycle of bird flu infection that will occur in poultry this winter will not be stopped,” Domenech said.The statement said there is a “small window of opportunity” to vaccinate poultry before winter. Domenech said Vietnam, in particular, needs $10 million to complete its current nationwide poultry vaccination program, upgrade lab facilities, and conduct follow-up surveillance.The FAO also said countries along bird migration routes should set up surveillance programs and will need money to do that.”India and Bangladesh, Central Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa should develop national prevention, early detection and rapid response plans,” the agency said. Domenech said those efforts would cost about $50 million for the next 3 years.FAO concerned about IndonesiaLast week, the FAO voiced concern about the spread of avian flu in Indonesia and called on the government to step up its efforts to control the virus.”Avian influenza has become endemic in Indonesia and it is continuing to spread,” Domenech said in the FAO’s Sept 22 statement. “In view of the worrying situation, it is necessary for the government to improve its virus control policies and strategies.”The agency said veterinary and civil authorities should be provided with the full authority to enforce disease-control measures.See also:Sep 26 FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/107804/index.htmlSep 22 FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/107810/index.html
Jan 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in the Philippines recently announced that a worker who had contact with sick pigs tested positive for antibodies to the Ebola Reston virus, a pathogen that was discovered about a month ago for the first time in pigs.Eric Tayag, head of the National Epidemiology Centre, said the case represent the first known pig-to-human Ebola Reston virus transmission, according to a Jan 24 Associated Press (AP) report.The Ebola subtype was discovered in 1989 at a primate facility in Reston, Va. among monkeys imported from the Philippines. The Ebola Reston virus can sicken monkeys, but causes little if any clinical disease in humans.Tayag said blood sampling on 50 pig farm and slaughterhouse workers conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that one worker was exposed to the virus more than 6 months ago, the AP report said.Francisco Duque, the nation’s health secretary, told reporters at a news conference that the man had not been seriously ill in the past 12 months and was extremely unlikely to have exposed others to the virus, the AP reported. “This new finding in humans still presents a negligible risk to human health,” he said.Lo Wing-Iok, an infectious disease expert in Hong Kong, said viruses jumping species is always a concern, according to a Jan 23 report from Reuters. He said it is important to follow the Ebola Reston developments very closely.”This virus may be magnified in swine and we could get a higher-density virus in the environment and more cases of human infection can occur,” Lo told Reuters.When Ebola Reston virus outbreaks hit monkeys in the Philippines in the 1990s, people who had close contact with the sick animals were tested, and about 25 had antibodies to the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). One person had mild flulike symptoms but recovered fully.In other Ebola developments, the medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) said recently that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is under control.All patients with suspected infections who were under observation in the MSF isolation center in Kampungu in Western Kasai province have been discharged and are in good health, the organization said.So far 48 patients have shown symptoms of Ebola fever, but only 7 cases were confirmed, MSF reported. There were 2 deaths among the 7 confirmed cases.MSF said its isolation center would remain open in case new suspected cases surface.The outbreak, which began in mid December, is the second outbreak since 2007 to strike the DRC’s West Kasai province. Statements from the WHO and MSF have not said which Ebola subtype has sickened people in the outbreak. Public health officials have said that some of the suspected cases in both recent outbreaks had Shigella (bacterial) infections.See also:Dec 11, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Testing turns up Ebola in pigs”Jan 23 Doctors Without Borders reportJan 2 WHO update on Ebola in DRC
Jan 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The company implicated in the national Salmonella outbreak has recalled more of its peanut products, some distributed beyond US borders, as Kellogg Corp. announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found the pathogen in one package of its peanut butter sandwich crackers.National peanut butter brands sold through retail stores have not been linked to the Salmonella outbreak, but the FDA has warned consumers to avoid any commercially made products containing peanut butter—such as crackers, cookies, and ice cream—and any peanut butter served in institutions such as schools and nursing homes until investigators determine more about the scope of the contamination.Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), based in Lynchburg, Va., said yesterday in a press release that it is expanding the recall of peanut butter made at its Blakely, Ga., facility and is voluntarily recalling peanut paste made at the same plant. The company said the peanut butter and peanut paste were distributed to institutions, food services industries, and private-label food companies in 24 states, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Korea, and Haiti.”In addition, affected product was used as an ingredient in other products that may have been distributed in other states,” the company said, emphasizing that none of its recalled peanut butter is sold to consumers through retail stores.The peanut butter and peanut paste involved in the expanded recall was made on or after Jul 1, 2008, at the Blakely, Ga., facility. The company said tests on environmental samples and a small number of unopened containers have yielded Salmonella, though the company did not say if the pathogen matched the national outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium.The recall affects 200 lots of peanut butter and peanut paste as well as 52 lots of coarse natural paste, according to PCA.PCA is advising companies to segregate and hold the product and call PCA for further instructions.Meanwhile, Kellogg Corp. said in a press release today that Salmonella has been found in one package of its Austin peanut butter sandwich crackers, one of the brands the company has already recalled. The company did not indicate if the Salmonella found in the package of crackers matches the national outbreak strain.On Jan 14 customers and consumers were advised by the company to hold certain cracker brands pending more information from PCA. Two day later Kellogg recalled the products and said it has asked its salespeople and a retrieval company to remove the recalled products from store shelves.In other developments, more companies recalled products that may contain possibly tainted peanut butter or peanut paste supplied by PCA. The companies include:Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products: Wal-Mart Bakery peanut butter cookies, peanut butter no-bake cookies, and peanut butter fudge no-bake cookies; Lofthouse brand peanut butter cookies, peanut butter no-bake cookies, and peanut butter fudge no-bake cookies; Parco Foods’ Chuck’s Chunky food service peanut butter cookies; Pastries Plus gourmet cookies; Food Lion Bake Shop peanut butter cookiesMeijer: cheese and peanut butter sandwich crackers, toasty peanut butter sandwich crackers, peanut butter and jelly ice cream, peanut butter cup ice creamGeneral Mills: Larabar peanut butter cookie flavor snack bars, JamFrakas Blisscrisp peanut butter flavor snack barsSo far the outbreak strain has been connected to 474 illnesses in 43 states, according to a Jan 17 update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak may have played a role in 6 deaths, and 107 case-patients have been hospitalized.Agriculture officials in Georgia and Connecticut have isolated Salmonella in unopened 5-pound jars of King Nut peanut butter and are awaiting further test results to determine if the pathogen matches the outbreak strain. Earlier this month, public health officials in Minnesota found the outbreak strain in an open container of King Nut peanut butter, a bulk brand that is produced by PCA but is distributed to food service institutions by King Nut Corporation.See also:Jan 19 Kellogg press releaseJan 19 General Mills press releaseJan 18 CIDRAP News story “FDA warns not to eat selected peanut butter products”Jan 19 Meijer press releaseJan 18 Ralcorp Lofthouse press releaseJan 18 Ralcorp Wal-Mart product press releaseJan 18 Ralcorp Food Lion press releaseJan 17 CDC Salmonella outbreak updateJan 18 FDA outbreak update
This is the conclusion of the conference “Challenges and perspectives of sustainable tourism in Croatia”, which was held to mark 2017, as the year of sustainable tourism for the development of the World Tourism Organization, under the auspices of the United Nations. .The conference “Challenges and perspectives of sustainable tourism development in Croatia” was held in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, on the occasion of marking the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The conference was organized by the Network for Sustainable Development of Croatia under the co-sponsorship of the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Lika Destination Cluster, which organized a conference on the Plitvice Lakes.The conference, which was attended by a large number of representatives of tourist boards from all over Croatia, local action groups, representatives of local and regional self-government units, the scientific community and people from the tourism industry, discussed the need to integrate the wider community into education, promotion and implementation of sustainable philosophy. tourism development. Representatives of the three ministries addressed the conference; Mr. Igor Kreitmeyer, Assistant Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Robert Pende, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Ms. Nikolina Klaić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds.From previous examples of tourism development on the coast, we could see all the advantages and disadvantages of tourist expansion. The danger of mass tourism and its seasonality and all the consequences that such a form of tourism brings with it is especially emphasized. Some places on the Adriatic in the summer months become unbearable for tourists who come on vacation as well as for the domicile population. The danger of spatial devastation was also pointed out.Sustainable tourism development rests on three pillars: economic sustainability, social responsibility and environmental protection.Successful implementation requires the cooperation of seemingly opposing sectors, such as tourism construction and space protection. There are many bad examples of non-cooperation of the mentioned sectors in Croatia and that is why we must approach further development carefully and professionally so that further spatial “pollution” does not occur. If we look through the history of the construction of cities and settlements, we will see that in the past much more attention was paid to the culture of construction and materials that were appropriate to the climate.Sustainable tourism means involving the population and coexisting with tourists because they are just coming to experience, feel and taste what they do not have in their area. Cooperation between service providers and local producers is highly valued and sought after today. Rural households that, in addition to agricultural activities, also offer the service of accommodation and food, must get their place in the tourist offer. It is not uncommon for a fast food product to be more expensive than a domestic and healthy product of an agricultural household that has only produced that food. In the context of the development of continental tourism, education is needed as well as strategic assistance in sustainable development.Based on the lectures and interactive panel discussion, conclusions were reached according to which the philosophy of sustainable tourism should be promoted at all levels of society, integrate tourism development stakeholders to adopt specific sustainability projects (TZ, JLS, LAG, associations…), create, promote and implement small projects “Sustainable tourism in practice ”and certainly legally regulate and improve mountain tourism as well as other selective forms of tourism in Croatia, following the example of good examples of developed countries.
The Naturavita project, with a total value of around HRK 400 million, is just one of the current projects that are being prepared or implemented in the area of Kopački rit, and are mostly financed from European Union funds.The project includes the demining of about 200 hectares of mine suspected areas, restoration and protection of forests and forest land in protected and Natura 2000 areas in the Danube-Drava region and water protection and water-dependent ecosystems, reducing the risk of fire and other natural disasters and education and promotion of ecosystem services . The start of the project is expected at the end of this year and will last until 2020.Millions of investments are the result of systematic project preparation and, as the prefect Ivan Anušić points out, synergistic action of Croatian Forests, Croatian Waters, Osijek-Baranja County, Public Institution Nature Park Kopački rit and the Agency for Management of Protected Natural Values in Osijek-Baranja County. “Kopački rit has a central place in the tourism strategy of Osijek-Baranja County because it is an area that does not exist anywhere else in Europe. It is legally called “European Amazon”, and with our joint projects and activities we want to offer it to tourists as a top destination of natural heritage and riches. The County participates in all projects, and we are sure that progress and results in Kopački rit will be shown very soon. ”Said the prefect of Osijek-Baranja County, Ivan Anušić.Contracts for two more valuable projects were signed within the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020.The first refers to the renovation of the castles in Tikves, ie the creation of the Presentation and Education Center. Through the project, the old and new castle with an annex to the presentation center will be renovated and arranged, the parking lot will be renovated / built and the entire complex will be horticulturally arranged. A new storage facility will also be built for the equipment needed to protect and monitor the park. The project is planned to be realized by 2021, and its value is 61.066.740,42 kuna without VAT.The second project is the construction of a new infrastructure of the tourist port Sakadaš and the development of new educational facilities in the area, which will enable greater turnover of visitors. The purchase of a new electric excursion boat and solar-powered boats is also planned in order to provide visitors with a completely new experience of flora and fauna in Kopački rit. The project is worth more than 11 million kuna, and their implementation is scheduled for 2021.
The company Rox from Zagreb has signed a contract with the hotel group Orbis SA, the exclusive holder of the Novotel license for Eastern Europe, for the construction of their first hotel in Croatia.Orbis SA is a strategic partner of AccorHotels, which connects more than 4.500 hotels, complexes and residences worldwide. “Novotel is the world’s leading brand of modern hotels and tourist complexes in 59 countries, ideally located in the heart of major international cities, business zones and desirable tourist destinations. The passion that this brand cultivates for work perfectly suits our location in Zagreb. I believe that this hotel will be recognized as a central place for organizing business events, but also as an oasis of peace for rest and relaxation.”Said Ivo Krištić, President of the Management Board of Rox dooThe hotel will offer 170 rooms, a bar, a restaurant, a wellness center and rooms intended for business users. Zagreb’s Novotel plans to open its doors by the end of 2020. “Croatia has become one of the most attractive countries for investors in the hotel sector. We are very proud that the local partner decided to work with the Novotel brand and chose Orbis as the manager for this top project. Zagreb is one of the most important business centers in Southeast Europe – a very dynamic and creative city. Guests looking for rest and relaxation, but also business users will truly enjoy Novotel”Added Gilles Clavie, CEO and CEO of Orbis Group.Located in a great location, on Slavonska Avenue, only 20 minutes from the city center and 15 minutes from the international airport, Novotel Zagreb will provide superior accommodation and a unique experience for both business users and guests looking for a vacation.
Tomislav Klarin In the continuation of the lecture, Sanja Bubičić from the Administrative Department for Economy, Tourism, Infrastructure and EU Funds, emphasized that Zadar County takes special care of private renters of island and rural areas and, recognizing the need to raise the quality of accommodation in existing facilities and raise the level of service , placed a lending program with a subsidized interest rate for approved loans. Sanja Bubičić Those renters who are already good hosts and who have decorated their rooms, apartments / studio apartments and holiday homes and belong to the quality club “Welcome”, have made commendable strides in quality and originality of the offer, Sanja Bubičić invited to apply for the Public Call for “Welcome” award for the best renters. It will be published in October on the Zadar County website, and the winners will be announced and officially awarded as part of the awards ceremony in December 2019. Cash prizes with plaques will be awarded to media representatives, which, in addition to recognition, aims to ensure media-intensive promotion of excellence, creativity and professionalism in the field of private accommodation services as well as further encouragement of innovation in tourism and interconnection and exchange of experiences of all actors. in the tourist offer of Zadar County. In order to increase the level of self-protective behavior of citizens and the level of equipment with technical protection facilities and reduce the risk of target groups becoming victims of crime, within this project, research was conducted and its results were presented by Tomislav Klarin from the Department of Tourism and communication sciences, University of Zadar. In his presentation, he stressed the importance of security as an element of the tourist offer because it is almost a prerequisite for the arrival of a guest in a particular destination. Presenting data from other research conducted by the University of Zadar, he pointed out the positive and negative effects of tourism in Zadar County as a tourist destination, especially those related to its island population. Damir Hordov Ivana Marić, Police Prevention Officer of the Office of the Head of the Zadar Police Department, introduced the participants to the statistics on crimes that occur during the tourist season and pointed out the importance of self-protective behavior of each individual in preventing crimes, especially property. The intention is to continue touring and educating private landlords in dislocated areas of Zadar County. Source / photo: Zadar County As part of this prevention project, the County Administrative Department for Economy, Tourism, Infrastructure and EU Funds, in cooperation with the Zadar Police Department, printed leaflets “Safe Vacation” with advice on self-protective behavior handed out to renters and employees of tourist boards. , conveyed the advice to as many citizens and tourists staying in their accommodation facilities as possible. Damir Hordov from the Zadar County Tourist Board introduced the renters to the project of marking quality in family accommodation brand name “Welcome” as well as the associated subbrands “City”, “Rural”, “Family” and “Bike”. As this is a group of standards and criteria that seek to create a new basis for connecting the holders of family accommodation and supplement the existing system of categorization in order to increase competitiveness and quality of apartments, rooms and houses that are rented privately, he invited Quality club. Marketing association creates preconditions for strengthening the tourist season and positioning Zadar County as a recognizable tourist destination. As part of the preventive project “Safety in Zadar County Tourism”, which has been implemented for six years in the organization of the Zadar Police Administration, Zadar County, University of Zadar and the Zadar County Tourist Board, “Education for family accommodation owners in Zadar County” was held in Preko . On that occasion, representatives of tourist boards and renters gathered in private accommodation on the islands of Ugljan and Pašman, Zadar County reports.
The realized holiday tourist traffic exceeded the expectations of the CNTB, and as the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić points out, the results further confirm the fact that Croatian destinations work well and continuously on the development of year-round tourist offer. “Attractive contents and rich Advent programs have been created, which introduced us to 2020 in a positive atmosphere. We have a very challenging tourist year ahead of us, but we are full of optimism in maintaining our country’s competitive position in the large international market. “, concluded Staničić. Cover photo: Advent in Osijek Observing tourist traffic only on the coast, during the Christmas and New Year holidays in the Adriatic counties there were 134 thousand arrivals and 405 thousand overnight stays, while on the continent together with the city of Zagreb there were 104 thousand arrivals and 216 thousand overnight stays. Looking at the destinations, most overnight stays in the mentioned period were realized in Zagreb, Opatija, Poreč, Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Split. Most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Germany and Italy. According to the data of the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, in Croatia during the Christmas and New Year holidays, ie in the period from December 20, 2019 to January 6, 2020, it was realized 238 thousand arrivals i 621 thousand overnight stays, which compared to the same period last year represents an increase of 8 place in arrivals and overnight stays. Looking at the counties, most overnight stays on the coast were realized in Istria, Kvarner and Split-Dalmatia County, while on the continent most overnight stays were realized in Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje and Međimurje counties.
More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes The congregation, pastor and elders of the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church wish to express their gratitude to the town of Charlton and Stewart’s Corp. They listened to our concerns with reference to the construction of the new Stewart’s store built across the road from our church. We also wish to thank others in the community who spoke at the public hearing in the town of Charlton. Everyone worked together to address all concerns. The store was set back so that it doesn’t block the view of the church.Stewart’s also configured the gas pumps and lighting to have as little impact as possible on the church view. The prominence of our facility as an important historic landmark in the town of Charlton has been maintained. The view of the church for those traveling in the area continues to serve as a reminder of God’s love.It’s a great thing when people with different perspectives and interests in a situation can come together and solve problems. It speaks well of Stewart’s’ involvement with the community and the town of Charlton’s commitment to its residents.Jean WeedBallston SpaThe writer is an elder of the church. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Louis Restifo’s Feb. 20 letter, “Trump cronies real threat to democracy”: In my opinion, he and his fellow liberals are the cronies being led around by the nose. They suffer from the now-famous “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” If he is so influenced by the FBI and CIA and their findings of our democracy and politics, he should be glad to know that both agencies have stated that there is no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Here is a quote from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Feb. 16: “The Russian indictments do not accuse any Americans of wrongdoings or that it altered the outcome of the 2016 elections.”If the Russians’ goal was to sow confusion, discord and rancor among the citizens of the United States, it was very successful, as evidenced by Mr. Restifo and his fake-news-generated opinion. We need to keep in mind that the Russian meddling into our politics started in 2014 while President Obama was trying to run this country, and he did nothing about it. Maryann FaulisiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, music
I was appalled to see Liz Bishop kowtowing to Sinclair Broadcast Group and spewing its propaganda. Disgusting. She is so much better than that. I worked for TV-10 and the state Health Department for many years and never did I lie.A couple of times I came close to being fired, but I stood my ground. What the heck happened to Liz? I am so disappointed. This is why I don’t watch local TV news anymore. When they can turn Liz, no one can be trusted.Kristine SmithDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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The Constitutional Court (MK) has ruled against the plaintiffs of the review petition on the simultaneous general elections that aimed to have the practice abolished, saying that the presidential, House of Representatives, and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) elections must be held concurrently.During the hearing on Wednesday, justice Saldi Isra communicated the court’s belief that holding the presidential and national legislative elections separately would directly contradict the 1945 Constitution.“The court believes that the most constitutional method to be to hold the elections for both the presidency and the national legislature simultaneously,” Saldi said as quoted by Antara News. “Holding the general election for the national legislature and the president and vice president simultaneously is the logical consequence of trying to strengthen the presidential system.” The petitioners, which comprised election watchdogs Pemantau Pemilu Arjuna and Pemantau Pemilu Pena, had argued that the 2019 simultaneous elections had caused many deaths in addition to making it difficult for voters to get to know all the candidates.Last year’s presidential and legislative elections in Indonesia, held simultaneously on April 17, 2019, were dubbed the most complex single-day election in the world. Unlike in the past, when the presidential election was held around three months after the legislative election, voters across the country were given five ballot papers to cast in a single day, one ballot paper each for the presidential election and four legislative elections: the House of Representatives, the provincial and the regental or municipal Regional Legislative Councils (DPRDs) and the DPD. This meant that voters had to choose from among hundreds of candidates, while polling station workers worked overtime to ensure that the ballots were counted within the given deadline. Overwork is thought to have been a contributing factor in the deaths of over 500 polling station workers in the month following the election, many from exhaustion, sleep deprivation and ensuing health complications.Despite its ruling that the presidential and House elections must be held simultaneously, the court did not rule out the possibility for the other, lower-level legislative elections to be held separately.Saldi read out five possible alternatives, including a simultaneous election for the presidency, House and DPD while a separate simultaneous election could be held for regional heads and DPRDs. (rfa)Topics :
Concerns about how the Indonesian government is handling the novel coronavirus outbreak have grown as none of the 132 Indonesian lab tests for the virus have come back positive as of Wednesday.This week, a hospital in Semarang, Central Java, and another in Batam, Riau Islands, each reported the death of a patient who had symptoms similar to the new coronavirus. Both patients’ tests came back negative, officials said.The patient in Semarang, an Indonesian national aged 37, died not of the coronavirus disease (COVD-19) but of bronchopneumonia, said Kariadi General Hospital medical and nursing director Agoes Oerip Poerwoko on Wednesday.“The patient had tested negative for the coronavirus based on an observation from the Health Research and Development Agency [Balitbangkes] in Jakarta. Balitbangkes did the examination,” Agoes said. On Wednesday, the Batam Health Agency reported the death of a 61-year-old Singaporean man. He went to the emergency room of a private hospital with symptoms consistent with those of the coronavirus on Feb. 20. The private hospital sent him to Batam’s referral hospital for the coronavirus after the doctor found he had fever and shortness of breath.The agency, however, said he died of “another illness”, not COVID-19, because the patient’s test results for the virus came back negative.Read also: ‘It is not COVID-19’: Indonesian health official mixes up disease and virusThe diplomatic community in Jakarta and public health experts, however, have raised concerns about the accuracy of the lab tests. A leaked document circulated throughout the diplomatic community in Jakarta and obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday warns of diplomats’ “critical” concerns about Indonesia’s handling of the new coronavirus.The document instructs diplomats to provide messages such as, “We believe it is critical for your government to be actively conducting case detection,” the Herald reported.Another point was, “Many hospitals do not have adequate PPE [personal protective equipment], not enough isolation beds, and specimen transportation is inadequate,” according to the Herald.“The reference to inadequate specimen transportation reflects concerns some of the specimens tested for coronavirus may not have been properly refrigerated in transit,” the report said.The World Health Organization states that each of the specimens should be stored and shipped at 4°C if they will reach the laboratory in less than 72 hours and should be stored at -20°C – or ideally ‐80°C – on dry ice or liquid nitrogen if they will reach the laboratory in more than 72 hours.A microbiology researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Sugiyono Saputra, suggested Indonesian health authorities send samples from suspected coronavirus patients to the WHO-appointed referral laboratories for confirmation amid growing skepticism at home.“By doing so, we can evaluate our testing capacity. We can also take required countermeasures if some of the samples eventually test positive,” Sugiyono said, adding that referral laboratories were spread across 15 countries, including Australia, Thailand and neighboring Singapore.He warned against complacency in handling the deadly virus as many things could go wrong during the sample-testing process. “[Errors] can result either from the tools or the humans that perform the testing.”Read also: COVID-19: 188 Indonesians from World Dream cruise ship to be quarantined on uninhabited islandSamsuridjal Djauzi, an immunology expert at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital said not all tests were 100 percent accurate. The results depend on “how [testers] take, store and send the specimens. They also depend on the testing tools.” A false result – positive or negative – can occur if there is an error in the procedure.Samsuridjal said it was not entirely impossible for Indonesia to have zero cases. However, he said Indonesia should have tested more specimens.The Indonesian Health Ministry reported that, as of Tuesday, it had tested 132 specimens from 44 hospitals in 22 provinces and that all had come back negative. Singapore has conducted more than 1,200 tests and Malaysia more than 1,000.Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Anung Sugihantono declined to answer the Post’s questions about the growing concern about the lab testing procedure. Balitbangkes head Vivi Setiawaty did not respond to the Post’s request for comment. (aly)Ardila Syakriah and Suherdjoko contributed to this report from Jakarta and SemarangTopics :
LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google The omnibus bill on job creation will weaken the regional administration through inefficient governance and a potential reduction in regional incomes, experts and a lawmakers have warned.With the bill centralizing business permits processing and taking away several regional authorities — causing an accumulation of power in the hands of the central government, questions linger over whether it can carry all the new tasks.“The spirit of decentralization through regional autonomy is to boost efficient governance by bringing the service closer to the public,” researcher at the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) Riza Annisa Pujarama said in a public discussion on Friday.Researcher Charles Simabura of Andalas University’s Center for Constitutional Studies said the bill was a setback of decentralization, particularly since the prevailing 201… Facebook Log in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? omnibus-bill omnibus-bill-on-job-creation regional-administrations good-governance #Bill
The Taxation Directorate General has cancelled direct face-to-face services and is advising all taxpayers to use online facilities for filing their annual tax returns (SPTs) in compliance with the government’s social distancing policy to help limit the spread of COVID-19.The tax office has also postponed the deadline for tax returns from March 31 to April 30, “to ease and provide certainty to individual taxpayers”, it said in a statement on Sunday. “In addition to taxation services, [all] communication on tax supervision and investigations will be conducted by mail and email correspondence, phone calls, video conferences and other online channels,” it added. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has taken to social media to communicate the tax office’s new policies.”We ask taxpayers to file their tax returns online or through the post office, and to avoid face-to-face interactions to minimize the potential for transmission,” Sri Mulyani posted on her Instagram account on Sunday.The tax office’s data shows that 7.5 million taxpayers had filed their annual tax returns by Monday morning, an increase from 6.9 million during the same period last year. Meanwhile, more than 306,464 taxpayers had filed their tax returns in person this year, compared to 407,044 last year.Read also: Indonesia deploys second stimulus amid market, rupiah routs“We expect that the tax revenue will be maintained this year, despite the economic uncertainty,” said Sri Mulyani.Slower growth in both the global and domestic economies are expected this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted business activities and caused an unforeseen obstacle to tax collection.The government earned state revenue of Rp 103.7 trillion (US$7.25 billion) in January, down 4.6 percent year-on-year. It collected Rp 84.7 trillion in taxes that same month, down 6 percent from January 2019. Topics : Taxpayers may submit other tax-related forms, including application and registration forms, using the tax office’s online channels or by email.Read also: Stay home, President saysPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on all citizens on Sunday to practice social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country, urging people to work, study and worship at home.By Sunday afternoon, the government had announced 117 confirmed cases, including five deaths from the pneumonia-like illness that is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
“We’re continuing to hold discussions related to land acquisition and preparing local workforces,” said Murad in a statement last week on March 9, adding that the plant was expected to begin construction in 2021.Read also: PLN, Pupuk Indonesia to buy LNG from Masela plantAbadi is one of two LNG facilities being developed in Indonesia. The other facility is British Petroleum’s (BP) Tangguh Train 3 plant in West Papua. The two facilities, once operational, are expected to double Indonesia’s LNG production capacity to 33.1 million tons each year to increase its global exports of the commodity. The development of a long-stalled, nationally strategic gas project in the offshore Masela Block has taken a step forward as the Maluku governor has allocated 27 hectares of land for the project’s harbor.Maluku Governor Murad Ismail issued on Feb. 14 letter No. 96/2020, which allocated a small plot of land on Nustual Island for the development of the harbor to be used to move items related to the establishment of the Abadi Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in the Masela Block. In a follow-up announcement received by The Jakarta Post on Sunday, the provincial administration said that acquiring the land – parts of which are currently owned by two different individuals – would take about eight months.The policeman-turned-governor previously gave the plant’s operator, Japanese oil company Inpex Corp, a recommendation for between 900 Ha and 1,000 Ha of land on a separate island to develop the plant itself. The Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas), which spearheads the government’s efforts on upstream gas-related matters, expects higher LNG exports to help offset Indonesia’s growing oil imports, which are a main contributor to the country’s trade deficit.Oil and gas imports reached US$1.75 billion in February, up 10.7 percent from the same month last year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows.Despite being listed as a nationally strategic project, the Abadi LNG plant’s development has been delayed for 18 years due to a disagreement between Inpex and Indonesia over the block’s development plan, including whether the LNG plant would be built onshore or offshore.Locals have also resisted the project. The Maluku People’s Forum (Formama) told reporters in Jakarta in December of last year that members were unsatisfied with the project’s contribution to local residents’ welfare, as reported by Tribunnews.com. Contrary to Murad’s expectations, Japan’s Inpex expects to begin plant construction in early 2023 and have the facility operational by 2027, when it expects to produce 9.5 million metric tons of LNG per annum (mtpa).Read also: Construction of Abadi LNG facilities to contribute Rp 73 trillion to economyInpex Masela corporate communications manager Moch N Kurniawan said the company would continually engage stakeholders to ensure “we can execute the Abadi LNG project as per the plan of development agreed upon with the Indonesian government”.SKK Migas deputy of operations Julius Wiratno added in a statement on Monday that developers were facing a slight delay due to the novel coronavirus epidemic. They had to clean survey equipment to ensure employees were not affected by the virus.“We need about a month to disinfect survey equipment, particularly the equipment that comes from countries infected by COVID-19,” he said.Julius added that Inpex was currently working on the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) plans for the project.Topics :
Last week, Trump urged Americans to halt most social activities for 15 days. It is unclear what power Trump actually has to simply turn the economy back on by executive order.News of Trump reopening the US economy anytime soon would not be taken well by investors, who remain anxious about the coronavirus’ uncertain trajectory and its economic toll, said Axel Merk, chief investment officer of Merk Investments.“Markets will react badly because they have learned that this approach doesn’t work,” Merk said. “From a medical point of view, you have to break the exponential growth and you do that with shelter in place policies.”The S&P 500 Index sank 3 percent on Monday. It is down more than 30 percent from its Feb. 19 peak and is at levels not seen since the end of 2016, giving up nearly all of its gains from before Trump was elected. Bleak estimatesInitial estimates of the pandemic’s economic fallout have grown bleaker in recent days.US unemployment could hit 30 percent and second-quarter economic output could be half the norm, St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said.Jennifer Pline, head of wealth management for Cambridge Trust in Boston, said it is too soon to judge whether to reopen the economy just yet.“As we’re just starting to close things down fairly tightly, we need to wait a while until we get more traction and less contagion with the virus.”The cost of a mistake could be deadly. A March 16 study by Imperial College in London predicts 2.2 million deaths in the United States in an unmitigated epidemic, with critical care bed capacity exceeded as early as the second week in April.Economists at Northwestern University and Berlin’s Freie University estimated an “optimal containment policy” in the United States would deepen the subsequent recession but save 600,000 lives.Ellis Phifer, market strategist for Raymond James in Memphis, Tenn. said he has struggled with the question of whether it would be best to reopen parts of the economy.“It’s really hard to determine which costs more,” Phifer said of the dueling approaches of lifting restrictions sooner or later. On balance, he would be inclined to follow the advice of public health experts like Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who have largely advocated for more restrictions.Testing keyIn an interview last week, Richmond Federal Reserve president Thomas Barkin said any call to try to resume normal economic activity will depend on widespread testing quick enough that businesses can establish protocols to ensure worker and customer safety.David Kotok, chairman & chief investment officer of Cumberland Advisors, said what is imperative is to get accurate antibody tests, and to read the recovery rate as well as confirmed cases and deaths.“I don’t think the market will get the economic growth if people are dying all over the place,” said Kotok.Others thought that the more important thing would be to get the economy back open.“You leave this USA shut for another 60 days and you may have no economy or healthcare left,” said John Lekas at Leader Capital.Rob Arnott, founder of asset manager Research Affiliates said the toll of job losses and other economic hardship that may stem from shutdowns and other measures could potentially be more harmful than the virus itself.“Our way of handling this will kill a lot more people than it saves,” said Arnott.But now the measures are taken and the population is fearful, there may be no going back.Gregory Daco, Chief US Economist at Oxford Economics, said even if the lockdowns were lifted, “businesses and households would remain very cautious, and financial intermediation would remain under stress… And, with the rest of the world under lockdown, you would presumably further alienate yourself.”Topics : US President Donald Trump’s desire to rapidly reopen the economy despite signs the coronavirus is still spreading may backfire, with higher deaths and citizens remaining fearful of going out, some investors said.US markets have been roiled by the spread of the virus in the country and as states have shut parts of their economies.Trump said on Monday that at the end of a 15-day shutdown period, which would run to the end of the month, “we will make a decision as to which way we want to go.”
The post, which also featured purported photos of the two, was later taken down, but a screengrab of the Facebook post has since been circulating through other social media platforms, including Twitter.Human rights activists Nursyahbani Katjasungkana reposted the screenshot of the Facebook post on her Twitter account on Wednesday.Jika relawan saja tdk memperoleh perlindungan yg cukup, trus gimana pak Menkes? pic.twitter.com/x64AGu8SvZ— Nursyahbani K (@kicaunuri) April 1, 2020The head of the makeshift hospital’s COVID-19 task force, commander Brig. Gen. Agung Hermawanto, said authorities had not received any report regarding the information.”We currently have approximately 300 volunteers working at the emergency hospital, and so far, we have received no report on the death of volunteers,” Agung told The Jakarta Post. Authorities have dismissed as a hoax a rumor that two volunteers at Jakarta’s makeshift hospital for COVID-19 in the Kemayoran athletes village had died after contracting the coronavirus disease.The information began with a post on a Facebook account set up under the name Andriana Nova Grantina, in which the apparent account holder said her senior, named Sia Ai Hung, and the latter’s sister, Sia Ai, had died of COVID-19 on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.”Both of them were volunteers at the Kemayoran athletes village emergency hospital,” said the post published on Wednesday. Echoing Agung, the Joint Defense Area Command I commander Vice Adm. Yudo Margono said the information was a hoax.”We have checked the information through the BPPSDM’s [Board for Development and Empowerment Human Health Resources] database, and there are no volunteers under the names [Sia Ai Hung and Sia Ai] in the athlete village’s emergency hospital,” Yudo Margono told the Post.Yudo also assured the public that any information related to the makeshift hospital would be directly reported to him, so there would not be any missing information on the situation in the field.He went on to deplore circulating “fake news” regarding the hospital in social media in recent days.Read also: Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmareLast week, information purportedly telling people how to get into the emergency hospital at the Kemayoran athletes village through a designated doctor’s phone number was also circulating on social media, and later turned out to be a hoax.Jakarta Military Command chief Maj. Gen. Eko Margiyono, who has been appointed to lead the operation of the makeshift hospital, has also spoken out against circulating hoaxes, calling on residents to trust the government’s information and advice in the battle against COVID-19.”I demand that whoever is making such hoaxes stop their actions, as it will only make the situation worse,” Eko said as quoted by news agency Antara on March 26.He also advised people to not panic over information circulating on social media and reassured the public that the hospital was properly equipped with supporting facilities, including a safe-handling service and self-quarantine facility.Jakarta Police spokesperson Yusri Yunus said that 43 hoaxes regarding COVID-19 were under police investigation and had resulted in the arrest of seven suspects so far, all of whom were charged under the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, kompas.com reported.Since it began operations last week, the makeshift hospital at the athletes village has treated some 428 patients, 111 of whom have tested positive for COVID-19. The hospital has also reported three deaths of patients suspected to have contracted COVID-19.As of Wednesday afternoon, Indonesia has confirmed 1,677 coronavirus cases with 157 fatalities, making the country’s mortality rate of 9.3 percent among the highest in the world. (nal)Topics :
At the hotel in the heart of Geneva’s Old City, 20 rooms have been provided to homeless women, while 11 have been given to unaccompanied minors like Rahmani who have no access to seeking asylum in Switzerland.”It happened fairly naturally,” hotel director Alain Meuwly told AFP, sitting in the breakfast room, where tables have been spaced far apart and equipped with only one chair each.When Switzerland began cancelling all public events and closing restaurants and shops to halt the spread of the virus in early March, “more than 90 percent of our bookings were cancelled,” he said.The hotel, a profit-driven business run by the Salvation Army, was empty. Topics : ‘Total comfort’ Rahmani is certainly happy with the arrangement. After making a treacherous boat crossing from Algeria to Spain three years ago, making his way to the streets of Paris, and finally to Geneva last month, he said hotel life was “total comfort.””We don’t have to think about food, we don’t have to worry where to sleep, or if we will be cold,” he said.”I’d like to stay here forever.”Geneva provides migrants who are unaccompanied minors with special provisions, often officially registering them with organizations and giving access to food and shelter.Hafida Marsli, a 42-year-old woman who made her way from Morocco to Switzerland a decade ago in search of a better life only to eventually find herself homeless in Geneva, agreed.”It is really good here,” she told AFP, adjusting her headscarf. “It’s all good.” Valerie Spagna, who heads the Salvation Army’s night shelter program for the homeless in Geneva, said there was a world of difference from the regular shelters, where people can enter in the evening to sleep in large dormitories or shared rooms, and have to leave early in the morning.At the hotel, “they can finally relax, take care of themselves, sleep as long as they want,” she told AFP. “They have finally gotten a small taste of a more normal life.”She said what she feared most now was “the return to reality” once the homeless residents are asked to leave on June 1.”They are going to have to go back to real life at some point,” she said.”It is going to hurt.” Sofiane Rahmani can hardly believe his luck. After several years of living on the street and bouncing between shelters, he now has his own hotel room, personal bathroom and all meals provided.”It’s true luxury,” the 16-year-old Algerian illegal migrant told AFP at the three-star Bel Esperance Hotel in Geneva.Last month, as the hotel faced a cascade of cancellations, it decided to turn over the entire establishment to house homeless women and youths and help get them off the streets during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time colleagues within the Christian charity told him they were looking for safe ways to house some of the estimated 1,000 homeless people in Geneva. Good for business Switzerland, which to date has reported nearly 28,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 1,100 deaths, does not have a national policy against homelessness, with each of the confederation’s 26 cantons implementing their own approaches.In Geneva, the Salvation Army and other organizations have long provided emergency overnight shelters with a few dozen beds, but never before anything with 24-hour service. Meuwly said the transformation process was quite simple.The hotel’s regular staff were all placed on temporary unemployment, and a team of social workers were brought in to accommodate the new residents, who will be allowed to stay until June 1. The dining area was spaced out, masks and disinfectant were provided and only one person was permitted per room.”Since this is a slightly different clientele we removed some gadgets that you would usually find in a three-star hotel room, like tablets and coffee-makers,” Meuwly acknowledged, stressing that the “comfort level is the same.””There are the same beds and bedding, TVs, and especially wifi. That is something everyone really seems to appreciate.”Ironically, the building served for more than 60 years as a shelter for vulnerable women, but in 1996 it was transformed into a hotel, which today offers elegant, plush rooms that during the high season can go for up to 600 Swiss francs ($620, 570 euros) a night.Meuwly said he was not worried that housing the homeless might harm business once the crisis ends.”Not at all,” he said, adding that he had received numerous messages from regular customers congratulating him for the initiative and asking how they could help.”I think it could even be an asset to the business.”
The potential financial stakes are huge and several major pharmaceutical companies are racing against the clock in the hope of being the first to bring a vaccine to market.Sanofi triggered a storm this week when it said that any potential COVID-19 vaccine it reached would go to the United States first because Washington was helping to fund the French pharmaceutical giant’s quest.Market forces not enough WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said researchers were working at breakneck speed to understand the virus and develop potential vaccines and medicines.However, “traditional market models will not deliver at the scale needed to cover the entire globe,” he said.”In these extraordinary circumstances, we need to unleash the full power of science, to deliver innovations that are scalable, usable, and benefit everyone, everywhere, at the same time.”Solidarity within and between countries and the private sector is essential if we are to overcome these difficult times.”The platform will be officially launched on May 29.”WHO has accepted this visionary proposal and will, in the next few weeks, launch a platform for open, collaborative sharing of knowledge, data and intellectual property on existing and new health tools to combat COVID-19,” said Tedros.The health technology repository will include vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and any other tool that may work against COVID-19.The novel coronavirus has killed more than 300,000 people and infected nearly 4.5 million since the outbreak first emerged in China late last year, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.Topics : The World Health Organization on Friday urged countries, companies and researchers to pull down the barriers and open up their findings on COVID-19 as it unveiled a global knowledge-sharing platform.The information pool is intended to be a voluntary worldwide repository of intellectual property and open-sourced data, allowing everyone involved to benefit from each other’s advances in a common front against the new coronavirus.Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, who first proposed the idea, said now was no time to be selfish in the race to find effective vaccines, treatments and technology to combat the deadly pandemic sweeping the globe. “The idea is to make available for everybody around the world the different advancements and innovations,” Alvarado said at a WHO press conference, via videolink.”We want to see those innovations and technologies as global public goods to protect humanity against this threat.”He said the coronavirus pandemic could only be defeated with international solidarity, “not being selfish”.Dozens of vaccine projects have been launched worldwide and several clinical trials are under way to try to find a cure for the disease.
Health workers fear the pandemic’s economic shock will return Japan to 14 dark years from 1998 when more than 30,000 people took their lives annually. With the grim distinction of the highest suicide rate among G7 nations, Japan adopted legal and corporate changes that helped lower the toll to just over 20,000 last year.Worried the current crisis will reverse that downward trend, frontline workers are urging the government to boost both fiscal aid and practical support.”We need to take steps now, before the deaths begin,” said Hisao Sato, head of an NGO that provides counseling and economic advice in Akita, a northern prefecture long known for Japan’s worst suicide rate.National suicides fell 20% year-on-year in April, the first month of the country’s soft lockdown, but experts said that was likely due to an internationally recognized phenomenon in which suicides decrease during crises, only to rise afterwards. “It’s the quiet before the storm, but the clouds are upon us,” Sato said.Prevention workers see echoes of 1998 when a sales tax hike and the Asian economic crisis first drove annual suicides above 30,000, then to a peak of almost 34,500 in 2003.Economic circumstance is the second biggest reason for suicides, behind health, according to 2019 police data, which also shows that men are nearly three times more likely to kill themselves than women, and most are in the 40-60 age group.The current crisis, which is forecast to shrink Japan’s economy 22.2 percent this quarter, is especially dangerous for cash-strapped small and medium-sized businesses for whom government subsidies might not arrive in time.”It’s tough. A lot of people are really worried,” said Shinnosuke Hirose, chief executive of a small human resources firm that has lost nearly 90% of its business. “It’s like waiting at the execution grounds to see if they survive or not.”A Health Ministry official in charge of suicide policy told Reuters his department planned to ask for more money from a $1.1 trillion central government stimulus package to help fund measures such as extra hotlines. The official, who declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak on the record, added there were limits to central government action and local efforts were crucial.Jobless linkSome believe the steps taken in recent years to bring down the suicide rate will hold firm through the current crisis, but others are not so sure.Kyoto University’s Resilience Research Unit has predicted 2,400 more suicides for each 1% rise in unemployment. If the virus subsides in a year, unemployment could peak at around 6% by March, lifting annual suicides to around 34,000, it estimated. If pandemic conditions persist for two years, a rise to 8% unemployment by March 2022 would see suicides spike over 39,000.”Of course social support is important … but they won’t be able to ramp this up suddenly,” said unit director Satoshi Fujii. “Preventing bankruptcies will start helping immediately.”At the Tokyo Befrienders call center, the phones continue to ring. The formerly nightly service now opens on Tuesdays only, with one volunteer a shift instead of four, although it plans to reinstate another day in June.”Everyone has tried hard to get through lockdown, but now they’ll reflect and think ‘why was I doing it? What hope do I have?'” Nakayama said. “At that time I think a lot could choose death.” The phones at the Tokyo suicide hotline start ringing as soon as it opens for its once-weekly overnight session. They don’t stop until the lone volunteer fielding calls from hundreds of people yearning to talk signs out early the next morning.Both operating days and volunteer numbers at the volunteer-run Tokyo Befrienders call center have been cut to avoid coronavirus infection, but the desperate need remains.”There are so many people who want to connect and talk to somebody, but the fact is we can’t answer all of them,” center director Machiko Nakayama told Reuters. Topics :
Hours later, the micro-messaging platform hid the tweet behind a message that said it “violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today.””As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it.” Users could still click through and view the full unedited tweet.Trump, who has more than 80 million followers on Twitter, lashed out at the platform on Thursday, signing an executive order seeking to strip social media giants of legal immunity for content on their platforms. Twitter concealed one of Donald Trump’s tweets on Friday for “glorifying violence,” ramping up a dispute with the US president who says social media companies censor conservative voices like his. In a move bound to infuriate one of the platform’s most followed users, Twitter said it was placing a “public interest notice” on a Trump tweet about violent protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of the police.In a late night tweet, Trump wrote: “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” The order calls on government regulators to evaluate if online platforms should be eligible for liability protection for content posted by their millions of users.The move, which was slammed by critics as a legally dubious act of political revenge, came after Twitter labelled two earlier Trump tweets — on the increasingly contentious topic of mail-in voting — as misleading.If enforced, the action would upend decades of precedent and treat internet platforms as “publishers” potentially liable for user-generated content.Trump told reporters at the White House he acted because big tech firms “have had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences.””We can’t let this continue to happen,” Trump said.’President’s speech police’ Critics said however Trump has no authority to regulate private internet operators or change the law, known as Section 230, which backers say has allowed online platforms like Facebook and Twitter to flourish.The American Civil Liberties Union called Trump’s order “a blatant and unconstitutional threat to punish social media companies that displease the president.”Eric Goldman, director of the High-Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University, said the order was “more about political theater than about changing the law.”The order “is not legally supportable — it flies in the face of more than 900 court decisions,” Goldman said.The White House seeks to sidestep the provisions giving internet firms immunity by treating them as publishers operating in part of a “public square.””Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see,” the executive order said.While the Trump order would not prevent platforms from moderating content, it could open them up to a flood of lawsuits from anyone who claims to be harmed by content posted online.Critics said the action represents a dangerous effort by the government to regulate online speech.”Social media can be frustrating. But an Executive Order that would turn the FCC into the President’s speech police is not the answer,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of Federal Communications Commission, one of the agencies tasked with enforcing the executive order.Matt Schruers, president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, a trade group, warned that “retaliation against the private sector for fact-checking leadership is what we expect from foreign autocracies, not the United States.”Wading into quagmire Internet firms have denied Trump’s claims of bias, and point to his massive social media following. But the president’s move plays into his narrative ahead of his difficult November reelection battle that liberal forces are trying to censor Republicans.A wider debate has long been underway on the power that social media companies wield and what responsibility they bear for posts that are misleading or hurtful.Internet services like Twitter and Facebook have been struggling to root out misinformation, while at the same time keeping their platforms open to users.After long resisting calls to censure Trump over his frequent factually inaccurate posts, Twitter on Tuesday flagged the president for the first time for making false claims.Trump had tweeted — without any evidence — that more mail-in voting would lead to what he called a “Rigged Election” this November.Topics :
“We proposed that Garuda receive MCB that could be converted for three years, as Garuda has been hit hard by the [COVID-19 pandemic] like other airlines around the world,” Erick said.The nation’s aviation industry has been severely impacted by the ongoing health crisis, with restrictions discouraging people from traveling. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has stated that 2020 will be the worst year in history for airlines, with global airlines expected to face a combined US$84.3 billion in losses.The MCB scheme is part of the government’s national economic recovery (PEN) program, to support the recovery of the virus battered economy. The government expects the fiscal deficit to reach 6.34 percent this year as it allocates Rp 695.2 trillion in stimuli, partially to bolster the economy amid the pandemic.Under Government Regulation No. 23/3030 on the national economic recovery program, the government has allocated more than Rp 152 trillion to bail out SOEs through PMN, among other mechanisms, of which Garuda is set to receive Rp 8.5 trillion. The House of Representatives has given the green light for the government to provide Rp 8.5 trillion (US$583 million) for pandemic-hit national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, in the form of a mandatory convertible bond (MCB).The MCB will require conversion of the said bond into stocks in accordance with the contractual conversion date. The MCB for the airline is expected to have a tenor of three years, with state-owned infrastructure financing company PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) projected to act as a buyer for the bond and eventually a shareholder of the company.The legislature made the decision after a working meeting with State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir on Wednesday, citing the reason that Garuda could not receive state-capital injections (PMN) as it is a publicly listed company. Garuda Indonesia service and business development director Ade R. Susardi said on a separate occasion that the company was in dire need of government funding as it had been operating at a loss since the COVID-19 outbreak hit Indonesia.“Our flight occupancy rate currently stands at around 40 percent, which cannot even cover the operation cost. We hope that Garuda can receive funding in the form of MCB,” he said during an online webinar held by The Habibie Center on Wednesday.Garuda’s flight traffic has also fallen to around 40 daily flights as of July from the average rate of 330 daily flights before the crisis, Ade added.As the number of passengers fell, Garuda saw a 30 percent year-on-year slump in revenue to $768.12 million in the first quarter from $1.1 billion in the same period last year. The company also booked a $120 million loss in the first quarter this year, compared to $20.48 million profit in the January-March period of 2019.Read also: Garuda books $120m net loss in Q1 as travel industry hit hard by COVID-19Amid its financial woes, the company recently secured a three-year extension on $500 million worth of global sukuk (global Islamic bonds) that were due in June, as a result of liquidity problems caused by the pandemic.“We are now trying to increase the number of passengers in order to help Garuda by convincing passengers that it is safe to fly. With the rising number of passengers, we can boost our cash flow,” Ade said.Convincing the public about the safety of air travel has become a major challenge for the aviation industry, as in a recent survey conducted by state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I, 84 percent of respondents said they were still taking a “wait-and-see” approach toward using air transportation.Garuda was previously embroiled in an incident on June 27, when a passenger was allowed to board a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta to Sorong, West Papua, despite having recently tested positive for COVID-19.Topics :
According to the police, DKS knew at that time that the kite had flown away, but he did not try to find it.“The big kite fell on a busbar and consequently caused three transformers in the substation to short circuit,” Denpasar Police chief Sr. Comr. Jansen Avitus Panjaitan said in a statement on Monday.Read also: Oldest kite in the world comes from Southeast Sulawesi: MuseumThe power outage lasted for around five hours from 4:45 p.m. local time and affected 71,121 houses and buildings in Kuta, South Denpasar and East Denpasar on Sunday. The incident was subsequently reported to the police.DKS admitted his wrongdoing and was charged under Article 188 of the Criminal Code for negligence endangering others, which carries a sentence of one month to five years’ imprisonment.Jansen appealed to the public to think about their location before flying kites so as not to endanger other people and public facilities.“We are taking this measure to give a deterrent effect so that people will be more considerate in choosing the location and the length of the string they use when playing with kites,” he said as quoted by kompas.com, “Flying a kite is not prohibited, but please be considerate.” (aly)Topics : The police have arrested a 50-year-old man whose kite reportedly broke and fell onto a substation owned by state electricity firm PLN in Pesanggaran, Denpasar , Bali, leading to a five-hour blackout in three districts on the resort island on Sunday.The incident reportedly occurred when the man, identified as DKS, was flying a Balinese bebean (large traditional fish-shaped kite) attached to a 150-meter long string in a vacant lot near the Benoa port.DKS, who was flying the kite with his child, later tied the kite’s string to a tree before heading home. However, the string broke, causing the kite to fly away and fall onto PLN’s Pesanggaran substation.
Kampung Akuarium is among 21 areas prioritized for revitalization in Jakarta, as stated in Gubernatorial Regulation No. 878/2018 on the kampung and residential area restoration task force.“Revitalizing Kampung Akuarium is [part of the city administration’s efforts] in fulfilling citizens’ fundamental rights for adequate housing.“Enhancing the quality of settlements [in the city] is the Jakarta administration’s priority program in providing [citizens] with adequate and safe residential areas,” acting Jakarta Housing and Settlement Agency head Sarjoko said in a video posted on the administration’s official Instagram account, @dkijakarta, on Saturday. The Jakarta administration has announced a plan to start rebuilding Kampung Akuarium — an informal urban settlement in Penjaringan, North Jakarta — in September.Governor Anies Baswedan is scheduled to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction project at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, tempo.co reported. According to Sarjoko, the revitalization project for Kampung Akuarium is a collaborative effort of the city administration, the Jakarta Urban Poor Network (JRMK) and the RUJAK Centre for Urban Studies, a think tank that assists communities in developing sustainable cities and regions. “The collaboration is aimed at formulating the residents’ needs to achieve a proper revitalization [of the kampung],” he said. Read also: Urban kampungs thrive among mighty skyscrapersIn 2018, Anies promised to rebuild Kampung Akuarium, arguing that the area had become disorganized and squalid after a 2016 eviction of residents by former governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahja Purnama.Previously, Kampung Akuarium was set to be included among the capital’s marine tourism destinations. The plan included turning half of the kampung’s 10,000 square meters into green and open space, while the other half was for public housing and settlements with public facilities.Topics :
Topics : The European Commission on August 14 said it had reached a first agreement with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca “to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19 as well as to donate to lower and middle income countries or re-direct to other European countries.”It said “once the vaccine has proven to be safe and effective” it would purchase 300 million doses with an “option to purchase 100 million more on behalf of EU Member States.”Greece has a relatively low infection and mortality rate compared to other EU states, but the spread of the virus has shot up alarmingly this month.There are over 7,200 cases, including some 2,800 in August, and 230 people have died of the virus in Greece. Authorities have blamed the spike in infections to the flouting of social distancing rules in restaurants, bars and public gatherings.The civil protection agency has imposed night curfews for eateries and clubs in over a dozen parts of the country, including some of Greece’s leading tourist destinations.Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has warned that “more drastic measures that will doubtlessly have economic repercussions” would be taken if the spread of the virus is not halted. Greece’s health minister on Tuesday said he expects a first batch of COVID-19 vaccines in December under an EU deal for some three million doses overall.”If all goes well, Greece will receive its agreed share in seven deliveries…we will start with 700,000 doses in December,” Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias told SKAI TV.The deliveries will be made monthly between December and June, he said.
Lionel Messi scored in his first game since trying to leave Barcelona as Ronald Koeman began his tenure as coach by overseeing a 4-0 Liga demolition of Villarreal on Sunday. Messi converted from the spot 10 minutes before half-time and then the Argentine’s cross forced Pau Torres into an own-goal, after an early double from the 17-year-old Ansu Fati had already put Barca in charge.It meant Barcelona’s past, present and future were all among the goals on the same afternoon as Luis Suarez, whose departure was confirmed on Thursday, marked his Atletico Madrid debut by scoring twice in a 6-1 win over Granada. In a farewell message to his best friend and former neighbor last week, Messi took another swipe at the Barca board by saying he was not surprised by the clumsy way Suarez’s exit had been handled. His complaints raised doubts about his state of mind heading into the season and at the end of a traumatic summer in which Barcelona’s greatest ever player admitted he was being forced to stay against his will. Koeman insisted on Saturday that Messi had been “leading by example” in training and his confidence was repaid at Camp Nou, where the striker, and club-captain, delivered an excellent display. “It is always important to win games, you gain confidence,” said Koeman. “This result helps us to improve and be clear about what we want.” Messi’s anger over Suarez shows he is still at odds with Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his long-term future remains uncertain, but on the pitch, he delivered. Victories and goals could encourage him to stay, not to mention the talented Fati, who on this evidence can be a huge asset for his captain’s hopes of winning back the title. “Ansu is a young player who has to seek consistency in his game and in his performances,” said Koeman. “He has shown that he has a great future at Barca and I am very happy with him.”Fati became Spain’s youngest ever international scorer earlier this month and the teenager, deployed on the left of Barcelona’s attacking trio, made an explosive start to the season for his club. He fired Jordi Alba’s pull-back into the top corner and then drove a second inside the post after Philippe Coutinho was allowed to carry the ball forward and spread it wide. Fati then won the penalty, his feet too quick for Mario Gaspar, and Messi slid in his first goal of the season before his cross, aimed for Sergio Busquets, was poked into Villarreal’s net by Pau. ‘One bites, one hits’Messi might have been watching a few hours earlier as Suarez scored twice and set up another in a sensational 20-minute debut for Atletico. Suarez laid on a goal two minutes after coming on as a substitute, his sumptuous pass finished off by Marcos Llorente, before scoring himself with a powerful header at the back post. He then added another in injury-time, following up his own shot to make it six for a rampant Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano.”Sometimes it is important to have a change as a player,” said Suarez.”I’ve come to a club that has given me a spectacular welcome, it shows in the atmosphere, you get a good impression from the beginning, and you can see that on the pitch.”Diego Costa said with a smile: “It’s great. One of us bites, the other one hits.”Costa had earlier given Atletico the lead but it was the 31-year-old who made way for Suarez, and he raised doubts about his future after the match.”I leave my future up to the club. I spoke with the club, with the coach, I made it very clear what was happening, that if I am here, I will fight,” said Costa. “If they see the possibility of me leaving, I’ll accept it. I don’t want to be a burden.”Angel Correa and Joao Felix scored Atletico’s second and third to put Granada out of sight. The 20-year-old Felix was the best player on the pitch before Suarez stole the show.Topics :
Advertisement Comment Murray Wallace sent Millwall into the last eight (Picture: Getty Images)When is the FA Cup quarter-final draw?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe draw is on Monday 18 February following the Chelsea vs Manchester United game which kicks off at 7.30pm.The draw will take place around 9.30pm.What TV channel is the draw on and can you watch it online?The draw will be shown on BBC One and you can watch online on the BBC website and iPlayer. Ivan Cavaleiro’s goal edged Wolves past Bristol City (Picture: Getty Images)Ball numbersWolverhampton WanderersMillwallCrystal PalaceManchester CityChelsea or Manchester UnitedSwansea CityWatfordBrighton & Hove AlbionMORE: Chelsea vs Man Utd TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news for FA Cup clashMORE: Paul Pogba reveals the secret to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd success Advertisement Phil HaighSunday 17 Feb 2019 6:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link When is the FA Cup quarter-final draw? TV channel, live stream and ball numbers Manchester City have strolled into the FA Cup quarter-finals (Picture: Getty Images)The 2018/19 FA Cup quarter-final draw takes place on Monday as the tournament rolls on towards its conclusion.Plenty of big names have already fallen by the wayside, with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all out of the competition before the last eight stage.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starHowever, Manchester City are still lurking with intent, while Chelsea and Manchester United fight it out on Monday night for the final spot in the quarter-finals.The likes of Millwall and Swansea may not have expected to still be involved at this stage of the tournament, but will be looking forward to Monday’s draw immensely.ADVERTISEMENT
Granit Xhaka says Arsenal will prioritise the top four (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka admits Arsenal will be prioritising the Premier League over the Europa League for the remainder of the season.Unai Emery’s side are into the last-16 of the Europa League and will take on French side Rennes.Winning the competition ensures the Gunners are reinstated into the Champions League after two seasons outside the competition.However, Arsenal are just four points behind rivals Tottenham in third and Xhaka says they’ll prioritise their league position.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Arsenal are fighting on two fronts (Picture: Getty)‘After Arsene Wenger left a lot of things changed in this club’ said Xhaka.‘We are happy with the coach, we improve a lot, we work a lot.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s a big step if we come back to the Champions League. We want it as well. It’s not easy, we know that, but we keep working.‘Two times in two years we didn’t play Champions League. A club like Arsenal have to play in the Champions League and we have to show that always on the pitch.‘We work a lot, changed our identity, you can see that week after week. It’s important that we are there, not so far from the Champions League. Last games we want to take the points and to finish in the top four.‘If you win Europa League you go straight away to Champions League. But I think Premier League is our first priority to go the Champions League.’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 ArsenalSpurs’ late equaliser on Saturday meant they prevented Arsenal from going to within a point of their north London rivals.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a late penalty to seal the win but Xhaka doesn’t blame the striker, instead claiming he showed his bravery to take it.‘If you take [a penalty] on 90 minutes, a penalty in the derby you have big balls,’ said Xhaka.‘Not all players would take this one. We are happy he took the penalty.’MORE: Anthony Martial set to miss Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Mar 2019 11:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link705Shares Premier League is Arsenal’s priority over Europa League, admits Granit Xhaka
Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Apr 2019 9:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link837Shares Mesut Ozil appears to have won the confidence of Arsenal manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery believes he has finally worked out Mesut Ozil’s best position in his Arsenal team.The former Real Madrid playmaker has struggled to win the full confidence of Arsene Wenger’s successor and was left out of several high-profile matches earlier this season for tactical reasons.Ozil was also said to have frustrated Emery for a perceived lack of application in training and regular bouts of illness.The 30-year-old has started Arsenal’s last four matches in all competitions, however, culminating in Monday’s man-of-the-match performance against Newcastle which temporarily lifted Arsenal into third place.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 ArsenalEmery’s side can leapfrog Tottenham again on Sunday should they avoid defeat at Everton, where Ozil is likely to start a first away game in the Premier League since Boxing Day.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked to explain to his previous reluctance to start Ozil away from home, Emery said: ‘Sometimes it’s because we need something different.‘Sometimes because he was injured. Sometimes he played because we need him and now it’s the same.Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.‘He is okay, he is training every day, he can play in two different systems, 4-2-3-1 which is probably his best position, or 4-3-1-2 and he is playing like a team player.‘In different systems I think we can use him. We can use him also on the right side or the left.‘The most important thing is to be ready to help us, and he is now in this way.’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 Comment Unai Emery reveals he has FINALLY worked out Mesut Ozil’s best position for Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Jan 2020 1:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares With Calum Chambers out for the rest of the season, Arteta has been desperate to strengthen his defence in January.Spanish defender Pablo Mari’s loan move from Flamengo was confirmed on Wednesday and the 26-year-old cannot wait to represent ‘one of the best clubs in the world’.‘When I spoke to my agent, it was a big thing that Arsenal were interested in me,’ he told Arsenal Player. ‘This is one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m absolutely delighted to be joining. I’m really looking forward to playing in this jersey and helping my team.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‘The conversations started a couple of weeks ago. Arsenal told us that they were interested. We’d just won everything with Flamengo – I won the league and the Copa Libertadores and was also named best centre-back in America, so that will have helped Arsenal notice me.‘It’s a great achievement for me to come to Arsenal and it all happened in basically two weeks.‘I’m kind of used to [all the media attention the move has received] from Brazil, where the fans are really passionate about Flamengo. I’m used to a lot of media interest so I know what to expect when joining a big club like this one. It’s a normal thing for me now.’MORE: Arsenal aim to complete Cedric Soares transfer on ThursdayMORE: Arsenal closing in on £5m Cedric Soares as Southampton contract expires in the summer Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi suffered an ankle injury during Monday’s win over Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Shkodran Mustafi is in contention to feature for Arsenal against Burnley this weekend, despite appearing to have sustained a serious injury against Bournemouth on Monday.The 27-year-old had only recently been handed a lifeline by Mikel Arteta following a turbulent period in his career which culminated in him being frozen out by Unai Emery and told to look for another club.Mustafi has started Arsenal’s last three games in all competitions but was taken off on a stretcher following a collision with his own goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, midway through the second half of the FA Cup fourth round victory at the Vitality Stadium.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta feared the former Valencia centre-half had suffered a serious setback, saying: ‘We’ll be assessing [Mustafi] between today and tomorrow but when a central defender has to come off, hopefully I’m wrong, but normally it’s not good news.’ADVERTISEMENTMustafi, however, took part in first team training on Thursday and appeared to be in fine spirits, alongside compatriot Mesut Ozil.The scan turned out to be very positiv – to speed things up, I found a solution 😜 Thanks, @MesutOzil1088 👊🏻 #Teamwork #SM20 pic.twitter.com/B0YolSDsgl— Shkodran Mustafi (@MustafiOfficial) January 30, 2020 Shkodran Mustafi provides injury update ahead of Burnley vs Arsenal Comment
Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 10:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Manchester City picked up the first Premier League win after the coronavirus hiatus (Picture: REUTERS)The latest batch of Premier League fixtures have been announced, and with them the TV channels or streaming services they will be shown on.The fixtures from 4-13 July have now been confirmed, with the relevant kick-off times and how to watch them.The Premier League got back underway on Wednesday night with two matches played, meaning there are now 90 still to go, with the final day of the season set to be on 26 July.Here are the latest announcements on fixtures and the channels they will be shown on.ADVERTISEMENTSaturday 4 July12:30 Norwich City v Brighton (BT Sport)15:00 Leicester City v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports/Sky Pick)15:00 Man Utd v AFC Bournemouth (BT Sport)17:30 Wolves v Arsenal (Sky Sports)20:00 Chelsea v Watford (Sky Sports)AdvertisementAdvertisementSunday 5 July12:00 Burnley v Sheff Utd (Sky Sports/Sky Pick)14:00 Newcastle v West Ham (Sky Sports)16:30 Liverpool v Aston Villa (Sky Sports)19:00 Southampton v Man City (BBC)Monday 6 July20:00 Spurs v Everton (Sky Sports)Tuesday 7 July18:00 Crystal Palace v Chelsea (Sky Sports)18:00 Watford v Norwich City (Sky Sports/Sky Pick)20:15 Arsenal v Leicester City (Sky Sports)Wednesday 8 July18:00 Man City v Newcastle (BT Sport)18:00 Sheff Utd v Wolves (Sky Sports)18:00 West Ham v Burnley (BT Sport)20:15 Brighton v Liverpool (Sky Sports)Thursday 9 July18:00 AFC Bournemouth v Spurs (Sky Sports/Sky Pick)18:00 Everton v Southampton (Amazon Prime Video)20:15 Aston Villa v Man Utd (Sky Sports)Saturday 11 July12:30 Norwich v West Ham (BT Sport)12:30 Watford v Newcastle (Amazon Prime Video)15:00 Liverpool v Burnley (BT Sport)17:30 Sheff Utd v Chelsea (Sky Sports)20:00 Brighton v Man City (Sky Sports)Sunday 12 July12:00 Wolves v Everton (Sky Sports/Sky Pick)14:00 Aston Villa v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports)16:30 Spurs v Arsenal (Sky Sports)19:00 AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City (Sky Sports/Sky Pick)Monday 13 July20:00 Man Utd v Southampton (Sky Sports/Sky Pick)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 City Previously confirmed TV schedule Wednesday, June 17Aston Villa v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Manchester City v Arsenal 8pm (Sky)Friday, June 19Norwich v Southampton 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v Manchester United 8pm (Sky)Saturday, June 20Watford v Leicester 12.30pm (BT)Brighton v Arsenal 3pm (BT)West Ham v Wolves 5.30pm (Sky)Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 7.45pm (BBC)Sunday, June 21Newcastle v Sheffield United 2pm (Sky)Aston Villa v Chelsea 4.30pm (Sky)Everton v Liverpool 7pm (Sky)Monday, June 22Manchester City v Burnley 8pm (Sky)Tuesday, June 23Southampton v Arsenal 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v West Ham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, June 24Manchester United v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Newcastle v Aston Villa 6pm (Sky)Norwich v Everton 6pm (BBC)Liverpool v Crystal Palace 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, June 25Burnley v Watford 6pm (Sky)Leicester v Brighton 6pm (Sky)Chelsea v Manchester City 8.15pm (BT)Wolves v Bournemouth 8.15pm (BT)Saturday, June 27FA Cup QF: Sheffield United v Arsenal 5pm (BT)FA CUP QF: Norwich v Manchester United 8.15pm (BBC)Sunday, June 28Aston Villa v Wolves 12pm (BT)FA Cup QF: Leicester v Chelsea 2.30pm (BT)Watford v Southampton 4.30pm (Sky)FA Cup QF: Newcastle v Manchester City 6pm (BT)Monday June, 29Crystal Palace v Burnley 8pm (Amazon)Tuesday June, 30Brighton v Manchester United 6pm (Sky)Sheffield United v Tottenham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, July 1Bournemouth v Newcastle 6pm (Sky)Everton v Leicester 6pm (Sky)West Ham v Chelsea 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, July 2Arsenal v Norwich 6pm (BT)Manchester City v Liverpool 8.15pm (Sky) Advertisement Premier League announces latest TV schedule, channels and fixture kick-off times MORE: Premier League pays tribute to Black Lives Matter and NHS as season restartsMORE: When will spectators be allowed in stadiums again as Premier League returns to TV?Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.
Liquor Reform, The Blog This week, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved the first direct wine shipper licenses under Act 39, and now Pennsylvania residents may have wine shipped directly to their homes! Pennsylvania residents may receive up to 36 cases of wine per year, per direct wine shipper.To find direct wine shipping options, click here. Check back often! This list will be updated automatically as direct shippers become licensed.Allowing Pennsylvanians to have wine shipped directly to their homes is a huge win for consumers in our commonwealth. We’re excited to finally bring our wine and spirits system into the 21st century. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE TWEET A Quick Guide to Shipping Wine Directly to Your PA Doorstep August 19, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Governor Wolf Visits Grandparents and their Grandchildren Whose Parents Have Been Affected by the Opioid Crisis Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf was at Highmark Caring Place in Lemoyne, Cumberland County, to visit with grandparents and hear of their experiences raising grandchildren whose parents have been affected by the opioid crisis.“We need to work together to reach real solutions to this complex and damaging problem,” Governor Wolf said. “Make no mistake about it – we are in a fight, and these families are the victims of a disease. I pledge to continue to focus our energies and resources on stopping this crisis because we can no longer allow our neighborhoods, our communities, and our families to lose their loved ones to this disease.”Grandparents from Carlisle, Harrisburg, Middletown and New Kingston shared how they not only lost their child, but are now raising children once again. Governor Wolf was joined by Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine; Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne; Acting Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith; and Acting Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller to hear first-hand how the commonwealth can support these families.“Opioid addiction is a disease, it is not a moral failing,” Dr. Levine said. “It’s imperative that every grandparent know that they did not fail their child or their grandchildren. Pennsylvanians are dying from a disease, not because they were raised by bad parents.”Secretary Osborne, who has served as a director for an Area Agency on Aging office, provided input on what resources are available to the grandparents and encouraged them as they work to raise their grandchildren.“Hearing directly from Pennsylvania families, including seniors who are raising their grandchildren due to the opioid crisis, is so critical as we focus our efforts on providing the support these caregivers need as they navigate health, human and social service systems that are often challenging and complex,” Secretary Osborne said. “The opioid crisis is presenting new challenges for older Pennsylvanians raising their grandchildren who enter into their care, often after experiencing significant trauma, and they need to know that their local aging network is available and equipped to help and support them.”Acting Secretary Smith addressed the toll addiction takes on families.“As we battle the opioid epidemic, we must always remember the toll substance use disorder can take on an entire family,” Acting Secretary Smith said. “Whether they are dealing with the loss of a parent or a strained relationship, support networks like The Highmark Caring Place are a vital tool that help families cope and grieve in a safe environment.”Acting Secretary Miller provided perspective to those who took time to share their stories of pain and grief and to encourage them to continue to receive the therapy and treatment that they need to deal with their grief.“A grandparent who loses their son or daughter to addiction and then chooses to raise their grandchild should receive the resources necessary to support themselves and their family,” Acting Secretary Miller said. “I appreciate any opportunity to hear from these individuals about what they need and how we can help them. I also extend my sincere gratitude to Highmark Caring Place for hosting this event and providing critical services to families that have been hurt by the opioid epidemic.”The Highmark Caring Place is a center for grieving children, adolescents and their families. It is a safe place where children and their families going through the grief process can come together and be with others who understand what they’re going through. The Highmark Caring Place has locations in Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg and Cranberry. There is no cost to use the Caring Place services and you do not need to be a Highmark Blue Shield insurance member to obtain help.“The Highmark Caring Place has seen an increase in families seeking help following the death of a family member due to an overdose,” Terese Vorsheck, Director of the Highmark Caring Place said. “In talking with the families in our program it has become apparent that many grandparents are now raising their grandchildren after having lost their child because of the effects of the opioid epidemic. These families are faced with many challenges and are often in need of resources and support. We are pleased the Wolf administration is using our facility for the backdrop for this important conversation.”The Wolf Administration remains committed to helping Pennsylvanians dealing with the opioid crisis. For more information on the state’s efforts, visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/ or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. December 21, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
July 18, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces $92 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 13 Counties Environment, Infrastructure, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $92 million for 19 drinking water, wastewater, storm water, and non-point source projects across 13 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).“The projects represented in today’s approvals continue our commitment to clean water for Pennsylvania.” said Governor Wolf. “These projects benefit the environment, economic development and public health, as well as advance our shared goal of a clean and safe environment for our families to enjoy, both now and for years to come.”The funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after expenses for work have been paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST.In addition, PENNVEST staff also introduced a policy modification aimed at making the program’s incentives more attractive for water utilities to utilize for lead service line replacement projects.“The change in how we look at these types of projects, and how they impact those specific areas of concern, should result in funding packages that will best reflect the impact on those customers, and promote implementation of lead line replacements.” said Brion Johnson, PENNVEST Executive Director.A modification to the affordability analysis associated with drinking water systems with lead line replacement projects seeks to promote these projects in the neighborhoods that can least afford the cost to replace the necessary piping.Eligible projects are with utilities that have adequately mapped areas of concern with needed lead service line replacement work due to exceeding the safe levels in the drinking water provided to the customers. Staff will base the funding upon neighborhoods, or clusters of customers rather than the entire system user base to determine the financial package.List of approved project summaries:Drinking Water ProjectsCarbon County• Greater Hazelton Community Area New Development Organization (CANDO) received a $500,000 loan to rehabilitate the interior and exterior of the finished water storage tank serving the industrial park.Clearfield County• Houtzdale Municipal Authority received a $22,222,400 loan to replace 185,000 feet of waterline, replace 1,200 service lines and meter pits to address water loss and ensure reliability of the system. *Mercer County• Stoneboro Borough received a $2,624,279 loan, and a $2,965,721 grant to install a new storage reservoir and replace 19,500 feet of waterline, new fire hydrants, and 142 service connections to address issues with deteriorated storage tank and unreliable distribution lines. *Schuylkill County• Pine Grove Borough received a $5,479,764 loan to replace 2,700 feet of waterline, and associated hydrants, construct a new storage tank and corrosion control, chlorine treatment facilities will also be included to address water loss issues, aging distribution and the need for additional storage. *Warren County• Pine Grove Township Municipal Authority received a $995,365 loan to replace approximately 7,280 feet of six-inch water distribution piping, new hydrants, and elimination of ‘dead ends’ in the system to address the aging, leaking distribution system with unreliable fire hydrants.Wastewater ProjectsButler/Mercer County• Grove City Borough received a $10,980,200 loan to expand the wastewater treatment plant to allow an increase in permitted flows to accommodate expanding needs of the system. **Cambria County• Johnstown City received a $3,906,560 loan and a $6,993,440 grant to construct approximately 31,000 feet of sewer line as well as associated manholes and lateral inspection ports to aid in the removal of excess infiltration and reduce Sanitary Sewer Overflows during wet weather affecting the Conemaugh River. **Clearfield County• Decatar Township received a $1,893,000 loan to construct 12,300 feet of gravity sewers, a pump station and 4,800 feet of force main to address failing on-lot systems in the New Liberty area. Treatment will be at the regional treatment facilities. **Dauphin County• Capital Region Water received a loan of $11,136,900 to replace a major pump station that has reached the end of its useful life. **Mercer County• Shenango Township Municipal Authority received a $4,889,347 loan, and a $4,432,857 grant to construct 27,510 feet of gravity sewer; 14,399 feet of force main, three sewage pumps and on lot grinder pumps to address failing on lot systems in the Oak Tree Land Company, and other areas of the Township. Sewage will be conveyed to existing treatment facilities. **Storm Water Management ProjectsClarion County• Clarion Borough received a $684,078 loan and a $1,224,622 grant to install 22 storm water inlets, 2,835 feet of corrugated metal pipe to connect with the existing conveyance system. The work will address issues with storm water issues, flooding of homes and businesses that also impacts roadside ditches, undercuts of roadways, and flooding predominately found in the Boundary Street intersection. **• Hawthorn Borough received a $573,839 loan and a $756,611 grant to install approximately 6,430 feet of storm sewers, 60 inlets, and nine manholes. Grass swales will also be installed above most of the storm sewers to promote infiltration. This project will address the existing failing and undersized storm sewer system causing frequent flooding in residential areas. **Dauphin County• Lower Swatara Township received a $5,471,515 loan to install replacement 48-inch outfall and install 7,245 feet of new storm sewer and 210 feet of drainage swales to address flooding on private properties due to insufficient storm water controls and undersized outfall. **Indiana County• Ernest Borough received a $501,465 loan and a $248,535 grant to install storm water piping, inlet boxes, end walls, rock riprap, and a storm water detention basin to address issues related to storm water causing damage long Store Hill Road where 50 properties sustained damage during flooding events.Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement ProjectsChester County• Chester County Conservation District (Esh) received a $349,000 grant to cover costs related to manure storage, gravity flow manure transfer, cattle walkways, reception pit, reconstruction of a cattle crossing, surface inlets, underground outlets, and diversions to reduce run off into Octoraro Creek. **Clarion County• Armstrong County Conservation District received a $904,994 grant to implement the third phase of the drainage runoff management and infiltration facilities along the Armstrong Trail. **Lancaster County• Chester County Conservation District (King) received a $334,000 grant to cover the costs related to construction of manure storage facilities, heavy use areas, walkways, and storm water controls to reduce the runoff into local streams. **• Chester County Conservation District – (Beiler) received a $307,000 grant to cover the costs related to construction of a manure storage facility, reception pit, gravel access, surface inlets, underground drains, and runoff controls to reduce runoff into the Octoroaro Creek. **Northumberland County• Coal Township received a $1,467,908 grant to implement phase two of a streambank stabilization project. Work includes precast walls, re-grading, and rip-rap rock to reduce sediment loading of Carbon Run.* denotes projects that have Drinking Water State Revolving Funds** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State Revolving FundsFor more information, visit www.pennvest.pa.gov or call 717-783-6798 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Would Help Remediate Contaminants in Pennsylvania Schools Infrastructure, Press Release, Restore Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf toured the John H. Taggart School in Philadelphia today to see progress on removing contaminants which can cause serious health problems. The governor also outlined how Restore Pennsylvania, the most aggressive infrastructure proposal in generations, would help Pennsylvania schools to address lead and other contaminants.“Our children deserve to learn in healthy and safe classrooms,” said Governor Wolf. “Parents and teachers should not have to worry about the health risks of contaminants, like lead paint and dust in schools.“The school district is working to make the buildings safe from lead, but we must do more. Restore Pennsylvania is the boldest infrastructure plan in generations. It could provide more funding so we can continue to remove the danger of contaminants in our schools and make our classrooms safe for students and teachers.”Governor Wolf’s proposed Restore Pennsylvania plan is funded by monetizing a commonsense severance tax. Over the next four years, $4.5 billion would be provided for high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth. The investment would help communities address needs to remove lead paint, protect against flash flooding, combat blight, and expand high-speed internet and green infrastructure. All projects that communities need but lack the necessary funding to complete.The governor was joined on the tour and at a press conference by Senators Larry Farnese and Vince Hughes, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite along with other district and community officials. The tour included a school hallway with flaking lead paint and a classroom with a completed project.“The effects of lead exposure can be dangerous, debilitating and deadly – and there is no cure,” said Sen. Larry Farnese. “Philadelphia schools and residences are rife with deteriorating lead pipes and peeling lead-based paint. This problem will only get worse if we don’t take action now.”“We won’t stop fighting until our schools are healthy and safe for every student,” said Sen. Hughes. “Philadelphia’s lead problem has been well documented, and it is time we fully take on this major public health crisis and provide the resources that will make a difference. I support and applaud this proposal to clean up our toxic schools, as well as the other high-impact projects Restore Pennsylvania aims to address.”Last June, the governor announced a $7.6 million state grant to help fund the school district’s $15.6 million project to address lead paint, mold and asbestos in dozens of schools. Approximately 90 percent of the city’s schools were built before 1978, when the federal government banned the residential use of lead-based paint. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.Lead Paint RemediationRestore Pennsylvania will fund expanded efforts to remove lead and other contaminants from communities. Studies continue to find elevated lead levels in blood tests of Pennsylvania’s youngest residents, a result of Pennsylvania’s older housing stock, 70 percent of which was built before the 1978 ban on lead paint. Long-term exposure to lead paint can have devastating developmental consequences including lowered-IQ, memory problems, and other neurological and behavioral effects.Flooding Prevention and RecoveryRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance. Restore Pennsylvania will also establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.BlightRestore Pennsylvania will increase resources for addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order to create new development opportunities or provide new green space. The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.BroadbandRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 21, 2019
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 21, 2020 National Issues, Press Release, Weather Safety Guardia de PA está lista para la temporada de huracanes El Gobernador Tom Wolf reconoció hoy los increíbles sacrificios hechos por los miembros de la Guardia Nacional de Pennsylvania (PNG, por sus siglas en inglés) durante las recientes respuestas para apoyar el clima severo y las emergencias de COVID-19 en el Estado.“Como la segunda Guardia Nacional más grande del país, Pennsylvania es una Guardia extremadamente activa que a menudo sirve en el extranjero protegiendo nuestras fronteras de la agresión extranjera, pero también juega un papel extremadamente importante sirviendo a nivel nacional”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “El nivel de compromiso de nuestra Guardia solo es superado por el sacrificio personal que estos hombres y mujeres hacen al estar lejos de sus seres queridos y ponerse en peligro para proteger a los demás”.La PNG responde de manera rutinaria a emergencias domésticas, a veces en otros estados, pero a menudo aquí mismo en Pennsylvania. Las responsabilidades de PNG durante estas emergencias incluyen: búsqueda y rescate; distribución de alimentos, suministros y equipos; transportar a los trabajadores de atención médica críticos a las instalaciones de atención médica; ayudar a evacuar y transportar ciudadanos a refugios; limpiar caminos de escombros; y preparación para la recuperación después de la tormenta.Más recientemente, miembros del PNG del Equipo de Rescate Acuático en Helicópteros de Pennsylvania (PA-HART, por sus siglas en inglés) ayudaron a rescatar a dos automovilistas varados en el agua en rápido aumento en el condado de Berks durante las inundaciones causadas por la tormenta tropical Isaías. Además del rescate, un helicóptero Chinook CH-47 de la Guardia de Pennsylvania y miembros de la tripulación acompañados por miembros de PA-HART ayudaron a buscar a una persona desaparecida en el río Schuylkill en Philadelphia. Un total de 100 miembros de PNG respondieron durante la tormenta Isaías.La PNG también se encontró en un tipo de emergencia doméstica muy diferente en los últimos meses, al lado de los socorristas de primera línea y los proveedores de atención médica de Pennsylvania para ayudar a mantener a las personas seguras durante el COVID-19. Si bien la mayor parte de Pennsylvania sufrió un distanciamiento social durante la pandemia, cientos de miembros de PNG se desplegaron en todo el estado para ayudar con una variedad de necesidades emergentes, incluida la dotación de personal en hogares de ancianos y la capacitación en PPE; ayudar en los sitios de prueba del condado; levantamiento de estaciones médicas; y trabajar en bancos de alimentos.“En un momento de incertidumbre, frente a un tipo de enemigo completamente nuevo, la Guardia Nacional de Pennsylvania estuvo a la altura de su eslogan ‘Vivimos aquí, entrenamos aquí, servimos aquí’”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Pennsylvania llamó y sin dudarlo, la Guardia Nacional respondió, dejando atrás a su familia y poniendo sus carreras en espera. Miles de ciudadanos de Pennsylvania están sanos y seguros gracias a este sacrificio desinteresado”.View this information in English. Gobernador Wolf: El compromiso de la Guardia Nacional de Pennsylvania viene con gran sacrificio, tanto Nacional como Internacional
There was a major difference in the number of properties that were taken to auction though, with 105 total auctions over the week in Brisbane, compared to 195 the same time last year.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoOf those 74 were reported to CoreLogic, with 45 cleared and 29 uncleared.11 Dempsey Street, Annerley, Qld 4103: 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 car space home sold on May 6, 2017 for $870,000. Picture: Realestate.com.au 9 Elouera Road Ashgrove Qld 4060: Bedrooms 4, Bathrooms 2, Car Spaces 3, sold at auction for $1.335 million. Picture: Realestate.com.au The number of properties put to auction in the first week of May in Brisbane has halved over the same time last year, but the good news is the clearance rate has surged.Latest CoreLogic figures shows that Brisbane’s auction clearance rate has hit 60.8 per cent – a major feat considering it was at just 41.2 per cent the same time last year. 54 Essex Street, Mitchelton, Qld 4053: Bedrooms 2, Bathrooms 1, Car spaces 1, sold on May 8, 2017 for $395,000. Picture: Realestate.com.au“While clearance rates remain above the long term average across the largest capital cities, the rolling four week average reveals a softening trend which can be attributed to Sydney’s final clearance rate drifting lower over the past two months while the trend in Melbourne is holding firmer in the high 70 per cent range,” the CoreLogic Property Market Indicator.“Preliminary results show that while Melbourne and Sydney maintain their place as the strongest auction markets, Adelaide and Brisbane have shown a rebound in the downwards clearance rate trend this week.” 42 Oates Parade Northgate Qld 4013: Bedrooms 3, Bathrooms 1, Car Spaces 2, sold on May 8, 2017 for $675,000. Picture: Realestate.com.auThis comes as the national capital city clearance rate held firm at 74 per cent on lower auction activity over the first week of May with 1,662 capital city auctions held and 1,365 auctions reported so far.A year ago the combined capital city preliminary clearance rate was 67.7 per cent off 2,230 homes taken to auction.17 Errard Street Kelvin Grove Qld 4059: Bedrooms 3, Bathrooms 1, Car Spaces 1, sold at auction $1.21 million. Picture: Realestate.com.au
34 Lawnton St, Daisy HillTHE Albert and Logan area has chalked a number of significant property sales in recent weeks with a couple breaching the million dollar mark.CoreLogic figures reveal a luxurious four-bedroom home at 34 Lawnton St, Daisy Hill, sold for $1.325 million on June 16.The home was nestled beside the Daisy Hill Conservation Park close to Lake Dennis Park. It was listed through Nathan Strudwick of Elders Real Estate.Another big sale chalked up in recent weeks was a five-bedroom home at 6 Kettniss St, Underwood, which changed hands for $1.03 million on June 12.It was marketed through Zora and Michael Liu of LJ Hooker – Sunnybank Hills.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The home is described as being like a private resort with living areas focused around a central alfresco area.Recent auction results in the area have also been solid, with a home at 45 Mortlake Cres, Boronia Heights, selling for $432,000.The sale was made on June 9 after being marketed by Kevin Loquias of LJ Hooker Browns Plains.He described the four-bedroom home in its listing as one of the largest in the suburb.CoreLogic figures reveal there were 5138 houses sold in the Logan local government area in the year to March and the median house price was an affordable $400,000.The median house price in the area has gone up by 2.5 per cent in the past 12 months.There were 1191 unit sales during the same period with the median unit price at $253,000.
The perfect place to host your family this Christmas at 51 Moola Road, Ashgrove.SPACE Property Agents selling agent Judi O’Dea said the whole family could be housed on the one level, with the main bedroom situated alongside two other sizeable bedrooms and living on the top level. Downstairs there is a large rumpus room, a second bathroom and a further two additional bedrooms. The pool at 122 Central Avenue, St Lucia. 51 Moola Road, Ashgrove.A five-bedroom, two-bathroom property built in 1922 will go under the hammer at 9.30am on Saturday.The elegant home at 51 Moola Rd, Ashgrove features polished timber floors, high ceilings, split-system airconditioning and ceiling fans throughout. 122 Central Avenue, St Lucia.The 751sq m block also features two street frontages and is framed by well presented gardens.Conveniently located on the lower level with separate and internal access, the property includes a self-contained studio or multipurpose room perfect for guests with a gallery style kitchenette and separate bathroom. Follow Reshni Ratnam on Twitter Wow! What a place to store your shoes at 94 Gerler St, Bardon. 94 Gerler St, Bardon.This 1890s era colonial masterpiece has hit the market and will go to auction this Saturday at noon.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 94 Gerler St is on a 1012sq m block.Place — Paddington selling agent Tim Douglas said every detail of the property had been thoughtfully planned and executed, using the finest imported fixtures and fittings. 25 Broadhurst Street, Kelvin Grove.For the first time in about 50 years this three-bedder at 25 Broadhurst St, Kelvin Grove needs a new owner.Place — Newmarket selling agent Mario Sultana said the property could be renovated, raised or extended (subject to council approval). The three-level home at 122 Central Avenue, St Lucia.Designed over three levels for easy family living and connectivity, this three-level home will not disappoint.The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 122 Central Ave, St Lucia goes to auction at 10.30am.Ray White — Toowong selling agent Charlie Sandstrom said the property was perched high on a ridge with sweeping northerly views from Mount Coot-Tha through to the city. 279 Kenmore Road, Fig Tree Pocket.This immaculately kept property, built for a multi-generational family, has six bedrooms and four bathrooms.Set for a 10am auction on Saturday, the home at 279 Kenmore Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, is on a 1657sq m ridgetop block. 5 Gordon St, Hawthorne.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoAlso at Hawthorne, a four-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse will go to auction at noon.The property at 5 Gordon St has amazing river views and is a great location.McGrath Bulimba-Balmoral selling agents Sallyanne Smith and Ivana Reich said there were bedrooms on every floor and three flowed onto balconies.The property also has internal garage access, private street entry and a shared garden. Your friends won’t want to leave 94 Gerler St, Bardon.A huge, private outdoor room is the heart of the home, connecting the kitchen with the enormous living room at the rear.As part of the renovation, the home has been completely re-roofed, freshly painted and there is ducted air conditioning throughout the main level, a state-of-the-art security system and underground water tanks. 67 Thomas Street, Auchenflower.A three-level home, originally a 1920s Queenslander, has been extensively renovated and is one of many Brisbane stunners to be auctioned this weekend.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 67 Thomas St, Auchenflower goes to auction at 9am on Saturday.Gabrielle Trickey Properties selling agent Gabrielle Trickey said the seller was moving interstate.“She is selling to follow her heart. Her partner is tired of doing the long distance romance thing so she is moving back to Sydney,” Ms Trickey said.“It is a stunning home with beautiful views in a stellar location.” FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here. Love it or hate it? Make it your own at 25 Broadhurst Street, Kelvin Grove.He said the new owners could create a home that suited their personal style and family requirements.Mr Sultana said while the decor was most certainly dated, the bones of the home were redeeming.The property, on a 521sq m block, goes to auction at 9am on Saturday. 65 Amy St, Hawthorne.A two-level home at Hawthorne is ideal for families wanting plenty of space to spread out.Ray White Bulimba selling agent Gunther Behrendt said the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home was in a tightly held pocket of Hawthorne. The property goes to auction at 11am on Saturday and is on an elevated 465sq m block.Features include a heated saltwater in-ground swimming pool. Imagine lazing by the pool in summer at 279 Kenmore Road, Fig Tree Pocket.Dixon Family Estate Agents — Toowong selling agent Carol Summerlin said the resort style pool and spa, with barbecue area and multiple covered alfresco areas were only a few steps away from the downstairs bar and entertaining rooms, making it an ideal summer house for the family to relax in. Inside 67 Thomas Street, Auchenflower.There is a parent’s retreat on the upper level and a swimming pool surrounded by landscaped gardens. “For the next generation staying at home the lower level is perfect. It is the size of a two-bedroom unit; a place to enjoy with friends with access to their own patio,” Ms Trickey said.
Take a swim while enjoying the view.Over its three levels it has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a pool. Although the house sits on a busy road, Mr Savage soundproofed the premises so that it would never get too noisy inside. Plenty of areas to entertain.The three storey house was designed to embrace the 180 degree views of the city and Moreton Bay. The home was a passion project for the builder.Inside it has polished floorboards, plantation shutters, a fireplace and a balcony. Mr Smith described the views as some of the best in Brisbane.“People that came in were just astonished by those views,” he said. The home was put on the market in August last year after Mr Savage retired. The view of the home that went for over $1 million.AN IMPECCABLY built ‘dream home’ with sweeping views has sold for more than half a million dollars above the median price for the suburb.The three level, five bedroom home at 868 Samford Road in Mitchelton recently sold for $1,150,000 after several months on the market, well above the $631,250 median of the area.The house was described by agent Zak Smith as the dream home of its former owner, builder Glenn Savage. Luxury over three levels.A professional builder and renovator of prestige homes by trade, Mr Savage bought the land in 2009 with the goal of making his ideal home.“He built it for himself to live,” Mr Smith said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“Everything in it is top of the range.”
One of the bathrooms before renovation. The Moores knocked walls out to make better use of the space.The home is perfect for many kinds of buyers, from young professional couples to small families, and even retirees.“One lady down the road is in her 60s and hates the stairs,” Mrs Moore said.“She walked in and said it was a breath of fresh air and she would like to retire somewhere like this.” The home at 35 Weston St, Zillmere before renovation.The house at 35 Weston St is now up for sale after Mrs Moore and her husband Graham spent 10 months gutting and renovating the property.“An older gentleman built it in 1983 … and had never updated it,” Mrs Moore said. “It was very old and daggy – the kitchen still had lime-green laminate.” The living room was separate before renovation. This home at 35 Weston St, Zillmere, has had a major facelift.Makaela Moore spent a year trawling Pinterest for inspiration when it came to renovating this Zillmere property. The kitchen before renovation. The master bedroom before renovation. …and after renovation.The home also has a large outdoor enclosed patio, which is a continuation of the bright Hamptons feel of the home.Mrs Moore said the neighbours were extremely welcoming.“We had a lot of neighbours pop in for meet and greets,” she said.“My husband got very sick for six months and the neighbours would always come and ask how he was.” Open plan living after renovation.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 2019Bordering Aspley, the Moores saw potential in the house, albeit a mammoth project.“They say buy the ugliest house on the best street, so that’s what we did,” Mrs Moore said.The one-level home features an open plan living area, three bedrooms, a master with ensuite, and a full laundry. The master bedroom after renovation.Mrs Moore said the open plan living space was her favourite part of the house.“That used to be four tiny rooms and we basically knocked some walls out, put a beam in and opened that space right up,” she said.
She said such a study would be particularly useful in light of the government’s recent concessions in offering recovering pension funds a one-off option of adjusting their strategic investment policy.The state secretary also confirmed that pension funds did not have to factor in additional risk for holdings of euro-denominated, AAA government bonds, including Dutch ones, in the new FTK.Therefore, there is no risk that pension funds will “flee” into interest derivatives, she argued.Klijnsma also confirmed that, as soon as a Europe-wide UFR had been established, she would launch a study on the rate’s application for setting the discount rate. The Dutch Parliament has decided that, under the new financial assessment framework (FTK), pension funds must report their coverage ratios in real terms. Funding in real terms must also indicate the relationship between a scheme’s financial position and its specific pensions target, according to GroenLinks MP Jesse Klaver, who tabled the amendment.The FTK proposals of state secretary Jetta Klijnsma have already stipulated that Dutch pension funds must report their funding based on the actual market rate, with the application of the ultimate forward rate (UFR), as well as their coverage, which is to be based on the 12-month average of the market rates.During the debate on the new FTK bill, Klijnsma promised to conduct an analysis of the effect of the new rules on pension funds’ hedging policies against the interest risk on their liabilities.
The buffer fund has total assets of SEK283bn and owns 3.7m shares in Petrobras.Meanwhile, Dutch pensions manager APG, which last year had €124m invested in Petrobras, said it was not considering going it alone with action against the Brazilian company, as it saw no reason to do so yet.Harmen Geers, spokesman for APG, said the manager could not provide the scale of damages yet, as the class action was aimed at the period 2004-2012.APG still had to work out the amount it had invested in Petrobras at the time, Geers said.To put the importance of the case into perspective, he explained that, at any given time, there were hundreds of class actions running in the US. He pointed out that investors were automatically part of a class action if they had a stake in a company during the target period of a class action.Dutch pensions firm PGGM confirmed the asset manager’s holdings of €61.5m in Petrobras at the end of 2014.Spokesman Maurice Wilbrink told IPE PGGM would remain passively involved in the class action and was monitoring how the case was developing. “Currently, there is no reason for an opt out,” he said.He said PGGM expected the case to be complicated and that a conclusion was likely to take years. He added that, to establish the alleged damage, the exact period, listing value at the time and damage factors had to be established.Wilbrink could not indicate PGGM’s stake in the period 2004-2012. Swedish pensions buffer fund AP1 has opted out of collective legal action in the US against the semi-public Brazilian oil company Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), whose share price has collapsed after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal.The pension fund was part of a filing in the US District Court Southern District of New York, dated 23 March.AP1 is listed as a plaintiff alongside six New York pension funds: the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, the New York City Police Pension Fund, the Board of Education Retirement System of the City of New York, the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York, the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund and the New York City Deferred Compensation Plan.AP1’s equity stake in Petrobras was valued at SEK112.5m (€1.3m) at the end of December.
Aberdeen Asset Management has acquired US hedge fund manager Arden Asset Management to build up its alternatives solutions.The FTSE-listed manager said the acquisition, its second in the US this year, would boost its global alternatives offering, focused on hedge funds, private equity, infrastructure and real estate.Aberdeen did not disclose the price it paid for Arden but said the deal would complement its existing hedge fund solutions and bring its assets under management in the space up to $11bn (€10bn).It said its hedge fund clients would now get immediate access to Arden’s daily liquidity hedge fund product, launched in 2012. Arden’s purchase is still subject to regulatory approval by UK authorities, and trustees of some mutual funds involved with the group, but Aberdeen expects it to be completed by 2016.In May, Aberdeen bought US private equity house Flag Capital Management and said its alternatives assets under management should reach $30bn after both transactions were complete.Employee-owned Arden said becoming part of the Aberdeen organisation would allow it to develop its hedge fund solutions globally.The company has offices in London and New York.
French public sector pension scheme Ircantec is applying a factor investing strategy for the first time, with one of three European smart beta SRI equity mandates it awarded in the autumn taking this approach.The fund also awarded three credit mandates.Awarded at the end of October, the mandates are for a minimum of €100m each.Robeco Institutional Asset Management, BFT Investment Managers and Allianz Global Investors each won an equity mandate. BFT is using quantitative asset management company Quoniam in Germany to run its mandate, according to a spokesperson at Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC), fiduciary manager of the Ircantec scheme.Allianz is running an equities portfolio using a factor investing strategy, which, according to the spokesperson, marks Ircantec’s first foray into this strategy.Robeco will apply a minimum-volatility approach, and Quoniam a Sharpe-ratio-maximisation strategy. The French €8.5bn supplementary pay-as-you-go pension scheme was already invested in these latter two strategies via open-ended funds, the CDC spokesperson told IPE.Ircantec has also awarded three euro investment-grade corporate bond mandates, also under SRI guidelines. Deutsche Bank, Threadneedle and BFT were awarded these, with BFT delegating management to Insight Investment in London.
Icelandic pension funds will be able to invest ISK20bn (€141m) overseas over the first four months of 2016, after the country’s central bank further relaxed strict capital controls in place since 2008.The bank said the exemption, which applies to second and third-pillar funds, would be allocated to schemes based on their overall size and contribution levels as of the end of 2014.The bank added that the exemption would benefit the local economy, as it allowed the ISK2.9trn pension sector to diversify holdings, reducing the risk of instability when capital controls are completely lifted. A pension fund’s size will be given a weighting of 80%, while annual inflows will be given a weighting of 20% when deciding how much of the quota to allocate to individual funds. The split marks a slight change from the first ISK10bn exemption granted in July last year, when it was 70% in favour of total fund size.Gunnar Baldvinsson, managing director of €1.2bn pension fund Almenni, said the announcement pointed towards an improving Icelandic economy.“Foreign currency inflows in 2015 and a reduced uncertainty about the balance of payments following creditors’ approval of compensation proposals from the failed banks’ estates have created the scope to authorise pension funds to invest further in foreign-denominated financial instruments,” he said.LBI, the group managing the estate of Landesbanki following its collapse during the financial crisis, said this week it had settled all remaining accepted claims against the estate.Baldvinsson said he understood the central bank would be lifting investment restrictions “gradually”.“On the other hand,” he added, “we expect the [central bank’s] announcement to be the first of many to allow pension funds and other local investors to invest abroad for this year and the coming years, given that the current economic situation will not deteriorate significantly.”The Icelandic pension sector has been limited to investing in the domestic economy since the introduction of capital controls, put in place in the wake of the 2008 banking collapse.While domestic investment opportunities are available, such as last year’s financing of a silicon metal plant in the country’s North, pension investors have previously lamented the increased risk caused by such a geographically concentrated portfolio – with pension assets standing at 146% of Icelandic GDP, according to the OECD.The funds have channelled inflows into the mandatory system towards private equity and real estate but were also able to gain exposure to overseas currency through domestic bond issuances denominated in other currencies.
Most of the 20 largest Swiss pension funds do not systematically consider sustainability criteria in their investment decisions, instead seeming to see responsible investment as an add-on rather than integral part of the investment process, according to ShareAction and WWF Switzerland.The conclusions are based on a survey of the 20 largest* pension funds in Switzerland, representing CHF281bn (€253bn) in assets, or around 36% of all Swiss occupational pension funds.Sixteen of the pension funds participated in the survey by filling out a questionnaire, while the other four were assessed only on the basis of publicly available information.WWF and ShareAction then grouped the pension funds into quintiles, ranging from “best practice” to “underpeformers/no scoring possible”. None of the pension funds obtained the “best practice” score or were classed as “underperformers”.There were five that scored the highest overall, being classed as demonstrating “good practice” : BVK Kanton Zurich, Pensionskasse Post, Pensionskasse Stadt Zurich, Bernische Pensionskasse and CPEG-État de Genève.Sonia Hierzig, research officer at ShareAction and author of the survey report, said: “The results demonstrate that, whilst the 20 funds we looked at do consider responsible investment, there’s a long way to go to adopt international best practice, particularly when it comes to transparency and climate risk management.”Overall, according to the report, “the industry still seems to understand Responsible Investment mainly as an activity separate from other aspects of the investment process, rather than fully integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations into investment decisions”.Only one pension fund has developed a strategy on the financial risks related to climate change, the groups said.The survey found that nine of the 16 participating funds have a detailed responsible investment policy, four have a general policy and the remainder none.All of the participating pension funds outsource some or all investment management, and nine said they took the responsible investment capabilities of all asset managers and consultants into account when choosing which to hire.Only two of the 20 pension funds have signed up to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, according to the survey report.It noted that five of the pension funds surveyed were founding members of SVVK-ASIR, the Swiss association for responsible investment, “which indicates that Swiss pension funds are increasingly taking up responsible investment activities”.SVVK-ASIR could not be reached for comment by the time of publication.*Based on AUM in 2014. The euro conversion is based on current exchange rates.
The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched a venture capital programme aimed at resolving the size problem that has deterred many investors from allocating to the asset class.Through the VentureEU programme, the EU will fund six venture capital funds-of-funds to the tune of €410m with a view to the funds raising up to €2.1bn from public and private investors.The Commission said this was expected to unlock €6.5bn of new investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe, doubling the amount of venture capital currently available on the continent.Developing venture capital in Europe is part of the Commission’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) plan. InvestEurope, the European venture capital association, said the aim of the programme was to attract global investors such as pension funds and insurers that currently found European venture capital funds too small.The average venture capital fund in Europe was currently around €65m, according to the association, but funds needed to be able to raise at least €150m to attract large private investors.“For the last eight years, Invest Europe has advocated using public money in new ways to bring in more private capital and facilitate the next stage of venture capital’s evolution in Europe,” said Michael Collins, CEO of the trade body. “It is a great step forward for investment in European innovation that this is now becoming a reality.”The Commission said the average size of European venture capital funds was €56m compared with €156m in the US, but agreed that they were too small.Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen said: “In venture capital, size matters.”The six funds are to be managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments, Axon Partners Group, IsomerCapital, LGT, Lombard Odier Investment Managers and Schroder Adveq.The underlying funds will focus on at least four European countries each and invest in a range of start-ups and small and medium-sized companies in sectors such as information and communications technology, life sciences, and energy.The EU’s investment in VentureEU will be managed by the EIF.
Earlier this month Edmund Truell, founder of commercial consolidator Pension Superfund and former chair of the London Pension Fund Authority, said the Superfund estimated a potential cost to the UK of over £160bn (€187bn) as well as the potential forced closure of all UK defined benefit funds.Today Superfund CEO Luke Webster argued that although the ECJ had not ruled that 100% of benefits must always be paid, “the administrative cost is likely to be very significant, and an increased PPF levy will place further burden on the resources available to the pensions system as a whole”.‘Pragmatic’At the PLSA, director of policy and research Nigel Peaple described today’s ruling as “a pragmatic solution,” an assessment that was echoed by David Everett, partner and head of pensions research at consultancy LCP, who welcomed the judges taking “a sensible approach”.Their take was that, from a PPF financial perspective, the ruling represented a relief.“[I]t seems likely that many people in the PPF would be above the minimum income allowed,” said Peaple, although he warned the PPF would need to carry out detailed analysis before there could be certainty about the impact of the judgement on the liabilities of the PPF and on UK pensions.He noted there could be a shortfall in PPF’s funding, which could result in higher levies for pension schemes.“Compared to expectations, the administrative challenge is greater and the funding challenge probably much less.”Nigel Peaple, director of policy and research, PLSAEarlier this week the PPF confirmed its levy estimate for 2020/21 would be £620m, and IPE understands it will not be changing this as a result of this week’s ruling. A PPF spokesperson said: “The recent ECJ judgment in the case of PSV v Gunther Bauer has restated that, as a minimum, every individual must receive at least 50% of their accrued benefits. We consider that the implementation methodology we announced following the ECJ’s judgment in Hampshire, which will make sure that all our members receive at least 50% of the value of their accrued benefits, meets this requirement.“There are other details of the judgment that we’ll need to work through with the Department for Work and Pensions.” Anna Rogers, senior partner at ARC Pensions Law, said the financial impact on the PPF would be mitigated but that the minimum income test “looks like a nightmare to implement for the PPF”.Peaple put it this way: “Compared to expectations prior to the ruling, the administrative challenge is greater and the funding challenge probably much less.”This article was updated on 20 December with additional comments from the PPF. In a keenly anticipated pension guarantee ruling the European Court of Justice (ECJ) today rejected a previous argument that all defined benefit pension rights must be protected on employer insolvency, which had led to speculation UK DB employers could be faced with a huge new bill.In a judgement in the case of the Pension-Sicherungs-Verein v Günther Bauer, the ECJ instead ruled that the current EU legal requirement that individuals should be entitled to at least 50% of their benefits still stood as long as this level of compensation would not put them at risk of living below the poverty line.As explained by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), in the UK many people had thought the ruling might spell a requirement for the country’s pension lifeboat fund to increase compensation to 100% of benefits in all cases, potentially with ensuing “enormous new costs” for employers and possibly the government.The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) provides 100% of defined benefits to members already drawing their pension when the sponsor goes insolvent, and 90% to those who are not yet retired.
The release of the data followed the announcement last month by the European Commission of measures to relieve the regulatory and capital burden on Europe’s lenders during the coronavirus pandemic.In particular, the Commission urged lenders to adopt the IFRS 9 transitional measures it first proposed back in 2018 to phase in the move from the International Accounting Standards Board’s legacy impairment model under International Accounting Standard 39 to International Financial Reporting Standard 9.The transitional arrangement allows banks to add back in IFRS 9-related additional impairment allowances over a gradually reducing five-year timeframe, starting with 95% in 2018 and reducing to 25% in 2022.IFRS 9, which the EU adopted with effect from 1 January 2018, sets out to address the concern that the backward-looking IAS 39 incurred-loss impairment model meant banks were too slow to book losses during the 2008 Financial Crisis.The standard instead requires lenders to book an upfront impairment allowance when it takes a financial asset on to its books.This allowance is an estimate of the anticipated full life-time losses that the bank expects to materialise over a 12-month time horizon.The transparency exercise, in contrast to a stress test, presents a snapshot of the capital position, assets and liabilities, and leverage of some 127 banks across the EU and EEA at the relevant reference dates.Meanwhile, the data also revealed that the French and UK banks in the sample lead their peers in terms of trading book volumes.The total trading assets of French banks in the survey came in at €1.4trn with UK banks following with €1.2trn.The percentage portfolio holdings are potentially significant because trading book assets are generally accounted for at fair value under IFRS 9.IFRS 13, which determines the process for measuring assets at fair value, features a three-level hierarchy.Assets reported under Level 1 of that framework rely on quoted market prices. Assets under Levels 2 and 3, however, are priced according to modelled outputs.The majority of the assets classified to fair value by French and UK banks are in Level 2.Critics of this approach say that Levels 2 and 3 concentrate risk in times of a sudden shock to the financial system because such assets are in danger of becoming highly illiquid.However, in February of this year, the European Systemic Risk Board issued a report in which it noted that EU banks held fair value assets worth some €7.3trn on their balance sheets in December 2018.Of this total, some €2.4trn were accounted for at Level 1 under the fair value hierarchy, €4.6trn were in Level 2 and €300bn in Level 3.The ESRB said this represented a “sizeable decline in the total value of financial instruments measured at fair value” compared with the position at the end of 2016 and noted that it was “driven by a decline in derivative positions”.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Greek and Italian banks made the greatest use of the European Union’s transitional relief aimed at relieving the burden on the bloc’s banks of the move to a more burdensome forward-looking loan-loss accounting model.Transparency data released by the European Banking Authority (EBA) covering 30 September and December 2019 revealed that the four Greek lenders in the survey boosted their total capital by some €4.8bn.The same survey data also revealed that 11 Italian banks increased their total capital position by €6.4bn.EBA chair Jose Manuel Campa said: “The EBA considers that the provision to market participants of continuous information on banks’ exposures and asset quality is crucial, particularly in moments of increased uncertainty.”
Redington – The investment consultancy has appointed Phil Symes as its chief financial officer (CFO) and an executive director to its board, which is now complete. He took up the position on 21 August and will also become a member of Redington’s management team.Symes was most recently group CFO for the Cambridge Education Group. Before that he spent two years as an independent business consultant and 10 years as CFO for Visa Europe, including its sale to Visa Inc in 2016. Redington said he had significant experience of working for companies with private equity ownership, including Willis Group when it was owned by KKR. Redington this week also revealed that in July it had appointed Feifei Zhang as chair of its Chinese technology business, YuYuan Technology (Shanghai) Limited. YuYuan, which is headquartered in Shanghai, was originally incorporated into Redington’s technology business in 2018. Zhang joins from Mountain Creek Investment Management, where he is a founding Partner, chief strategy officer and head of Insurance and innovation. Previous roles include co-chief actuary at Fosun Insurance Group and actuarial practice lead at KPMG-China. Mercer – William Gibbons has been appointed principal in the consultancy’s insurance investment solutions business. He joins from PwC, where he advised insurers and other financial institutions on strategic asset allocation, investments, asset restructuring, liquidity, market risk and hedging. Prior to that, he was a director at Barclays Investment Bank, focusing on solutions for UK insurers. Neuberger Berman – The investment manager has appointed Gilles Drukier as head of insurance solutions for the EMEA region effective 3 August 2020.He joins from JP Morgan Asset Management, where he was managing director for its fixed income insurance and pensions solutions group. Prior to this, he worked for JP Morgan’s investment banking arm across a number of teams including its insurance strategic advisory group. Drukier’s previous experience also includes derivatives sales roles at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. GCM Grosvenor – The US-based global alternative asset manager has hired Pamela Bentley as managing director of finance from October ahead of her assuming the role of chief financial officer effective 1 January 2021. Bentley joins GCM Grosvenor after 15 years with The Carlyle Group, where in her most recent role she served as the chief accounting officer and managing director. She previously held senior finance roles at Transaction Network Services, Inc. and prior to that worked for Arthur Andersen. Schroders – Matthew Dobbs will retire from fund management next year after almost 40 years at Schroders, which said it had been planning a long-term succession strategy for Dobbs, who had been instrumental in helping to build its Asian equity and global small companies businesses, for a number of years.He will be handing over portfolio management responsibilities for his Asia funds to Richard Sennitt, supported by Abbas Barkhordar, and his global and international small cap funds to Bob Kaynor, Luke Biermann and Alex Deane.Chris Taylor will be taking on the role of head of global and international small companies, covering strategic management responsibilities for the team.Rory Bateman, Schroders’ head of equities, said: “We would like to thank Matthew for his outstanding commitment and service to Schroders, which has resulted in him helping to develop two businesses, which will soon be passed on to the next generation of highly-talented Schroders’ investors.” Brookfield, Redington, Neuberger Berman, Mercer, GCM Grosvenor, SchrodersBrookfield – Mark Carney, the former governor of the Bank of England, has joined the alternatives asset manager as vice-chair and head of environment, social and governance and impact fund investing. Brookfield said Carney will help push the firm’s renewable investing efforts to combine better long-term outcomes for society with strong risk-adjusted returns. He will expand on Brookfield’s existing strengths in ESG investing with the development of a group of funds that will work to combine positive social and environmental outcomes with strong risk-adjusted returns for investors.Carney, who is now UN special envoy for climate action and finance, served as the governor of the Bank of England from 2013 to 2020. In addition, he served as first vice-chair of the European Systemic Risk Board and remains a member of the Group of Thirty and the foundation board of the World Economic Forum. Prior to his tenure as governor of the Bank of England, he served as the governor of the Bank of Canada and chairman of its board of directors. Carney was chair of the G20’s financial stability board from 2011-2018, where he oversaw the reform of the global financial system.
The firm interviewed 104 managers from across the globe, representing over $10trn (€8.4trn) in combined assets under management, on a vast spectrum of areas relating to ESG.Redington is one of 12 UK investment consultancies that, viewing themselves as a critcal link between asset managers and asset owners, recently banded together to form a group seeking to improve sustainable investment practices across the investment industry.Ex-AP4’s Erlandsson’s Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute officially liveThe Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute (AFII), founded by Ulf Erlandsson, a former portfolio manager at Swedish buffer fund AP4, today announced its official launch.Supported by the Growald Family Fund, a New York-based venture philanthropy fund investing in the rapid transition to a clean energy future, AFII is premised on the view that fixed income markets, despite their size and crucial role for providing finance, are severely lagging in terms of climate change mitigation.Its mission is ‘to monitor, advocate for and influence the impact of fixed income markets in the age of human induced-climate change”.Erlandsoon was one of the pioneers in the green bond market, setting up AP4’s green bond portfolio while he was at the Swedish buffer fund, from 2009 to 2017. He left AP4 to move to Granit Funds, but left there after just over a year.In addition to being founder and executive chair of AFII, he has recently been appointed fellow on the investment advisory board of impact-focussed wealth manager Tribe Capital.Although AFII only announced its official launch today, Erlandsson has been working on its set-up since the beginning of July and has already published pieces of work under the AFII name.“I have been working on the AFII setup since beginning of July, but it has taken until now to get some of the formalities and strategy in place,” he told IPE. “There’s been a couple of really important topics to write about, so haven’t been able to be quiet in the run-up.”One of those topics is the Carmichael coal mine under construction in Australia, with Erlandsson publishing research investigating the fixed income funding flow for the project, down to individual bond ISIN codes and global investor holdings of the bonds.The AFII is advocating a reversal of that capital flow, which would affect bond prices, the project’s underlying cost-of-capital “and hundreds of millions – even billions – of tonnes of future CO2 emissions”.According to AFII’s website, it is building out the organisation and “will update with team details accordingly”.BMO points to ‘fundamental’ engagement shiftStewardship will increasingly be seen as being about investors’ responsibilities for shaping the market and the economy as a whole rather than just about the relationship with individual companies, according to BMO Global Asset Management.The asset manager outlined the expectation, which is also an ask, in a report setting out its track record on engagement over the past 20 years.It said it was predicting that collaborative engagement initiatives, which “came of age” in the 2010s, would increase as work began with a wider pool of stakeholders to create meaningful change.Kristi Mitchem, CEO at BMO GAM, said: “For investors to address systemic challenges, such as climate change, there will need to be a sharper focus than in the past on public policy, widening engagement beyond the company level to build relationships with new stakeholders, including NGOs and academic experts.“A collaborative approach between investors is key to making this a success, both to muster the resources to make these changes and to present a unified voice to increase influence.”BMO GAM said that, on average, 20% of its engagement activities each year were through collaborative initiatives, such as Climate Action 100+, Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return, and the Workforce Disclosure Initiative.Around three-quarters (72%) of BMO GAM’s current engagement was now linked to the Sustainable Development Goals, with the remaining 28% focussed on corporate governance, it said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. More than a third of asset managers surveyed by Redington were unable to provide an example of a climate change-related engagement effort, according to the consultancy.It also highlighted that fewer than two-thirds had an engagement policy on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matters, and that 60% of respondents could provide an example of when climate-related risks and/or opportunities had influenced buying or selling decisions despite 76% saying they considered these factors.Nick Samuels, head of manager research at Redington, said: “We would expect all our managers, regardless of asset class, to have at least one, if not several, examples of climate change related engagements with their portfolio companies.“Managers who thoroughly analyse – and take action on – risks are crucial to driving progress so, moving forward, we strongly hope to see this number increasing.”
20 Stanton Tce, North Ward.A 1930s North Ward home has hit the market for the first time after being handed down through the same family for generations.20 Stanton Tce, North Ward, is on the side of Castle Hill and will go to auction on Tuesday, September 18.It has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a car space and is on a 1012sq m block.Carmel Store, who owns the home along with several family members, said they thought her grandfather, who was a carpenter, either built or helped build the home in the late 1930s.He lived there with his wife, Ms Store’s grandmother, before he tragically died in a railway accident in 1943. 20 Stanton Tce, North Ward.The house will be sold under the hammer on September 18 at 6pm at Keyes & Co Property, 505 Flinders St, Townsville. It will be open for inspection on Saturday from 11am-11.30am. For more details call Tess Sellwood on 0439 793 559. 20 Stanton Tce, North Ward.Ms Store said after the passing of both her parents it was decided that now was the time to sell, closing a chapter in their family history.The house is in a sought-after position and has huge potential. There is an open plan living and dining area in the middle of the home while the covered front patio has ocean views.Keyes & Co Property selling agent Tess Sellwood said the home was positioned in a capital growth location.“It has incredible potential to either redevelop the 1012sq m block or renovate the existing dwelling,” she said. “Further ocean views could also be gained from a second storey.“It’s so exciting to help a well known Townsville family close an integral chapter of their family history.” Ms Store’s parents Dulcie and Ray Wilson pictured outside 20 Stanton Tce, North Ward in 1946.Eventually the home was handed down to Ms Store’s parents and she spent her childhood in the home.“It was a great place to grow up and, of course, Castle Hill was very different in those days and the house was different as well,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It was a worker’s cottage back then and it had stairs that ran up the front of the house and there was a wood-fired stove in the kitchen.“We used to play on the hill and there was a river next to us that was really more like a creek but there were enough holes that would collect a fair bit of water so we could have a swim.“It was a very happy home.”
Now that’s a night light!The penthouse at 801/8 Kyabra Street in Newstead is Ms Stott’s second renovation.She said statement marble used throughout the property had been sourced from a stonemason at Pinkeba, and the chandelier in the stairwell was a Timothy Oulton piece.“I would say that one of the big features is the 90sq m of lawn,” Ms Stott said. “We wanted to create our own Garden of Eden in Newstead.“We spend a lot of time outside and the views are amazing.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe rooftop Garden of EdenThe living space covers approximately 962sq m – more than four times the size of the average new house. It is like having your own rooftop barWHEN the owners bought this “sky home” two years ago, it was just a basic shell. Unperturbed by its drab and unfinished state, Jordana Stott could see its potential.“I drew a lot of inspiration from American and Australian designers, like David Hicks and Greg Natale,” Ms Stott, 33, said. But perhaps the crown jewel is the private rooftop terrace, which comes with grass and manicured gardens, a fire pit, another alfresco outdoor space, a games room, a dressing room, another bathroom and a shed.A lift also services each level of the penthouse and there is room for three cars.Ms Stott said she was thrilled with the finished product but she was keen for a new project.“We must be mad,” she laughed.The mega penthouse is listed with Tom Lyne of Ray White New Farm and will go under the hammer at 6pm on November 13. That space flows out on to the bar and pool deck, which wraps around a pool, spa and feature fountain.Also on this level is the master suite, which includes an ensuite with dual shower heads, a double vanity, a steam room and a large walk-in wardrobe.Ms Stott said one her favourite features of the house was “my closet”. On the main level is a huge living and dining space and the kitchen, which is finished with white marble, double ovens and a butler’s pantry. 801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead“I am a big fan of layering and putting textures together, keeping the fundamentals simple and then accenting it with furniture.” Those handbags!On the lower level is where you will find a further four bedroom, another spacious living, dining and kitchen space, the laundry, a media room and a spacious alfresco outdoor area.
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One of Polarcus’ vessels (For illustration)Geophysical company Polarcus has received a letter of award for a broadband 3D marine seismic project in the Asia Pacific region from an unnamed client. The project is due to start in the third quarter of this year and will run for approximately one month, Polarcus said on Wednesday.According to the company, with this award, its fleet is fully booked through to the end of the third quarter.In the statement about the award, the company did not reveal any financial details nor the name of the vessel to be used for the project.About a month ago, Polarcus was awarded another 3D marine seismic project, also in the Asia Pacific region. This project will start in the second quarter and last for two months.Offshore Energy Today Staff
BW Offshore-owned floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel BW Catcher, built for Premier Oil-operated Catcher development in the UK sector of the North Sea, is undergoing marine trials in Singapore ahead of its departure to final offshore location. Earlier this week, Premier Oil launched a video of the FPSO starting its marine trials off Singapore. The unit is scheduled to leave the shipyard and head to the UK this month.The FPSO was built by Keppel’s shipyard where a naming ceremony was held in April. The vessel is 241 meters long, 50 meters wide and 27 meters deep and it will be able to process up to 60,000 barrels of oil a day.The Catcher development, made up of several fields discovered between 2010 and 2013, is located 170 kilometers south-east of Aberdeen. The development entails 22 subsea wells, 14 producers and 8 water injectors, on the Catcher, Varadero and Burgman fields which will be tied back to the leased BW Catcher FPSO. Upon completion, the vessel will be on a seven-year fixed term and 18 years of options contract with Premier Oil.At the end of July Premier Oil was working to complete the last of twelve wells scheduled for completion pre-first oil and the project remains on track for start-up in 2017.Offshore Energy Today Staff
US-based Enterprise Products Partners has, through its operating subsidiary, Enterprise Products Operating, entered into new revolving credit facilities.The new facilities, which will extend the maturity dates of its existing credit facilities, consist of a USD 4 billion multi-year revolving credit agreement that matures on September 13, 2022 and a USD 1.5 billion 364-day revolving credit agreement that matures on September 12, 2018.The new facilities replace Enterprise Products Operating’s existing revolving credit facilities, and its aggregate borrowing capacity remains unchanged.Enterprise Products Partners is a North American provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals.
Clean Energy Fuels, the California-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier for North American transport industry named Stephen Scully as chairman of its board of directors. The election of Scully, who has been a member of the board since 2014, took place at the board’s meeting in December and is effective immediately, the company said in a statement.Scully will replace Warren Mitchell, who will remain on the board.Newly appointed Scully, was founder and president of the Scully Companies, a California based truck leasing and specialized contract carriage provider. The company was subsequently sold to Ryder System in 2011. He is a past chairman and director of the National Truck Leasing System, board member of the Truck Rental and Leasing Association, board member of Ameriquest Transportation and Logistics Resources and member of the California Trucking Association.Speaking following his appointment, Scully said, “the world is waking up to the harmful impact diesel is having on our environment and there is no better alternative for fleets than natural gas.” He noted that the company is looking to take advantage of this trend in the transportation industry.
U.S. offshore vessel owner Seacor Marine has closed its joint venture with liftboat specialist Montco Offshore (MOI) announced last year.Namely, Seacor Marine last June announced a stalking horse bid to form a joint venture with Montco Offshore which had earlier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This type of bid allows the distressed company to avoid low bids on its assets and choose the stalking horse to make the first bid.The U.S. bankruptcy court approved the stalking horse bid in January 2018, allowing the two companies to continue with their JV plans.On Friday, February 9 Seacor Marine announced that the formation and capitalization of the new joint venture company with MOI was consummated on February 8, 2018.In accordance with the terms of a joint venture contribution and formation agreement, Seacor Marine and MOI contributed certain liftboat vessels and other related assets to the joint venture, and the joint venture assumed certain operating liabilities and indebtedness associated with the liftboat vessels and related assets.The joint venture consolidates the ownership and operation of eleven liftboat vessels previously operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seacor Marine, six liftboat vessels previously operated by MOI, and two liftboat vessels previously operated by a previously existing joint venture between an affiliate of MOI and an affiliate of Seacor Marine.The JV assumed approximately $131 million of indebtedness from MOI’s pre-petition facilities which, apart from a guarantee of interest payments for two years after the closing of the transactions, is non-recourse to Seacor Marine.Seacor Marine holds approximately 72% of all equity interests in the JV, and is entitled to appoint a majority of the board of managers of the JV.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Oil Spill Response Limited’s (OSRL) latest development in subsea well capping technology, Offset Installation Equipment (OIE), has been officially launched from the equipment’s new home base in Trieste, Italy.The event, which featured figures from across the offshore industry, represented the culmination of six years work between members of the Subsea Well Intervention Project (SWRP), OSRL and oil and gas engineering specialists, Saipem.Designed specifically for scenarios where direct vertical access to a wellhead is not possible, the new OIE enables well capping or related equipment to be installed at a safe distance from an incident for the first time, OSRL explained.OIE is now available to existing OSRL members through a Subsea Well Intervention Services (SWIS) supplementary agreement and current OIE members include BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Total – all of which represent the founding members of SWRP.The OIE’s arrival is an industry first and coincides with the final phase of SWRP, following completion of the related capping and containment projects, as OSRL’s chief executive, Robert Limb, explains: “For us, and all those involved in SWRP, the launch of the OIE is final piece of the puzzle and the culmination of a lot of hard work. Since the formation of the project in 2011, we had one core objective; to design and build a comprehensive range of well capping solutions, with the flexibility to meet the current and future requirements of the industry. With the arrival of OIE here in Italy, that objective is met.”SWRP Project Lead, Eli Bøhnsdalen, commented: “OIE has the potential to make a huge difference in the time it takes to cap a well or stop a critical blowout and has never been attempted before. With that in mind, it is with great pride that I’m able to say the equipment is now available to the industry. Saipem, which has been responsible for the design, fabrication and testing, will now be responsible for the OIE’s ongoing storage and maintenance, from its base here, in Trieste. Saipem’s extensive experience working with equipment designed for harsh environments, remote areas and deepwater means that the OIE couldn’t be in safer hands.”Stefano Porcari, COO of Saipem’s E&C offshore division, added: “Working on such a pioneering and prestigious project involved Saipem’s know-how from various technological centres and represented a unique opportunity to test Saipem expertise in technology and innovation. OIE marks an unprecedented solution for use in the event of a subsea well incident, where vertical well access by vessel is not possible. Having actively participated in this project constitutes a remarkable achievement of which we are proud.”OIE equipment can be deployed up to 500 metres from an incident site and is suitable for use at a working depth of 75 to 600 metres. OIE is also fully compatible with OSRL’s capping equipment, creating an end-to-end capping and containment solution suitable for almost all subsea scenarios.In line with OSRL’s approach, each member organisation will be provided with training to enable their own experienced personnel to understand the capabilities of the system and operate the OIE during an incident. Following the end of SWRP, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) through the Well Experts Committee (WEC) will work with OSRL to ensure that all stakeholders gain awareness of OIE’s capabilities as part of the process of promoting the adoption of good practice worldwide.
Jiangnan Shipbuilding Company (Jiangnan Shipyard) has received an approval in principle (AiP) from DNV GL for the “LNG JUMBO”, a new Flex LNG carrier design, at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg.The design was developed by Jiangnan Shipyard in cooperation with ship designer MARIC, GTT and DNV GL among others.“We have completed China’s first Mark III/Mark III Flex model tanks and moved into the membrane type liquefied gas carrier market. With this latest AiP, we have laid a solid foundation for introducing this ship type to the market and will further enrich our product portfolio in gas carriers and gas-fuelled ship types, which will benefit our clients and at the same time reduce emissions,“ Lin Ou, Chairman of Jiangnan Shipyards said.As explained, the ship uses the GTT Mark III Flex cargo containment system, and is equipped with four standard cargo holds, with a capacity of in total 175,000 cubic meters. The ship’s shore connection is flexible and compatible with most shore facilities, and it can pass through the Panama Canal.“The proposed WINGD X-DF low-pressure, low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel main engine propulsion system offers higher propulsion efficiency and lower fuel consumption in combination with an optimized twin skeg design and additional energy saving devices. In gas mode, the propulsion system meets IMO NOx Tier III requirements without the need for exhaust gas treatment systems. Additionally, a USCG certified ballast water treatment system means the design is ready for the incoming regulations,” he added.
Japanese supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms MODEC is to provide and operate a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Eni Mexico, a subsidiary of Eni.On October 3, 2018, the company received a letter of intent (LOI) from Eni Mexico for supply, charter, and operations of an unnamed FPSO.As informed, the firm time charter period is fifteen years with five one-year extension options. A purchase option is included.The FPSO will be deployed in the Offshore Area 1 some ten kilometers off the coast of Mexico at a water depth approximately 32 meters. The field operatorship is 100% owned by Eni Mexico.MODEC is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, installation and operation of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. SOFEC, a MODEC group company, will design and supply the disconnectable tower yoke mooring system of the FPSO, according to the company.The FPSO will be capable of processing 90,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 75 million cubic feet of gas per day, 120,000 barrels of water injection per day and have a storage capacity of 900,000 barrels of crude oil.The first oil production by the FPSO is planned for 2021.
LNG engineer TechnipFMC reported a drop in net profit for the second quarter of the year as it received record inbound orders boosted by LNG contracts. The company’s profit reached $97 million, 8.2 percent below the $105.7 million reported in the corresponding quarter last year, the report shows.However, TechnipFMC’s inbound orders have reached a new high during the quarter at $11.2 billion, with the company’s onshore/offshore sector scoring $8.1 billion in inbound orders, driven by the award of Arctic LNG 2 job.Technip’s revenue reached $3.4 billion jumping 16 percent compared to the $2.9 billion in the corresponding quarter last year.Speaking of the results, TechnipFMC chairman and CEO Doug Pferdehirt said, “in onshore/offshore, we are benefiting from the new wave of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. The LNG market growth continues to be underpinned by the structural shift towards natural gas as an energy transition fuel.”He noted the company is expecting additional LNG awards in the coming quarters.The company has updated its full-year onshore/offshore guidance with revenue in the range of $6-$6.3 billion. Onshore/Offshore EBITDA margin of at least 16.5 percent, which increased from the previous guidance of at least 14 percent.
DNV GL and TenneT have signed a four-year framework agreement covering project certification of new high-voltage direct current (HVDC) substations in the German North Sea.The transmission system operator awarded DNV GL the contract following an independent EU tendering process.The agreement includes the certification of the planned DolWin5 converter platform which features a grid connection concept for wind farms that could dramatically reduce costs for the offshore wind industry, DNV GL said.The platform features an innovative connection concept to link, for example, the “Borkum Riffgrund West I and II” and “Northern Energy OWP West” wind farms to an offshore HVDC converter next to the wind farms. The DolWin5 concept connects the wind turbines directly to the offshore platform via 66kV cables.This removes the need for separate substations for each wind farm and the 155kV cables previously used to connect the wind farm substation to the converter platform leading to huge cost savings, according to DNV GL. The platform is planned to start operations in 2024.Tim Meyerjürgens, COO of TenneT, said: “This connection concept leads to an enormous cost reduction for the wind farms and the grid connection. With the 66-kV direct connection, we have developed a new generation of cost-efficient offshore grid connections for the German North Sea that will make an important contribution to the transformation of energy systems”.Project certification will be performed according to the BSH Standard Design, in order to verify compliance with requirements of the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).“With the framework agreement DNV GL and TenneT are partnering in qualifying this new connection technology in Germany,” said Kim Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification at DNV GL.”We are already involved in over 80% of German offshore wind projects and are committed to helping the global offshore wind industry to verify new products and technologies that improve the cost effectiveness of wind power and enable the clean energy transition. To this end, we continue to write and define new standards to enable the certification of new technologies.”
The $18.7 million Queen Bess Island restoration project is now officially complete – making the Brown Pelican habitat ready for the 2020 nesting season.Standing on the shore of a remote island in Louisiana’s Barataria Basin, Gov. John Bel Edwards yesterday declared the newly-restored island officially reopened for nesting.“Before we started this restoration last August, only five of the island’s 36 acres were usable for nesting. Now all 36 acres are available, and we have plans to keep it that way for years to come,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards, touring newly-rebuilt land on Queen Bess Island.The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) oversaw the engineering, design, and construction of the project.The project was funded with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damages settlement administered by Louisiana’s Trustee Implementation Group.The restoration of Queen Bess Island involved enhancing an existing rock ring around the island to serve as containment and protection for the sand fill material placed to increase the island’s elevation. On the southwestern side of the island, a set of rock breakwaters just offshore create a lagoon-style nursery feature for the young birds to learn how to swim, preen, and feed.In order to increase the island to 37 acres, sediment was dredged from the Mississippi River near Belle Chase and then barged to the site.Queen Bess Island is located northeast of Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish. It is the fourth-largest Brown Pelican rookery in Louisiana, supporting 15-20 percent of the state’s total pelican nesting activity. It is also a nesting habitat for at least eight other species of nesting colonial water birds such as Tri-colored Herons, Great Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, and Royal Terns.
Privateplacements Zenith addedthat it was now working to conclude the necessary regulatory process in theRepublic of the Congo to approve the transfer of ownership, as well asfinalising negotiations for a new 25-year licence for Tilapia. AAOG’s fully-owned subsidiary in question is Anglo African Oil & Gas Congo (AAOG Congo) which has a 56 per cent majority interest in the Tilapia oilfield. The renegotiations for the terms of acquisition started back in March after AAOG initially approved the sale of an 80 per cent stake in AAOG Congo to Zenith Energy in January 2020. Andrea Cattaneo, CEO of Zenith, said: “I am delighted to have now fully completed the acquisition of Tilapia, especially under the recently renegotiated highly favourable terms. “At the same time, our technical team is making all the necessary operational preparations for planned drilling activities in well TLP-103C“. “Our focus is now on finalising the necessary regulatory process for the transfer of ownership, as well as concluding negotiations for a new 25-year licence. Zenith also said on Tuesday that it received conditional approval for a private placement to issue up to 60,000,000 new common shares to raise gross proceeds of up to £540,000 ($673,010). The company statedthat it would implement a series of cost-cutting measures and managementchanges in the newly bought company to maximise efficiency in the current lowoil price environment. Aerial view of the AAOG Congo site; Source: AAOG The companyhas completed two fully subscribed offerings, one in the United Kingdom and theother in Norway. “The Republic of the Congo is an enormously prospective hydrocarbon province which has proven itself to be a very supportive jurisdiction for junior, independent oil companies with ambitious development objectives such as Zenith. “We have obtained exceptional value for Zenith shareholders, and I am excited about our potentially transformational development opportunities in the Republic of the Congo at Tilapia. Zenith said on Tuesday that the 100 per cent stake in AAOG Congo and related intercompany loans were bought for a total consideration of £200,000 ($249,271). Canadian oil and gas company Zenith Energy has completed the acquisition of Anglo African Oil & Gas’ subsidiary, which is the operator of the Tilapia oilfield located in the Republic of the Congo. The buy also means that AAOG has novated 100 per cent of the intercompany loans with AAOG Congo to Zenith as of the date of completion, equivalent to around £12.5 million ($15.58 million). It is worth noting that AAOG Congo has approximately $5.3 million in receivables. The price of the acquisition was arranged in mid-April when Zenith and AAOG entered into a conditional deed of variation, replacing the previous agreement between the parties. According to the company, the placements have attracted the participation of several existing high net-worth private investors, an existing institutional investor, as well as a director of the company. Per the termsof the amended share purchase agreement, completion of the acquisition took placewithin one business day after AAOG’s shareholder approval at the generalmeeting held on Monday, 4 May 2020.
Lifesite News 28 Nov 2012Those who say intolerance is a major problem in the debate over homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” have a valid point, but not in the way they think, according to one of the nation’s most popular pastors. In a whirlwind media tour to promote the tenth anniversary edition of his bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life – What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren said the belief people can differ without rancor has disappeared, replaced by an insistence on ideological conformity. “I am in favor of not redefining marriage,” he said on Tuesday’s edition of CBS This Morning “It’s not illegal to have a gay relationship in America. And so, it’s not a big issue to me.” Co-host Charlie Rose replied, “You have to be tolerant of other people’s views,” “The problem is that ‘tolerant’ has changed its meaning,” Warren said. “Tolerant used to mean, I may disagree with you completely, but I’m going to treat you with respect. That’s what tolerant means.” “Today, to some people, tolerant means you must approve of everything I do,” he continued. “That’s not tolerance. That’s approval.”Such homosexual lobbyists as Dan Savage have attempted to paint all those who reject homosexual unions as bigots and bullies, a designation both Warren and Rose said does not fit him. Instead, comity and shared aims should animate people in the public debate, Warren said. While he does not endorse every position taken by the National Organization for Women, he has acted as a “co-belligerent” when that group opposes “pornography, that objectifies a woman’s body.”http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/rick-warren-tolerance-has-disappeared-from-the-same-sex-marriage-debate
Public Discourse 12 Feb 2013In 2006, as a Probate and Family Court judge in Boston, I began hearing a case filed by a self-represented woman who requested an order that a sperm facility disclose the identity of the father of her two young daughters. She gave as her primary reason that the children suffered from health issues and needed a complete medical history from their father. As a secondary ground, she cited the children’s need for financial support. After multiple hearings and several trips between the Probate and Family Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the complaint was dismissed in 2011. By the end of the case, the process of anonymous sperm “donation” struck me as inhumane, and sperm “donation” in general as thoughtless, even though many of the individuals involved behave in understandably human ways. In today’s article I explain the problems for fathers and children created by sperm donation.First, the process of providing sperm degrades and objectifies men… The men’s profiles are then paraded on the internet like cattle at an auction and women shop for sperm based on features like height, weight, eye color, SAT scores, and athleticism.Second, selling sperm corrupts our society’s concept of fatherhood. Humans should care for their children. It has always been considered a tragedy when they fail to do so. Our society already suffers from an absentee father crisis. What message does it send to children when men so obviously don’t care when, where, or to whom their children are born? The boom in the sperm sale business will damage children’s perception of what it means to be a man and a father. As anthropologist Margaret Mead has written, “the supreme task of any society is to teach its men to be good fathers.”Third, the sperm sale industry deliberately creates fatherless children. Thanks to better treatments for male infertility, fewer heterosexual couples are purchasing commercial sperm. Instead, the buyers are primarily single heterosexual women and lesbian couples.Fourth, sperm sales encourage the commodification of children. As improbable as it may seem, some children born are not fully accepted and loved because they fail to develop as advertised.Fifth, while the harms I’ve discussed apply to both “identity release” sellers of sperm—sellers who agree to let conceived children access their biological information once they turn eighteen—and anonymous sellers, anonymous sperm sale is particularly inhumane. Thanks to the efforts of adult commercially conceived children, buyers can now learn more easily that donor anonymity is often painful for the child conceived to endure. Olivia Pratten, who is donor-conceived, wrote in 2010: If biological roots didn’t matter, we wouldn’t have a whole fertility industry whose priority is to maximize the genetic continuity of the parents using the technologies. If it didn’t matter, no one would care about having their own biological children. People who are infertile grieve not being able to pass on their lineage to their children. I grieve the same thing: not knowing the person who gave me mine.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/02/7571/?utm_source=RTA+Smoot+Sperm+Donation+1&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=email
Otago Daily Times 29 November 2013Families are struggling to keep up with bill payments as everyday expenses continue to rise, a budgeting service says.A Statistics New Zealand survey shows average weekly household spending has increased by more than $90 over the past three years, to $1111.That’s been driven by significant increases in the cost of food, transport, housing and household utilities like gas and electricity.Aucklanders are spending the most, an average of $1253 a week, and spend significantly more on housing, transport and food than residents elsewhere in the country.The Household Economic Survey showed housing costs and utilities were the biggest household costs at $272, making up about a quarter of household bills on average.Food costs made up one-fifth of expenses, costing $192 a week on average, up from $177 three years ago.Darryl Evans, CEO of the Mangere Budgeting Service, said clients were spending a large portion of their income on rent, with very little left for food.http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/283364/families-struggling-costs-climb
NewsHub 12 August 2018Family First Comment: No surprisesA study has found that children of religious parents are less likely to attempt suicide.The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry journal, studied multiple generations of families at high and low risk for depression.They found that children whose parents place a high importance on religion had an approximately 80 percent decrease in risk of suicidal ideation and attempted suicide, compared with those children whose parents reported religion as unimportant.This association was independent of the child’s own belief in the importance of religion.The correlation also didn’t take into account other risk factors such as parental depression, suicidal behaviour by parents, and divorce.Girls were less likely to attempt suicide if they too themselves placed high value on both belief and practice of religion. For boys, parental religiosity was more important to determine whether they would attempt suicide than their own.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2018/08/children-of-religious-parents-less-likely-to-attempt-suicide-study.html
Sharing is caring! 54 Views no discussions Share By Johanna Lyman, Romance Recovery for GalTime.comAhh, soulmates. We’ve all been fed the romantic notion that there’s one perfect someone out there for us. Everyone has one perfect soulmate, and if we’re lucky, we’ll find each other and live happily ever after. The stars will align for us: we’ll be born at the same time (give or take a few or twenty years) and after living our lives a little, we’ll magically end up in the same part of the world at exactly the right time to fall head over heels in love. We’ll know instantly when we meet. Bells will ring, cupids will dance around our heads, and we’ll have stars in our eyes. You’ve seen the cartoon and movie versions, I’m sure.I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that it doesn’t work like that most of the time and when it does, it doesn’t always have a happy ending. The good news is that even when things end badly, we can still make our own happy ending. The other good news is that there’s more than one soulmate for each of us. To understand this, you’ll need a better understanding of what a soulmate really is.Soulmates are individuals who incarnate together for the purpose of growing in love. They make agreements with each other to help teach the life lessons each wants to learn. Then they incarnate at more or less the same time as a soul family. The members of a soul family are soulmates. Soulmates are kindred spirits, but they are not necessarily romantic partners. Your best friend is a soulmate, and one or, sometimes, both of your parents are soulmates. Anyone with whom you’ve been in a significant romantic relationship is a soulmate. When I say significant romantic relationship, I mean one that has impacted you on a deeply emotional level. Soulmates give you a chance to see yourself more clearly. Any significant relationship that teaches you something about yourself is a relationship with a soulmate. It doesn’t have to be a long term relationship. It doesn’t even have to be a relationship that had a positive outcome. Some of our soulmates agree to act as the villain in our life to help us learn something important about ourselves. For example, a partner who cheated on you may not seem like a soulmate, but if that experience helps you grow in self-respect, then that person has given you a gift. You may not appreciate the wrapping, but once you’re on the other side of the experience, you will appreciate the gift.We all come into the world as perfect, radiant beings. We deeply trust that we will be loved and cared for. We look at the world with eyes of unconditional love and we expect that love to be reflected back to us. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out like that. At some point in our young lives, we discover that our needs will not always be met. We cry and are left unattended. We’re hungry and we don’t get fed right away. We have a dirty diaper and are left to sit in it. As we grow, we fall down and hurt ourselves. We misbehave and a parent takes away our favorite toy. We eat crayons and get yelled at. We throw food and get a smack on the hand. Each experience creates an impression in the psyche.Even if your childhood was idyllic, you were still wounded. No matter how wonderful your parents were, there were times when you felt alone, abandoned and unloved as an infant or young child. A seemingly simple thing like being left to cry in a playpen for a few minutes can create a lasting impact on the psyche. Even if your parents were wonderful, loving beings, you may have had a teacher or a babysitter who gave you a message that led you to hide your light. It is a normal, natural part of the process of being human.I believe that we come into the world to play a game. The game is to hide our light and try to find it again; a game of Cosmic Hide and Seek. Our soulmates are the other players in the game. We are all divine beings, pretending to be mere mortals. We have veils, called maya (illusion) in Sanskrit, that make us forget that we are powerful co-creators of our reality and that we each have a spark of the Divine within. We choose our parents for the ways they will help us forget that our true nature is unconditional love, and then we spend most, if not all, of our adult lives trying to find our way back to that unconditional love.All the reasons we look for and attract a romantic partner come down to one thing: we have been wounded as small children and our soul, our heart, deeply desires to be whole again. It’s always looking for those missing pieces to put back into the puzzle that is you. It’s also always looking for a “do-over”; a way to replay the times your parents wounded you and heal from them by creating a more loving outcome. Our romantic partners and other members of our soul family agree to help us put the pieces back together.Do you believe in soulmates? Have you found one -or more- in your life? LifestyleRelationships What is a Soulmate, Really?. by: – June 9, 2011 Tweet Share Share
HealthInternationalLifestylePrint 500m children ‘at risk of effects of malnutrition’ by: – February 15, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! 14 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Food price rises could undo work to reduce child malnutrition, Save the Children warnsHalf a billion children could grow up physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years because they do not have enough to eat, the charity Save the Children says in a new report.It says much more needs to be done to tackle malnutrition in the world’s poorest countries. Tthe charity found that many families could not afford meat, milk or vegetables.The survey covered families in India, Bangladesh, Peru, Pakistan and Nigeria.One parent in six said their children were abandoning school to help out by working for food.A third of parents surveyed said their children complained about not having enough to eat.The survey was carried out in the five countries – where, the agency says, half the world’s malnourished children live – by international polling agency Globescan. Record food pricesSave the Children said that a year of record food prices had worsened child malnutrition and could hit progress reducing child deaths. “The world has made dramatic progress in reducing child deaths, down from 12 to 7.6 million, but this momentum will stall if we fail to tackle malnutrition,” said Save the Children chief executive Justin Forsyth.The agency wants the UK to lead the way in reducing hunger and protecting children from food price rises – starting with a Hunger Summit when world leaders are in London for the Olympics.The UK’s International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, said the charity was right to focus on hunger and malnutrition, and Britain would “continue to urge other countries to match our own efforts in this area”.In its report, Save the Children says that one in four of the world’s children have stunted growth – meaning their body and brain have failed to develop properly due to malnutrition.Eighty percent of stunted children live in just four countries, the charity says.‘Downward spiral’Malnutrition contributes to the deaths of 2.6 million children each year, according to the report.Assumpta Ndumi, a nutritionist who works with Save the Children in Kenya, told the BBC’s Network Africa programme that successive droughts are causing a downward spiral there:“When another drought comes and livelihood assets are destroyed it becomes worse for families to be able to feed their children.“Milk is very important for families in north-eastern Kenya, so when livestock is lost they basically have no access to a protein source. “We need to address the hidden hunger because it’s killing silently.”Food prices rose sharply in the first half of last year, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), after severe weather in some of the world’s biggest food exporting countries in 2010 damaged supplies.The FAO’s Food Price Index rose last month for the first time since July 2011, but was still 7% lower than in January 2011.BBC News
37 Views no discussions Share Tweet NewsRegional Deported: Thousands of Caribbean nationals sent home from the United States by: – April 19, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The United States has deported more 2, 000 criminals back to the Caribbean in the past six months, according to figures released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).The figures show that from the start of the 2011 fiscal year in October last year to the end of March this year, 88,497 criminal “aliens” or migrants were deported to their country of birth in the Latin/ America and the Caribbean region.A “criminal alien” is defined under U.S. immigration laws as a migrant who is convicted of a crime. The number sent back to Latin America alone stood at 86,469 while 2,028 were sent back to the Caribbean.For the Caribbean, 1,066 criminals were sent to the Dominican Republic followed by Jamaica with 528 and Trinidad and Tobago with 125. Belize received 74 followed by The Bahamas with 65 and Guyana 64.So far this fiscal year, 50 migrants have been sent back to Aruba and 31 to the earth-quake ravaged Haiti. Other Caribbean nations received far less criminal deportees.Cuba received 20 in the past six months; Barbados 11; Dominica 10; St. Lucia seven and Antigua five. Four persons were sent back to Bermuda while St. Kitts received three, while two each were sent to Suriname, the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.The figures show that Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos, received one criminal deportee each. The biggest receiver of criminal migrants was Mexico with 70,874 deported as of March 28 this year.Cana News
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 26 Views no discussions Share NewsSports Chanderpaul leads defiant WI to a draw with IND by: – July 11, 2011 Share ROSEAU, Dominica — CMC – Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s typically defiant 23rd Test hundred, and two crucial wickets for Ravi Rampaul helped West Indies escape with a draw in the third and final Test against India on Sunday.Chanderpaul was undefeated on 116 that earned him the Man-of-the-Match award, and led the resistance before West Indies were dismissed for 322 in their second innings about 45 minutes before tea on the final day at Windsor Park.Rampaul then ended the Indians’ interest in chasing 180 for victory with the scalps of Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina, with the visitors finishing on 94 for three, bringing the match to a close with the final 15 overs remaining.The result meant that West Indies lost the three-Test series 0-1, following a 63-run defeat in the first Test inside four days at Sabina Park in Jamaica. The two teams also drew the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.Fidel Edwards followed up his career-best innings of 30 with an early wicket for West Indies, trapping opener Abhinav Mukund lbw for a duck with the first ball of India’s chase.The Indians reached 19 for one at tea, and they were looking set to make a serious assault on the target, when Rahul Dravid and Vijay added 73 for the second wicket.Vijay got carried away however, and was caught at mid-on off Rampaul for 45, his best score of the series, and Raina, promoted to accelerate the scoring, was caught and bowled by the same bowler four overs later for eight, placing the element of doubt in the minds of the visitors.Earlier, Chanderpaul had formalised hundred to lead the West Indies fight, and extend their innings to 294 for eight lunch.Starting the day on 73, Chanderpaul reached his hundred from 265 balls, turning Ishant Sharma through square leg for two, becoming the second century-maker in the innings, following Kirk Edwards’ 110 on Saturday that helped to revive the hosts.Like Edwards, he almost gave it away on 99, when he tucked a delivery from off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to forward short leg, took an exploratory step down the pitch, and was quick enough to regain his ground before the alert fielder Mukund could throw down the stumps.West Indies, resuming from their overnight total of 224 for six, were ushered over the 250-run mark before their captain Darren Sammy was dubiously caught at forward short leg off Harbhajan Singh for 17, playing defensively forward.TV replays suggested the ball ricocheted from his pad onto his chest before flying to the fielder, placing the decision of umpire Richard Kettleborough in great doubt.Three balls later, Rampaul was run out for one, when he failed to beat Sharma’s direct hit at the striker’s end, going for a single.But Fidel Edwards, whose tail-end exploits with the bat have included a few face-saving partnerships in the past, joined .Chanderpaul, partnering him to his milestone, and spending a long time at the crease, further frustrating the Indians.Edwards shared a vital ninth-wicket stand of 65 with Chanderpaul that blunted India’s hopes of a second victory in the series.Edwards however, fell to Suresh Raina, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin, when he was caught at long-off before Devendra Bishoo was caught at slip for one off the same bowler.Raina finished with two wickets for 32 runs from 15.3 overs, but Harbhajan was India’s most successful bowler with four for 75 from 42 overs, and Praveen Kumar captured two for 44 from 21 overs.Scoreboard on the final day of the third and final Test between West Indies and India on Sunday at Windsor Park:WEST INDIES 1st Innings 204INDIA 1st Innings 347WEST INDIES 2nd Innings(overnight 224 for six)A. Barath c Kohli b Kumar 6K. Powell c Raina b Sharma 4K. Edwards c wkpr *Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 110D.M. Bravo c Kumar b Harbhajan Singh 14S. Chanderpaul not out 116M. Samuels lbw b Harbhajan Singh 0+C. Baugh c Mukund b Kumar 10D. Sammy c Mukund b Harbhajan Singh 17R. Rampaul run out (Sharma) 1F. Edwards c Kumar b Raina 30D. Bishoo c Dravid b Raina 1Extras (b8, lb2, w1, nb2) 13TOTAL (all out, 131.3 overs) 322Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Barath), 2-10 (Powell), 3-40 (Bravo), 4-201 (K. Edwards), 5-201 (Samuels), 6-223 (+Baugh), 7-255 (*Sammy), 8-256 (Rampaul), 9-321 (Edwards)Bowling: Kumar 21-6-44-2; Sharma 27-5-76-1 (nb1, w1); Patel 24-5-71-0 (nb1); Harbhajan Singh 42-14-75-4; Raina 15.3-2-32-2; Mukund 2-0-14-0INDIA 2nd Innings (target: 180)A. Mukund lbw b Edwards 0M. Vijay c Bishoo b Rampaul 45R. Dravid not out 34S. Raina c and b Rampaul 8V. Laxman not out 3Extras (lb1, nb3) 4TOTAL (3 wkts, 32 overs) 94Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Mukund), 2-73 (Vijay), 3-86 (Raina)Bowling: Edwards 8-1-19-1 (nb2); Rampaul 11-2-31-2 (nb1); *Sammy 5-0-26-0; Bishoo 8-1-17-0Result: Match drawnSeries: India win three-Test series 1-0Man-of-the-Match: S. Chanderpaul (West Indies)Man-of-the-Series: I. Sharma (India)Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK), R. Kettleborough (ENG)TV umpire: J. Wilson (WIS)Matchreferee: C. Broad (ENG)Reserve umpire: N. Malcolm (WIS)Photo credit: DigicelCricket.com/Brooks La Touche
193 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: andrewjbrown.blogspot.comToday’s Gospel presents us with different images of the Kingdom. Each image in its own way says something significant about how we must imagine the Kingdom. It is, first, like a field, says Jesus, in which good seed is sowed but where an evil person sows darnel (a type of weed). In their early stages of growth, wheat and darnel were difficult to distinguish, with the result that in rooting out darnel you ran the risk of uprooting wheat. ‘Let them grow together,’ says the Master of the field, ‘until harvest time.’ Then the separation will take place. The darnel will be burnt and the wheat reaped and stored away.The early Church read this parable as a warning about the dangers of judging who was in the kingdom and who wasn’t. Such judgments often mistook wheat for darnel and darnel for wheat. You couldn’t tell very often who belonged where. As St. Augustine said, some of those who are out are in, and some of those in are out. Judgment should be left to the Lord.Judge not, Jesus also said in the Sermon on the Mount. We do have to judge others at times, of course, especially if we are in positions of authority. Every parent judges; so does every manager. What the prescription warns against is judging a person’s entire life. It’s difficult to pass judgment on a person’s life, for the very obvious reason that we never have all the facts. And yet how casually we often summarize people as if we did. Sometimes a look does it, a raised eyebrow, or a nod – and a person’s entire life is dismissed.The imagery of wheat and darnel can be applied in other ways. For instance, all young people have faults. There’s also, as we know, in the young a great deal of idealism and generosity. Every young person also goes through upheaval of some sort as part of growing up. The difficulty a parent or someone in responsibility has is knowing what things time will take care of and what things require intervention now. Not every fault is an occasion for intervention. Sometimes one has to live with faults or tolerate them, because if you intervene too quickly or too harshly you will negatively affect or endanger other qualities. What one has to say is what the master of the field says: let them grow together. Sorting out will come later. Often the young themselves, as they grow older and more mature, will progressively uproot the darnel, when they can distinguish more clearly what is harmful to their lives and what is not.The field in the image can also be taken to be the life of every person who reads or hears the passage. None of us is all goodness. We all have faults of one kind or another, shortcomings and weaknesses. Both goodness and its opposite are in each of us, coexisting, indeed, interpenetrating, and the Lord says about that situation too: let them grow together. There is a great deal of forbearance in that expression, a great deal of hope for what we may yet become, i.e. persons from whom an abundant harvest is always possible.Let me say finally just a word about the third image of the mustard seed. This, of course, is meant to underline the truth that small or inauspicious beginnings have powerful results. The community Jesus spoke the parable to, the small band of apostles and disciples, was one such beginning, which has grown into the major spiritual and civilizing force. But one need not think only in Church terms. Many significant modern achievements have been the fruit of the work of one individual. Modern South Africa, for instance, is incomprehensible without the contribution of Nelson Mandela. There were solidarity protests of different kinds around the world, of course, and they had their effect. But even those protests were inspired by that single life. The same is true of civil rights in the US. All the benefits that are taken for granted by black persons today in the US would not have been possible without the life and energy of MLK. Sometimes when we look at the world – the big one out there or the one just around us – and see how formidable the obstacles to improvement seem, we tend to say to ourselves: what can one person do? The answer to that is that significant human achievement has rarely if ever been the work of a committee. I remember being abroad when Cardinal Basil Hume passed away in London, and I read where all the churches in Britain, not only ours, thought they had lost someone who belonged to them, not to Catholics alone. The example of his holiness, intelligence and humility was a beacon in a land where God to many people is more dead than alive. Such is the possible range of influence of one person.Let us then pray at Mass this weekend to be patient with ourselves and other people, as God is patient with us, and continues to have hope for a harvest from our lives. Let us also pray that we may not look upon our individual lives as insignificant. A mustard seed grows into a tree of stature and height. Great things can issue from small and insignificant beginnings.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.d Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews Wheat, darnel and mustard seed by: – July 16, 2011 Share Share
NewsRegional Tropical depression forms in western Caribbean by: – October 24, 2011 Tropical depression 18 five-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 5:00 pm EDT on Sunday, the centre of newly-formed tropical depression eighteen was located about 105 miles northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border.According to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, the depression is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph. This general motion is expected to continue Sunday night, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest on Monday. On the forecast track, the centre of the depression is expected to pass north of the northeastern coast of Honduras during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is expected during the next day or two and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm Sunday night or Monday. The depression is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over eastern Honduras, with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches. These rains could cause flash flooding and mud slides over mountainous terrain. The government of Honduras has issued a tropical storm watch from Punta Castilla eastward to the Nicaragua border.Meanwhile, a broad low pressure area located several hundred miles east of the southern Windward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Development, if any, of this disturbance is likely to be slow to occur. This system has a low chance — 10 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves slowly west-northwestward. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) in Trinidad has advised that contrary to text messages that were apparently circulating on Friday, Trinidad and Tobago is not under any storm threat, watch or warning at this time.The ODPM said the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is monitoring the low pressure system and, if the system poses any serious threat, the public will be notified and informed.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 7 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share
LocalNews UPDATE: One man hospitalized after three vehicle accident in Canefield by: – May 23, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 213 Views 2 comments Share One man who was hospitalized late Wednesday afternoon following a vehicular accident which occurred under the Canefield cliff involving three vehicles has been treated and discharged.Gerald Shillingford the driver of a blue Toyota double cab van registration #85 sustained injuries after a major collision yesterday afternoon.Police spokesman inspector John Carbon in his report to Dominica Vibes News said the collision occurred when a white Mitsubishi Nativa registration #PM 222 overtook another vehicle about 5:10pm.“A white Mitsubishi Nativa registration # PM 222 which was being driven by Eddie Beaupiere was travelling north along with other vehicles under the Canefield cliff. It overtook a blue Mitsubishi single cab van registration #PE 062 which was being driven by Fagan Bannis who was also travelling in a northern direction,” he reported.According to inspector Carbon, this caused two vans to collide causing severe damages to the vehicles. “In so doing, PM 222 lost control and collided with a blue Toyota double cab van registration # 85 which was being driven Gerald Shillingford in a southerly direction. After the collision the Toyota van registration #85 lost control and collided with the Mitsubishi single cab registration number PE062”.Gerald Shillingford sustained minor injuries as well as a passenger on PE 062. They were both treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital and subsequently discharged.[nggallery id =185]Dominica Vibes News
Loading… David Luiz is emerging as key in Arsenal’s pursuit of PSG fullback Layvin Kurzawa. Layvin Kurzawa Off contract in June, the France defender is now in talks with the Gunners about an immediate move to London. Kurzawa has just changed agents, with his new management close to Luiz, and he’s let the Brazilian know he’s excited about moving to Arsenal.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs L’Equipe says the defender’s agents have made it clear he should accept Arsenal’s offer and make the move immediately. And for his part, Kurzawa is quickly being persuaded about the transfer. Read Also:Arteta awaiting ‘security decision’ on Arsenal’s Middle East trip Arsenal will aim to agree a fee of €5-7m with PSG for the defender. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Everton have stepped up preparations for Saturday’s Premier League match at home to Crystal Palace with another intensive training session at USM Finch Farm. Everton, from being in the relegation zone two months ago, are now talking about the prospect of Europe. Win against Crystal Palace and they will move within one point of fifth! Palace meanwhile are the Premier League’s lowest scorers and are six games without a win. They have a slight cushion to the bottom three currently but slide any lower and nerves will be increasingly growing. Everton midfielder Fabian Delph must serve a one-match ban as a consequence of his sending off against Watford last weekend. Andre Gomes could return later this month after recovering swiftly from a serious ankle injury. Crystal Palace loanee Cenk Tosun, who missed the last game because of a hamstring problem, is ineligible to face his parent club while Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp are long-term absentees. The Palace future of Roy Hodgson, out of contract in the summer with an extension yet to be finalised, remains a big talking point. Almost as much as the club’s failure to add recruits in the January transfer window, a shortcoming that has left Hodgson cutting a frustrated figure. “I think we know, as a football club, that we need to make more inroads into improving our squad and rejuvenating our squad and bringing in some fresh faces, because an awful lot of faces that I still work with every day were here when I came to the club and I have inherited them.” Read Also:Everton move has made me a better player – Iwobi “There is no panic, only calmness, assessing the situation, taking it in his stride and looking forward to getting back to work the next day.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running ArtEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You
The midfielder could be seen throwing a water bottle to the ground before looking visibly upset on the bench when he was replaced by Erik Lamela in the 64th minute at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Jose Mourinho insists that Dele Alli was angry with his own performance and not his manager after being substituted in Tottenham’s Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig, with the hosts looking “improved” after he went off.Advertisement Timo Werner scored the game’s only goal from the penalty spot shortly before the hour mark, leaving Spurs – who are missing the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min – with an uphill task to make it through to the quarter-finals.“I think he was angry with his performance, not with me,” Mourinho said of Alli’s reaction.“I think he understands why I took him off and our performance improved.”The Tottenham manager also launched into determined defence of his injury-hit squad in an impassioned interview with BT Sport.“There are two perspectives – an amazing group and amazing guys but another side you see how we are at the moment,” he said.“It’s a situation like going to fight with a gun without bullets.“You can say we had luck in some moments, but a great goalkeeper made two magnificent saves. Read Also: Dele Alli vented his frustrations after being subbed in the defeat to RB Leipzig“I’m not worried with the 1-0 – we can go there and win. What worries me is that these are our players for the next however many matches.“Moura was absolutely dead, Bergwijn was absolutely dead, Lo Celso was absolutely dead.“We are really in trouble. If it was just this game I’d say no problem but we have FA Cup and Premier League games.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline Rush6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading…
According to the police, the suspect,while traversing in Barangay Bolilao, suddenly turned right and entered the QueensCourt motel. His passenger – whose name was withheld– claimed she boarded a cab driven by Olay at a mall in Mandurriao districtaround 3:30 p.m. that day. She then asked to be taken to Barangay Sambag, Jarodistrict. ILOILO City – A taxi driver landed injail after he allegedly tried to abduct his 16-year-old female passenger in Bolilao,Mandurriao district. The 30-year-old Roderick Olay ofBarangay Agjawan, Dueñas, Iloilo was caught Friday. The victim told police she began topanic when she realized the driver was not heading to her destination. Whenthey entered the drive-in motel, she hurriedly got out of the taxi and soughthelp from the security guard. The suspect, meanwhile, denied theseaccusations. But when the police checked the footage of the camera installed inthe taxi, the portion recorded during the incident was already been deleted. Olay was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Mandurriao police station, facing charges./PN
Galvez also said that the conversion ofthe Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila into a quarantine facility is expected tobe completed this week. Other quarantine areas include the World Trade Center,Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, and the Philippine InternationalConvention Center in Pasay City./PN Presidential Peace Adviser CarlitoGalvez, chief implementer of the national government’s response to the COVID-19outbreak, said they have asked Department of Health to speed up theaccreditation of more coronavirus testing facilities. “We’re also determined to fast track theaccreditation of subnational laboratories so we can start the massive testingof the PUIs (persons under investigation) and the PUMs (persons undermonitoring),” Galvez said. “We expect that by April 14 we should be ableto start massive testing.” As of Friday, there were already ninehospitals accredited by the DOH to conduct COVID-19 testing, including the WestVisayas Medical Center in Iloilo City. “We first need to contain thespread of the virus, that’s why we conducted a lockdown, social distancing andalso segregation of those vulnerable. The next step is we have to have masstesting,” Galvez said. PHOTO BY REUTERS “We are pushing for the DOH to havethat kind of massive testing, at least the rate is, we have at least 2,000 to3,000 (per day). For now I think their capability is only 1,000 and now we havemore than 20,000 PUIs and PUMs that need to be tested,” he added. According to Galvez, the PUIs and PUMs –composed mostly of those with COVID-19 symptoms and those who had contact withknown cases – will be quarantined as soon as facilities are available. MANILA – The Philippine government iseyeing to kick start on April 14 a “massive testing” for persons suspected tohave contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
MANILA – Domestic flights are now allowed to resume in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ. However, local government units still have the final call on whether to green light the move in this time of health crisis, according to Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade. “Kagabi po ‘yung Inter-Agency Task Force, ‘yung ating chief implementer, si Secretary [Carlito] Galvez, nag-issue na ng kasulatan at kautusan na kung saan ang sinasabi po niya allowed na ang domestic commercial aviation,” Tugade said.“Ang kailangan ho dito aprubado lang ng [local] government,” he added when interviewed by GMA’s Unang Balita.DOTr Assistant Secretary for Planning and Project Development Giovanni Lopez, in a separate interview, said some local government units have expressed reservations on accepting domestic flights.“Nagkaroon lang po ng kaunting isyu pagdating sa ating mga lokal na pamahaalaan. May agam-agam sila na tumanggap ng domestic flights,” Lopez said in an interview over the same television program.“Nagpulong po ang DOTr at ang NTF. Napagdesisyunan po na uunahin na lang natin ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na gusto at handang tumanggap ng domestic flight,” he added.The Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia said they would gradually resume operations this month after the government announced further easing of community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and several parts of the country./PN
In the region’s second biggest country Mexico, a new daily record of 4,883 confirmed cases was reported by the health ministry, along with 708 additional fatalities. MEXICO City – Latin America’s coronavirus crisis reached a grim new milestone on Wednesday with total deaths exceeding 70,000, according to a Reuters count, as Mexico hit a daily record for confirmed infections. The daily totals bring Mexico’s overall official count to 129,184 infections and 15,357 deaths. People wearing protective face mask talk to each other while the Mexico’s government ask to the citizens hold social distancing as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mexico City, Mexico June 9, 2020. REUTERS Brazil, with the largest economy in the region, remains Latin America’s most affected country as total fatalities are just shy of 40,000, the world’s third highest death toll after the United States and Britain. The World Health Organization has determined that Latin America is the new hotspot for the pandemic, which began around the beginning of the year in China and quickly spread to Europe and beyond. (Reuters)
Recovered from Villasor was an improvised 12-gauge shotgun loaded with three live bullets. The suspects were detained in the lockup facility of the San Carlos City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act./PN They were identified as residents Randy Villasor, 40, and Joshua Crisostomo, 28, a police report showed. Crisostomo, on the other hand, yielded a .38-caliber revolver loaded with five live bullets. Villasor and Crisostomo were nabbed around 9:45 p.m. on July 20 after police received a tip from concern residents regarding the act of the suspects. BACOLOD City – Police arrested two persons for illegal possession of firearms in Barangay Rizal, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
Erma June Kaiser , 87, of Blue Mound, WI, formerly of Versailles, Aurora and Lawrenceburg, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016 in Blue Mound, WI.She was born Friday, June 15, 1928 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Daughter of the late John W. Phelps and the late Mabel Whiteside Phelps.She worked in maintanence for Lawrenceburg Public Library, with over 34 years of service. She previously worked for Wakers Laundry in Aurora and the Goodwill Store in Lawrenceburg.Erma enjoyed BINGO, word search puzzles, CSI, puttering around in her flower garden and eating cheese. .Surviving are her daughter, Patricia Prestel of Blue Mound, WI; sisters, Roberta Phelps of McKee, PA, Edna Koon of Alliquippa, PA; 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 6 great, great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by brother, Bennett “Bud” Phelps, daughter, Kathy Bedford and granddaughter, Roxanna Slayback.Friends will be received Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 10:30 am Friday at the funeral home.Interment will follow in the Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Charity of Donor’s Choice. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Clare L. Walter, age 93, of Cedar Grove, Indiana died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at her residence. Born October 23, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Archibald J. & Bertha H. (Briede) Pfeiffer. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and had been a member of the former Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Cedar Grove, Indiana. Survivors include three daughters, Karen (Bill) Perusek of Wickliffe, Ohio, Teresa (Tom) Mohl of Crescent Springs, Kentucky and Kathi (Tim) Bradley of Metamora, Michigan; one son, Dennis (Kathy) Quinn of Anderson Township, Ohio; six step-children, Paula Eggleston of Harrison, Ohio, Marcia (Tim) Metz of Cedar Grove, Indiana, Brenda (Jim) Leonard of Cleves, Ohio, Andrea (Frank) Stewart of Wilmington, Ohio, Neil (Lisa) Walter of Rising Sun, Indiana and Adam (Amy) Walter of Mason, Ohio; 27 grandchildren, as well as 26 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Quinn who died in 1954, as well as her second husband, Robert Walter who died in 2014; a grandson, Matthew Quinn, and two brothers, Richard Pfeiffer and Jack Pfeiffer, and a step-son, Joseph Walter. Family & friends may visit from 5 until 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville, where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 P.M.. The Very Rev. Sean Danda will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, April 1, 2016, 10:30 A.M., at Holy Guardian Angels Chapel, 405 U.S. Highway 52, Cedar Grove, Indiana. Burial will follow in St. Joseph New Cemetery, 4500 Foley Road Cincinnati, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Guardian Angels Cemetery Fund or Hospice of Margaret Mary Community Hospital. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses & staff of Margaret Mary Hospice for their excellent care these last few weeks. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Walter family, to sign the online guest book please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com
Friends may visit with the family on Friday July 8, 2016 from 11 a.m. till time of service at 12 noon at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Burial will follow in Greendale Cemetery in Lawrenceburg. Memorial donations may be directed to Hospice of Middletown or patient services of Garden Manor. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Melva Cole. Melva Cole, formerly of Sunman, was born on December 11, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Herman and Parry Lee Whitis Maynard. She married Edward Cole and worked on their farm. Melva loved to sew and could make anything from coats to quilts. On Friday, July 1, 2016, at the age of 89, Melva passed away at Garden Manor in Middletown, Ohio. Those surviving who will cherish Melva’s memory include her sisters, Dorothy Keller, Betty Catlett, and Patricia Matheis, and brother, James Whitis. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; daughter, Carol O’Toole, and sons, James Cole and Charles Cole.
Francis Dewayne “Dee” Lozier, 64, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016.He was born December 11, 1951 in Dearborn County, IN, son of the late Raymond Lozier and the late Lydia Gulley Lozier.Dee was a private man and enjoyed being at home. He loved to play golf, fish and play poker. He especially enjoyed playing cards and going to the casino with family.Surviving are children, Lora (Tim) Steele and Lonnie Lozier both of Milan, Indiana; sister, Gloria Leonard of Moores Hill, Indiana; grandchildren, Jessica and Kaycee Steele, Krystal & Amber Lozier, great-grandchildren, Kayden, Remmington and Aleah Steele.He was preceded in death by Father, Raymond Lozier, Mother, Lydia Lozier, siblings, Janie Leonard, Patty Widner and Danny Lozier.Friends will be received for a memorial visitation on Friday, November 4, 2016, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Memorial services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 6:00 pm.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Maybe Purdue will have a chance to start winning football games on a regular basis again. Their new coach is Jeff Brohm. For the past 3 years he was the head coach at Western Kentucky University where he recorded a 30-10 record.The former professional quarterback who played his college football at Louisville loves offensive football. This past year they led the nation in scoring with almost 45 points per game. Western Kentucky was one of only 10 teams in the nation to average 10 wins per season over that period of time.Long suffering Purdue football fans hope that Jeff Brohm will lead Purdue like Joe Tiller did before he retired.
Maurice F. Nieman, 87, of Greensburg passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Maurice was born in Decatur County on June 29, 1929 to John Henry and Agnes (Meyer) Nieman. Maurice graduated from Greensburg High School. He served in the Army during the Korean Era. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Greensburg. On October 5, 1955, Maurice married Esther Yager and she survives. Other survivors include five children; Debbie (Dick) Greiwe, Greensburg, Larry (Sandy) Nieman, Greensburg, Tom (Sue) Nieman, Dallas, TX, Donna J. (Jim) Lane, Dayton, OH, Doreen J. Nieman, Indianapolis, two brothers; Carl (Glenda) Nieman, Greensburg, John (Peg) Nieman, Greensburg, two sisters; Rose Marie Nieman, Greensburg, Betty Schneider, Greensburg, sister-in-law; Pauline Nieman, St. Paul, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Arthur “Art” Nieman, grandson; Jeff Greiwe, and brother in law; Lawrence Schneider. A Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 pm on Monday followed by visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment and military graveside rites will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund.
The Batesville Freshman Baseball team shut out the Connersville Spartans C Team at home on Thursday April 27th 6-0.Hank Nobbe pitched the complete game shutout, while only allowing 3 hits, striking out 7 and not issuing a single walk. Batesville was able to push across 6 runs on 4 timely hits. Connersville pitching walked 8 batters, while Batesville was able to steal 10 bases on the night.Alex Smith led the team with 2 hits, while Jake Cruse and Hank Nobbe also had 1 hit each.The Batesville Freshman team is now 4-2 on the season and was supposed to travel to Milan for a doubleheader on Saturday April 29th but it was rained out.Batesville now looks forward to hosting Columbus East on Tuesday (5/2) and East Central on Thursday (5/4) at the Batesville HS Field.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Brian Roleson.
Greensburg, Ind. — On Thursday, FaithPoints Church in Greensburg hosted a lunch for the Law Enforcement community. Six officers enjoyed sandwiches, potato salad, chips, drinks and dessert provided by church members.This was in conjunction with National Police Week which President Kennedy developed in 1962 to honor the men and women of law enforcement.Pastor Michael Layne is a former police officer and understands the life of a law enforcement officer and the need for the church to reach out to all segments of the society.
Baresville, In. — The Batesville Community School Corporation has been credited as the model for a bill that would create collaborative relationships that meet the needs of all students, a growth mindset set around silos of scalable excellence so all Hoosier students can find pathways of success.The program is referred to as the Coalition of Continuous Improvement School Districts. In other words, make a variety of options available to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students by leveraging resources and expertise in the community.However, traditional evaluation standards have to be adjusted to accommodate the needs of all students. Lawmakers, including Batesville Republican Cindy Ziemke have proposed House Bill 1398 to change regulations so the program will be certified.Students also have access to the Transfer General Education Core. The program allows students to enter college as a sophomore by completing basic required college curriculum and saving tuition costs.