That, rather than the pandemic’s economic toll, is more present in the minds of some Nebraska voters — along with, for Republicans, the creep of socialism, and for Democrats, improvements to health care.In the state’s Second Congressional District race in Omaha’s metropolitan area, the Democratic candidate, Kara Eastman, is being painted by her opponent as a radical socialist. Her Republican rival, Don Bacon, whom she has framed as heartless for not supporting Covid relief funds, had planned for an in-person election night hotel party, but switched it to a scaled-back event for staff and family as new coronavirus cases surged.Across the country, the virus outlook is bleak and getting bleaker. Infection numbers are trending upward in 41 states, and more than 20 states have set weekly case records in recent days. The nation has averaged more than 82,000 cases per day over the last week, the most yet. Deaths, which tend to lag cases, have climbed more slowly to about 800 daily, still well below the spring peak.- Advertisement – Much of the recent increase has been driven by explosive growth in the same Northern battleground states that could decide the presidential race.The situation is especially dire in Wisconsin and Iowa, which are third and fifth nationally in recent cases per capita. Ten of the country’s 17 metro areas with the highest rates of new cases over the past two weeks are in Wisconsin. More than 14,000 cases were announced in Iowa in the seven-day period ending Sunday, the most in any weeklong stretch of the pandemic. On top of economic and election worries, America is facing a pandemic with a growing number of victims; 9.3 million Americans have been infected.Nebraska, which splits its Electoral College votes and has been a focal point for Mr. Trump, has averaged more than 1,100 coronavirus cases per day over the last week, the most of any point in the pandemic.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
In 2016, Naman Gupta visited New Delhi’s Nehru Place Market to put together a custom gaming PC. What he found was a bunch of stores that were willing to handover lists of products to pick from, but couldn’t help him in figuring out what parts would work together best, or what alternatives to go for if the parts he wanted weren’t available. For gaming enthusiasts — a growing tribe in India, albeit still a niche — this wasn’t a new experience. But a frustrated Gupta took a step that many thought was strange — he decided to set up a store himself, from his own home.Dropping out of college in 2017, Gupta would watch YouTube videos to learn how to assemble PCs, and started a business selling these under the name Volted PC. Before long, he had his own outlet in Nehru Place, and was collaborating with YouTubers and organising events in universities.- Advertisement – Naman Gupta of Volted PC working on one of his rigsPhoto Credit: Volted PCCOVID-19 has been a win for people in the games industry games like Ludo King and Among Us have found great success in connecting people during the pandemic, and entertainment at home has gotten a boost — many people who stopped gaming once, got out of college and suddenly found themselves with more free time, and a lot more money than they did in college, and want to have some fun.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – With more people buying gaming hardware during the pandemic, businesses like Volted PC are seeing demand skyrocket. Volted PC typically shipped 40 to 50 systems per month, and that’s gone up to between 60 and 70 a month during the pandemic. Hyderabad-based MVP is another company in this space, and its numbers are up to 130-140 systems a month. Then there’s Delhi-based ANT-PC, which saw a 3X boost, and says it’s shipping between 300 and 500 systems per month.MVP co-founder Mohd. Ahmer was a project manager in Dubai who quit the daily grind of the corporate world in 2015. But in his hometown of Hyderabad, he said that the PC retail scene was even worse than Delhi’s.MVP co-founder Mohd. AhmerPhoto Credit: MVP“There was a lot of misinformation going around, with sellers primarily looking to push their stocked products rather than cater to the customers’ needs,” he said. “For instance, if a PC build needed a 550W power supply, stores would usually push an 800W unit saying ‘this is more powerful’ and the unsuspecting customer would go ahead and buy it.”Ahmer started by helping his friends set up their own gaming PCs, and then got his first order for a PC from a customer in Goa. He’d ship PCs from a spare room at home until opening a store in Hyderabad in 2017.ANT-PC is another company in the custom gaming rigs space but unlike Volted PC or MVP, this wasn’t the work of an unsatisfied customer who decided to make a difference. The people behind the company were already working on selling PC components and PC products, and this seemed like a logical next step.ANT-PC CEO Himanshu JainPhoto Credit: ANT-PC“We realised that there was a dearth of premium PC-building outlets that went beyond pushing whatever they had in stock,” said Himanshu Jain, CEO of ANT-PC. “These builders wouldn’t put their systems through stress or burn tests. All they would do is build a PC, check if the display is working, and be done with it.”Why do people come to a builder when the parts are available online?For 21-year-old Anirudh Paheja, purchasing a custom-built gaming PC essentially meant getting his hands on a glass cabinet as seen on the streaming videos of his favourite YouTuber, Ninja. After browsing online and finding most builds expensive, Paheja and his friends headed over to Nehru Place – New Delhi’s go-to destination for PC parts. After some unfruitful experiences at regular PC stores, Paheja stumbled across Volted PC.Paheja immediately spotted the same cabinet he was hunting for, put on display alongside other equally attractive looking cabinets. “Other stores would only show me photos or YouTube videos of the cabinets and builds they offered. Whereas, at Volted PC, I saw the glass cabinet I wanted sitting right in front of me,” he said.As of May 2020, MVP has shipped nearly 4,500 units all over the country, enabling the company to move to a two-storey building, complete with dedicated testing labs and even a YouTube space for producing system building videos, to get the word out.Mumbai-based Ajay Arora, who purchased a system for his 15-year-old son this year during the lockdown said, “MVP shared detailed videos of the assembly process before shipping the system to us. When the package arrived, they also shared a video of how to remove the safety packaging from the system’s parts.”Volted PC’s gaming rigs range from around Rs. 48,000 for the cheapest build, to an average of around Rs. 1.43 lakh for the brand’s most-selling builds. For MVP, the cheapest builds start from around Rs. 35,000 and goes up to an average of Rs. 1.5 lakh for the most-selling ones. ANT-PC builds start from around Rs. 28,500 for the budget-friendly options and go up to around Rs. 1.25 lakh for the average, popular builds. This doesn’t include monitors, for which top-end options can go to another lakh.Checking the cost of the parts for Volted PC’s Rs. 1.43 lakh build, we found that it would run to over Rs. 1.6 lakhs. It appears that the brand is giving itself a tighter profit margin over the wholesale price, which means that customers would save both effort — and money.Chennai-based Parsu Ram, 36, purchased a PC from MVP last year for Rs. 7.5 lakhs. He wanted a custom cooling loop built into his system, that alone costs around Rs. 1.3 lakhs. “When I reached out to MVP, they did say that the specs I needed were a bit of an overkill and that I could get a good gaming PC for much less,” said Ram. “However, this was something I always wanted. So, I saved up enough money for some time and went ahead with the purchase.”So what does Ram do with his Rs. 7.5-lakh PC? “I mostly play games and at times tinker around with MLAI computing as a hobby,” said Ram. “It may not make much financial sense to others, but it’s like pursuing a dream for years and grabbing it when the opportunity arises.”A niche within a nicheMany of us stopped playing video games in school or college because there were more important things to do. But gamers have grown up, and the pandemic forced them to stay indoors. Thanks to companies such as Volted PC, MVP, or ANT-PC, they’re dipping their toes back into the hobby, but this is still a small (if growing) number of people, for now.As per a Canalys study published in June this year, shipments of desktops, notebooks, tablets, and workstations declined by 33.3 percent year on year in India during Q2 2020. The PC market is a small one, and gaming is an even smaller part of that.According to Rishi Alwani, co-founder of gaming focused The Mako Reactor, custom gaming PC building remains a “niche within a niche” market in the country. “Customers, at large, would still prefer to pick up a laptop than go into building a PC to suit their needs.”Volted’s Gupta remains hopeful that the scenario may change for the better in the near future. “A satisfied customer will always spread the right word and we hope that a demand for custom PCs will also slowly grow with that.”Will Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital Edition fail in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. But, kitting out a gaming PC isn’t easy, and so, companies like Volted PC are also getting the benefit of increased interest in gaming, according to Gupta. “We wish to bring customisations to customers,” he said. Just like Volted PC, MVP and ANT-PC also share a similar enthusiasm in delivering the right product to the customer at the right price, with proper after-sales service to boot.Customers are willing to spend lakhs to get a computer that doesn’t just have the right high-end components, but also comes with the right amount of swag, such as bright lighting that changes according to what’s on the screen, glass cases to show off your premium peripherals and neat wire management, and exotic cooling systems to get the last ounce of performance out of all this hardware, he explained.If this sounds strange, it’s not all that different from other hobbies — a car enthusiast may spend several thousand just to get the right bug deflector for their SUV. A gaming enthusiast might spend the same on the perfect mechanical keyboard with backlighting. Sometimes, they’re even the same person.Volted PC, MVP, and ANT-PC: Meet the players- Advertisement –
– Advertisement – WhatsApp has officially announced that it will be introducing a new ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature through an update that rolls out globally this month. The details of the new feature, however, have been out since earlier this week after an FAQ page created by WhatsApp was noticed. The long-anticipated ephemeral messaging feature pioneered by Snapchat was first spotted last month through a WhatsApp beta version. It will allow users to enable an option on individual and group chats that deletes new messages after seven days.‘Disappearing Messages’ has started rolling out from today, and will be available across Android, iOS, and Linux-based KaiOS devices, along with WhatsApp Web and Desktop platforms, by the end of this month. WhatsApp had earlier this week detailed how to enable/ disable the new ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature on different devices and published FAQs on its usage on a support page.- Advertisement – Users receiving the messages can also still copy the text and take screenshots of the messages within seven days. Disappearing messages will also land in user backups but will be deleted after the user restores messages from it. Given that there are many ways to retain chats shared through disappearing messages, it seems more like an option to clear up conversations than a feature to share information that deletes automatically.Apart from Snapchat, Telegram, and now WhatsApp, other messaging apps to have similar functionality include Signal and also Facebook Messenger that now has a vanish mode.In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – The ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature on WhatsApp is also different from how it works on Telegram. While Telegram lets users decide the duration before the messages disappear in a chat, messages sent to a chat on WhatsApp will disappear after seven days. Snapchat, on the other hand, deletes Snaps after they’ve been opened, deletes unopened Snaps sent to a group chat in 24 hours, and all other unopened Snaps in 30 days.WhatsApp says that it’s starting with seven days because it seems like an appropriate window for its users to finish a particular conversation while giving them the peace of mind that the conversations aren’t permanent. “We’re starting with 7 days because we think it offers peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent while remaining practical so you don’t forget what you were chatting about. The shopping list or store address you received a few days ago will be there while you need it, and then disappear after you don’t,” the company said in a statement.The ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature has to be enabled separately for each chat window — individual or group conversations — and can be accessed by clicking the name of the individual contact or the group on WhatsApp. When enabled, the new messages sent by a user will disappear for the selected contacts after seven days. However, the preview of disappearing messages might display in notifications until WhatsApp is opened on the receiving devices. Disappearing messages that are forwarded to a new chat window, which has the option turned off, won’t be removed either. And when a user replies to a disappearing message, the quoted text might also remain in the chat after seven days.- Advertisement –
The Australian quickly recovered from that, though, with birdies at the third, fifth and eighth before making more forward progress at the 12th and 16th.He looked well placed to claim the overnight lead when he hit his second shot to 15 feet at the last but an aggressive birdie putt saw him race his ball six feet past the hole and he then missed the putt back as he dropped alongside Mexican Ortiz, whose 67 included four birdies and one bogey.Austria’s Sepp Straka is fourth on seven under following a 66, one ahead of Johnson, whose round provided further evidence that he is shaking off the rust in his first tournament since the US Open. Get a NOW TV Sky Sports Pass Catch your favourite sport with a NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass – one-off payment just £9.99 Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland Burns, 24, who is chasing his first PGA Tour victory, made a faltering start with bogeys at the second and third but he was firmly back on track when he followed a birdie at the fourth by chipping in from 87 feet for an eagle at the par-five eighth.The American failed to build on that as he bogeyed the ninth and 11th but a strong closing stretch saw him birdie the 13th, 14th and 16th before he parred the 18th after a fine up-and-down from off the front of the green.Day, 32, whose last victory was in May 2018, started the day two behind Burns and also made an early slip when he bogeyed the second.
– Advertisement – Mainstream political leaders, and many ordinary people in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, are supportive of the Pakistani state, which has been accused by India of backing separatist militants. However, voices in Pakistani-administered Kashmir calling for complete independence, as opposed to joining with Pakistan, have been deliberately stifled. The region’s constitution forbids any activities deemed “prejudicial or detrimental to, the ideology of the State’s accession to Pakistan”. Ms Rajput told the BBC the detention of her husband shows the “hypocrisy” of Pakistan’s position.
Oct 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Lester Crawford, acting director of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), appearing before the House Committee on Government Reform yesterday, said he was pessimistic about the possiblility that any of the 48 million doses of influenza vaccine expected in the United States from Chiron Corp. can be salvaged for use this flu season, according to new service reports. FDA experts remain in England this weekend to make the final determination, with visits planned to the Liverpool plant whose manufacturing license was revoked earlier in the week, effectively cancelling half the US’s supply.Several lots of Chiron’s vaccine, Fluvirin, were found to be contaminated, leading to suspension of Chiron’s manufacturing license by Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It came out this week that the organism implicated in the contamination is Serratia, a bacterium that lives in water, soil, plants, and animals and is not dangerous if encountered on environmental surfaces.When Serratia is harbored in medical equipment, however, it can cause illness and has been documented in numerous outbreaks (see link below for example of bronchoscope contamination). In commenting on the Chiron situation, Dr. Robert Belshe, director of the division of infectious diseases and immunology at St. Louis University, conjectured that it may have come from bottles, vials, or rubber stoppers, according to a Wall Street Journal story.Aventis Pasteur, the other large supplier of inactived flu vaccine for the United States, has said it will be able to supply 55.4 million doses of its Fluzone, according to an Associated Press story. This is somewhat more than it had originally commited to, but doses beyond that cannot be made in time for this year’s flu season.MedImmune, makers of FluMist, an inhalable form of flu vaccine, was asked by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to provide more than the 1.5 million doses promised. The company has said it can provide nearly 1 million extra doses by late November, according to the Associated Press. The doses will come from already-produced frozen bulk vaccine.FluMist is FDA-approved for use only in people aged 5 to 49, which is the group least in need of vaccination. Four million doses were produced for the 2003-2004 flu season but much of that supply went unused, partly because of its higher cost in comparison with injected vaccines. MedImmune has cut the cost of FluMist this year and is also working on a new formulation it expects to be available in 2007.Public health officials are working quickly to track down the doses of vaccine that are already in the hands of distributors and providers to ascertain how the unexpectedly limited supply can best be made available to the populations most in need of vaccinations (see link below to interim guidelines).See also:2003 New England Journal of Medicine article on Serratia contamination of brochoscopes [Abstract]CDC interim recommendations for flu vaccinehttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5339a6.htm
The draft guidance describes the capabilities and limitations of each type of protection and lists a range of respirator options, including pros and cons for each type. For example, OSHA advises employers who plan on supplying employees with respiratory protection throughout a pandemic to consider reusable respirators. Ideally, employees’ exposure risk should be estimated as part of a workplace pandemic flu plan, OHSA recommends. Employers also should estimate the number of employees who fall into each risk level. The proposed guidance lists stockpiling estimates for individual employees in a range of medium- to high-risk jobs, listing numbers of masks or respirators by work shift and a theoretical pandemic duration (about 120 work days). For example, a retail-store employee might need two masks per shift and 240 for the duration of a pandemic, whereas a nurse in an outpatient clinic might need four N95 respirators per shift and 480 to cover the whole pandemic. The proposed stockpiling recommendations use the same four-level workplace risk pyramid that appears in the broader pandemic planning recommendations. For example, healthcare employees who perform aerosol-generating procedures would be classified as having a “very high” risk, while an office employee who has little contact with the public would fall into the “lower exposure” risk category. (OSHA does not recommend masks and respirators for lower-exposure work environments.) OSHA includes rough cost estimates for each type of equipment, which range from up to 20 cents per mask to as much as $1,200 for a powered air-purifying respirator. For healthcare workers who have a very high exposure risk, OSHA recommends that in setting stockpiling goals, employers consider the number of daily aerosol-generating procedures each employee might assist with. In February 2007, the DOL and the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance on preparing workplaces for an influenza pandemic. The DOL, in its report yesterday, said it would publish a final version of its stockpiling guidance as an appendix to the earlier recommendations. Request for comments instructions and link Receiving a pandemic vaccine would not modify an employee’s need for a mask or respirator. Community mitigation efforts would reduce illness rates in communities to about 15%. Finally, OSHA advises healthcare employers to factor masks for patients with flu-like illnesses into stockpiling plans to contain the virus and protect employees. The document, issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), offers tips on estimating the needed quantity and resulting costs of the equipment on the basis of employees’ exposure risks. The DOL said it is seeking public comment on the proposed guidance. Instructions for submitting comments appeared in the Federal Register on May 9; the deadline is July 8, 2008. May 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) The US Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday released proposed guidance on stockpiling respirators and facemasks in the workplace, which encourages employers to stockpile the items because of the likelihood that they will run short during an influenza pandemic. The equipment will be used only during local pandemic waves and during work tasks that might expose employees to people who might be ill. Surgical face masks protect wearers from hazards such as splashes of large droplets of blood or bodily fluids and also trap large respiratory droplets expelled by the wearer, the OSHA document notes. They are inexpensive and typically fit fairly loosely. In contrast, respirators are thicker masks that are designed to fit tightly to the face and block small airborne particles. They must be specially fitted for the wearer. Recognizing that uncertainty about the pandemic severity is a challenge for pandemic planners, OSHA recommends using a few assumptions to ease the setting of stockpiling goals: OSHA’s proposed guidance on workplace stockpiling of respirators and facemasks See also: Feb 8, 2007, CIDRAP News story “New OSHA guidance targets pandemic flu”
Oct 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A recent Associated Press (AP) report revealed that, in the name of preventing biological attacks, the United States has rules barring the exportation of vaccines for avian influenza, smallpox, yellow fever, and many other pathogens to five countries classified as sponsors of terrorism.Under Department of Commerce rules, vaccines for a long list of viruses, bacteria, and biological toxins cannot be exported to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria unless they obtain a special export license, which can take weeks.Pandemic flu vaccines are not restricted under the rules. But the Department of Commerce confirmed that—as reported by the AP—Cuba, Iran, and Sudan are subject to a ban on pandemic flu vaccines as part of general US trade embargoes covering nearly all products. Those embargoes are based on “broader foreign policy reasons,” said Kevin Kurland, a spokesman for the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security.The list of pathogens subject to the rules includes many viruses, some of which are little known and some of which there is no vaccine for. Examples, besides those mentioned, are the viruses that cause dengue fever, Ebola fever, Marburg fever, Rift Valley fever, and monkeypox. A list of animal pathogens covered by the restrictions includes highly pathogenic avian flu viruses.Bacterial pathogens on the restricted list include anthrax and the microbes that cause tularemia and plague. Not on the list are the causes of common vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and seasonal influenza.It can take up to 40 days for a country to obtain an export license for a restricted product, Kurland told CIDRAP News. But he said humanitarian needs are considered, and licenses can be granted much faster in emergencies.Rules go back to 1990sThe AP report said the restrictions were quietly established in the mid 1990s and were strengthened after the Sep 11, 2001, attacks and subsequent anthrax mailings. Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were not even aware of the regulations until the AP asked about them, the story said.Disease and bioterrorism experts say there is little reason to think that exporting the vaccines would increase the risk of biological attacks, but a Commerce Department official quoted in the AP story defended them.”Legitimate public health and scientific research is not adversely affected by these controls,” Assistant Commerce Secretary Christopher Wall told the AP.Concerning avian flu vaccines for poultry in particular, Wall declined to explain what kind of threat they pose, but said there are valid reasons for taking steps to ensure they “do not fall into the wrong hands,” according to the story.In response to questions from CIDRAP News, Bill Hall, an HHS spokesman in Washington, DC, said HHS is not usually consulted about trade sanctions, even when they involve medical products. “The United States government currently requires a license for the export from the US of a wide range of goods, products, and services to Cuba, Iran, and Sudan as part of its overall foreign policy,” Hall commented by e-mail.”Although these licensing requirements cover exports of medical products such as human influenza vaccine, HHS is not routinely consulted on the foreign policy decisions to impose sanctions on exports of U.S. goods to state sponsors of terrorism, even including medical products such as vaccines.”In the meantime, HHS is working closely with the Department of Commerce and other government agencies to determine the most effective and humane actions the US government could take to help protect global public health, regardless of the nation or nations involved.”Vaccines into weapons?Scientists quoted in the AP report said the idea that vaccines could be used to make biological weapons makes little sense. Vaccines typically contain inactivated viruses or bacteria or pieces of a virus or bacterium, though some vaccines use live but weakened microbes. Smallpox vaccine contains live vaccinia virus, a less dangerous relative of the smallpox virus.Referring to avian flu vaccines, Ian Ramshaw, an immunology and biosecurity expert at Australian National University in Canberra, told the AP, “I can think of no scientific reason how a terrorist organization could use such a vaccine for malicious intent. I personally think it’s a rather silly attitude and the U.S. is probably going overboard as it has in the past with many of its bioterrorism initiatives.”Infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said he doesn’t see the logic behind the restrictions either. He is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News.”There really isn’t any reason that using the vaccine to create the agent would be a concern,” he said. “The only potential implication is if you had individuals working on [weaponizing] the agent, by vaccinating them you could protect them so they could work on it.”He observed that the idea of weaponizing the H5N1 avian flu virus, for example, is not a concern, since the virus does not easily infect humans or spread easily from person to person. The virus could be used as a weapon against poultry, “but that’s not about the vaccine,” he said. “So I don’t understand the logic about this at all.””Anywhere in the world you can reduce the potential for these diseases, we should do that,” Osterholm said.Kurland said countries subject to the restrictions can get export licenses fairly quickly in emergencies.”By executive order, the process for reviewing licenses can take up to 40 days, although this can be expedited in emergency situations,” he said via e-mail. “Humanitarian issues are considered in license applications. During recent hurricane relief efforts in Cuba, for example, license applications for such humanitarian efforts were processed in 4 days or less.”See also: Commerce Department regulations supplement listing pathogens whose vaccines are subject to export restrictions for countries classified as sponsors of terrorism (see pages 57-60, 70)http://www.access.gpo.gov/bis/ear/pdf/ccl1.pdf
The Administrative Department for Tourism of the County of Istria has been approved a grant from the Ministry of Tourism from the Tourism Development Fund in 2017 for the project Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in the County of Istria. The total value of the project is HRK 73.750,00, and the planned start of development is in August 2018. Based on the conducted public procurement, the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism from Poreč was selected as the developer of the operational plan.The operational plan for the development of cycling tourism in the County of Istria will consist of several basic elements: introduction; analysis of the current state of cycling tourism in the county; SWOT analysis; vision and goals of cyclotourism development; standards for the development of cycling tourism infrastructure and cycling tourism offer; development projects with operational development plans (infrastructure, legislation, education, cycling offer, information system and marketing).“The operational plan for the development of cycling tourism is being prepared for the period from 2019 to 2025, and the main goal is to obtain a complete document on the basis of which the cycling tourism of Istria County should be developed, which is also one of the guidelines of the operational product development strategy. tourism in Istria until 2025. ” said the head of the Administrative Department for Tourism Nada Prodan Mraković.During August, as agreed in the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County, activities related to the development of the Operational Plan for the development of cycling tourism in the Istrian County will begin. The holder of the plan and activities is the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism from Poreč, and the coordinator of the activities is dr. Sc. Kristina Brščić. Over the next few months, the current situation regarding plans, projects, legislation and other aspects that affect the development of this specific tourism product will be analyzed.The aim is to determine the advantages, disadvantages, opportunities and limitations on the basis of which the vision and goals of further development of cycling tourism in the County of Istria will be defined. In connection with the above, the Institute in cooperation with the Administrative Department for Tourism IZ from IRTA – Istra bike department, regional and local governments, tourist boards and other stakeholders will request information and suggestions and proposals for new projects that will be included in the Operational Plan for Cyclotourism counties. “Since the bike product in Istria began to develop in the late XNUMXs, the operational plan for the development of cycling tourism will unite all the existing cycling infrastructure of the destination, facilities, services and supply and demand. The beginning of the systematic development of the bicycle product marked the conclusion of an agreement between the public and private sectors, ie between the County of Istria, the Tourist Board of the County of Istria, the Istrian Development Tourist Agency and all major hoteliers. points out the head Nada Prodan Mraković.According to the analysis of the County Department of Tourism, based on the TOMAS 2014 survey and available data on the number and profile of guests and accommodation used, the effect of guests coming to Istria for cycling or cycling while here is up to 50 million euros. Today, these figures are probably much higher as new TOMAS research indicates a large increase in active tourism. “Since cycling is an important tourist product that attracts an increasing number of visitors and tourists to the Istrian County, we want, by involving as many stakeholders, to plan the development of this segment of tourism, and thus influence sustainable product development, satisfaction of tourists and locals, and raise the level of road safety ” concluded Nada Prodan Mraković.And then someone will ask why Istria is the leader of our tourism, nothing is accidental. And when you are already there, take a look at the offer offered to cyclists in Istria www.istria-bike.comRELATED NEWS:ISTRIA BED & BIKE BOARDS AWARDED TO HOSTS IN FAMILY ACCOMMODATIONTHE FIRST BRANDED E-BIKE STATION PRESENTED IN ISTRIACENTRAL ISTRIA TOURIST BOARDS MAKE JOINT BICYCLE MAPS
Director: Marko ZeljkovićCameramen: Marko Zeljković, Ivica Vranjić, Ivan Jajčević and Igor Ivanović.Audio background: Pure Magic by Zac Nelson (Discovery) – Licensed via Artlist.ioProduction: Six Nine Studio”Come and have us under the lamp in Vinkovci! At the 53rd Vinkovci Autumn”- invite the organizers, which will be held from 7 to 16 September 2018. See the entire program of events within the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns at official website This year’s Vinkovci Autumns are being held for the 53rd time, from September 07 to 16, 2018.The Vinkovci Autumn event has been successfully preserving and nurturing Croatian traditional culture and heritage for 53 years, and this prestigious and well-known folklore, tourist, economic and cultural event attracts around 150 visitors every year.Quality video as a powerful tool in promotion At today’s press conference, the announcement video of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns was shown. The video is different from the previous ones, when the staff always followed everything that the event offers in the Slavonian style, and it is short, clear and very powerful. So powerful that I personally shivered when I looked at him.In today’s digital world where everything is online, as well as on social media, quality and professional photos as well as videos are imperative. Unfortunately, we can still see various photos or videos taken with a mobile phone or a bad production, which is certainly not in line with today’s weather and trends. Yes, quality production costs money, but investing in marketing, branding and quality production is not a cost, but an investment.As every picture and video must tell a story and encourage desire and action, so this video plays on emotions and ultimately invites everyone to experience the Vinkovci Autumns in a simple, efficient and powerful way. However, how it is about my Vinkovci and how I participated in the organization of Vinkovci Autumns for years, I may be subjective, judge for yourself, but one thing is for sure – video proves once again that quality video is a powerful tool in promotion.VIDEO: 53. Vinkovci autumn announcement video
The Vinkovci Autumn event has been successfully preserving and nurturing Croatian traditional culture and heritage for 53 years, and this year from September 07 to 16 they will bring a number of newspapers that will enrich this prestigious and well-known folklore, tourist, economic and cultural event and attract more of 120 thousand visitors.A Handful of Truth ”is the theme of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns, and at the opening, visitors will witness seven truths that thematize the problems and life situations of Šokac and Šokice from the end of the 19th century. Inspired by the works of Mara Šverl Gamiršek, this musical-scenic performance for which the screenplay is signed by Ana Cvenić, will present a wide range of topics – from folk beliefs, relationships in the family and towards foreigners. The grand opening is scheduled for Friday, September 14, and the event continues with the National Festival of Croatian Original Folklore, on September 15 and 16, and closes with a ceremonial parade and the biggest shock circle on Sunday, September 16. Lovers of Slavonian traditional culture and folklore, whether original or choreographed, can enjoy it from September 7 to 12 during the County Folklore Festival, and for the youngest, on September 8 and 9, Children’s Vinkovci Autumns are held.62 children’s groups and 76 folklore societies, 30 carriages, 20 riders will perform at the ParadeThe opening ceremony, the National Folklore Festival and the Parade of participants of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns will be broadcast live by Croatian Radio and Television, and 62 children’s groups and 76 folklore societies, 30 teams, 20 riders, a total of over 4.5 thousand participants will perform at the parade.“During the Folklore Evenings this year, 50 societies from Vukovar-Srijem County will present themselves. On Saturday, we have the Inter-County Festival of Children’s Groups, where 12 children’s gatherings will perform, and the traditional Parade, which talks about how much we take care of the children’s part of Vinkovci Autumns because they are the future of the event. 62 children’s groups will perform at the Parade, which is the largest number of gathered children’s groups ever. We have the opening ceremony live, on September 14 at 20:05 p.m., with the preparation of which we expect the audience to be satisfied. On Saturday, there is the State Festival of Croatian Original Folklore, where 13 groups will present themselves. The program will also be recorded by HRT, and it will be shown with a delay in two 60-minute shows. The most beautiful part, the ceremonial parade and show of horse-drawn carriages is on Sunday, September 16, when we have 4.5 thousand participants in the streets of Vinkovci. This year there will be 76 folklore societies, 30 carriages, 20 riders, predecessors and everything that gives beauty to the event”, Said the secretary of ZAKUD Stjepan Đurković.Among other events on Vinkovci Autumn Square, it is necessary to highlight the 10th International Hip Hop Festival called “Hip-Hop on Orion”, September 8 and the traditional fashion show prepared for citizens on September 10 by the Loreen Model Association. Due to great interest, this year part of the offer will be exhibited in houses in the Pedestrian Zone, and for the second year in a row, the Wine City will open its doors to guests in Vinkovci, from 12 to 16 September.”Vinkovci Autumn – 10 days, 24 hours of fun, 20 concerts and almost 7.5 thousand participants. We expect 120.000 visitors, which actually speaks the most about our event. I hope that everyone at the event will find something for themselves in the content we have prepared. The OFF program is also rich, and we have been working on it a bit more in recent years. This year, we will invest additional efforts in arranging the city park. The wine town is limited to 5 days due to the harvest, unlike last year, but I believe that everyone will enjoy the program that takes place in three different locations. We are also thinking about a different arrangement of Slavonski sokak, so I believe that visitors will find new content because every year we try to bring something new.”, Said the director of the media house Novosti, Mirjam Jukić.See more about the program and all activities at www.vinkovackejeseni.hrIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”RELATED NEWS:VIDEO AS A POWERFUL TOOL IN PROMOTION: WATCH THE PHENOMENAL ANNOUNCED VIDEO OF THE 53rd VINKOVAC AUTUMN,See more about the program and all activities at www.vinkovackejeseni.hrIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”RELATED NEWS:VIDEO AS A POWERFUL TOOL IN PROMOTION: WATCH THE PHENOMENAL ANNOUNCED VIDEO OF THE 53rd VINKOVAC AUTUMN
The Air France and KLM Group has decided, after the introduction of direct KLM flights to Split 2016 and Air France to Dubrovnik 2018, to introduce a new Air Franc route: Paris – Split during July and August. Departures for Split from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for the summer season 2019. Departures for Dubrovnik from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Air France introduced two direct flights to Dubrovnik in 2018, but decided to increase the number of weekly flights (from 2 to 5) in the period from April to September 2019 to Dubrovnik and add flights on weekends during the summer season. At the same time, Air France will increase the number of flights to Dubrovnik from April to September and introduce flights on weekends, which means that it will connect Dubrovnik with Priza five times a week.
Source / photo: Hotel Villa Dubrovnik The Croatian boutique hotel Villi Dubrovnik, which is owned by the Doğuş Group, has been awarded the Green Globe Environmental Certificate for improving environmental practices. It is an internationally recognized certificate that today has over 500 members in more than 100 countries around the world, and is awarded to companies that use technological innovations to effectively manage energy consumption and ensure the least possible impact on the environment. The Green Globe includes a structured assessment of business sustainability performance, includes 44 main criteria supported by more than 380 compliance indicators, and the entire standard is reviewed and updated twice a calendar year. “Efficient energy management is in line with the business vision of Villa Dubrovnik and we are continuously focused on the application of best practices and respect for the principles of energy efficiency. The Green Globe certificate is another confirmation that we operate according to environmentally sustainable principles, and we will continue on the same path in the future. We are truly proud because the motive is to continue to provide our guests with the highest level of quality accommodation and services”, Said Mirna Stražičić Lončar, director of the Villa Dubrovnik hotel. Guided by internal environmental policies, Villa Dubrovnik has introduced a number of practices to conserve energy and reduce negative environmental impact, such as continuous evaluation and reduced use of water, electricity, paper and other resources, as well as encouraging the use of recycled materials and primary use of chemical products. which do not harm the environment. In addition, Villa Dubrovnik is focused on promoting and developing a culture of environmental awareness of its guests, but also the local community in which it operates, through guidelines for desirable behavior towards the environment, but also through workshops and education for guests and the local community. Today, the Green Globe certification system includes hoteliers, airlines, car rental companies, tour operators, travel agencies and offices, and the Green Globe logo is recognized throughout the world as an international symbol for environmental protection and recognition, recognized by tourism industry and the general public. .
The third summer of the festival with Rabac Open Air was full of great concerts, circus performances, interactive performances, top jazz, movies under the starry sky and many other events that flooded the streets of Rabac and Labin. During the 78 days of the festival, more than 18 performers changed at 19 different locations and through 200 different programs, and as many as 158 hours of music were played for over 30 visitors to the Rabac Open Air, which was held in Rabac for the third time this summer. Rabac / Poreč Open is an excellent example of quality content and an imperative for sustainable and quality development of the destination. Today in the modern age there is really no excuse to stagnate, everything is known and everything is available. Investing in events is not a cost but an investment If we want to have a good attendance and a good story, we must invest, ie invest money in quality content. Without content there is no story, no visitors and ultimately no interest. The goal is to offer quality products and services that visitors are willing to pay and consume, and of course the story of the event as the main motive for coming. The most important thing is to complete the whole story, both to the visitors and to the partners who are inside the festival through catering and other facilities. The event must be a win-win-win for everyone, because if only one element is missing, everything falls into the water. Based on an excellent and successful concept, Poreč Open Air (this year Poreč Open Air was visited by more than 63.000 visitors through 68 days of the festival, and at a total of 29 locations, a total of 231 performers realized 137 events), Valamar launched Rabac Open Air, exclusively because he had to offer his guests experiences and a quality program, not just the sun and the sea and great accommodation. These are guests who want and ask for more. They are looking for authentic, diverse and quality content in destinations. Valamar cannot wait for the destination to wake up, as it simply has to deliver value for the money it offers. And so the idea came to take their own destiny into their own hands. But instead of the destination pulling and leading the game, in Croatia we have the absurdity of hotel houses pulling and developing destinations. Of course, everyone in the destination must be part of one story, but still the development of the destination must be taken care of by the City and the Tourist Board as a kind of DMC company, and others follow them synergistically. Are we involved in development or is it just happening to us? Are we growing by inertia or are we still posting some strategic plan behind the whole story? Who deals with these processes? Do we measure the quality and reactions of tourists? We want growth, ok, and can that infrastructure grow and endure? What profile of tourists do we want at all and where do we see ourselves in 5,10 years? Do we even have enough parking spaces for all tourists? Etc.… a lot of questions, and that is why tourism is extremely complex because it is not one industry, but tourism connects vertically and horizontally all other industries that must function synergistically as a “Swiss watch”. And that is why the strategic and sustainable development of alpha and omega is in the development of tourism. “We are proud of the fact that more than 30.000 guests visited the festival and enjoyed 95 different entertainment events, which is almost twice as much content as the first festival edition in 2017. It is extremely important to offer visitors an additional experience of entertainment in the destination, so we at Valamar are happy to be able to realize a successful concept of a summer festival like this for the third year in a row. High attendance and interest of foreign guests and locals is the best confirmation of our work, and this time we want to announce that we have already begun preparations for the new edition of Rabac Open Air 2020. “, Pointed out Vlatka Ilečić Arklinić, Head of the Destination Management Department at Valamar Riviera. It is a skeleton and a great example that must be followed by all other destinations, because the motive for coming is not accommodation, but precisely the destination. And the concept of the sun and the sea has long since ceased to be sufficient or sustainable. This story opens up a lot of themes, but it also opens up a theme and values for money. We are constantly revolving around narratives of how expensive we are. It is not a question of prices, but of value for money. Do we give that value for money at the destination? People will pay something “more expensive” if they have a positive sense of value for money and if we deliver a unique experience to them. In tourism, the service is the alpha and omega, and if we want to go one step further, we must not only meet the expectations of tourists, but delight them above the level of expectations. The level of quality and service in the accommodation, at least when it comes to hotel accommodation is taken for granted, according to the categorization. That is the standard, which of course we have to keep up. It is the destination and quality content that plays a key role here and makes a difference. The key word of the tourist mosaic is strategic development. He is behind the whole story Valamar Riviera, as well as local project partners, the City of Labin, the Tourist Board of Labin-Rabac, the Tourist Board of the Istrian County and other partners, and the production and organization of the whole story is done by MPG, a longtime partner of Valamar. It is a skeleton and a great example that must be followed by all other destinations, because the motive for coming is not accommodation, but precisely the destination. And the concept of the sun and the sea has long since ceased to be sufficient or sustainable. Rabac Open Air (ROA) is an excellent quality and diverse content in the destination, exactly what we chronically lack in most of our destinations. Thus, various concerts, circus performances, animations, workshops, interactive performances, films under the starry sky and numerous other events that flooded the streets of Rabac and Labin were held as part of the ROA. It is important to emphasize that one did not go to one or a couple of strong and big concerts and that is it, but just the opposite. Hundreds of small quality programs have been realized, targeting various target groups or content done for each group of tourists. A smart decision because that is how the program was maintained in the period from June 15 to August 29, not a couple of days. To conclude, Rabac / Poreč Open Air is an excellent example and proof that quality content is imperative for destination development, and an excellent domestic example of how this is done in practice. How to develop a destination, here’s how! Synergy is needed, literally everyone in the destination, from small to large, because it is this tourist mosaic and all the subjects and participants make up the destination. The Rabac Open Air program again this year offered extremely rich content through four categories. Thus, visitors from the Special Events, Cinema and Theater, Street Music and Street Performance programs enjoyed entertainment in several locations from mid-June to the end of August. This is great proof that investing in events is not a cost but an investment. Excellent quality content was generated in the tourist destination, tourist consumption and the whole tourist story was completed. If we want to increase tourist consumption, have better quality guests, then it can certainly no longer offer only the sun and the sea. Quality, diverse and authentic content is imperative. In addition to the fact that through various facilities guests have something to do in the destination, in addition to swimming, we directly raise the overall satisfaction of tourists with the destination, as well as increase tourist spending, and thus the profile of guests. Not only in the financial context, but with targeted content, we target a specific target group that is attracted to the destination by active vacation, culture, entertainment, etc.… Of course, first and foremost we need to know which tourism product we build and for whom, our vision of development. strategic development of the destination, both through the offer, service, arrangement and contents. Photo: Valamar / Rabac Open Air Quality, diverse and authentic content is imperative The key word is strategic development A hotel or a hotel brand, no matter how strong, whether in financial, human resources or any other form, cannot develop a destination on its own. It simply does not make decisions outside its domain, and the destination is not a hotel, but the term destination refers to an entire space and all participants in it. The level of service can be phenomenal at the hotel, but if the destination is bad, everyone loses. As well as vice versa. “Attendance, which is growing from year to year, is proof that visitors really enjoy the attractive program and content of the festival. We have been working on the offer of the festival for a very long time and we are carefully designing what Rabac Open Air will offer to its guests. And in order for both the little ones and the big ones to be able to enjoy themselves equally, we have provided various events, such as concerts, theater performances, movie hits, socializing with favorite cartoon characters and much more. Rabac is one of the great examples of how a destination can develop through quality and fun content”, Said Ivana Biškupić, Project Manager of Rabac Open Air Festival from MPG.
Use caution when visiting MontrealJust a heads up to those traveling to Montreal, Canada.My daughter and I traveled to Montreal recently and parked in an outside small parking site in Old Montreal.Unfortunately, while seeing Notre Dame and having lunch in a very busy area with lots of people walking around and high rises all around us, her Jeep truck was broken into by the back-passenger window. An iPad, very expensive camera, insulin and other medicines were stolen.City police came, and we have a number of the incident. We went to Home Depot and bought tape and plastic to fix the window.Upon leaving Canada, talking with the officer at the New York border, we told him what took place in Old Montreal. He stated to us that it happens all the time and that Canadians are targeting trucks and New York State vehicles. Yes, we should have booked our hotel and dropped off everything first (lesson learned) and then proceeded to our venture in Old Montreal. It has been suggested that you rent a car if you are going to Canada, especially Montreal, by border patrols. Take heed all. It really spoiled our weekend and has left me feeling very angry.Deborah BowdishSchenectadyCuomo doesn’t care about New YorkersGov. Andrew Cuomo should stay in Puerto Rico and take the Democrats with him (Assembly and Senate). They can have full control there. The laws that are being passed in New York are so far of the rail that they’re killing this state.He should have never gotten a third term; you talk about obstruction and abuse of power. Instead of taking care of this state’s needs, our tax dollars are going elsewhere. New York was once a leader of industrial states, and our ports were doing well with imports and exports. Even the Port of Albany was doing well.Our economy was high due to construction, factories like GE, Ford, Bendix, Barkley Home products, Alco products, Bear Manning, paper mills, CDTA, taxi companies, downtown stores, Sears, Woolworth, Rudnick’s, outlets, soda shops for kids, Ellis Hospital, St. Clare’s Hospital, Bellview Hospital, carpet mills, auto dealerships, etc.What do we have today? Nothing. Cuomo doesn’t care if we have jobs or safety for our kids in school or for a safe state.He lets criminals out of jail to repeat their crimes and wants to disarm the law-abiding citizen.Would you say he has a mental capacity to be a leader? I don’t think so. All of the hunters in this state supported conservation when they bought a firearm, ammo for hunting, target- and competitive shooting. Without the hunters, who is going to take care of our wild animals and keep our woods safe?Claude Rizzicone, Jr.SchenectadyAlbany Civic Theater deserves coverageThe Gazette proclaims itself to be “The Voice of the Capital Region.”Albany has a major role in there being a Capital Region.Albany Civic Theater is in Albany, but The Gazette is too busy, understaffed or whatever else their excuse is for not reviewing Albany Civic Theater’s performances.Consider that Albany Civic Theater has already presented two terrific shows this season.Another, “American Soldiers” coming up starting Jan. 31.Will The Gazette find another excuse for passing on this Albany Civic Theater play, too?John DanielsDuanesburg Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWestinghouse long overdue for a statueTrains were crashing. Brakemen on moving cars were losing life and limbs, until 22-year-old George Westinghouse, in 1868, invented an ingenious system.It allowed the engineer with a lever to safely apply brakes to all cars. The Westinghouse Air Brake remains the global standard.George Westinghouse grew up in Schenectady. He learned invention, manufacturing and marketing in the family Westinghouse Agricultural Works. He served as a shipboard engineer during the Civil War, attended Union College and launched a career with 300 patents and creation of 60 companies. He was scrupulously honest and fair with admiring employees.After Thomas Edison invented the electric light in 1879, he provided DC electricity to nearby customers. George Westinghouse designed lighting for Chicago World’s Fair and an AC system.It transferred high voltage electricity over long distances, starting with Niagara Falls to Buffalo. Westinghouse current continues to power the world.Analyzing the Westinghouse transformer-based AC system required new mathematics, for which Charles Steinmetz gained fame as the Wizard of Schenectady. He also created the electrical engineering program at Union College.Citizen Brian Merriam self-initiated nicely lighted statues of Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz on Erie Boulevard, with sponsorship by the Chamber of Commerce. Brian is now leading a team for a George Westinghouse statue for the empty adjacent plaza. A small portion of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding can make it an overdue reality.Frank WicksSchenectadyCome together to help pensionersIn the normal stimulus and response of life, there is a generally held convention that one good deed deserves another. Those who give help in a time of need deserve help if the tables turn.It is, therefore, time for the people of Schenectady to recognize and support the 1,100 retires of Saint Clare’s Hospital who served this community for decades and are now in need of help themselves.Over one year ago, they were informed that their retirement fund had failed and that they would not be receiving their pensions.As a result of the pension fund failure, the retires are now enduring severe financial hardships.Many are experiencing limitations to medical care and even nutrition. Some have died waiting for a resolution to this pension tragedy. Unfortunately, the search for a solution to this terrible problem has no end in sight.There are many and complex reasons for this catastrophic situation. However, one thing is certain: the retirees of St. Clare’s Hospital are not responsible for the failure of their pension fund.Every individual citizen, service group, fraternal organization and church group should speak out and demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, our legislators, church leaders and former fund managers come together to find a solution to this unnecessary suffering.Apathy in this situation is not an option. We, the citizens of Schenectady, are either part of the solution or we are part of the problem.William M. Vacca, MDNiskayunaThe writer is former chief of medicine at St. Clare’s Hospital.Inaction on climate will make it worseI am a volunteer for Citizens Climate Lobby, a nonprofit organization devoted to addressing the issue of climate change.With so many of the recent climate-related stories pointing to the worsening of climate change around the world (the brush fires in Australia, record heat in parts of Europe, the rapidly accelerating melting of large glaciers — just to name a few), it can be frightening to turn on the news nowadays. In fact, with some climate scientists saying that the worst effects of climate change cannot be avoided no matter what steps we take to address the problem, it can be tempting to ask the question, “Why bother if there is no hope?”Even if the worst effects of catastrophic climate change seem likely, doing nothing is simply not an option.Just about any step we take to mitigate the worsening of carbon dioxide levels or the rise of global temperatures would be beneficial for our children and grandchildren. The air would be cleaner, storms would be less severe, diseases would not spread as quickly, and world economies would not be crippled as quickly. If these seem only like holding actions, maybe so. But you never know when the political will to take effective corrective action will emerge or when new technologies might give us renewed hope. We simply cannot allow our planet to deteriorate unchecked. Doing nothing is not an option.Ross LenetGuilderland More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori said he did not intend to wear masks, despite the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people in China, a Japanese sports newspaper reported on Friday.”I pray to God every day that the coronavirus will just vanish,” Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, was quoted by the Sponichi Annex paper as saying.”I plan to hold out to the end without wearing a mask,” he said, while exhorting reporters and others in the room, “Please wash your hands when you get home, and especially athletes – please don’t catch a cold or the virus.” Masks, worn by many Japanese people during the cold and allergy seasons, are recommended for those who have reason to think they might have the virus.But experts say that while masks can prevent sick people from spreading germs, they are not very effective in preventing people from getting infected.Hundreds of Japanese and foreign passengers were set to disembark from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship near Tokyo on Friday amid growing disquiet in Japan about whether the government was doing enough to stop the virus spreading.Topics :
Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) has submitted a budget plan to the government for the construction of an Indonesian Village, also called the House of Indonesia, in Tokyo in an effort to garner support for its bid to host the 2032 Olympics.The village will be built on a 1,500-square-meter plot of land close to the athlete’s village in Harumi, Chou-ku, Tokyo, during this year’s Summer Olympics, scheduled to begin on July 24 and end on Aug. 9.“We need a budget of around Rp 200 billion [US$14 million] to build the infrastructure,” NOC chairperson Raja Sapta Oktohari said on Tuesday. Topics : He added that the figure was a rough estimate because the NOC still had to meet with relevant stakeholders to discuss the plan. The committee, however, had completed the Indonesian Village’s design, he went on to say.“The location for the village is strategic as it will be located next to Nike’s [booth in the athlete’s village]. We are waiting for the government to disburse its funding to start the construction,” said Okto.Read also: Indonesia to build world-class training facility for 2032 Olympics, NOC saysThe committee is planning to hold a meeting in the coming week with relevant stakeholders regarding the Indonesian Village, including President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, so the installation will finish in time for the 2020 Olympics. Although the Olympics is five months away, Okto said he was not worried and remained optimistic that the House of Indonesia construction would be complete by May.“The construction will be quick, taking only two months. The only difficulty is regarding the permit. However, we will finish by May. We will make it as concise and effective as possible,” said Okto.The House of Indonesia will serve as one of the promotional steps taken by the government in its bid to host the 2032 Olympics.Indonesian Ambassador to Switzerland Muliaman Hadad submitted a formal bid letter from Jokowi to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne in February last year. The government said hosting the 2032 summer games could be an opportunity for Indonesia to show its capability as a major country. (rdi)
Topics : ‘Coordinated attacks’Earlier Friday, Greek officials accused Turkey of providing cutters to migrants to break through fencing. “There are coordinated attacks this morning,” a Greek official told AFP. “Apart from intimidation, these attacks are taking place from the Turkish police to help migrants cross the fence border line.”Meanwhile, two Greek men were convicted of threatening aid workers on the island of Lesbos, where there has been a violent backlash against those helping the swelling number of arrivals.”I will continue to defend my country. Most of the (aid groups) operate like spies. These gangsters should leave the island,” said 73-year-old Konstantinos Alvanopoulos after being given a three-month suspended sentence.Erdogan’s office said the Syrian ceasefire would not alter its policy on refugees leaving for Europe. “The Russia-Turkey agreement does not… change the fact of the European Union’s non-compliance with its promises as part of the 2016 refugee deal,” presidential sources told state news agency Anadolu. Russia, which backs Syrian government forces with air power, agreed to impose a ceasefire in Idlib from midnight and the skies were free of warplanes for the first day in months on Friday, although previous peace agreements have proved temporary. The EU welcomed the ceasefire. “For sure I am pleased for the ceasefire, the ceasefire is good news. At least it’s goodwill — let’s see how it works,” Borrell said in Zagreb.”But there’s still an extraordinary humanitarian challenge that I think we all face in terms of the sheer numbers of refugees,” added Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. “Right now, let’s be honest, the agreement is dead,” Mitsotakis told CNN, referring to the EU-Turkey accord.”And it’s dead because Turkey has decided to completely violate the agreement, because of what happened in Syria,” he added.Turkey agreed in 2016 to stop letting migrants leave in exchange for six billion euros — but Ankara says other parts of the EU deal including improved visa and trade rules were never fulfilled. Mitsotakis said Turkey was doing “the exact opposite” of its obligation to hold back asylum-seekers. Greek police fired tear gas in clashes with migrants at the Turkish border on Friday, as Athens said a 2016 EU-Ankara deal limiting migration to Europe was “dead”.Thousands of people have gathered at the border since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week that his country would no longer stop refugees from trying to leave.Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Ankara of “assisting” an ongoing surge of desperate people gathering at the border. ‘Open the gates’ Friday’s brief clashes occurred as migrants tried to break through the fence, according to AFP journalists at the scene, but they quickly ended the volley of rocks and instead sat peacefully chanting “freedom” and “open the gates”.Greek forces say they have prevented nearly 39,000 people from crossing the border. Turkey claims the real number is more than three times higher.Many migrants say they are being pushed to attempt illegal entry to Greece. “They [the Turkish military] told us that if you don’t go to the border… you will be forced to come back to Turkey and people don’t want to come back because they don’t have any good opportunities, there isn’t anything,” Ali, an Iranian, told AFP.The EU’s diplomatic chief made a direct appeal to the migrants not to go to the Greek border.”The border is not open,” EU High Representative Josep Borrell said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Zagreb. Turkey and Russia agreed a ceasefire in Syria on Thursday, but Ankara is still threatened by a potential new influx of refugees from the last rebel stronghold of Idlib and has sought to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance. Turkey already hosts some four million refugees, and recent advances by the Syrian army, backed by Russian army, have pushed close to a million more towards its border. Later Friday, the Greek government released footage which it said showed Turkish riot police firing a tear gas barrage at Greek border guards.It came after the release of separate footage from Turkish state TV TRT which it said showed asylum-seekers stripped and beaten by Greek forces.A Greek police source disputed the claim, telling AFP: “We are not letting them through the border, so how can we be doing that to them?”Ankara has officially accused Athens of using undue violence against asylum-seekers, killing several and injuring many. Greek officials have repeatedly dismissed this as untrue.
“Yesterday [Thursday], I predicted that as we are listed, [trading at the bourse] would be halted,” Adi told reporters during the initial listing ceremony at the IDX in Jakarta. He added that the company decided to go on with its listing as “we are confident about our company’s fundamentals”, though he conceded that market confidence was low right now. During the companies’ IPO, which took place earlier this month, Metro Healthcare and Makmur Berkah raised Rp 1.1 trillion (US$75.38 million) and Rp 64.35 billion, respectively. Read also: Indosat to spend another Rp 9.5 trillion this year to expand 4G networkMetro Healthcare plans to allocate 60 percent of its IPO funds to land acquisitions, 30 percent to building a hospital in Majalaya district in Bandung, West Java, and 10 percent to its subsidiaries for their working capital. “We hope the [Majalaya] hospital can be fully operational in the second half of next year. [We] will need around one year to build the hospital,” Metro Healthcare president director Henry Kembaren said on Friday, adding that the company currently operated seven hospitals.Meanwhile, Makmur Berkah, which mostly works in developing industrial areas and building storage complexes, will allocate 60 percent of its proceeds for land acquisitions, 30 percent for working capital and 10 percent will be channeled through its subsidiary.“We will acquire land in Sidoarjo, East Java. From the point of view of logistics storage, it’s a good location because it’s right in the middle [of the province]. [Goods can be delivered] to Tanjung Perak, Bali and surrounding areas,” Adi said, explaining how the acquisition would help expand the company’s business operations. Read also: Stock falls capped at 7%, no pre-opening trade as IDX prevents steep drops amid global market routMetro Healthcare and Makmur Berkah became the 17th and 18th companies, respectively, listed on the stock market this year. Last year, the IDX only saw 55 new listings, down from the 57 in the previous year.After trading resumed, the two companies’ stocks remained in the green zone. Metro Healthcare closed Friday’s trade at Rp 139 per share, a nearly 35 percent increase, and Makmur Berkah concluded at Rp 148 per share, also close to a 35 percent rise. (ydp) PT Makmur Berkah’s shares, listed under the code AMAN, rose by 34.55 percent to Rp 148 per share from its IPO price of Rp 110 per share. Read also: Indonesian stocks close higher after dramatic morning plungeDespite the relatively warm welcome from investors — considering that the bourse has entered bear market territory defined as experiencing a 20 percent drop from a recent high — as trading of all shares on the IDX was suspended for 30 minutes following a new trading halt regulation put in place on Wednesday. This came to no surprise for Makmur Berkah president director Adi Saputra Tedja as the global market saw a historic rout on Thursday with circuit breakers triggered in several countries around the world and some markets plunging at levels unseen since the 1980s. Healthcare provider PT Metro Healthcare Indonesia and property developer PT Makmur Berkah Amanda Tbk defied steep losses in the broader market when their shares were listed for the first time on the local stock exchange on Friday.As trading was halted at 9:15 a.m. following a 5 percent plunge in the main index, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the two companies saw their initial shares listing defying the broader market and receiving a warm welcome.Share prices of PT Metro Healthcare, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code CARE, climbed 6.8 percent to Rp 110 per share, from Rp 103 per share during its initial public offering (IPO) and just a few minutes after trading started. Topics :
A group of small and medium business owners have filed a class-action lawsuit against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto for what they perceive to be the government’s negligence in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken a toll on their livelihoods.The lawsuit was filed by group representative Enggal Pamukty at the Central Jakarta District Court.“It’s true that I submitted a lawsuit against President Jokowi for [the government’s] fatal negligence in handling COVID-19,” Enggal said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. He said the government had failed to take the necessary precautions in the early stages of the viral outbreak as it had allocated its resources to promoting tourism instead.Read also: Turf war undermines COVID-19 fight in Indonesia“If only the central government had been serious in mitigating the COVID-19 situation from the start, fellow business owners and I would have still been able to make a living,” Enggal said. “[The situation] has deprived us of income, yet the government has yet to provide support.”The six plaintiffs demanded financial compensation of Rp 12 billion (US$710,757) for material losses and Rp 10 million for immaterial losses.Jokowi’s response to the current health emergency has previously been met with criticism among the public. A recent report compiled by Staqo Analytics showed that, from March 23 to 30, “around 59 percent of coverage and discussions on online media and news sites using the keyword ‘Jokowi’ received negative responses from the public”.The President has repeatedly rejected the idea of imposing a lockdown on Jakarta, the epicenter of Indonesia’s COVID-19 epidemic, despite mounting calls from scientists and public health experts ahead of the approaching Idul Fitri holiday.As of Wednesday, Indonesia had reported a total of 1,677 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 157 deaths. (rfa)Topics :
Carnival board member Randall Weisenburger bought $10 million of stock in the beleaguered cruise-line operator last week. The shares have jumped 56 percent since the purchase.Workers in protective gear walk near the Diamond Princess cruise ship, operated by Carnival Corp., docked in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Japan confirmed 41 more cases of the new coronavirus aboard the quarantined cruise ship, and denied entry to another vessel as it sought to control the spread of the deadly infection, with thousands now stranded on stricken luxury liners. (Bloomberg/Toru Hanai)Others are going further to maximize returns. UBS Group AG is seeing ultra-wealthy clients ramp up borrowing to place more wagers in what they see as a cheap market. Mortgage brokers to the rich have said more clients are seeking loans backed by real estate to help them repay other debt, invest in businesses and snap up other assets.There have been massive losers among the moneyed set. Many in the oil and gas industry have been hammered by the collapse in crude prices including wildcatter Harold Hamm, whose fortune is down 64 percent to $3.7 billion. Emerging-market billionaires aren’t reaping the same rewards as those in the US and there have been margin calls and forced sales.But there also have been remarkable gains.Leading the group is Bezos, who has added almost $24 billion to his fortune in 2020, as well as MacKenzie Bezos, who was left with a 4 percent stake in Amazon as part of the couple’s recent divorce settlement. Her net worth has climbed $8.2 billion to $45.3 billion, and she’s now No. 18 on the Bloomberg wealth ranking, ahead of Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest person, and Mexico’s Carlos Slim.In this file photo taken on April 24, 2018 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos poses as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 in Berlin. (dpa/AFP/Jorg Carstensen)Shares of rival retailer Walmart have also advanced, buoying the fortunes of the world’s richest family. Alice, Jim and Rob Walton now have a combined net worth of $169 billion, up almost 5 percent since the start of the year.Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has added $10.4 billion to his fortune this year, more than anyone except Bezos.The fortune of Zoom Video Communications founder Eric Yuan has more than doubled to $7.4 billion, as demand for its teleconferencing service exploded in the wake of the pandemic-driven lockdown.“The unfairness of it all is who is going to benefit from it most,” Maley said. “Money makes money.”Topics : The world’s richest person is getting richer, even in a pandemic, and perhaps because of it.With consumers stuck at home, they’re relying on Jeff Bezos’s Amazon.com more than ever. The retailer’s stock climbed 5.3 percent to a record Tuesday, lifting the founder’s net worth to $138.5 billion.The pandemic has brought the global economy to a near standstill and pushed almost 17 million Americans onto the unemployment rolls in the span of three weeks. JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo signaled Tuesday that loan losses fueled by the unprecedented job cuts — many of them in the retail sector that Amazon so efficiently disrupted — could rival those incurred after the 2008 financial crisis. Yet Bezos and many of his wealthy peers have seen their fortunes recover in recent weeks, helped by the boost given to markets by unprecedented stimulus efforts by governments and central bankers. While the combined net worth of the world’s 500 richest people has dropped $553 billion this year, it has surged 20 pecent from its low on March 23, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index“The wealth gap, it’s only going to get wider with what’s going on now,” said Matt Maley, chief market strategist at Miller Tabak + Co. “The really wealthy people haven’t had to worry. Yes, they’re less wealthy, but you haven’t had to worry about putting food on the table or keeping a roof over your head.”It’s not just the billionaires. Corporate insiders have been significant buyers of their companies’ shares, a show of confidence that the crisis will pass, even as the nation’s leaders debate exactly when Americans can safely return to work.The volume of transactions in beaten-down industries, from travel to health care to gaming, suggests executives and directors are more bullish than they’ve been at most other points in the past decade, according to Sundial Capital Research.
The government’s baseline scenario is for economic growth to reach 2.3 percent this year with 2.9 million people losing their jobs. Under a worst-case scenario, however, the government believes the economy could contract by 0.4 percent while 5 million people lose their jobs.“With this kind of crisis, the government must share the burden,” said Febrio, who was previously macroeconomy and trade research head at the University of Indonesia’s Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM-UI) before his BKF appointment early this month.He called on banks and businesses to take aggressive action by rolling out funds to combat the meltdown.The government expects the pandemic to peak in the second quarter of this year, with economic growth contracting. Meanwhile, first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth is projected at 1.1 percent, he added. “This projection may be wrong if the pandemic lasts longer,” Febrio said. “We will try to contain the virus and lessen the impact but the burden must be shared because the government will not be able to do this alone.”The government has set aside Rp 436.1 trillion for the stimulus, equivalent to 2.5 percent of the country’s GDP, for healthcare spending, social safety nets and business recovery programs so far focusing on manufacturing and tourism.The government will set aside Rp 150 trillion from the stimulus package to support small and medium firms affected by the COVID-19. Febrio did not provide further details as the government was currently formulating the stimulus.The government will also grant larger tax breaks to cover 11 business sectors similar to the incentives designed to allow manufacturing companies to weather the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including individual income tax exemptions, import tax deferrals and 30 percent corporate tax discounts.The 11 sectors are food, trade, electricity, oil and gas, mining and coal, forestry, tourism and the creative economy, telecommunications, logistics, transportation and construction, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Friday.“From an economic standpoint, the COVID-19 shock could damage businesses and cause widespread bankruptcies,” Sri Mulyani said. “We are trying to focus our stimulus to lessen the COVID-19 economic shock on citizens.”Meanwhile, chief economist at private lender Bank Central Asia (BCA) David Sumual said the government’s stimulus package was relatively small compared with other countries including neighboring Singapore and Malaysia, with stimulus packages reaching 12 percent and 17 percent of GDP, respectively.“We are hoping that the government can provide greater stimulus packages for small businesses and low-income households,” David told reporters during the same press briefing. “However, the government’s stimulus needs to be welcomed despite limited fiscal power.”Topics : The Finance Ministry’s fiscal policy agency (BKF) has voiced concerns that the government’s Rp 436.1 trillion (US$28.14 billion) stimulus may be insufficient to prevent economic meltdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.BKF head Febrio Nathan Kacaribu said on Monday that the government was considering whether to boost its stimulus spending as the existing stimulus packages may not be enough to counter the severe economic impacts of the pandemic.“We have doubts that the stimulus packages will be enough,” Febrio told reporters during a teleconferenced press briefing. “The government will anticipate this because there are some discouraging signs.”
This article is part of The Jakarta Post’s “Forging the New Norm” special coverage series, on how people are forging their lives anew to adjust to the new realities of COVID-19 in Indonesia.Dentists and dental clinics in Indonesia are attempting to minimize the high risks they face amid the COVID-19 pandemic by embracing telemedicine and tighter health protocols in order to continue treating patients and to keep their businesses afloat.Dental procedures frequently generate formations of droplets and fine water particles in the air that can carry the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, which may end up on the clothes of, or be inhaled by, both dental healthcare personnel and patients. Read also: Indonesian dentists walk on tightrope as practices forced to close due to COVID-19The Indonesian Dentists Association (PDGI) has advised the public not to see dentists unless for emergency or serious dental problems, such as oral bleeding or severe dental pain during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the PDGI reported that six dentists had died of COVID-19 after treating patients.“Patients can understand their degrees of urgency by consulting the dentists virtually. It has never been more obvious that dental organizations must embrace teledentistry,” PDGI chair Sri Hananto Seno told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Take pictures Many patients, including Intan Kurnia Marka, have decided to postpone going to the dentist. Intan, herself a 24-year-old dental student in Yogyakarta, has skipped her routine braces checkups during the outbreak. “A loose bracket is a common problem for people with braces but it doesn’t need emergency care. I fear the COVID-19 transmission more,” she said.Hananto said that patients nowadays might want to communicate with dentists online, especially if their dentists have established good relationships with them. Hananto, for example, asks his patients to take several pictures of their mouth and send them through WhatsApp so he can analyze the problem.“This is the closest we can get to solving the dilemma of whether to continue to work and keep earning or to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” he said, adding that in outbreak epicenter Jakarta, the COVID-19 situation had prompted nearly 70 percent of dentists to stop practicing and lose their source of income.Hananto said the PDGI, which has 272 branches across the country, was also starting to collaborate with telemedicine apps such as Klikdokter and Halodoc so that dentists could register easily.Limited servicesDentistry, however, has yet to settle on an established new normal. Dentists and clinics are still grappling with how best to serve needy patients and the results are either a limited service or a costly one.Artist Yustiansyah Lesmana told the Post that his wife, whose gums had swollen, went to RE Martadinata Dental Naval Hospital in Central Jakarta on May 8 where she was asked to cover the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the medical workers in order to obtain emergency treatment. They did not use the national healthcare system BPJS Kesehatan because that system requires the patient to go see their nearest dentist first before being treated as a dental emergency in the hospital.“My wife was expected to pay Rp 500,000 [US$ 33.50] outside the treatment fees. We declined to see the dentist eventually,” he said. The couple spent hours, calling several dentists and clinics, to find a dentist that could treat Yustiansyah’s wife’s problem. Finally, they went to the University of Indonesia clinic in Salemba, where she left her number and was called and treated remotely by a dentist because the dental clinic was closed to visitors.RE Martadinata Dental Naval Hospital head Col. Agus Gamal Mulya said the policy of patients buying PPE for dentists applied to general patients, to partially cover the cost of PPE given the scarcity of protective gear in the first weeks of the outbreak and subsequent skyrocketing prices.“We needed to procure protective gear but were unable to do it without aid from other parties. A set of PPE cost around Rp 500,000 per staff member. Meanwhile, a patient with an emergency case is treated by two personnel, a doctor and a dental assistant. We decided to charge the patient for the PPE at half the cost if they agreed,” Agus told the Post on Tuesday.He added that the policy did not apply to patients covered by the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).Atika Nurmalia was also only able to obtain a limited dental service recently. Unable to bear the incessant pain from her swollen gums, the 24-year-old woman from Kudus regency in Central Java, decided to see a dentist, despite her fear of contracting COVID-19.When she visited the clinic, she went through a body temperature check and was told to maintain physical distance. However, she was surprised when she saw the dentist only wore a surgical mask and did not examine her mouth at all.“I was not told to open my mouth, I didn’t even remove my mask. I understand that must be dangerous to do especially as the dentist only wore a mask but what’s the point then of visiting the dentist?” she said. Her experience demonstrated the necessary shift in dental practice as some procedures may be now carried out without visiting a hospital or clinic.Tighter protocolsEndodontist Rio Suryantoro, who owns a clinic in Tebet, South Jakarta, said he had been conducting assessments regarding COVID-19 through WhatsApp as a routine procedure.“If a patient needs emergency care, we must first assess their condition and travel history in the last 14 days before agreeing to an arrangement. Meanwhile, all kinds of nonemergency practices should be postponed,” he told the Post.Rio added that even with such precheck measures, the risks were still high as long as the patients were not tested for COVID-19, especially as some COVID-19 patients could be showing no symptoms.“Now is a good time for dental professionals to learn about and improve infection control. All this time, both dental patients and staff could be exposed to various viruses and bacteria through direct or indirect contact with fluids, but even the standard precautions are often overlooked,” said Rio.The standard precautions in dental practices include hand hygiene, use of PPE such as gloves, masks and eyewear, safe injection practices, sterile instruments and a clean and disinfected environment.In the future, patients may expect to see all dental staff wearing gowns, masks, face shields, gloves and boots. Hananto of the PDGI said this protective gear was an absolute condition for any dentists who wanted to work during this pandemic.Hananto added, however, that not all dental healthcare personnel could afford protective gear. The PDGI has received 5,000 PPE items from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and distributed them to several regions. This amount is far from enough to cover all 34,000 dentists across the country, according to Hananto.“Without an effective vaccine, the pandemic will last but we can’t stop working forever. The way to work is by wearing full protective gear,” he said.Topics :
“If you want to believe that we in the Netherlands do not have a problem with race, you should go ahead and go home,” Jennifer Tosch, founder of Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours, told a crowd in Amsterdam, from where the Dutch West India Company operated ships estimated to have traded 500,000 slaves in the 1600s and 1700s.Tosch and others drew a comparison between Floyd’s death and the treatment of slaves centuries ago. “We have seen this image before as white persecutors and enslavers held down the enslaved and branded them with an iron.”In London, a protester held a placard reading “The UK isn’t innocent,” while in Berlin around 2,000 people protested outside the US embassy and two Bundesliga soccer players wore “Justice for George Floyd” shirts on Monday.A similar message came from Dominique Sopo, president of French NGO SOS Racisme, which organized a small protest outside the US embassy in Paris on Monday. Topics : “This issue of police racism is also, albeit with a lower level of violence, an issue that concerns France,” he said.Police in northern Paris fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse demonstrators protesting over the 2016 death of a young black Frenchman in police custody – an incident that has drawn parallels with Floyd’s killing.Adama Traore’s family have blamed excessive force used during his arrest, when the 24-year-old was pinned down by three gendarmes. Successive pathology reports have reached conflicting conclusions over whether his death two hours later resulted from asphyxiation or other factors including pre-existing conditions.Amid a coronavirus lockdown, French activists also say there have been a number of police brutality cases in low-income neighborhoods where many originate from Africa.Clashes in turkeyIn Istanbul, more than 50 people clashed with police officers minutes after beginning a protest over Floyd and what they called police brutality in Turkey.At least five people were detained after scuffles with officers holding shields, after which other protesters gave speeches denouncing lethal police force and bans on demonstrations in Turkey during the pandemic.In Nairobi, protesters at the American embassy held signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop Extrajudicial Killings”.Organizer Nafula Wafula said violence against blacks is international and cited the killing of prisoners in Kenya.“The system that allows police brutality to happen in Kenya is based on class. In America, it’s race and class.”Protests are planned in coming days in Gambia, Britain, Spain and Portugal.In Spain, protesters will mark the death of Floyd and “all sisters and brothers who have died at the hands of institutional racism on our streets,” the African and Afro-descendant Community CNAAE said.Portugal’s gathering will address “the myth that Portugal is not a racist country”.But not all in Europe side with the protesters.Spain’s far-right Vox party and the Netherlands’ anti-Islam Freedom Party called those protesting Floyd’s death “terrorists” and backed US President Donald Trump.”Our support for Trump and the Americans who are seeing their Nation attacked by street terrorists backed by progressive millionaires,” Vox wrote in a Tweet.In the Netherlands, the Freedom Party’s Geert Wilders tweeted: “White House under attack. This is no protest but anarchy by #AntifaTerrorists.”Even amid such racial division, Linda Nooitmeer, who heads the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy, drew hope from Monday’s protest in Amsterdam.”We don’t have the history of the civil rights movement in Holland, so what occurred yesterday was really something new. It is the start of real dialogue.” Images of a white police officer kneeling on the neck of African-American George Floyd, who then died, have sparked protests from Amsterdam to Nairobi, but they also expose deeper grievances among demonstrators over strained race relations in their own countries.With violent clashes between protesters and authorities raging in the United States, anti-police-brutality activists gathered by the thousands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in various European and African cities.Peaceful protesters highlighted allegations of abuse of black prisoners by their jailers, social and economic inequality, and institutional racism lingering from the colonial pasts of the Netherlands, Britain and France.
Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi found himself in hot water during a hearing with the House of Representatives on Thursday, as lawmakers on Commission VIII overseeing religious affairs criticized him for not consulting with the House before deciding to cancel the 2020 haj pilgrimage over coronavirus concerns.The minister announced earlier this month that Indonesia would prevent haj departures to Saudi Arabia this year, a decision that affected hundreds of thousands of would-be pilgrims in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Indonesia has the largest haj pilgrim quota of any country. John Kennedy Azis of the Golkar Party – a political party in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ruling coalition – questioned Fachrul’s sudden announcement of the policy on June 2, saying there had been no pressure for the central government to announce it immediately without consulting the legislative body.”There was no external pressure that we would be fined if we didn’t decide [on haj departures] quickly. Why couldn’t you wait for just two days? Why so sudden?” John said, referring to a planned House hearing with the government on the matter scheduled for June 4.The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with Saudi Arabia’s indefinite suspension of haj and umrah (minor haj), were cited as reasons behind the government’s decision to cancel this year’s haj departure. Fachrul previously said the conditions had left the government without enough time to prepare visas and protective measures.Indonesia initially planned to send about 221,000 people on the annual pilgrimage, and nearly 180,000 people had already paid for the journey, Religious Affairs Ministry data shows. The government said the pilgrims would be placed on next year’s haj. Read also: Religious affairs minister to lobby Saudi Arabian government for bigger 2021 haj quotaFachrul said at the time of the cancellation that he had communicated with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and the House regarding the cancellation, but some lawmakers quickly fired back, saying he had not done so.John said to Fachrul – a retired military general – that he had made numerous controversial moves as a minister.The politician cited his past controversial support of a ban on the niqab in government compounds – a statement that Fachrul later backtracked from – and his past announcement of a plan to repatriate 689 people who had joined the Islamic State (IS) movement in the Middle East.He warned Fachrul that the House could use its interpellation and inquiry rights against him or could write a letter to the President if he continued his controversies. “Don’t underestimate us at the House […] This should be the last [controversial move].”John also highlighted a plan floated by Aceh to get their own, separate haj quota. The provincial administration was reportedly considering issuing a qanun (regulation) on the matter based on Law No. 44/1999 on Aceh’s special autonomy.”Regions are trying to apply for haj quotas themselves. If that happens, then where’s the government?” he said.Read also: Plan to ban niqab in government offices stirs controversyMuhammad Husni of the Gerindra Party said Fachrul had violated Law No. 8/2019 on the haj and umrah, which stipulated that matters related to haj funds should not be decided unilaterally by the government but should include the House.”Logically speaking, we should decide on the cancellation together. The Minister said that he had coordinated with House Commission VIII but we never knew that,” Husni said.In response to the criticism, Fachrul apologized to the lawmakers during Thursday’s hearing, saying the cancellation decision was not made by his ministry but by himself as a minister.”I personally apologize to the leaders and all members of the House Commission VIII for this incident,” said Fachrul.The minister explained that at that time, he felt obliged to announce the cancellation as soon as possible because it had exceeded the June 1 deadline for the government to announce the year’s haj departure date.Indonesia initially expected Saudi Arabia to announce its final decision on the haj pilgrimage – which attracts millions of Muslims annually from around the world – on May 13. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the 2020 haj into doubt as Saudi authorities have yet to announce any decision about whether they will accept haj pilgrims this year.”We needed to quickly give certainty to the pilgrims who had been waiting for the announcement,” he said.Topics :
The Hindu festival traditionally ends with devotees leading massive processions to the Arabian Sea to immerse elaborately decorated figurines of the much-loved elephant god into the water.But this year’s celebrations are expected to be muted, with authorities in the virus-plagued city urging people to mark the 10-day festival at home in a bid to ensure social distancing.”As our pottery sales dwindled, I decided to make Ganesha statues… as a means of survival and also to promote environmentally friendly [alternatives],” 40-year-old Galwani told AFP.Activists have long criticized the practice of immersing the idols in the sea, arguing it contributes to water pollution, and Galwani agrees. Topics : Since the coronavirus pandemic clobbered his pottery business, one Muslim artisan from India’s largest slum has turned to a Hindu god to revive his fortunes by making environmentally friendly Ganesha idols for an upcoming festival.Potter Yusuf Zakaria Galwani works with his two brothers in the Mumbai shanty town of Dharavi to create 13-inch-tall statues out of terracotta clay, counting on the god — who is revered as the remover of obstacles — to give his business a much-needed boost ahead of the celebrations.Ganesh Chaturthi — which kicks off on Saturday — is embraced with gusto in India’s financial hub. “Every year, we see huge Ganesha statues made from plaster of Paris washing up on the shores after the immersion. This affects our local environment and marine life as well,” he said.His clay creations are designed to disintegrate quickly and turn into soil. They also contain a seed inside which can germinate if watered like a plant.Sold for 1,500 rupees ($20) each, Galwani has received orders for 800 statues so far and hopes to see his neighborhood bounce back economically after tackling the virus.Made famous by the 2008 Oscar-winner “Slumdog Millionaire”, Dharavi was thrown back into the spotlight in April over fears that the lack of social distancing or sanitation in its densely packed streets would make it an easy target for the virus.But a sharp focus on testing accompanied by tough quarantine and lockdown measures have seen infections plunge across the slum. “Previously I lost business as customers were wary of stepping into the slums,” Galwani said. “Now, things have changed and they’re willing to even come and pick up their own orders.” A third-generation potter, he said he saw no conflict in practicing his faith while catering to the needs of Hindu worshippers. “What’s the big deal if I am a Muslim making statues of Hindu deities like Ganesha? India is a secular democracy and we have grown up with many cultures living together,” Galwani added. Although officials have not issued an outright ban on sea immersions this year, they have imposed restrictions on local celebrations. Devotees are barred from making public offerings to the deity and organizers have been ordered to sanitize any outdoor marquees several times a day. India has registered over 2.6 million infections — the third-highest in the world — with western Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, responsible for a fifth of coronavirus cases nationwide. Pandemic deaths across the country passed 50,000 on Monday.
One young trader hired by a major European bank as the British lockdown began said remote working had made corporate culture even tougher to navigate.”It’s not exactly easy for your new boss to explain the specifics of office politics to you without putting their foot in it,” she said, declining to be named due to company policy.”It does feel like it’s taking longer to feel loyalty to my new employer than it might have otherwise. I feel loyal to the team but not to the wider bank.”A new joiner at a different, London-based bank said his interviewers had appeared to study his bookshelves and photos while asking questions, and that he does not expect to meet his colleagues in person until next year, although he joined in May. For Sam Thompson, who joined money saving and investment app MoneyBox, a lack of face-to-face contact did make some early interactions with colleagues feel more transactional. But he appreciated the lengths the company has gone to to make it work.”We’ve been getting Deliveroo vouchers and we’ve been sitting around our computers while talking to one another and having lunch,” he said. “It’s probably the best induction into a company that I’ve ever had,” said the Quality Assurance Engineer, who has had several jobs in six years in the industry.Founded in 2016, MoneyBox has taken on 35 new hires during the lockdown to a total headcount of 135. It initially held off from filling roles requiring interaction with multiple teams, such as developers, Jack Johnstone, head of HR and talent, said, but overcame those fears.Its approach mirrors those of major banks including Standard Chartered, Citi and Deutsche Bank, which have all rapidly redesigned their interview and orientation process.Citi hired around 3,840 new staff in its Institutional Clients Group Operations & Technology between March and August.Once a new hire is appointed, MoneyBox and the banks send out a joining manual or welcoming video along with the required technology.Virtual face-to-face meetings are held much more regularly with managers, buddy partners are formed with existing staff and an array of tech platforms are used to maintain communication.Meetings with different teams and online social events are encouraged to help staff build broader networks and replicate the ‘chance meetings’ they may have had in canteens and lifts.Drinks anyone?Andy Halford, chief financial officer of Standard Chartered, told Reuters online drinks and other social events were vital.”Some people find it easier to talk and connect when they are not ‘at work’,” he said. “We want to humanize this situation for everyone.”Professor Nicholas Bloom at Stanford University said new hires unable to meet colleagues in person would struggle with unspoken rules – from how many hours people really work to when to take a break and what to wear.For graduates, who often work long hours when joining banks or big law firms, that poses another risk. “At home it generates a strong incentive for over-communication, so endlessly sending unnecessary emails and slack messages just to highlight the fact that you’re still there,” Bloom said.Still, McKinsey Partner Alexander DiLeonardo said new hires have to work harder to network. “When you aren’t sitting next to your new colleagues or outside your supervisor’s office, you have to be intentional about reaching out,” he said. Topics : Joining a new company can be tough at the best of times, with bosses to impress, skills to learn and new colleagues to befriend.But that task becomes a whole lot harder when the “onboarding” is done during a pandemic that has forced millions to work from home, leaving new hires to judge colleagues on their taste in curtains and conduct on Zoom.The companies that get it right should have an expanded, grateful workforce, but get it wrong and new hires could find it hard to develop team spirit or a sense of belonging to the firm.
Comment Advertisement Tielemans has not been out of favour at Monaco, starting 20 of their 22 Ligue 1 matches this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, he has been made available by the Principality club, which alerted the interest of several Premier League clubs.Arsenal made contact with Monaco over a potential deal, while Spurs are believed to have rejected the chance to sign the 21-year-old. Tielemans had attracted interest from Arsenal and Tottenham (Picture: Getty Images)Tielemans has already picked up 14 caps for Belgium and was in the squad which reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.Silva originally signed for Leicester in August 2017, but because the deal was completed 14 seconds after the transfer deadline he was ineligible to play until January.The £22m transfer did not work out and he has gone on to play just 14 league games for the Foxes.MORE: Arsenal transfer target Gary Cahill set to stay at ChelseaMORE: The reason Arsenal pulled out of deal with Barcelona for Malcom Phil HaighThursday 31 Jan 2019 2:06 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 Arsenal target Youri Tielemans set to join Leicester from Monaco in Adrien Silva swap deal Youri Tielemans will join Leicester from Monaco on transfer deadline day (Picture: Getty Images)A deal to take Youri Tielemans to Leicester City on loan is expected to be announced on transfer deadline day.The Belgium international attracted interest from a number of clubs this transfer window, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Wolves, but it appears the the Foxes have won the race for his signature.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starAdrien Silva is going the other way as part of the deal, with the French midfielder making just two Premier League appearances this season for Leicester.While the deal has not been signed off completely, Tielemans has been spotted taking his medical with the Foxes, and there are not expected to be any hiccups.ADVERTISEMENT#LCFC pic.twitter.com/M4CSxBa8qv— Adam Dey (@Adamlcfc99) January 31, 2019 Advertisement
Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal star Mesut Ozil raring to go for north London derby Comment Ozil scored and assisted against Bournemouth in the 5-1 midweek win (Picture: Getty)‘The most important thing is every player is OK for tomorrow.’On Ozil’s time out of the squad, Emery added: ‘He had injuries, his back, then he was sick. That’s the reason. I spoke with him, I spoke to you telling that when he can be consistent, available for training, it’s better for us.’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 Unai Emery has been non-committal over whether Ozil will start at Wembley or not (Picture: Getty)Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is in good spirits ahead of Saturday’s north London derby against Tottenham and appears eager to retain his starting spot at Wembley.The German World Cup winner made just his second Premier League start of 2019 in midweek against Bournemouth and put in a stellar performance, opening the scoring before setting up Arsenal’s second goal.Ozil has been plagued by injury problems recently, suffering back and knee troubles, while there have been suggestions that manager Unai Enery does not trust him in big games.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 CityBut, fresh from his brilliant display against Bournemouth, Ozil has made it clear he is fit and raring to go against Spurs at the weekend.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘North London Derby incoming,’ he posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon after the final training session before facing Spurs. ‘Let’s keep the faith!’ Emery has been non-committal about whether Ozil will start or not at Wembley, though is delighted that the 30-year-old has overcome his injury difficulties and is back in regular training.On whether Ozil will start against Spurs, the Spaniard explained: ‘We are doing a plan for a lot of matches. Each match is different. Home, away, depending on the opposition. 〽 North London Derby incomin’ … ??⚽? Let’s keep the faith! #WeAreTheArsenal #YaGunnersYa #COYG #M1Ö @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/MWgSGvypXL— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) March 1, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 4:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link984Shares
The Premier League’s elite have learned their opponents for the Carabao Cup third round (Picture: Getty)Holders Manchester City will travel to Preston North End and Arsenal will play host to Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup.The Premier League’s elite clubs have all entered the fray, with all seven teams competing in Europe – City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Wolves – discovering their fate on Wednesday evening.Championship outfits Preston and Forest will take on City and Arsenal respectively and MK Dons have been handed a home tie against Liverpool.Chelsea will play either Grimsby or Macclesfield at Stamford Bridge, while Tottenham will be making a trip to Colchester and Wolves will face Reading at Molineux.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTElsewhere, south coast rivals Portsmouth and Southampton will meet at Fratton Park and 2017 winners Manchester United will host League One club Rochdale at Old Trafford. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 28 Aug 2019 10:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares All 16 third round ties will be played the week beginning September 23.City have triumphed in three of their last four Carabao Cup campaigns, beating Liverpool (2016), Arsenal (2018) and, most recently, Chelsea (2019) at Wembley.United were the last team other than City to lift the trophy when Jose Mourinho led them to a 3-2 victory over Southampton back in 2017.MORE: Bolton Wanderers’ survival secured as Football Ventures complete takeover Advertisement Carabao Cup third round draw in full Wolves v ReadingOxford v West HamWatford v SwanseaBrighton v Aston VillaSheffield United v SunderlandColchester v TottenhamPortsmouth v SouthamptonBurton v BournemouthPreston v Manchester CityMK Dons v LiverpoolManchester United v RochdaleLuton v LeicesterChelsea v Grimsby/MacclesfieldSheffield Wednesday v EvertonArsenal v Nottingham ForestCrawley v Stoke City Comment Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester City travel to Preston North End and Arsenal host Nottingham Forest Advertisement
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Naloxone FAQs:What is naloxone?Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (prescription pain medication or heroin). When given during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death. Naloxone has no potential for abuse- a person can’t get high or become addicted to it – and it is safe to use. (Naloxone does not work to reverse overdose from other types of substances).How do I get naloxone?Family members and friends can access this medication by obtaining a prescription from their family doctor or by using the standing order (a prescription written for the general public, rather than specifically for an individual) issued by Rachel Levine, M.D., PA Physician General. The standing order is kept on file at many pharmacies, or may be downloaded here.If you cannot access Scribd, you can also download the standing order here from the Department of Health’s website.Naloxone prescriptions can be filled at most pharmacies. Although the medication may not be available for same day pick up, it can often be ordered and available within a day or two.What types of naloxone are available?Two of the most common ways that naloxone is administered are intranasal (nasal spray) and the auto-injector. Please note, not all pharmacies stock both forms and insurance coverage may vary depending on the type of medication being purchased and each individual insurance plan. Check your insurance prescription formulary or call your benefits manager to determine if the medication is covered by your particular plan or if your purchase of the medication will be an out-of-pocket cost.Intranasal currently has two pieces that are easily assembled: a prefilled medication tube and an atomization device which is sold separately. The nasal piece may not be stocked at your local pharmacy; however, they may assist in ordering it. Additionally, the nasal atomization device can be ordered from a number of medical supply companies without a prescription.The Auto-injector comes in a manufactured dosage form (similar to an epi-pen) and has a recorded message to talk you through giving the medication.How do I administer naloxone?In addition to talking to your healthcare provider or the pharmacist about how to use naloxone, individuals giving this medication to someone should take the online training ahead of time. Training is available at one of the Department of Health approved training sites: Get Naloxone Now or PA Virtual Training Network. These easy to understand, brief trainings explain how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, what to do in the event of an overdose, and instruct on how to give naloxone. While it is not necessary to obtain a training certificate in order to purchase naloxone, learning these important details will help you respond properly in the event of an overdose and also meet the immunity requirements of PA Act 139.Could I get in trouble for giving someone naloxone (statutory immunity)?Good Samaritan: Through the ‘Good Samaritan’ provision of Act 139, friends, loved ones and bystanders are encouraged to call 911 for emergency medical services in the event an overdose is witnessed and to stay with the individual until help arrives. The provision offers certain criminal and civil protections to the caller so that they cannot get in trouble for being present, witnessing and reporting an overdose.Administering Naloxone: Physicians are permitted to write third party prescriptions for naloxone and you are immune from liability for giving naloxone if you believed the person was suffering from an opioid overdose (heroin or prescription pain medication) and you called for medical help/911 after giving the medication.Does insurance cover naloxone?Insurance companies vary in how they cover naloxone and other drugs used to treat an opioid overdose. Prior to having a naloxone prescription filled with a pharmacy, consumers are encouraged to check with their insurance carriers to find out whether naloxone is a covered benefit under their policy, and, if so, what form of naloxone is covered, and any cost-sharing amounts that may apply under their policy.Will Fee-for-Service and the managed care organizations (MCOs) pay for naloxone dispensed under the standing order for Medical Assistance recipients?Yes.Will Medical Assistance require a prescription in order for the pharmacist to fill the naloxone for a Medical Assistance recipient?Yes, per 55 Pa Code, Chapter 1121 – Pharmaceutical Services – §1121.52, pharmacists can treat the standing order as a verbal order for Medical Assistance recipients.Can a person other than the eligible Medical Assistance recipient (friend or family member) obtain the naloxone at the pharmacy on the recipient’s behalf? Will the Medical Assistance Program make payment?PA Medical Assistance will make payment for naloxone for the eligible Medical Assistance recipient.Is prior authorization required by Medical Assistance for any of the naloxone products or supplies?The Evzio Auto-Injector is covered by Medical Assistance, but requires prior authorization. Generic naloxone is covered without the need for prior authorization.Where can a pharmacy access Medical Assistance billing procedures for naloxone and the nasal actuator?The Fee-for-Service Program will post information related to billing for naloxone on the DHS Pharmacy Services website. Pharmacies will need to contact each MCO individually to obtain information about their billing procedures.Will copays apply for the naloxone products and nasal actuator?No, the Medical Assistance copay will not apply.Is there a limit to the number of times that a Medical Assistance recipient can get naloxone?No, there is no limit to the number of fills that can be obtained.How can someone with an addiction to prescription pain medicines, heroin or other drugs get help?Treatment for drug abuse and addiction is available! You can find out more by calling the County Drug and Alcohol Office where you live. For more information or to get the contact information for your local office visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs website or call 717-783-8200.While it may be uncomfortable to talk to someone about their substance abuse problem, research shows that it is more likely for an individual to seek help for their problem within 30 days following an overdose if someone talks to them right after the overdose event about going to treatment.Are there any other standing orders in Pennsylvania?Yes. There have been three well publicized standing orders that we are aware of to date that impact Pennsylvania which include: 1) CVS who has developed one for their pharmacies nationwide; 2) Montgomery County; and 3) Allegheny County.The standing order being signed today does not affect these standing orders. Instead the Physician General’s standing order expands upon them to ensure statewide access.Naloxone Standing Order by Governor Tom Wolf*If you cannot access Scribd, you can also download the standing order here from the Department of Health’s website.# # # Governor Wolf Announces Naloxone Standing Order to Combat Heroin Epidemic (+ FAQs) Government That Works, Press Release, Results, Substance Use Disorder On January 10, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf declared the opioid epidemic a statewide disaster. Under this declaration, emergency service providers are now able to leave naloxone behind after a 911 visit. Centralized Coordinating Entities (CCE) can contact the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to obtain naloxone for first responders under their jurisdiction. For more information, visit PCCD’s website. Updated with the paragraph above: February 15, 2018, 12:00 PMUpdated with FAQs: October 29, 2015, 3:59 PM Posted: October 28, 2015, 1:20 PMHarrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his “Government That Works” Tour and announced a significant step forward in his administration’s fight against the heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf stood with Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society as Dr. Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone*, a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. The governor was also joined by Secretary Ted Dallas, Secretary Gary Tennis, Secretary Karen Murphy, and Chairman Josh Shapiro.“This standing order is the next step in my administration’s fight against the addiction and overdose epidemic in our state,” said Governor Wolf. “We must do all that we can to support those Pennsylvania families suffering from the effects of addiction. I am proud to take this action with my cabinet members today.”Through the signing of this standing order, Dr. Levine has signed a prescription for naloxone to all Pennsylvanians. For more information about naloxone and how to administer it, please visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s page on overdose reversal.“Making it possible for all Pennsylvania residents to access the life-saving drug naloxone is a huge victory in our battle against drug overdose deaths in the commonwealth,” said Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine. “I am proud to sign this standing order and continue the efforts of the Wolf Administration to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. This forward-thinking initiative gives people the tools they need to keep their communities and families intact.”The rise in heroin addiction and prescription drug abuse has quickly led to a public health crisis in Pennsylvania, where 1 in 4 families suffer from the effects of substance abuse addiction. Heroin and opioid overdose are now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals than those involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents. In 2014, 2,400 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses.“Addiction can happen to anyone from any walk of life, and heroin is now the second leading cause of years of life lost,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “I am not going to accept that. We must fight to ensure our children, our loved ones, and our neighbors have access to these critical life-saving programs.”“Too many Pennsylvania families are being affected by this crisis,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis. “In addition to finding solutions like these to save lives, we are also working hard to raise awareness and break down stigmas about substance abuse disorders. My department will continue to work tirelessly to provide the best possible recovery and treatment options, to ensure that we do not see high rates of overdose recurrences.”“It is our goal at the Department of Health is to ensure that life-saving resources such as naloxone are available to every Pennsylvanian,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy. “Educating Pennsylvanians on how to use naloxone in case of an emergency is essential to curbing the devastating number of opioid-related overdose deaths that we have seen in the commonwealth over the past several years.”“The opioid epidemic is a serious public health issue and is it also an issue of public safety,” said Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chairman Josh Shapiro. “PCCD is working to ensure that the healthcare and law enforcement communities are working collaboratively to bring all our resources to this fight.”Since his inauguration, Governor Wolf has worked with his administration to provide real solutions not only to save lives but also to help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives. Such actions taken by the Wolf Administration include the development of the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program, the creation of the interagency Heroin Task Force, the support for the use of naloxone at schools across the Commonwealth, and stocking all Pennsylvania State Police cars with the naloxone drug. Since equipping State Police cars with naloxone, over 300 lives have been saved with this drug.Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposes $7.5 million in funds to provide more naloxone to police and to provide more and better treatment options for Pennsylvanians.“My administration, law enforcement agencies, those in the health care field, those in county services offices, and many others work hard every day to fight back against heroin epidemic,” concluded Governor Wolf. “My greatest hope is that today’s action will continue to aid these statewide efforts to overcome the addiction and overdose crisis in Pennsylvania.” October 28, 2015
Governor Wolf Praises Continued Use of Easton Plant for MLB Manufacturing April 04, 2017 Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Results Easton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and others to announce the continued use of Majestic’s Easton plant to manufacturer apparel for the MLB by Fanatics and Under Armour. This morning, VF Corporation announced that it was selling Majestic to Fanatics.“For more than a decade, if you watched a MLB game anywhere in the country, apparel made in Pennsylvania was proudly on display, and today’s announcement affirms that the proud tradition of making MLB apparel will continue in the Lehigh Valley,” Governor Wolf said. “The continued use of the Majestic facility is important news for the commonwealth, the region and the talented employees who are true baseball fans with a genuine pride in what they do. I want to thank everyone involved for working so hard to preserve this storied tradition in the Lehigh Valley that contributes to the treasure of our national pastime.”Today in Easton, Governor Wolf also joined Fanatics Owner and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin, Majestic President Mike Pardini, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and workers from the facility.In November 2016, Governor Wolf wrote Commissioner Manfred to request the opportunity to make the pitch on keeping MLB manufacturing in Pennsylvania and the two spoke by phone earlier this year. The governor today thanked the Commissioner, along with Fanatics, Majestic and Under Armour, for their continued commitment to Pennsylvania. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
April 05, 2018 Human Services, Medical Marijuana, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced that permit applications are available online and for submission for grower/processors, dispensaries and academic clinical research centers (ACRCs) as part of the second phase of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.“Because of the Department of Health’s careful tracking of the number of patients in need of and receiving identification cards for medical marijuana, we now know that it’s the right time to expand the number of growers/processors and dispensaries,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We are also introducing the ability to apply to conduct medical marijuana research at academic institutions, which can enhance efforts to determine how this medication can be best used to safely and effectively treat various diseases.”Phase two of the program will allow for up to 13 new grower/processor permits and up to 23 new primary dispensary permits. Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program will be increased to 25 grower/processors permittees and 50 dispensary permittees, the maximum numbers allowed by the medical marijuana law.“The department continues to work to ensure that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is second-to-none in providing this form of treatment to patients with serious medical conditions,” Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This next phase of the program will expand the reach of medical marijuana to make it more convenient for patients who need this medication. By approving ACRCs, Pennsylvania will be the first state in the nation to conduct medical marijuana research to benefit patients in need.”In addition, the 14th dispensary, Columbia Care Pennsylvania, LLC, in Scranton, Lackawanna County, has passed all Department of Health inspections and can begin operations. Patients will be able to purchase medical marijuana at this location once it is available.Nearly 28,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with nearly 11,000 certified by a physician and over 10,000 who have received their identification cards. Dispensaries have recorded more than 10,500 patient purchases of medical marijuana.Physicians continue to register to participate in the program. To date, over 900 have registered and of those, 511 have competed the training to become certified practitioners.The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved more than 340 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, physicians, patients, laboratories, and academic clinical research centers and clinical registrants, all of which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;Approved five training providers for physician continuing-education;Approved four laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Launched registries for patients and caregivers, as well as physicians;Registered nearly 28,000 patients for the program;Approved 14 dispensaries and 12 grower/processers to begin operations; andContinue to work with permittees to ensure they will become operational.The Medical Marijuana Program offers medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Questions about the Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov. Wolf Administration Announces Medical Marijuana Applications Available for Second Phase of Program SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Beginning today, Pennsylvania voters have a new option to apply online for their absentee ballot, Governor Tom Wolf announced. The mobile-friendly application site is at votesPA.com/ApplyAbsentee. Voters who apply will receive their absentee ballot in the mail.Previously, voters could only complete a paper absentee ballot application and mail or hand-deliver it to their county election office for processing. Today’s launch of the online option coincides with the first day registered voters may apply for absentee ballots for the November 5 election.“Giving voters the option to apply for an absentee ballot online is another important step to make voting more accessible,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvanians have busy lives, so we must continue to modernize our elections and make voting more convenient for people.”In August 2015, Governor Wolf launched online voter registration. Since then, more than 1.4 million applicants have used the site to apply for a new voter registration or update an existing registration.The 1937 PA Election Code sets the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot at one week before the election, or by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, this year. The deadline for county election offices to receive voted absentee ballots is just three days later, on the Friday before the election. This year, that deadline is 5:00 p.m. Nov. 1.The online applications will be forwarded directly to the appropriate county elections office for processing. Voters must still mail or hand-deliver the voted absentee ballots to their county elections office.“This latest innovation will make the absentee ballot voting process more convenient and accessible and will save time,” Secretary Boockvar said. “Still, we urge voters to apply for their absentee ballot well ahead of the application deadline, so the counties can get the ballots mailed early enough for voters to meet the return deadline.”The online application is currently available to all domestic Pennsylvania voters, and will be available to military and overseas voters by 2020. Initially, online applications will require a PennDOT driver’s license or ID number. The Department of State is planning an update, also by 2020, that will allow applicants without a PennDOT number to use the online system.In Pennsylvania, absentee ballots may be cast by individuals with illnesses or disabilities, individuals who will be away from their municipality on business on Election Day, and Pennsylvania students attending out-of-state colleges or universities, among others.For more information on voting by absentee ballot, visit votespa.com. September 16, 2019 Pennsylvania’s New Online Absentee Ballot Application Launches Today
27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051“Positioned in a secluded pocket of Newmarket, its location provides all the amenities you would expect in a prestigious inner Brisbane suburb — moments to a selection of parklands, cinemas and dining precincts at Newmarket, Wilston Village, the CBD and airport.” 27 Mark Street Newmarket Qld 4051IF you only go to one auction on Saturday, make it this one – a character inner city home that’s been jettisoned into the 21st century with a stunning redesign.The five bedroom, three bathroom home, at 27 Mark St, Newmarket, sits in a cul-de-sac and is surrounded by parklands. It has a grand facade that’s matched by exquisite interior detailing and plenty of space. 27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051A timber-finished island bench top, European appliances, butler’s pantry, pendulum lights and quaint window seat feature in the kitchen, while white French bi-fold doors open to an expansive deck with integrated seating, a bar and an outdoor shower, along with views across a grassy back yard to an in-ground pool. 27 Mark Street Newmarket Qld 4051It’s set to go under the hammer at 4,30pm Saturday February 25, according to agent Debora Sutton of Belle Property Wilston.Its exterior draws upon yesteryear elegance with established gardens, a white picket fence, stone pathway, stained glass windows and a large deck made from natural timber. 27 Mark Street Newmarket Qld 4051The three other bedrooms have ducted airconditioning, timber floors, built-in wardrobes and traditional stained glass windows and VJ walls, with one of these bedrooms also opening through double doors to a shared balcony that catches cooling breezes and suburban views.A bathroom is also located on the level, and includes a separate shower and bath. 27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051Other features of the property include an external storage shed.Ms Sutton said the house had been transformed to provide the perfect mix of character, charm and modern luxury.“This architecturally designed residence’s interior detailing, unrivalled space and year-round entertaining areas are sure to captivate families, couples and investors. 27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051Back inside, four more bedrooms occupy the house’s first floor, including the main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and luxurious ensuite with rain shower. 27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoInside, a ground-floor hallway leads past a garage, a bedroom with built-in wardrobes and deck access, a bathroom and laundry.At the end of the hall is an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space with 5m-high raked ceilings, polished timber floors, white VJ walls, ceiling fans and skylights.
THE Upper Ross suburb of Rasmussen is offering buyers huge value for money with a tidy three-bedroom home recently selling for under $200,000.Craig Pearce from Ray White Kirwan sold 14 Amber Ave for $185,000 on July 13 to an investor impressed with the property’s expected gross yield of 7.5 per cent.Median house prices in Rasmussen have decreased 23.4 per cent in 12 months to $295,000, well below the Townsville average of $340,000 according to the latest CoreLogic figures.Houses are staying on the market for an average of 82 days and 97 houses have sold in the last 12 months.The suburb has a high stock of family-friendly homes and represents a huge opportunity for first home buyers wanting to get on the property ladder or the savvy investor looking for rental return.Mr Pearce said 14 Amber Ave was originally listed for $215,000 before the asking price was dropped to $199,000 which resulted in a huge increase in interest.“The owner has done some painting and put in some new airconditioners so it was well presented,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Anything under $200,000 attracts first home buyers and investors looking for a good return on their money.“Once it went down under $200,000 we had people coming through the door that tended to be young people looking for a first home, older people looking for an investment and single parent families.” The home is on a 604sq m block and features three bedrooms, separate family room, one bathroom and carport.A large undercover patio leads out to the back yard while there is also a garden shed and solar hot water system. Mr Pearce said property presentation was just as important for affordable properties as it was for luxury homes.“It comes down to the size of the home and the presentation,” he said.“If a home is represented well, is clean and tidy, really well maintained and listed for under $200,000 then it’s going to attract quite a lot of attention.”
Gemstone Apartments, Stones Corner.Mr Su said buyers were keen to purchase in the area because the development was close to schools, parklands, public transport, sporting grounds, commercial precincts and only 4km from Brisbane’s CBD.He said people were keen to move into the Stones Corner precinct and the area was set for rejuvenation.Gemstone Apartments features a private pool and barbecue area and secure undercover parking.The units have spacious living and kitchen areas, stone bench tops with 40mm edging, European appliances and large, private balconies. Gemstone Apartments, Stones Corner.A 70-unit development at Stones Corner with three towers is set to provide a lifestyle worth treasuring.Gemstone Apartments feature 3 towers – Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire – which make up the collection. Each building follows a timeless black and white theme which is not only bold and contemporary, but complements its surrounds.Skyline Builders Pty Ltd property manager George Su said one-bedroom apartments were available from $395,000, two-bedroom units from $545,000 and three-bedrooms from $670,000, which are nearly sold out. Gemstone Apartments, Stones Corner.Ray White Stones Corner selling agent Melinda Allamby said there was a variety of owner-occupiers, first home buyers and investors buying into the development.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMs Allamby said the units were well designed with luxury finishes. “With many layouts available, most of the units have dedicated study areas – either spaces or separate rooms,” she said. “There’s some unique designs for excellent value.” She said the development was only released for sale about four weeks ago. “We’ve had an excellent market response with over 30 per cent sold. “Our first buyers moved in last Friday with more settling next week.”
Only 22 of Queensland’s 62 rateable LGAs will be valued next year.The decision marked the first time in eight years that the Valuer-General won’t have the capital city in his annual Queensland revaluations.Mr Mountford said “in both 2015 and 2016, landowners in Brisbane’s CBD raised significant concerns with their annual land valuations”.“In 2016, almost 1,200 objections were lodged across Brisbane, 241 of them for properties over $5 million – most of them in the CBD. A similar number were lodged in the previous year. Given this level of debate about statutory valuations in Brisbane in recent years, its clearly an odd decision not to revalue the State’s capital city.”Mr Mountford said major, diverse markets like Brisbane needed to be valued every year “to ensure the tax system remains fair and equitable”.“Has the government made this decision because the State Valuation Service doesn’t have the resources to undertake the task? Or perhaps the State is looking to ensure its land tax revenue is locked in at a certain level for next year? Either way, it’s not the basis of a fair tax system.” Property Council QLD executive director Chris Mountford said the move was not a good look for the state. Picture: Mark CallejaMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMr Bray said the 2018 valuations – to be released in March next year – would involve 492,000 properties making up about 29 per cent of Queensland’s valuation roll.The LGAs that would get new valuations were Banana, Barcoo, Boulia, Bulloo, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Diamantina, Douglas, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, Maranoa, Murweh, Noosa, Paroo, Quilpie, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.“Valuations are issued annually across the state, except in unusual circumstances or where it is determined there has been insufficient market movement in a local government area to warrant an annual valuation being issued,” he said. HOT AUCTIONS: Brisbane homes selling sight unseen BRISBANE RISING: Surge in capital growth expectations BORROWING: Interest only loans could increase SIGN UP FREE: Get The Courier-Mail ’s real estate news in your inbox Mr Bray said in a statement that where new valuations were not issued in 2018, the most recent annual valuation would stay in force “for rating, land tax and state land rental purposes until the next valuation is undertaken”.But if you’re in the unvalued zones and think that means your rates will stay put next year, think again.“Landowners should remember that land valuations are just one of the factors taken into account by local councils when they prepare their annual budget and set rates to pay for the services they provide to their community,” Mr Bray said.Under the Land Valuation Act 2010 valuation notices have to be issued no later than March 31 in the year that the annual valuation takes effect.“The valuations will be determined as at 1 October 2017, and become effective for rating, land tax and State Land rental (for leasehold land) purposes as at 30 June 2018,” he said. *FOLLOW Sophie Foster on Twitter or Facebook A shock decision by the Queensland Valuer-General will see the state capital bypassed in new property valuations.CLOSE to a million Queensland homes won’t be revalued next year because of a shock decision by the state’s Valuer-General that’s been slammed by the Property Council.Queensland Valuer-General Neil Bray had to defend his decision to revalue only 22 of the state’s 62 rateable local government areas next year, leaving off the list not just the state capital Brisbane but also densely populated areas like Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Townsville.“The property market survey reports for those LGAs not being revalued showed minimal movement across most market segments. In Brisbane, for example, there were some small pockets that showed some change, however overall the changes did not justify inclusion in the annual valuation program,” he said.But Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford was unconvinced, warning the move raised serious questions about the state’s valuation system – especially when the capital city was bypassed.“A significant number of transactions were undertaken in the 2016-2017 financial year, which would help inform new valuations. On this basis, the Property Council sees no reason for the decision not to value more than 29 per cent of rateable properties across the state.”
Property prices on the Sunshine Coast, where this home at 7 Longcove Place, Peregian Springs is for sale, are on the increase. Picture: realestate.com.auPROPERTY sales numbers have dropped off in the past year with a new report revealing a slow down in four of the five major regions.The latest CoreLogic quarterly regional market update for September found that dwelling sales fell in four of the five regions in the year to August 2017 with the Gold Coast experiencing the biggest drop – down by 8.7 per cent.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Transactions numbers were also down in Townsville, – 6.3 per cent, Cairns, – 5.3 per cent and the Sunshine Coast – 2.6 per cent.Sales numbers remained stable in the Wide Bay region.While sales numbers may have dropped some regions still recorded significant increases in values. The Sunshine Coast was the best performer with values for houses up 7.1 per cent and unit values up 5.3 per cent.Gold Coast house and unit values both increased by 6.9 per cent and in the Wide Bay house values went up 1.1 per cent and units were up 0.1 per cent.Cairns only had small increases in values, houses were up 0.2 per cent and units were up 0.4 per cent, while Townsville was the only region in which values fell for both houses, down 2.8 per cent, and units, down 0.6 per cent, in the year.Download the report HERE
There are multiple residences. 1227 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera has a $1.8 million price tag.A stable investmentGiven the name ‘Tall Trees’, this Tallebudgera Creek estate offers the ‘mane’ features for horse lovers.The sprawling valley property offers an impressive stables complex including piped water troughs, tack room, feed storage area, float storage and wash down bay. 35 Bignells Rd, Maudsland is on the market for $1.35 million. GIDDY-UP! Amid all the action of the 2018 Magic Millions, here’s something for the property punters — the hottest equestrian estates on the market.IT’s that time of the year on the Gold Coast when horse racing sales rival real estate.Amid all the action of the 2018 Magic Millions, here’s something for the property punters — the hottest horse-friendly homes and equestrian estates on the market. Cosy, country style.There’s also a formal-style brick shed with interior vintage pendant lighting and kitchenette, that has been used for chic rural weddings.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoThe best neighbourhoodHorse racing enthusiasts couldn’t ask for a better neighbour than this.This gorgeous remodelled modern farmhouse property is next door to the world-class Aquis thoroughbred breeding facility at Biddaddaba.There were 15 lots by Aquis farm stallions at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, and Aquis-owned filly Sunlight is one to watch tomorrow, running for a ladies syndicate (headed by Aquis Farm’s Mrs Fung) in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.If that inspires you to launch your own thoroughbred stud, there’s 66 hectares of land, including 10 cleared hectares, a shed, two dams, a dressage circle and horse trails on your private property. The gorgeous living area.The residence tops it all off — the vendors have painstakingly renovated the old building into a modern cottage complete with pool, gourmet kitchen, fireplace and al fresco area.Not foal’s goldWith a price tag that’s cracked the magic million, this statuesque house with a touch of country Hamptons has the bones of an equestrian property. The residence overlooks your own dam, land and pool, while the large titan shed could be converted to stables or a tack room. The gourmet kitchen features country Hamptons style. 30-32 Maryland Avenue, Carrara encompasses cleared land for horses. A water tank takes pride of place as a pantry.With polished floorboards, breezeways and a standout water tank walk-in pantry, the residence embodies the rural lifestyle, with a contemporary twist on country.But hold your horses! The property is currently under contract.The dark horseBuck the trend of equestrian properties on the Hinterland side of the highway with this riverfront acreage in Carrara.Set on the beach side of the M1, the sprawling address includes a reappointed main residence, smaller cottage and two titles with plenty of cleared land for horses and offers 200 degree views of the river and skyline on 75 metres of river frontage. 305 Biddaddaba Creek Rd, Biddaddaba is on the market for $1.85 million. 1115 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera Valley. The estate offers a dam and covered paddock stalls.There’s also a dam, three covered paddock stalls and shady round-yard.With two residences — ‘The Homestead’ and a one-bedroom cottage — it has the potential for a business/lifestyle opportunity.Linked by winding pathways and expansive green spaces, other estate buildings include a single bedroom guest/teen retreat with bathroom, a centrally located extensive games/entertainment building and wine cellar,” the listing states. Bonus points for the equine-inspired artwork. Hit the hay in style Just a short ride from the popular public equestrian arena at George Dacca Bramley Park is this iconic, architect designed home.The property features a concrete caravan/horse float pad the land is a combination pf cleared space suitable for horses, natural bush and meandering nature trails. The main house has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms.
More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoOffers over $399,000 will help secure this home at 16 Elmes Rd, Rocklea. Picture: realestate.com.auCoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said most capital cities had experienced a significantdecline in suburbs with a median value below $500,000 in recent years.“Meaning that to access more affordable housing buyers have to move further away from the city centre,’’ he said. Rocklea is the closest suburb to the city in Brisbane with a median house value below $500,000. The median is $419,922.The other four cheap suburbs close to Brisbane were Hemmant, 10.3km, Archerfield, 10.4km, Pinkenba, 11.4km and Zillmere 12.1km. 16 Elmes Rd, Rocklea is listed for offers from $399,000. Picture: realestate.com.auWITH $500,000 to spend are you still able to find property close to the CBD?Well that depends on what capital city you live in – and if it’s in Brisbane you are in luck.New data from CoreLogic has revealed five suburbs with median house values of less than $500,000 within less than 12km of the Brisbane CBD.In Sydney you have to go almost 40km from the CBD to find something similar and in Melbourne the nearest suburb is 16km from the city. 12 Peplow St, Hemmant is listed for offers over $429,000. Picture: realestate.com.auCoreLogic figures reveal there were 37 house sales in Rocklea in the past year, that means half of those properties sold for below the media and half for above that price.
The unit-link product Skandia Basic similarly ended the quarter with higher returns than those posted in the first quarter – 2.5% to 4.4% versus 0.7% and 1.3% – but underperformed the benchmark in the second quarter.“This is because the reference index is denominated in US dollars, which rose significantly in value during the period,” Skandia Denmark said.Because of this, the Basic portfolio – although it was hedged against currency risk versus US dollars – lost ground against the reference index, it said.Skandia said its investment department had decided to overweight equities in the portfolio compared with bonds because financial markets had been hit in the second quarter by a series of measures from central banks to ease credit.But with Danish mortgage bonds making up the bulk of Skandia Denmark’s fixed income portfolio, fixed income returns had been boosted by a further reduction in interest rates, as well as the European Central Bank’s lending programme to the financial sector at the end of the quarter.“On top of this,” it added, “as a result of positive tendencies in emerging markets, we increased our exposure to government bonds from these countries.”In other news, PensionDanmark is investing DKK175m (€23.5m) in a commercial property in Copenhagen already let to a government agency.It is buying the asset from MP Pension, the Danish labour-market pension fund for academics run by Unipension.The building in the Østerbro district of the Danish capital is currently leased by the Danish Working Environment Authority (Arbejdstilsynet), and contains 14,273sqm of space.Torben Möger Pedersen, PensionDanmark’s chief executive, said: “We see this as a good real estate investment in an attractive location close to the S-train (urban rail network) and the coming metro station on the Cityring.”He said the pension fund had a very solid tenant in the Danish Working Environment Authority – and therefore the state – so the investment would give scheme members a good and stable return.PensionDanmark said, since it sold its entire residential property portfolio in June, it now had just under DKK10bn in overall real estate investments.In the next few years, the fund said it expected to make new investments in residential as well as commercial property of DKK2bn a year.At the moment, PensionDanmark is the developer of six large commercial construction projects, either alone or in cooperation with other investors.These include the Alfa Laval headquarters in Ålborg, Semco Maritime in Esbjerg, Nordea Bank Danmark in Ørestaden, NCC in Gladsaxe and, soon, MTH in Søborg, as well as the new psychiatric hospital in Vejle.Its next big residential project will be the construction on Islands Brygge in Copenhagen, which will include 550 new homes. Investment returns on unit-link pension products at Skandia Denmark undercut benchmarks in the second quarter of 2014, prompting the unit of Nordic financial group Skandia to sell shares in US companies.Reporting some results for the April to June period, Skandia Denmark said its Skandia Match unit-link pensions product had produced between 2.9% and 3.8%, up from the 2.6% to 3.1% range reported for the first quarter but lower than the reference index.The company said: “A significant reason for this are the falls partly on the Japanese stock market but particularly on the US market at the start of the quarter.“Skandia’s investment department has since reduced the exposure to both small and large US companies.”
Denmark’s LD pension fund reported an investment return of 8.7% for 2014, and said strong returns on Danish shares and US investments in general had pushed profits higher.The return compares with 8.8% for the previous year.LD director Dorrit Vanglo said: “This is a really good result that we are very pleased with — seen both in the light of modest growth in the economy and the very low level of inflation.”While rising prices on the Danish equities market helped drive overall investment returns higher, the fall in interest rates over the year had increased profits on both general bonds and corporate bonds, LD said. “We have had positive returns in all funds, and when we look outside the country’s borders, it was particularly investments in the US that gave good results,” said Vanglo.She predicted that it would be the US that pulled the world economy forward in 2015 as well.At the same time, the stronger dollar meant goods produced in Europe would be relatively cheaper, thus making European business more competitive, she said.Assets under management rose by DKK1.2bn (€161m) in 2014 to end the year at DKK54.6bn, after payments made to members of DKK2.5bn.LD is a non-contributory pension scheme based on cost-of-living allowances granted to workers in 1980, and as such it receives no new contribution inflows.Vanglo said LD’s costs were being kept to an absolute minimum.“There are just 15 staff at LD and we have tight control over our suppliers, under which costs fall when overall assets and the number of members fall,” she said.For more on LD’s investment startegy, see investment editor Martin Steward’s interview with Dorrit Vanglo
He added that the writing was on the wall regarding transparency, and that leaders in the field were already fully disclosing all risks associated with climate change.“It’s time to accept the inevitable and embrace this change,” Poulter said.The warning came as the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority warned that pension funds should not underestimate their fiduciary duty to consider the financial risks of climate change.In a report aimed at the insurance industry and launched by Bank of England governor Mark Carney, it outlined lawsuits brought in the US against pension trustees for failing to consider the financial risks associated with the “structural decline” of the coal industry.In a speech at Lloyd’s of London on Tuesday, Carney referenced the US lawsuits.“Cases like Arch Coal and Peabody Energy – where it is alleged the directors of corporate pension schemes failed in their fiduciary duties by not considering financial risks driven at least in part by climate change – illustrate the potential for long-tail risks to be significant, uncertain and non-linear.“These risks will only increase as the science and evidence of climate change hardens.”The AODP and ClientEarth previously warned that pension funds falling behind on climate-risk mitigation risked breaching their fiduciary duty. Institutional investors have been urged to back the “inevitable” shift towards even greater climate-risk transparency to protect investments against climate change risks.The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) said it was time for investors to “move beyond the talking” when it came to tackling the risk associated with climate change.Its chief executive Julian Poulter added that those leading the organisation’s index on climate-risk disclosure had proven investments could be protected “against a carbon crash and still make money”.“It’s time to focus attention on those laggards who are digging their heels in – some for ideological reasons and some out of negligence,” he said.
In a report to Warwickshire’s investment sub-committee, treasury and pension fund manager Mathew Dawson argued in favour of closer cooperation with the three funds, as Warwickshire would have a “strong voice” in the management of the proposed pool.Dawson added that the partnership had shown an understanding of Warwickshire’s existing asset allocation, “particularly in the alternatives space”, citing its current approach to private equity and hedge funds.As of March 2015, Warwickshire had £79.7m, or 4.9% of assets, invested in a Blackstone Group-managed hedge fund mandate, and a further £31.1m of an agreed £60m private equity mandate invested with HarbourVest.Dawson noted that Warwickshire agreed to submit a joint response with the three funds after John Appleton, local councillor and chair of the investment sub-committee, met with his counterpart at Surrey County Council, two days after the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) outlined criteria for asset pools.The joint response, due to be submitted to DCLG by 19 February, marks the first step in proposed asset pools gaining government approval.However, Dawson told IPE that, despite the joint submission, Warwickshire would continue talking to other potential asset pools.He stressed that the committee had, for now, only signed off a joint submission for the February consultation but not for the final consultation due next July.Warwickshire was one of two funds previously involved in a £6.5bn joint procurement exercise for passive equity and fixed income not to join the West Midlands pool.The second fund, the £3.1bn Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund, told IPE it was still discussing which pooling arrangement to pursue.A spokeswoman said its pensions committee would consider the available options in late January, allowing it to submit its initial proposal for the mid-February deadline set by DCLG.She added: “Until any decision has been made, we cannot comment further.” Warwickshire’s local authority fund may join the £9bn (€12.3bn) asset pool backed by East Riding, Surrey and Cumbria after deciding the partnership best understood its approach to alternatives.The £1.6bn local government pension scheme (LGPS) said it also met with West Midlands Pension Fund about joining its asset pool, which has attracted the backing of eight funds to date, worth an estimated £35bn.However, Warwickshire opted for the partnership with East Riding as the “most appropriate” solution currently availableIt has agreed to a joint submission with the three participating funds to make the case for the asset pool, now boosted to £10.5bn.
Last week, Tom van der Spek, director of old-age provision at Syntrus, said the company would now focus on corporate and occupational pension funds, as well as on the new general pension fund (APF) of insurer Centraal Beheer, which is part of Achmea Group.Shell and Syntrus have been co-operating since 1 July 2013, when the oil company closed its defined benefit scheme SSPF to new entrants, who had to start saving in a new defined contribution scheme, SNPS.Since then, Syntrus has managed pensions administration for SNPS, while SSPF kept its own pensions bureau SPN as its provider.Janwillem Bouma, director of both schemes, said Syntrus would also deliver bespoke pension management for SSPF’s participants against low costs.He added that pensions communication “had to comply with the most recent digital standards”.Van der Spek said Shell’s choice had reinforced Syntrus’s position as a “market leader for company pension funds”.In other news, Hibin, the €761m sector scheme for the building materials industry, which is to leave Syntrus, has said it will start carrying out its pensions administration in-house.According to Gijs Alferink, the scheme’s chairman, the new arrangement will allow Hibin to save €400,000 in costs and VAT annually.He said the decision to leave Syntrus had been taken last summer due to a desire to cut costs, as well as growing dissatisfaction with the service provided. Hibin has 13,200 participants and pensioners affiliated with 850 employers. Shell’s closed €26bn pension fund in the Netherlands (SSPF) is to outsource pensions administration for its 40,000 participants to Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer.The new contract, effective from 1 January 2018, will also include all communication with participants.The announcement comes soon after Syntrus disclosed that it would stop providing services to industry-wide pension funds, as its new IT system struggled to cope with their disparate arrangements.At present, industry-wide schemes account for about two-thirds of Syntrus’s business.
European pension funds have received a further three-year exemption from derivatives clearing rules in a move the European Commission claims will save them “up to €1.6bn”.Pension schemes will not be expected to comply with requirements to trade derivatives through clearing houses until 2020, the commission announced yesterday as it unveiled amendments to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).In its proposed amendments, the commission said “no viable technical solution facilitating the participation of [pension schemes] in central clearing has emerged to date”.The delay will give central clearing houses, pension schemes, and other players more time to come up with solutions, the European Commission said. However, Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-president responsible for financial stability, financial services, and the capital markets union, said central clearing for pension funds remained “a clear goal”.He added that the delay would help pension schemes “avoid estimated losses of up to €1.6bn”.The decision marks the third time the European Commission has delayed bringing pension funds into EMIR’s scope. It originally pushed back the deadline by two years to August this year, before adding another year to this revised timetable.A spokesman for PensionsEurope, the continent-wide trade body, said: “The prolongation of the exemption is good news for pension funds. We appreciate that the European Commission has taken seriously into consideration the undue financial burden that would have resulted from [the] clearing obligation when only cash can be used as collateral. Now we need to use these extra years of exemption to find good permanent solutions.”James Walsh, policy lead for EU and international at the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, welcomed the exemption.“This extension recognises that the market has not yet developed a practicable solution for clearing by pension schemes,” he said. “While this development removes the worrying prospect of compulsory clearing from August 2018, it does not present a solution to the underlying problem. Derivatives are an essential tool for pension funds, who use them to hedge their risks and ensure they can pay pensioners.”In a speech announcing the EMIR amendments, Dombrovskis also outlined regulatory effects on non-EU-based central clearing houses, a particularly important issue with the UK’s impending exit from the EU. London is a key hub of derivatives trading in Europe, with the commission estimating that as much as 75% of euro-denominated interest rate derivatives are traded in the UK capital.Dombrovskis said the European Commission was considering whether to require clearing houses “of key systemic importance” to be domiciled within the EU. Alternatively, the commission could request “enhanced supervisory powers” over clearing houses in non-EU countries.He added that detailed discussions on this issue would begin soon, with a view to proposing legislation in June.In addition to the exemption for pension funds, the commission also announced a streamlining of reporting requirements to alleviate the burden on smaller players in the derivatives markets, particularly non-financial companies.
The ministry has a policy of regularly conducting broad reviews of the GPFG in the run up its annual report, which it presents to parliament around the end of March.As part of the review, the ministry will also commission two consultancy reports on management costs and responsible management activities in other large funds. McKinsey and Inflection Point Capital Management are to put these reports together.The ministry said it had also sent letters in June to Norges Bank asking for advice and assessments on these topics.The management review group includes Magnus Dahlquist, professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, and Bernt Arne Ødegaard, professor at the University of Stavanger.Dahlquist is also research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London and at Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing and Retirement in the Netherlands. Both he and Ødegaard have previously served on expert groups advising Norges Bank.The private equity group includes Trond Døskeland, associate professor at the Norwegian School of Economics, and Per Strömberg, professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. Norway’s ministry of finance has appointed two expert groups to review aspects of how its NOK7.7trn (€823bn) sovereign wealth fund invests.One group will look at the management of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), analysing the performance of its active management. It will make a recommendation regarding whether the size of the fund’s relative risk budget – or expected tracking error limit – should be adjusted.The second group is to assess whether the fund should be allowed to invest in unlisted equities. Although Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) – part of the central bank Norges Bank and the fund’s manager – is already allowed to invest in unlisted real estate and in unlisted companies where that company intends to seek a listing, it cannot generally invest in private equity. The management review group is to submit its report by January 2018, the finance ministry said, while the private equity group has a December 2017 deadline for its report.
In 2015 OAK carried out a comprehensive survey of the quality of external audit reports and found a high error rate. It subsequently issued a draft directive laying down requirements for auditors, which the cabinet noted was strongly criticised by associations and authorities.The government was subsequently commissioned to check whether OAK’s directive was in line with its legal authority and to potentially consider adjustments. Today’s report is the outcome of that review process.It reaching its conclusions the government also had the input of an opinion from an independent expert, Thomas Gächter of the University of Zurich, although it effectively disagreed with his view that OAK should be denied any authority to give instructions to auditors.If the supervisor were only permitted to issue recommendations, it would ultimately not be able to fulfil its task of making sure that the occupational pension system as a whole was functioning reliably, according to the government.However, the statutory authority to issue directives only applied to those that were needed for quality assurance, it noted in its report. It did not extend to issuing stipulations relating to the admission of auditors, which was the responsibility of the federal audit supervisor.The audit authority has previously warned about weaknesses in the auditing of the country’s pension funds. The Swiss federal pensions regulator “exceeded its legal authority” when it proposed requirements that related to the admission of external auditors of occupational pension funds, according to the country’s government.Although the Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK BV) was allowed to issue certain technical instructions to pension fund auditors as part of its statutory mandate, the introduction of a special permit for examining pension funds was a matter for lawmakers, the federal council said in a report published today.However, it was in agreement with the OAK that there were issues that need to be addressed with regard to the auditing of occupational pension funds, as previously outlined by the regulator.The cabinet had therefore instructed the federal department for internal affairs to weigh possible legislative steps, including whether the federal audit supervisory authority should be assigned sole responsibility for admitting and supervising auditors of occupational pension funds.
DB and DC assets (%)Chart MakerIn the Netherlands, the proportion of DC assets remained at 6%, the same as in the 2017 report. DC assets in the UK decreased from 19% to 18% last year, largely as a result of a recalculation by the country’s Office for National Statistics.Total assetsDC capital grew by 7.6% a year on average over the past 20 years, while DB assets averaged just 3.2% a year.Combined pension assets of the world’s 22 largest markets dropped 3.3% to €35.6trn last year, the report said.Dutch assets fell from €1.42trn to €1.35trn, while the UK’s combined assets declined from €3.11trn to €2.53trn.Although Dutch pension assets as a proportion of GDP fell from 193.8% to 167%, this was still the highest ratio of the 22 surveyed countries.The UK saw its pension assets relative to GDP decrease from 121.3% to 101.7% last year, while Switzerland’s ratio was 126%.At €21.9trn, the US was the largest of the surveyed pension markets.Asset allocationThe study also showed that the Netherlands, the UK and Japan had an above-average allocation to bonds.Dutch and UK fixed income investments amounted to 54% and 53% of assets, respectively, while Japan’s bond allocation was 60%.Swiss pension funds had the highest exposure to alternatives, with 31%.Top seven markets’ averageasset allocation (%)Chart MakerCommenting the study results last year, Jacco Heemskerk, Willis Towers Watson’s head of investment in the Netherlands, argued that the conservative investment policy of Dutch pensions funds was eroding the purchasing power of their participants. Defined contribution (DC) pension funds have more assets than defined benefit (DB) funds across the world’s seven biggest pension markets, according to Willis Towers Watson’s Thinking Ahead Institute.The institute’s Global Pension Assets Study analysed data from 22 of the largest pension markets. The top seven – Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and the US – accounted for 91% of assets covered by the report.Across those seven countries, DC assets were estimated to be “slightly over 50%” of total pension assets, the Thinking Ahead Institute reported – although this was primarily as a result of the dominance of DC in the US, the world’s biggest pension market by assets.Australia and the US were predominantly DC markets, but Japan and Canada were “showing an increasing allocation towards DC”, the institute said.
2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove.THE Gold Coast home of a former Queensland politician has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal.A local buyer splashed $3 million on the Sanctuary Cove mansion, which was built almost a decade ago by the late Ivan Gibbs and his wife Doris.Mr Gibbs, who died in 2011 aged 83, was a cabinet minister for 10 years and a National Party MP in the Queensland parliament from 1974 to 1989.He represented the Gold Coast seat of Albert, which for many years was one of Australia’s fastest-growing areas. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove.Kollosche Prestige Agents managing director Jordan Williams handled the sale of the Arnold Palmer Drive property.He said the buyer was an architect and had plans to “spruce” the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home up.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“I think they’re going to do a pretty impressive renovation on it,” Mr Williams said.“I’m excited to see the end product when they’ve done.” IS THIS ONE OF THE COAST’S QUICKEST SALES? ONE IN FOUR HOMEOWNERS WOULD FAIL NEW MORTGAGE TESTS The single-level house is 843sq m and on a 2484sq m double block.Mr Williams said its size was the selling point for the buyers.“Normally you have 100sq homes (about 929.03sq m) over three to four levels,” he said.The property had been listed under another agency several times between April last year and February this year before Mr Williams took over the marketing. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove.“I only had it on the market for a couple of months,” he said.“Both parties are over the moon.”Mr and Mrs Gibbs’ son, Andrew, told The Bulletin in May that while the home held a special place in the family, it was much too big for his mother.He said they built it with entertaining in mind.“They’ve always had a lot of people around for dinner so it was always about that,” Mr Gibbs said.It was also important for his father to have a large study.“He spent a lot of time in the office and on the phone – he was involved in lots of charities too,” Mr Gibbs said.
Look out on the surrounding gully from the moment you wake up.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoMs Burkett said the house consisted of three different pavilions across two levels.“It has a lot of glass in addition to there being outdoor spaces, so when you’re inside you still have that connection to the outside,” Ms Burkett said. The house uses timber and glass to maintain a connection with the outdoors.When asked if she had undertaken any renovation of the property, Ms Burkett said they completed a project annually but always with the integrity of the original design at the front of their minds.“We’ve been very passionate about conserving and maintaining it,” she said.“Every year we’ve taken on a project but always respecting the design, because in our view, that’s the true value of the house.” This is the perfect place to get some inspiration for your latest project.Ms Burkett said the library was her favourite area in the home.“My favourite is the library area.“One of its walls slides open and you can look down the gully toward the river and at night, you can see the lights shining on the river.” The house at 1 Derby St, Highgate Hill, is for sale.NESTLED in a lush slice of inner-city land, this architectural wonder is the ultimate hideaway.The house at 1 Derby St, Highgate Hill, was commissioned by its original owners and designed by architects Andresen and O’Gorman. Is there anything more relaxing than curling up by the fire with a book?Greta Burkett bought the house a decade ago and the privacy of the property was a major drawcard.“It’s very close to the city but when you walk into the property, you feel as though you could be miles away,” Ms Burkett said. The bathrooms follow the theme.She said she will fondly remember time spent with family and friends at the house, as well as becoming a part of the close-knit community, who were keen to conserve the nature around them.“All of the neighbours have been wonderful, we’ve formed really lovely friendships with all of them.“They’re all passionate about the gully as well.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51
READ MORE Tropical treehouse with plenty of character CoreLogic data has found the median indicative gross rental yield for units in the suburb is 8.8 per cent, which is the highest in Townsville. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Elders agent Leah James, who is marketing the units, said she thought the rental yield in Nelly Bay was so high because of its proximity to the ferry terminal. “Because it’s got the ferry terminal there, it’s the most convenient location for people to be,” Ms James said. “People want to stay close by so it’s easy for them the next morning and they’re happy to pay more to be there.”Ms James said the units were a fantastic opportunity for people wanting to use the location frequently as holiday accommodation and rent it out for short term periods. “The best opportunity is for locals who want to use it on a regular basis,” Ms James said. “You can rent them for up to three months long term, otherwise short term holiday letting. “The units are located within a resort which offers on-site management, restaurant facilities, a pool, tennis court, and other facilities.”Nelly Bay is only a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, making it ideal for weekend trips away. This unit is on the market for $30,000 in Townsville’s highest rental yield suburb.BOASTING the highest indicative gross rental yield in Townsville, Magnetic Island’s Nelly Bay is a holiday paradise for tourists and Townsville locals. Three units in the suburb are currently on the market for $30,000, revealing an opportunity for investors to reap the rewards of short term letting. READ MORE CBD units are the cheapest they’ve been in over a decade
It was sold by the children of the late Ray and Joan Stuart, who owned a local newsagent. Mr Stuart was a former Rotary club president and died in 2006. His wife died earlier this year. The four-bedroom property is on an 810sq m double block with views of the ocean and Burleigh Heads National Park on three sides. The buyers plan to knockdown the property and build a family home.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoKollosche director Michael Kollosche, who sold the property alongside Eoghan Murphy, said there were 54 bids placed in just 25 minutes. “It’s a trophy asset and very unique as it was the first time to market in over 57 years,” he said. “Most of the buyers looking at it were looking at it as a home site to demolish and build a new home.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:15Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: The value of a view01:16 Mr Kollosche said the sellers — siblings Duncan, Philip and Julie — were extremely happy with the result. “They are elated to get well above their reserve price and know it’s going to end up with a home a family will enjoy,” he said. “Their preference was not to see a big development there.” The impressive views were a big selling point. The four-bedroom house had a reserve of $3.5 million.The two-level house at 1 Short St had 178 groups inquire, with 18 registered bidders at the auction on the weekend. An opening bid of $1 million was placed before the price was quickly push passed reserve. The hammer fell $1.875 million above the vendors price expectations. MORE NEWS: Imagine living a fairytale A quaint house at 1 Short St, Burleigh Heads, has sold under the hammer for $5.375 million.A DATED Burleigh Heads house has fetched almost $2 million more than expected, selling for a whopping $5.375 million at auction.The property was the legacy of a newsagent’s early-morning paper deliveries 55 years ago and changed hands for the first time in its history. A prominent Gold Coast fashion couple Wez and Eirin Bryett, who founded women’s clothing boutique and fashion line Princess Polly, splashed millions to knock the property down and build a modern masterpiece for their family. RELATED: Burleigh Heads home listed for sale, 55 years after it was built by the local newsagent MORE NEWS: How this home moved suburbs
MORE: RSL winner puts entire building on the market Grand mansion is Benowa’s best kept secret The view towards Byron Bay from 784 Coolamon Scenic Drive, Coorabell.With a Pacific Ocean backdrop and vistas from Byron Bay lighthouse to Mount Chincogan, the views from 784 Coolamon Scenic Drive, Coorabell site are spectacular.“It has all the potential to be Byron’s next destination restaurant,” said marketing agent Nick Dunn, of McGrath Byron Bay.“Restaurants like Harvest at Newrybar and The Farm near Byron have become destinations in themselves.“Being such a key location and a key view, the owner felt it would be a great attribute for the community for people to be able to go up there and dine.” A restaurant and residences have been approved for the site.Celebrity chefs hankering for a side of Byron beach lifestyle could be in the running to take on the project which requires a “substantial investment”. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“We have approached a few … Shannon Bennett is up here and even someone like Neil Perry who is retired,” Mr Dunn said. It took three years for approval to be obtained for the restaurant along with plans for two residences joined by an entertaining area with resort-style pool. Mega mansion: The Caribbean meets Gold Coast glamour The stunning hinterland vistas would complement the fine dining experience.Byron Shire Council approved the plans despite opposition from some residents citing concerns over traffic and claims the development would diminish the experience of going to nearby Scarrabelotti’s Lookout, long regarded as the best vantage point in the area.“The restaurant is DA approved so if someone buys the property they can build that restaurant tomorrow,” Mr Dunn said. “You could holiday let the properties and operate the restaurant or amend the DA to put one big magnificent home there as well.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31WANTED: Celebrity chef with deep pockets and lifestyle aspirations to establish Byron Shire’s next destination restaurant.A prime 4.5ha site in the Byron Bay hinterland with approval for a 40-seat fine dining restaurant has hit the market with a $4.25 million price tag.
The captain and 1st engineer of a vessel involved in oil-spill cleanup efforts in Greece have been arrested on fuel smuggling charges, Greek Merchant Ministry said.Namely, the Lassea vessel has been contracted to help clean the oil that spilled following the sinking of the oil tanker Agia Zoni II off the Port of Piraeus on September 10. The vessel had 2,200 tons of fuel oil and 370 tons of marine gas oil on board.The duo was arrested after significant quantities of fuel were found and seized from the vessel without proper documentation.The Piraeus Port Authority, which is in charge of the preliminary investigation, seized the vessel while the arrested are to be brought before the Prosecutor of Piraeus, the ministry said.The oil spill recovery efforts have been vehemently criticized as inadequate and delayed, with opposition parties asking for a resignation from the country’s Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis.The minister refuted the allegations, saying that immediate mobilization of relevant assets was made to curb the spill.With regard to safety threats posed by the 1972-built Agia Zoni II, the minister said that the ship, according to the owner, passed all security checks before the incident.It is estimated that the oil recovery efforts might last for another month.World Maritime News Staff
AIDAperla (Image courtesy of Aida Cruises)AIDA Cruises, a Carnival Corporation company, said it will start regular operations to supply its LNG-powered AIDAperla with liquefied natural gas during the vessel’s stay in three Mediterranean ports.Following successful tests, the cruise company will start the LNG bunkering operations in the Spanish port of Barcelona, France’s Marseille and Civitavecchia in Italy.AIDA Cruises said in a statement it was also in talks with Palma de Mallorca in Spain.On average, a cruise ship spends around 40 percent of its operating time in a port. Thanks to its dual-fuel engine, the AIDAperla can produce the required energy from LNG during the ship’s port berth, AIDA noted in the statement.The LNG supply in the port takes place via a truck-to-ship method.AIDAprima LNG bunkering in the port of HamburgAIDAperla is the sister vessel to LNG-powered AIDAprima that was delivered last year.AIDAprima, the company’s first vessel in the LNG-powered series has already been provided with LNG in all five ports of her Northern Europe cruises since May 2016. AIDAperla is the second cruise ship that is able to produce onboard power from LNG while docked.In April last year, Aida Cruises signed an LNG supply deal with Shell for its two vessels, with Shell becoming Aida Cruises’ exclusive strategic partner in all ports that provide LNG bunkering.Worth mentioning, AIDA Cruises is also awaiting the delivery of two fully LNG-powered cruise ships which will able to run on LNG in port and at sea as well.AIDAnova, currently being built at the Neptun Werft in Rostock is expected to be delivered in the fall of 2018 while its sister ship will reinforce the AIDA fleet in the spring of 2021. LNG World News Staff
Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard District 8U.S. Coast Guard crews assisted a 145-foot offshore supply vessel taking on water, near Cameron, Louisiana, early on Monday morning.At 12:00 a.m., the crew of the Candy Fleet-owned Candy Store vessel contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watch-standers to report the vessel was taking on water and in need of assistance.A Station Lake Charles 29-foot response boat-small boat crew was launched. Once on scene, the crew of the RB-S passed two dewatering pumps to the vessel and remained on scene throughout the night with the Candy Store.Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles personnel were dispatched to the scene to investigate and respond to fuel discharge around the partially submerged vessel.
Australian oil and gas company Woodside has informed that gas production has started from its Greater Western Flank Phase 2 (GWF-2) Project, offshore W. Australia.Goodwyn Platform / Image by WoodsideWoodside sanctioned the GWF-2 development in December 2015, earmarking $2 billion for the development located in Commonwealth waters approximately 135 km north-west of Dampier.The GWF-2 will develop 1.6 trillion cubic feet of raw gas (2P 100% project basis) from the combined Keast, Dockrell, Sculptor, Rankin, Lady Nora and Pemberton fields using subsea infrastructure and a 35 km, 16” pipeline connecting to the existing Goodwyn A platform.Woodside CEO Peter Coleman on Thursday said the project has been delivered $630 million below the expected cost of approximately $2.0 billion and six months ahead of schedule.“The project team has done an outstanding job executing and delivering GWF-2, which represents the next phase in gas supply to the NWS Goodwyn A platform, extending the life of the Karratha Gas Plant and contributing to Woodside achieving our targeted production of 100 MMboe in 2020. This success has been achieved by combining the two GWF-2 drilling campaigns, accelerating project work packages and collaborating closely with our contractors.“The capabilities demonstrated on the GWF-2 Project will be carried forward as we embark on our next phase of growth, including our proposed developments of the Scarborough and Browse offshore gas resources.“The Scarborough and Browse projects are part of our vision for the Burrup Hub, which would unlock the future value of the Karratha Gas Plant and Pluto LNG,” he said.The NWS Project participants are: Woodside Energy Ltd (Operator, 16.67%); BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd (16.67%); BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%); Chevron Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%); Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd (16.67%); and Shell Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%).
A new project has been announced to reduce the potential environmental impact of future mining by making exploration for deep-seafloor mineral deposits much more effective. ‘Project ULTRA’ has been funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), and will be led by Professor Bramley Murton at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).Deep-seafloor mineral deposits can provide vital new metals for emerging technologies, including those that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many deposits were formed by hot springs on the seafloor and the vast majority of these now lie under a blanket of marine sediment. The big question facing geologists is whether these buried mineral deposits still contain valuable metals – have the minerals dissolved since they formed thousands of years ago beneath the Earth’s crust, or become even more concentrated?‘Project ULTRA’ will address these questions using a robotic drilling rig to drill the deposits – this will also generate the first three dimensional image of the deposits, using scientific instruments on the surrounding seafloor to listen to vibrations from the drill as it bores through the seafloor. The boreholes will then be sealed and returned to a year later, when fluids will be tapped-off from the plugs to test for reactions deep inside the deposit, NOC explained.The rock core taken by the drill, and these fluid samples, will reveal the composition and structure of these types of mineral deposit, their sub-seafloor fluid pathways, alteration of the host rock, and the preservation processes of their ore minerals.By using this information to identify where the most valuable metals are located in the deposit, Project ULTRA will help ensure any future exploitation would be able to minimize the disturbance to the seafloor and its surrounding environment.This project forms part of the NOC’s ongoing research into seafloor resources and is a collaboration with the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Universities of Southampton, Cardiff and Leeds, Memorial University in Canada, as well as Oxford Museum, GEOMAR, Nautilus Minerals, VNIIOkeangeologia from Russia, and SMD.
Jan De Nul Group is demanding the repayment of all installments paid to Croatia’s troubled Uljanik Shipyard, plus interest, after they cancelled an order for Newbuilding 500 – a cutter suction dredger.The Shipbuilding Contract for Hull 500 was signed two years ago between Uljanik d.d. and Dredging and Maritime Management SA (DMM) Luxembourg, the company in ownership of Jan de Nul Group.On April 19, the client said that it would seek the repayment of its advance payments for the vessel that was to have been built by the shipyard, Uljanik said in a statement via the Zagreb Stock Exchange.“Upon the negotiations which lasted few months among the Buyer, institutions of Republic of Croatia and Uljanik d.d. which aimed that instead repayment of advance payments the vessel be completed in Uljanik Shipyard or alternatively in foreign shipyard, the Buyer made final decision by which he requests repayment of advance payments increased for the interest,” the statement said.According to the subject, Shipbuilding Contract Uljanik d.d. is obliged in period of seven days from receipt of the request in headquarters of the company to effect repayment of advance payments increased for interest whereby the part of advance payments has been secured by state guarantees.The interested parties will continue to work on finding a solution to reduce the harm the latest developments are expected to cause to the state and the shipyard.
Hywind Tampen JDR Cable Systems, part of the TFKable Group, has signed a contract with Equinor for the Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm development located off Norway. Image: JDRJDR said on Thursday that it would design and manufacture eleven 66kV dynamic inter-array cables and two static export cables, each equipped with a JDR designed breakaway system and a range of cable accessories for delivery in 2022.The 2.5 km long 66kV dynamic array cables will connect to the eleven turbines in a loop, and the two static 12.9km and 16km export cables will be used to connect the loop to the Snorre A and Gullfaks A platforms.Hywind Tampen will be the first worldwide project to power oil and gas platforms – Gullfaks A, B, C and Snorre A and B – using floating offshore wind, which is more technically challenging and less mature technology than traditional fixed-foundation offshore wind.The project will consist of 11 wind turbines developed by Equinor. The turbines will have a total capacity of 88 MW, capable of meeting about 35 percent of the annual power demand of the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms.Also, the floating wind project is in water depths of 300 meters, much deeper than any previous floating wind project.Robert Weeks, sales manager at JDR, said: “Floating wind is still in its infancy compared to fixed-foundation offshore wind, but has the potential to revolutionize how we generate power for deepwater platforms and on coastlines which only have access to deeper waters.”The power cores for the cables will be manufactured by JDR’s parent company TFKable at its Bydgoszcz factory in Poland. All the cables and accessories will be assembled at JDR’s facilities in Hartlepool UK. Equinor, along with its partners in the Snorre and Gullfaks fields, submitted a development plan of supplying power from floating offshore wind to the fields via the Hywind Tampen wind farm back in October.In the same month, Snorre and Gullfaks partners made a final investment decision for the Hywind development.The Hywind investments will total almost NOK 5 billion (around $550 million). Norwegian authorities through Enova have made a funding commitment of up to NOK 2.3 billion for the project. In addition, the Business Sector’s NOx Fund decided to support the project by up to NOK 566 million.Following the development plan submission, Equinor in late October signed contracts totaling around NOK 3.3 billion ($357.6M) for the Hywind development.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Russian company, Sovcomflot, has withdrawn redelivery notice for Vyacheslav Tikhonov seismic vessel with Polarcus. The vessel, originally named Polarcus Selma, has been on a long-term charter with Sovcomflot since delivery from the yard in 2011. The Vyacheslav Tikhonov is a high ice class 8 streamer vessel suited for 3D XArray exploration requiring cable separations of 160 to 200 meters. It was built to the Ulstein SX133 design and incorporated the Ulstein X-Bow hull. Polarcus will not receive charter hire from 31 May 2020 until startup of a new project anticipated to start in Q3 2020. In December of last year the companies agreed to postpone the redelivery of the vessel until the completion of work which Sovcomflot secured in Asia. The redelivery was expected in Q2 2020, but Sovcomflot decided to withdraw notice of redelivery in light of further project opportunities, after it completed the project in Asia. Redelivery of the vessel is now expected to be following completion of the new project, or alternatively, on short notice if no project is awarded for the vessel in the summer season, the company noted.
The totalpetroleum production for the first seven months in 2020 is about 134.8 millionSm3 oil equivalents (MSm3 o.e.), broken down as follows: about 57.6 MSm3 o.e.of oil, about 10.9 MSm3 o.e. of NGL and condensate and about 66.2 MSm3 o.e. ofgas for sale. Oil production in July is 0.8 per cent higher than the NPD’s forecast, and 0.1 per cent below the forecast so far this year. Averagedaily liquids production in July was: 1,739,000 barrels of oil, 296,000 barrelsof NGL, and 27,000 barrels of condensate. It is worthnoting that, the Norwegian Government decided to implement a cut in Norwegianoil production 29 April 2020. The production figures for oil in July includedthis cut of 134,000 barrels per day. The cut will apply for the entire secondhalf of 2020. The NPD saidthat the oil production forecasts have been updated in the Government’sproposed Revised National Budget for 2020. The updatewas presented on 12 May and takes the authorities’ oil production regulationinto account, as well as the delayed start-up of fields under development andoil production in the first quarter. According tothe directorate’s report on Monday, preliminary production figures for July2020 show an average daily production of 2,062,000 barrels of oil, NGL, andcondensate. Source: NPD Norwegian oil production in July has risen above predictions made by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) after June’s numbers were below expectations. The totalvolume is 7.3 MSm3 o.e. higher than in 2019.
Stuff.co.nz 7 Dec 2011Child advocates are hailing new laws giving sweeping powers to prosecute all those turning a blind eye to assaults on the very young. The Crimes Amendment Act (No3) becomes law on March 19 and will allow police to charge everyone in a household with failing to protect a child. The maximum sentence is 10 years’ jail. The new law comes as a result of the public outcry following the murder of the Kahui twins for which no-one has been held responsible after a jury acquitted the twins’ father. However, the extended family’s infamous “code of silence” was typical of such cases, pediatricians say. In Taranaki, a serious assault of a 14-month-old, who suffered a fractured skull, was dropped last month for lack of evidence.Starship children’s hospital paediatrician Patrick Kelly welcomes the law which allows everyone in a house where the abuse took place to be charged. The message is that they should have protected the abused child. “If you can’t determine which of the adults in the house did it you charge all of them – or none of them.” However, the law change should have gone further, he said. The code of silence within families was an issue throughout the world. In Britain, the same “failing to protect” law was implemented but went further to limit the right to silence. “The UK has shown it’s possible to modify the law. For some reason New Zealand did not follow through with changing the right to silence.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/6097019/Tougher-law-to-protect-children-hailed
NZ Herald 17 Jan 2012Complaints about noise and disorder from street prostitutes, their associates and clients have seen police swoop in to arrest 14 people in Christchurch. Police said the weekend operation on Manchester St was a response to residents concerns about disorder in an area used by sex workers. Acting Central Area commander Inspector Al Stewart said most of the people arrested had outstanding warrants, while some were charged over behavioural offences or dishonesty. He said the operation was about combating disorderly behaviour rather than cracking down on prostitution.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10779282
Stuff.co.nz 29 Oct 2012A plan for a shake up of the commercial sex industry which aims to address issues such as anti-social behaviour and location of sex premises will be presented to the Auckland Council next year. The Commercial Sex Industry Programme includes a review of Auckland’s brothels and commercial sex premises and the rules and bylaws which regulate them. The review will also allow for an Auckland-wide approach to the industry as currently there are different rules from the seven legacy councils. Issues raised since the start of the programme, in June last year, include location – whether there are zones the industry should be prohibited from establishing in; the health and welfare of prostitutes – including concerns about the hygiene standards in premises; the anti-social behaviour they attract and a lack of facilities including rubbish bins in the areas they work, rules around signage on brothels, and the provision of discrete parking for brothels.….The commercial sex industry has been a hot topic in Auckland in recent years with residents fighting back against unsavoury aspects of the industry infiltrating their suburbs. The most notable example has been in Papatoetoe where residents and business owners have fought against prostitutes soliciting clients at Hunters Corner. A council-backed booklet on the issues at Hunters Corner raised the ire of those who support the industry. Residents in Greenlane, Mt Eden, Birkenhead, Mt Albert, Remuera, Henderson and Ponsonby have also protested about the establishment of suburban brothels. In one of the more recent cases Ponsonby residents complained about the Firecats Escort Agency which was established near the Richmond Rd primary school. The brothel opened in November last year and closed in April after operating for months without a licence. It had earlier been forced from Remuera by angry neighbours who led an investigation that resulted in Auckland Council shutting it down. And in recent years Wellington’s Chow brothers have announced plans for a super brothel opposite Sky City on Victoria St. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7868897/Plan-to-shake-up-sex-industry
Newstalk ZB 14 May 2013Christchurch teenagers are said to be increasingly violent towards their parents – and the earthquakes are being blamed.Staff at the Womens Refuge have noticed an increase in mainly male teenagers domestically abusing their family members – and it seems mothers are the first to cop it.Additional staff have had to be recruited due to increased demands like this at the refuge.Spokeswoman Julie McCloy says the increase has been over the past two years.“Perhaps what we’ve seen is just that accumulation of stress and maybe see young people who have grown up in a difficult or abusive environment and you add that extra stress to it, they don’t know how to handle their emotions.”Ms McCloy says it’s a worrying trend.“Over probably about 25 percent of the police reports we get there’ll be incidents where a young person is involved as a perpetrator of violence so that’s significant.”She says the youngest they’ve seen was 14-years-old.They’re not expecting the boom to drop off anytime soon.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/wellington/news/regch/1804940486-worrying-trend-amongst-christchurch-teens
NewsHub 21 September 2016Hospices have told told Parliament’s health select committee that they oppose changing the law to allow voluntary euthanasia.The committee is listening to public opinion on voluntary euthanasia and will report its conclusions to Parliament in response to a petition asking for a law change.On Wednesday Andrew Leys, chief executive of Hospice Southland, said his team was extremely concerned about a possible law change.He told the committee hospice workers often faced questions about euthanasia from patients.“The vast majority move beyond the point of wanting euthanasia,” he said.“My team is concerned that voluntary euthanasia could lead to less support for people to help them cope with their circumstances.”Mary Potter Hospice director Brian Ensor said hospices would have to be kept entirely seperate from any assisted dying.“The last days of living should be made as comfortable as possible, and it may involve sedation,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/hospices-against-euthanasia-mps-told-2016092115
Stuff co.nz 15 March 2019Family First Comment: Excellent article. A reality check! “Gangs will continue to supply 24/7 home delivery tax-free with free samples of harder drugs. But it will be worse than that. Replacing the war on drugs with a war on marijuana tax cheats will mean gangs will continue to supply most of the market tax-free, including to teenagers with offers of harder drugs but the police will have less incentive to chase down what is now a grey market rather than a black market. Do not underestimate the entrepreneurial ingenuity of criminals.”#PeopleBeforeProfitsOPINION: Never let a bunch of anti-capitalists design a legal market for cannabis.Their consuming hatred of Big Marijuana and the profit motive would create such an ineffectual legal market that the gangs will still supply most of the marijuana along with offers of free samples of harder drugs that even voters will work out how awful the legal model is and vote it down at the coming referendum.The Greens and the Drug Foundation not only want to decriminalise marijuana, they want to legalise it with government controls on who can supply, and checks on quality. They seem to want to limit access to social supply and consumer co-ops so that Big Marijuana is kept out of the market. No for-profit supply seems to be their ideal.The Greens seem to want to imitate the monumental screwup in Canada. Not only did Canada forget to legalise production before supply, so they ran out of inventory within a week, but each province decided for itself how marijuana was to be legally sold.One province chose a government monopoly. Others allowed private retailers but they had to have a clean record and pay tens of thousands of dollars in annual registration fees.Most of the current marijuana dealers in Canada did not qualify and already had an established network of customers so they stayed in business offering tax-free marijuana. American states also continue to have black markets in marijuana.What the Greens will set up is a legal supply that is hopeless at competing with existing gang suppliers. The legal shops will be so far away from schools and other sensitive locations, open 9-to-5 in a remote warehouse district, paying a living wage that they will end up asking for a bailout from Shane Jones’ Regional Growth Fund because they attracted so few customers.Gangs will continue to supply 24/7 home delivery tax-free with free samples of harder drugs. But it will be worse than that.Replacing the war on drugs with a war on marijuana tax cheats will mean gangs will continue to supply most of the market tax-free, including to teenagers with offers of harder drugs but the police will have less incentive to chase down what is now a grey market rather than a black market.Do not underestimate the entrepreneurial ingenuity of criminals. Some UN bureaucrats had a cunning plan; occasionally hold a lawful sale of previously confiscated ivory to collapse the price of poached ivory and drive the poachers out of business.Elephant poaching soared because criminals worked out that they could pass off their illegal ivory as legally acquired and sell it to people who otherwise would not buy it, much less show it off to their friends because it was illegally obtained. A large market in counterfeit legal ivory developed in China and other places off the back of an earnest attempt to collapse the price of illegal ivory.I’m a recovering libertarian. I support decriminalisation because if adults want to get high, more fool them as long as they do not harm others. But I know that argument will never sell at a referendum.The reason dope-smoking-on-Saturday-night successful middle-class parents oppose decriminalisation is that when they are feuding with their kids over bad grades, they still want to tell them that marijuana is illegal. They want that argument in their back pocket because they know that, unlike themselves, more than a few mates drifted off into a cloud of dope at university and failed.They want every possible persuasive tactic available to them to stop their kids going the same way.The best argument for decriminalisation that will work at a referendum is that it pushes gangs out of the supply chain so kids will not be offered samples of harder drugs. That pragmatic argument and better-quality control could win a majority.Right now, the maximum penalty is three months for possession of marijuana. Three were sent to prison last year for possession of marijuana as their lead offence for their sentencing. Another 15 were sent to prison for possession of harder drugs, which carries a maximum of six months. A good guess is most were gang members on the receiving end of well-deserved police harassment.As the illegal trade is offering samples of harder drugs and supplying teenagers, the rationale for suppressing the illegal trade is stronger. Penalties for illegal supply and even marijuana possession through an illegal supplier might have to increase after legalisation.Colorado quickly found it had to regulate marijuana packaging strictly because little kids thought edible marijuana was a lolly and ended up at the emergency department.If advocates of legalisation want a legal market that drives the gangs out of marijuana supply, the Greens and others on the Left will have to swallow a big dead rat and embrace capitalism.Big Marijuana might end up developing an app that ensures that adults and only adults buy marijuana delivered by Uber Eats. Marijuana legalisation will be full of the unexpected.* Jim Rose blogs at Utopiayouarestandinginit.comhttps://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/111279052/is-drug-legalisation-worse-than-the-status-quoKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
An armed gang clad in military uniform reportedly raided the headquarters of Ghana’s main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party, on Monday in an attack that may likely raise political tension just one year before the country holds its presidential elections.The NPP said that around 15 men using military and police vehicles vandalized its offices in a downtown neighborhood at around 0100 and confiscated computer equipment.Talking to Reuters, police spokesperson Cephas Arthur said that it was not yet clear who conducted the break-in, suggesting it was a “civilian raid” rather than one carried out by the security forces.Next year’s elections will see incumbent President John Mahama battle it out against Nana Akufo-Addo, whom he narrowly defeated in 2012.Mahama’s national Democratic Congress party endorsed him as its candidate on Monday.NPP’s Communications Director Nana Akomea released a statement on the raid saying that the party did not know who conducted it.He said that three party officials were made to surrender their phones before being shoved into a security post and locked up. A couple of minutes later, the men dressed in military uniform ordered them out.“They (the armed men) produced a sack and proceeded to pour the contents out on the floor. The contents included four AK-47s and four machetes which the military uniformed men claimed to have found on the compound,” it said.
Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Guyanese and Jamaicans need visas to visit St Maarten by: – March 18, 2011 by Global News StaffPHILIPSBURG, St Maarten — Guyanese and Jamaicans will now have to get visas before they can visit the Dutch territory of St Maarten.The announcement was made by St Maarten’s prime minister, Sarah Williams, who also has the portfolio of national security.Williams made the announcement on a radio programme “People’s Voice” and said that the ministry of justice has already been instructed to enforce the visa requirement.Nationals of Haiti and Dominican Republic also require visas to enter St Maarten.Guyanese and Jamaicans also need entry certificates to enter Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, and other British Overseas Territories.For the past two decades a large number of Jamaicans and Guyanese have been living and working in St Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.Source: Caribbean News Now!Photo Credit: SXM Info.com Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 51 Views no discussions
Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Soursop Fruit 100 Fold Stronger At Killing Cancer Than Chemotherapy by: – March 17, 2012 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 50 Views no discussions The fruit’s extracts from Annona muricata tree selectively inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells.The Soursop is a flowering, evergreen tree native to tropical regions of the world. It also contains a long, prickly green fruit which happens to kill cancer up to 10,000 times more effectively than strong chemotherapy drugs, all without the nasty side effects and withour harming healthy cells.According to Cancer Research UK, Annona muricata is an active principle in an herbal remedy marketed under the brand name Triamazon. The licensing for this product in the UK is not accepted due to its enormous healing effects on the body and potential loss of profits for competing pharmaceutical cancer drugs.This tree is low and is called graviola in Brazil, guanabana in Spanish and has the uninspiring name “soursop” in English. The fruit is very large and the subacid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks and sherbets. Besides being a cancer remedy, graviola is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders. Deep within the Amazon Rainforest, this tree grows wild and could literally revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and chances of survival. Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to: * Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss * Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections * Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment * Boost your energy and improve your outlook on lifeThe source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America’s largest drug manufacturers, the fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970’s. What those tests revealed was nothing short of mind numbing…Extracts from the tree were shown to:* Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer. * The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug! * What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells!The amazing anti-cancer properties of the Graviola tree have been extensively researched–so why haven’t you heard anything about it?The drug industry began a search for a cancer cure and their research centered on Graviola, a legendary healing tree from the Amazon Rainforest.It turns out the drug company invested nearly seven years trying to synthesize two of the Graviola tree’s most powerful anti-cancer ingredients. If they could isolate and produce man-made clones of what makes the Graviola so potent, they’d be able to patent it and make their money back. Alas, they hit a brick wall. The original simply could not be replicated. There was no way the company could protect its profitsâ€“or even make back the millions it poured into research.As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a screeching halt. Even worse, the company shelved the entire project and chose not to publish the findings of its research!Preventdisease.com
Map of Cuba. Photo credit: infoplease.comHAVANA, Cuba — The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an official declaration strongly condemning recent sanctions imposed by the government of the United States against Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA.The declaration, published by Juventud Rebelde newspaper on Sunday, read: “Cuba’s government and people express their solidarity with President Hugo Chavez and with the Venezuelan people, and fully support a resolution passed by the National Assembly of Venezuela on this issue.”The declaration claimed that, with these sanctions, the United States has violated international law and implemented unilateral and extraterritorial regulations.The note from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that the economic aspect of these punitive measures is not the essential issue but the risk that, with this decision, Washington might be trying to provoke new conflicts in the region as part of its efforts to divide Latin America and the Caribbean.“By attacking Venezuela, you’re also attacking Cuba,” the text noted.PDVSA is one of seven companies penalized by the US for providing gasoline and other refined petroleum products to Iran in violation of a US law that aims to pressure Tehran into dropping its nuclear program. The State Department said PDVSA supplied Iran with “at least two cargoes” of a blending component used to improve gasoline.The sanctions bar PDVSA from seeking US government contracts, obtaining US export licenses, and from obtaining financing from the Export-Import Bank of the US, but leave untouched the flow of an estimated 1.2 million barrels a day of Venezuelan crude oil to the US.PDVSA’s refining business in the US, represented mainly by Citgo Petroleum, will also be unaffected.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Share Share NewsRegional Cuba condemns US sanctions against Venezuelan state oil company by: – May 31, 2011 Tweet 39 Views no discussions Share
Photo credit: roc-taiwan.orgTAIPEI, Taiwan (CNA) — The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will be the 125th country or region to grant visa-free entry or landing visas to Taiwan passport holders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Taipei said on Wednesday. The details and when the privilege will take effect, however, will be announced after negotiations with the BVI government, the MOFA said in a press statement. The statement noted that the visa-waiver program will follow the one adopted by the British government in March 2009. The BVI is the sixth British overseas territory — after Bermuda, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos, St Helena, and Falkland Islands — to establish such an agreement with Taiwan, it said. The visa-free entry scheme should boost bilateral ties, increase cultural exchanges and encourage tourism, it added. Although the BVI consists of a small population of 25,000, its tourism and financial service industries have made it one of the most thriving economic areas in the Caribbean, according to the MOFA. By Nancy LiuCaribbean News Now Share Share Share NewsRegional British Virgin Islands to grant Taiwan visa-free entry by: – January 5, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! 12 Views no discussions
Tweet Sharing is caring! ** Tourism Awareness Month 2012 Climax***The Discover Dominica Authority, Ministry of Tourism and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association culminated a successful Tourism Awareness Month in May. From all reports the activties undertaken throughout the month were very well excuted; and would therefore like to extend a heart –felt gratitude to the many sponsors for their invaluable contribution in making this year’s Tourism Awareness Month a major success. The intended purpose of the month of activities were to raise awareness, inform, educate, promote and entertain the general public on the role and importance of the tourism industry to the people and economy of Dominica. It is our hope that Tourism Awarnes Month 2013 will be even bigger and better.**Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival 2012**From general public reports and Prime Minister Skerrit’s glowing media review a fantastic full jazz weekend happened! Patrons of all jazz events enjoyed the best music and ambience the Commonwealth of Dominica had to offer! The 3rd edition of Jazz n’ Creole gave patrons the chance of an extended full week-end offering Creole and Jazz at several venues across the island. Jazz ‘n Creole is a production of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and worked with several tourism entities to create more fringe benefits enjoyed by visitors and guests on the island.Events ran from Thursday through Sunday. DOMINICA’s Jazz n Creole has become a key event on the tourism’s office calendar of event and is meant to attract jazz lovers from our nearest neighbours in the French islands and our friends from the Caribbean islands. The crowd doubled and families young and old came together to enjoy the great ambience of the picturesque and magnificent looking Cabrits, Fort Shirley, reveling in the fun and thrill of vibrant jazz music. From all reports the enchantment of Creole and Jazz fusion music went down like local honey this 2012 and the experience of top class musicians over the four days of events will be a heart memory. See you in 2013!**Access Strategy Plan for Dominica**Mr. Ian Bertand, air access consultant and his team conducted part two of the Access Strategy Plan for Dominica at the Fort Young Hotel on May 29th.The working session inlcluded particpation from the Discover Dominica Authority staff and other key private sector stakeholders. Having agreed to an overall approach, this session sought to finalize the marketing strategies which needed to be employed to support the overall objective of increasing visitor revenues to EC$350 million by 2015 and getting visitor numbers back to 2007 figures.This session particularly focused on the air access issues and what the Dominica needs to do from a marketing standpoint in partnership with other destinations as well as to attract airlines. Dominica to be promoted at a Mall Exhibition in MartiniqueDiscover Dominica Authority will promote visits to Dominica at the La Galleria Mall in Martinique from June 7 – 9, 2012. The mall exhibition is being organized to encourage more visitors from Martinique to travel to Dominica for summer vacation. Participating hotels at the mall exhibition are Fort Young Hotel, La Flamboyant Hotel, Anchorage Hotel and Sunset Bay Club. **Discover Dominica Authority launches Staycation 2012**Ten tourism companies will participate in Staycation 2012. Fort Young Hotel, Hibiscus Valley Inn, Anchorage Hotel, Comfortel de Champ, Rosalie Beach Resort, Seacliff Cottages, Comfort Cottages, Picard Beach Cottages, Portsmouth Hotel and Rejens Hotel will offer special rates to Dominican residents from June 1 – September 30. Rainforest Riding which offers horseback riding will also offer special rates to locals. The Staycation programme is geared at increasing local hotel occupancy during what is traditionally the slow period, by encouraging locals to get to know Dominica and patronize local tourism service providers. **Dominica to be featured in 2013 edition of French guidebook**Dominica will be featured in the 2013 edition of the French guidebook le Petit Futé. Petit Futé journalist Johann Chabert visited Dominica from May 24 – 31 to obtain information which will be used to update the Dominica segment of the guidebook. While in Dominica, Mr. Chabert visited a number of properties which will be featured in the guide book as well as various sites and attractions. He also attended the Jazz ‘n Creole festival and hiked segment one of the Waitukubuli National Trail. **Discover Dominica Authority host US journalist**Discover Dominica Authority hosted journalist Brooke Morton from May 20-26, 2012. Brooke was on assignment for the US publication Destination Weddings & Honeymoon. This was an opportunity for Dominica to be featured as a Weddings & Honeymoon destination to the 100,000 readers and 639,000 monthly page viewers. Visits were made to wedding locations throughout the island which would provide visitors of the possible wedding options on the island for their destination weddings.With the new amended Marriage Act which now allows visitors to be married on the island in 24hrs, the process is now hassle free and allows persons to obtain their marriage license even on a weekend. This will assist the visitors in choosing the destination of choice without having too many concerns on the process involved.Brooke also writes for other publications such as Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Islands and Caribbean Travel & Life magazines. This advantage allows for the destination to be featured in a variety of publications, increasing the awareness of the island and the value of the trip. While on island Brooke also got the opportunity to dive, whale watch and hike.Press Release Share Share Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday June 01, 2012 by: – June 8, 2012 24 Views no discussions
Kahlenberg, who played 47 matches for Denmark between 2003 and 2014 and also played for clubs Auxerre and VfL Wolfsburg before retiring in 2017, tested positive on Thursday and has been in quarantine, Brondby said in a statement. The statement said Kahlenberg, who played for Denmark at the 2010 World Cup, was infected during a visit to Amsterdam. Brondby said 13 employees had been put in isolation, including the general manager Ole Palma, defender Joel Kabongo and assistant coach Martin Retov. Lyngby said three players, who were in physical contact with Kahlenberg on Sunday, had been put in isolation. Both teams have league games this weekend. The Danish FA said that all matches will go ahead as planned this coming weekend, but that it is monitoring the situation. read also: Coronavirus: Premier League and EFL ban pre-match handshakes The clubs said they are working with the Danish Patient Authority to track down players, fans and members of staff who were in contact with Kahlenberg during Sunday’s match. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ajax have told assistant coach Christian Poulsen and two other members of training staff to stay away from the club because of fears they might be infected with the coronavirus. Poulsen won’t be on Ajax’s bench this weekend The trio must stay at home until next Friday after Poulsen came in contact with former Danish international Thomas Kahlenberg, who has since been diagnosed with the virus. Kahlenberg was celebrating Poulsen’s 40th birthday in the Netherlands last Sunday. The other two are exercise physiologist Alessandro Schoenmaker and an unnamed physiotherapist who were also at the party. “They have no symptoms and if it stays that way they will return to work next week,” an Ajax spokesman told Dutch media. Poulsen, the former Juventus and Liverpool midfielder, will not be able to take his place on the bench alongside coach Erik ten Hag when Ajax travel to Heerenveen at the weekend. Players from Danish Super League clubs Brondby and Lyngby are in isolation after they met and hugged Kahlenberg, who has since tested positive for coronavirus, at a match last weekend. Loading… Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?
Yevgeny Yurchenko is the new head of the Russian athletics federation Loading… World Athletics is to decide Thursday whether to start the procedure of reinstating the new-look Russian athletics federation, as well as initiating the process to allow Russian athletes who test clean to compete under a neutral banner at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. High jumper Mariya Lasitskene has attacked Russia’s handling of the doping crisis Russia has been suspended by World Athletics (then known as the IAAF) since 2015 over repeated doping scandals – a ban upheld 12 times – and has been fighting for readmission. The last report by World Athletics’ Task Force, in November, led to its decision-making Council suspending the process of reinstating RUSAF over charges against its officials that they obstructed an anti-doping investigation. The Council also put a freeze on the system of allowing Russian athletes to compete as “Authorised Neutral Athletes”. Those decisions prompted wholesale change at RUSAF, which has a newly-appointed head in Yevgeny Yurchenko.Advertisement Coe, Yurchenko said, “will initiate the process of issuing to Russian athletes neutral status permits for their participation in international tournaments”, with RUSAF’s membership reinstatement with World Athletics “set to be launched”.That promises to be good news for three-time high-jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene, who has been vocal in her criticism of the former RUSAF regime for its handling of the scandal.Lasitskene, pole vault world champion Angelica Sidorova and men’s 110m metres hurdles star Sergey Shubenkov held a meeting with Coe last week, reportedly on relaunching the so-called “ANA scheme”, which allows eligible Russian athletes to compete as neutrals at events.Moscow’s case has been made more complicated after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in December imposed a four-year ban from all international sporting competitions on Russia over what it considers a state-sponsored programme of doping, a suspension the country took to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).CAS, the world’s highest sporting court, will now have to decide whether to confirm the WADA ban, or listen to Russia’s case against the sanction. A ruling is not expected before May, with the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to start on July 24, in just 134 days.The International Olympic Committee said CAS had to make a clear-cut decision, with no room for “any kind of interpretation”, over whether Russia was to be banned not just from Tokyo, but also the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar. Read Also: English clubs could be forced to play behind closed doors todayIn Monaco, the World Athletics council will also discuss the effects of the spread of the coronavirus, with several members, including those from outbreak hotspots China and Italy, taking part remotely by teleconference because of travel restrictions in their countries.The COVID-19 outbreak has already caused the world indoor championships in Nanjing, China, due to be held this month, to be delayed by a year, and the world half-marathon champs in Gdynia, Poland, to be re-scheduled from March 29 to October 17.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath AwayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kids7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple MistakeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? In one of his first conciliatory moves in the stand-off, Yurchenko sent two letters to World Athletics, the first “concerning our cooperation and in regard to scandalous situations, which had left an impact on our relations for many years”. Yurchenko said he had agreed with accusations made by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) against RUSAF on the wrongdoings in the case of high jumper Danil Lysenko, in which “forged documents and false explanations” were provided as an alibi to his whereabouts, as required by anti-doping rules. In January, the AIU, the independent anti-doping watchdog for track and field, recommended World Athletics maintain the exclusion of RUSAF and the freeze on Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag unless it failed to provide evidence in the Lysenko case, which had proved to be a tipping point. – Negative consequences – Yurchenko, who also apologised for the negative consequences from the Lysenko case, said his second letter was sent to World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe.
“It was like he had been beamed back down to earth as a complete player overnight! “After that, he was always the standout player; people knew him before he even knew how to spell his name. He is a goalscoring midfielder in the Frank Lampard mould. Lampard was one of his idols, but so were Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane. “He has a high level of technical ability, great finishing quality and a great passing range. We felt that the Chelsea environment was perfect for Tino. “It has really stretched him. The training has always been harder than the matches, he’s highly competitive and he just wants to get on the pitch and beat his opponent.” Having progressed through Blues’ academy, Anjorin was part of the Under-18s side which won an unprecedented quadruple in 2018, with only the UEFA Youth League alluding him of the major trophies available to young players in England. The Poole-born teenager made his first team bow in late September against Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup while his first Premier League appearance came on Sunday as he stepped off the bench for the closing stages of the 4-0 win over Everton. Though he was overshadowed by the performance of Gilmour, it was clear that Anjorin will not struggle in senior football given his frame, though – like Loftus-Cheek – it has played a role in him picking up more injuries than he would have liked in his early career. He also needs to work on building up both his speed and acceleration when running if he is to take the next step and become a regular first-team footballer at the top level. Whether he makes that step at Chelsea or elsewhere, however, is up in the air somewhat. With the Blues looking to tie down a number of their prodigious young talents, the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all signed new contracts over the past 12 months. Anjorin, however, has not been able to agree terms, and as such is now just over three months away from entering the final year of his current deal. Talks have been ongoing regarding a renewal for some time, with the Blues having previously been confident pen would be put to paper sooner rather than later. Their interest in Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham, who is being heavily linked with Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, has further slowed matters, and there is some concern another of the club’s brightest prospects may follow in the footsteps of Tariq Lamptey – who joined Brighton in January – and leave. Read Also:Teen star Gilmour vows to keep proving worth at Chelsea Chelsea must now fight to show Anjorin that he is in the right place to further his development, and handing the England youth international more first-team opportunities will likely help. But should they fail to tie him down then there is set to be a long list of suitors for one of the most impressive teenage footballers the Premier League currently has to offer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tino Anjorin is set to sign a five-year extension with Chelsea. Tino Anjorin The 18-year-old made his Premier League debut in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Everton as a late substitute. And The Sun says Anjorin is poised for a new contract, despite still having remaining on his current deal. The Blues have already locked down youngsters Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Marc Guehi to long-term deals. Anjorin joined the West London club as a six-year-old. Few academies are getting a better showcase this season than Chelsea’s. Whether by choice or forced by the club’s transfer ban, Frank Lampard has turned to numerous homegrown talents in a bid to maintain the Blues’ status among the European elite. The latest to earn their opportunity was Billy Gilmour, whose star turns in midfield against both Liverpool and Everton in front of live television audiences in the UK should ensure that he becomes a household name sooner rather than later. Gilmour, of course, does not have the same history as some of Chelsea’s other young players in terms of his upbringing, with the Scot having been brought to west London from Rangers in 2017. Tino Anjorin joined Chelsea at Under-7s level, and has worked his way through the various age groups to now be on the cusp of earning a regular berth in Lampard’s first-team squad. A physically imposing presence who has been compared to Ruben Loftus-Cheek due to his stature, 18-year-old Anjorin has been the shining light in Chelsea’s youth team this season, contributing 11 goals and six assists thus far. Born to a football-obsessed family of Nigerian heritage, Anjorin was christened Faustino to pay homage to former Newcastle and Colombia forward Faustino Asprilla. It is a tradition that has run through the family, with his younger brother named Zico after the Brazilian legend. His father, Sheriff, has played the lead role in overseeing his development and revealed that he has been overpowering opponents from a very early age. “When he was three-and-a-half, he went and joined in a training session with six-year-olds,” Anjorin senior told Goal. “He was dribbling better and shooting with more power than those older than him. 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PMA Superintendent Lieutenant Genenral Ronnie Evangelista MANILA – The head of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has quit from his post following the suspected hazing death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio last week. “In the military tradition of command responsibility, it is now the proper time for me, as the head of this institution, together with the commandant of the Corps of Cadets to relinquish our respective positions,” Evangelista said. “We welcome this development as a right step towards upholding the integrity of the PMA as the country’s premier military institution and recognize the same as a form of genuine delicadeza on the part of Lieutenant General Evangelista,” Panelo said in a statement. “I did not leave my post in the midst of crisis. I faced the problems squarely and we have finished the investigation. As I resign from my post, it is now up to the proper authority to decide on the finality of the case. That for me is the definition of command responsibility,” he added. PMA Superintendent Lieutenant Genenral Ronnie Evangelista on Tuesday announced his resignation, a day after saying that only President Rodrigo Duterte can order him to quit. Aside from Evangelista, also resigning is the commandant of the Corps of Cadets Brigadier General Bartolome Vicente Bacarro. While he awaits orders for his replacement, Evangelista will prepare the separation papers of four senior cadets allegedly responsible for beating up Dormitorio. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who earlier asked for Evangelista’s resignation, has commended the latter for his move, which was a “right step” to preserving the integrity of the state’s premier military school. Dormitorio died on Sept. 18 from cardiac arrest secondary to internal injuries due to supposed hazing within the campus. Two other cadets were rushed in different hospital after complaining for abdominal pain. The Palace spokesperson has also assured Dormitorio’s family that there will be “no whitewash” in the ongoing investigation./PN
The voting period for the short filmstarted last Oct. 7 and will end noontime of Oct 22.(With a report from PNA/PN) She called for the support of thepublic as the four-minute, 30 seconds film will compete with entries from otherregions. SAN JOSE, Antique – The movie “Be theChange” of the Antique National School (ANS) students will represent WesternVisayas to the national Consumer Welfare Month short film competition on theSustainable Consumption category of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). DTI provincial information officerLynna Joy Cardinal said the film, produced by ANS Grade 11 students underadviser Christine Cepeda, won the DTI regional competition last Sept. 23. Lynna Joy Cardinal, information officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), says the movie “Be the Change” of the Antique National School students will represent Western Visayas to the national Consumer Welfare Month short film competition on the Sustainable Consumption category of the DTI. ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY/PNA As part of the competition, thestudents and their adviser will face the judges for an interview on Oct. 23 inManila. “The awarding will be held on Oct. 24 at the Philippine InternationalConvention Center in Pasay City,” she added. “The short film deals with the storythat through small things we do like properly disposing our wastes, we cancontribute to the preservation of our environment,” Cardinal said on Friday. Felisa Beriong, officer-in-charge ofthe Department of Education Office of the Schools Division Superintendent inthe province, issued a memorandum last Oct. 14, calling for the support on theshort film. “Fifteen percent of the total score inthe competition will depend on the number of ‘Likes’ of the video from (thesocial media) page so that we are really asking for the support of theconsumers,” Cardinal said.
“May mga medisina na dapat… At kailangan po magpahinga ang Pangulo.He was advised to rest. Rest, rest kailangantalaga,” said Go. MANILA –President Rodrigo Duterte was advised by his doctors to take a rest in the nextfew days following his motorcycle accident in the grounds of Malañang lastweek, his former aide Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go said. Go added thatafter undergoing an MRI scan early Wednesday morning, doctors found that thePresident experienced muscle spasms when he complained of back pains . In a Facebook live taken by Go on Tuesday evening, President Duterte said that he felt the pain while getting up from bed to brush his teeth during his shortened Japan visit. “Ako na po ang mag a-assure sa inyo, nothing to worry, purely musclespasms po ‘yun at kailangan lang po niyang pahinga ng ating Pangulo,” he added. Go, however,refused to name the hospital where the President was checked President Rodrigo Duterte is seen clutching on a cane while he is in Japan to join world leaders in witnessing the enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Tuesday. PCOO “Ang kinabahala namin at first kung tinamaan ang kanyang spine since itwas unbearable pain nga po angnararamdaman niya kahapon. Perosalamat po sa Panginoon at wala naman pong dapat ikabahala at tiningnan talagang doctor habang ginagawa yungMRI,” Go said. Duterte complained of pain in his hips after falling from a motorcycle ride inside the Malacanang Palace last week but insisted that he will continue riding. “Alam mo, about four days ago, sumpemplang ako sa motorcycle. Pag nag mo-motor ka, once or twice sa buhay mo, makatikim ka talaga ng semplang,” President Duterte said. “Lahat ng mga nagmomotor sumesemplang. Kagaya sa akin, ang ano lang, parang hindi ko matiis… ‘Yung sa belt banda, mga three inches medyo masakit talaga,” he added./PN
Earlier this month, President Duterte urged the Senate and the House to pass the national budget by December to avoid what happen to this year’s budget, which was four months delayed. Lawmakers are pushing back their target date for the approval of the final version of the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 by at least one day after senators asked for more time to review the fiscal plan. “If there were no hitches, the Senate can ratify the bicameral version of the 2020 national budget on Wednesday or even on Tuesday,” Sotto added. MANILA – The Senate and the House of Representatives is about to beat President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline of submitting the ratified version of the 2020 national budget by December. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III also said they eye approving the final version of the budget on Wednesday at the latest “if [there are] no hitches.” Senate Finance committee chairman Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said Monday that about 90 percent of the conflicting provisions of the two chambers of the Congress in next year’s budget were reconciled. “We are approximately 90 to 95% reconciled with the House,” Angara said. “Sen. [Panfilo] Lacson’s proposals like placing some limits on administrative costs and having the possibility of greater local projects have also been adopted in some form in the budget provisions.” Duterte was only able to sign the 2019 budget into law in April after the Senate and House took time to transmit the signed enrolled copy of the bill over disagreements on lawmakers’ insertions./PN According to Angara, the Senate and House contingents for the bicameral conference committee on next year’s national budget are about to meet again on Tuesday to iron out the remaining disagreeing provisions.