Grateful for changes in Charlton Stewart’s

first_imgMore 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.center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Liberals get it wrong on Russia probe

first_imgCategories: 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, musiclast_img read more

Who can we trust on local TV news?

first_imgI 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, Opinionlast_img read more

Oliver’s empire

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Shell-Mex House uncertainty comes to an end

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Kenmore still buying

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Spirited away

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Court rules simultaneous elections as ‘most constitutional’

first_imgThe 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 :last_img read more

Indonesia pressured to do more to detect coronavirus amid zero reported cases

first_imgConcerns 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 :last_img read more

PREMIUMOmnibus bill may reduce efficiency, regional incomes: Experts

first_imgLOG 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 #Billlast_img read more

COVID-19: Tax office pushes back filing deadline, scraps direct services

first_imgThe 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 :center_img 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.last_img read more

Maluku administration approves land plot for Masela gas project harbor

first_img“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 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_img read more

Reopening economy too early could backfire for humans and markets, investors say

first_imgLast 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.”last_img read more

Authorities dismiss as hoax Facebook post on death of volunteers at COVID-19 hospital

first_imgThe 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?— 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, 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 :last_img read more

Homeless taste ‘luxury’ at Geneva hotel during pandemic

first_imgAt 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.center_img 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.”last_img read more

WHO takes the plunge with COVID-19 knowledge pool

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Calm before the storm for Japan suicides as coronavirus ravages economy

first_imgHealth 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.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Twitter conceals Trump tweet, ramping up dispute

first_imgHours 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 :last_img read more

​​​​​​​House approves Rp 8.5t in convertible bond for ailing Garuda

first_img“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 :last_img read more

Police arrest kite flyer for causing five-hour blackout in Bali

first_imgAccording 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, “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.last_img read more

Jakarta to start rebuilding Kampung Akuarium in September

first_imgKampung 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, 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.center_img “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 :last_img read more

Greece expects coronavirus vaccine supplies from December

first_imgTopics : 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

Messi scores in first game since transfer dispute as Barca thump Villarreal

first_imgLionel 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.center_img ‘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 :last_img read more

When is the FA Cup quarter-final draw? TV channel, live stream and ball numbers

first_imgAdvertisement 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 Advertisementcenter_img 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.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Premier League is Arsenal’s priority over Europa League, admits Granit Xhaka

first_imgGranit 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 Xhakalast_img read more

Unai Emery reveals he has FINALLY worked out Mesut Ozil’s best position for Arsenal

first_img 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 Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Shkodran Mustafi provides injury update ahead of Burnley vs Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement 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— Shkodran Mustafi (@MustafiOfficial) January 30, 2020 Shkodran Mustafi provides injury update ahead of Burnley vs Arsenal Commentlast_img read more

Premier League announces latest TV schedule, channels and fixture kick-off times

first_img 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)center_img 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.last_img read more

Ian Wright ‘loved’ watching Rob Holding stand up to Sadio Mane during Arsenal’s win over Liverpool

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jul 2020 10:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.8kShares Advertisement Advertisement Ian Wright ‘loved’ watching Rob Holding stand up to Sadio Mane during Arsenal’s win over Liverpool Arteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:36FullscreenArteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1 is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Rob Holding for me today I loved the way he stood up to Mane,’ Wright said on Match of the Day. ‘He had a little dig at him there and it’s great to see he stood up and it’s great to see an Arsenal defender showing that kind of fight.’Wright was less positive about the VAR’s decision not to send off Trent Alexander-Arnold, however, for a reckless challenge on Bukayo Saka, particularly in light of the three-game ban Eddie Nketiah is currently serving for a near identical foul on Leicester’s James Justin a week ago.Wright added: ‘There’s probably some sort of long-winded reason why that’s not a sending off but Eddie Nketiah’s is.’Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, was able to celebrate a morale-boosting victory ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against his old club Manchester City, not that Wright envisaged such an outcome following a chastening start to last night’s match.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 ArsenalHe said: ‘It was one of those performances that started where you think Liverpool were going to do what Liverpool were going to do. He’s right they were dominant.‘I was thinking ‘oh my gosh this could be quite embarrassing’ especially when this happens, Mane getting in there, I wanted to cry at that point.‘It was one of those situations where you think ‘oh know we’re trying to play out and it’s not happening’.’MORE: Arsenal begin talks to sign Malang Sarr as Mikel Arteta eyes defensive reinforcementsMORE: Premier League legends heap praise on Reiss Nelson after Arsenal down LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Ian Wright loved watching Arsenal defender Rob Holding stand up to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (Picture: BBC / Sky Sports)Ian Wright singled out Arsenal defender Rob Holding for the way in which he stood up to Liverpool star Sadio Mane during the Gunners’ surprise win over the newly crowned champions on Wednesday night. The Arsenal legend feared the worst after the Senegal international forward fired Jurgen Klopp’s men into a deserved 20th minute lead. Mikel Arteta’s side, however, mustered a spirited response and benefited from the mistakes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker to score twice in a 12 minute spell prior to the break. Shortly before the interval, Holding sent Mane crashing to the turf when the players went shoulder-to-shoulder on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBoth men exchanged words after the incident and Wright was delighted to see an Arsenal player show the sort of aggression and force of personality that has been lacking from the recent sides managed by the likes of Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery. Commentlast_img read more

A Quick Guide to Shipping Wine Directly to Your PA Doorstep

first_img 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: 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 Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Visits Grandparents and their Grandchildren Whose Parents Have Been Affected by the Opioid Crisis

first_imgGovernor 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 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. December 21, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $92 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 13 Counties

first_img 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 or call 717-783-6798center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Would Help Remediate Contaminants in Pennsylvania Schools

first_imgGovernor 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 Twittercenter_img March 21, 2019last_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: El compromiso de la Guardia Nacional de Pennsylvania viene con gran sacrificio, tanto Nacional como Internacional

first_img 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.center_img Gobernador Wolf: El compromiso de la Guardia Nacional de Pennsylvania viene con gran sacrificio, tanto Nacional como Internacionallast_img read more

Brisbane clearance rate surges as auction volumes halve

first_imgThere 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: 9 Elouera Road Ashgrove Qld 4060: Bedrooms 4, Bathrooms 2, Car Spaces 3, sold at auction for $1.335 million. Picture: 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:“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: 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: read more

Significant sales breach the $1m barrier

first_img34 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.last_img read more

Buyers set to be charmed with stunning homes going to auction

first_imgThe 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

Triple-storey home with a view sells for over $1 million

first_imgTake 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.”last_img read more

Zillmere home barely recognisable after renovation

first_imgOne 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.center_img 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.last_img read more