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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 27

first_imgUse 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 censuslast_img read more

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CGU disposals show focus on new markets

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More jewels in the Crown

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RICS pledges to bring profession in line with accountancy

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Offices: In the fullness of Tyne

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ProLogis’ Birmingham shed to house Selfridges

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Colliers goes against the trend to join AIM

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Westminster drives BID to clean up city

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Pre-order of the day

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Canary Wharf completes £875m securitisation

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Inner ctiy

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Hercules looks strong as profits soar

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Loft identity

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics President says no plan to wear mask

first_imgTokyo 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 :last_img read more

Indonesia to build ‘Indonesian Village’ during Tokyo Olympics to support 2032 bid

first_imgIndonesia’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.center_img 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)last_img read more

Migrants, police in fresh clashes at Turkey-Greece border

first_imgTopics :  ‘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.last_img read more

What rout? Two newcomers defy gloomy market opening

first_img“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. center_img Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: Business owners file class-action lawsuit against Jokowi, Terawan for negligence

first_imgA 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 :last_img read more

Jeff Bezos gains $24 billion while world’s rich reap bailout rewards

first_imgCarnival 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.last_img read more

Stimulus may not be enough to prevent economic meltdown: Fiscal agency

first_imgThe 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.”last_img read more

Dentists continue services via teledentistry and with tighter protocols

first_imgThis 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 :last_img read more

Protests over George Floyd’s death expose raw race relations worldwide

first_img“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.” center_img 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.last_img read more

Lawmakers grill religious affairs minister for ‘sudden’ haj cancellation

first_imgReligious 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 :last_img read more

Indian Muslim artisan fights virus slowdown with Hindu idols

first_imgThe 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.center_img “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.last_img read more

Onboarding during COVID: New hires grapple with office politics from home

first_imgOne 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 :center_img 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.last_img read more

Arsenal target Youri Tielemans set to join Leicester from Monaco in Adrien Silva swap deal

first_img 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 linkcenter_img 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil raring to go for north London derby

first_imgAdvertisement 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 link984Shareslast_img read more

Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester City travel to Preston North End and Arsenal host Nottingham Forest

first_imgThe 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 Citycenter_img Comment Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester City travel to Preston North End and Arsenal host Nottingham Forest Advertisementlast_img read more

Why Freddie Ljungberg has started Kieran Tierney on bench for Arsenal’s clash with Norwich

first_img Video Settings Read More Read More SPONSORED Top articles Coming Next Comment 1 min. story by Metro Read More Full Screen Good ebening: A tribute to Unai EmeryTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:11FullscreenGood ebening: A tribute to Unai Emeryhttps://metro.co.uk/video/good-ebening-tribute-unai-emery-2059270/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Jamie Carragher ‘surprised’ by three players Freddie Ljungberg picked for first Arsenal game vs Norwich Kieran Tierney arrives for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Norwich (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney has only made the substitutes bench for Arsenal’s clash with Norwich after picking up a knock in training on Saturday.Freddie Ljungberg takes charge as caretaker manager for the first time at Carrow Road this afternoon and the Swede has made four changes to Unai Emery’s side that drew with Southampton last weekend.Shkodran Mustafi comes in after playing 76 minutes against Eintracht Frankfurt and Sokratis Papastathopoulos drops to the bench.It’s the first time Mustafi has started in the Premier League this season and he plays alongside David Luiz in central defence despite the Brazilian going off with an injury in midweek.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More 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 CityJoe Willock has made his way into the midfield and the youngster starts alongside Granit Xhaka who has not played in the league since his sweary outburst at Arsenal fans.Sead Kolasinac starts at left-back after Tierney suffered a knock in training on the eve of Sunday’s encounter.Ljungberg has opted with the same attack that faced Southampton, with Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette all starting.center_img About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad PLAY Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Dec 2019 1:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link198Shares / Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Why Freddie Ljungberg has started Kieran Tierney on bench for Arsenal’s clash with Norwich 1/1 On his decision to start Mustafi and Xhaka, Ljungberg explained: ‘I give everybody a possibility.‘I felt that was the best balance of our team to play that way and then I took that decision.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesHe added: ‘It’s a very proud day for me and my family.‘I represented this club and played for them for ten years and then to have the opportunity to lead them out is a great, great honour.‘I’m very excited, looking forward to kick-off and hopefully we get a good game.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Ronaldinho raves about Gabriel Martinelli and compares Arsenal wonderkid to Ronaldo

first_imgWhile Mikel Arteta’s was well aware of Martinelli’s potential before becoming Arsenal head coach, he admits he’s been ‘surprised’ at just how much ability the Brazilian has at such a young age.‘I heard a lot of things about Gabby before I joined and the moment I saw him training it confirmed all the things I was told,’ Arteta said following Martinelli’s sensational solo goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.‘I was told, “You will see this kid, how he goes for every ball, his fighting spirit and the quality that every time he is in front of goal he’s a threat”.‘I was told I would be surprised how prepared he is to compete with every player in the squad.‘I just thought, “Yes, but he’s 18”. But when you see him in big games, how he goes about everything, it’s surprising.‘The way he competes, how brave he is with every decision he makes on the field is very unusual for an 18-year-old.’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 CityArteta added: ‘He competed against one of the best defenders in the league, Cesar Azpilicueta, and he got at him every time he had a chance.‘His fighting spirit is incredible and then he is a threat for goals every time. I would like to talk about his potential more than what he is at the moment.‘For this club to give him the responsibility to do that every time is not fair on him, we have to bring him down. The risk is expecting too much too soon – but not just for the fans.‘We cannot give him the licence to think he has to put himself under that pressure. He needs to play with the freedom that he has.’MORE: Emotional Nick Kyrgios pays tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant ahead of Rafael Nadal clash Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jan 2020 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Ronaldinho raves about Gabriel Martinelli and compares Arsenal wonderkid to Ronaldocenter_img Advertisement Ronaldinho has compared Martinelli to ex-Brazil star Ronaldo (Picture: Getty) Gabriel Martinelli has had an outstanding debut season for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ronaldinho has tipped Gabriel Martinelli for big things in the future and likened the Arsenal youngster to his former Brazil team-mate Ronaldo.Martinelli completed a move from Ituano to north London last summer and the 18-year-old has made an immediate impact in Arsenal colours, racking up ten goals and two assists in all competitions.The teenager has found the net in each of his last Premier League games against Sheffield United and Chelsea and the attacker will be bursting with confidence ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Bournemouth.Martinelli’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed back home in Brazil where he has even caught the attention of one of football’s all-time greats, Ronaldinho.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:01FullscreenArsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-bournemouth-mikel-arteta-preview-press-conference-2095088/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Martinelli’s ‘confidence’ and ‘talent’ has even led Ronaldinho to compare the forward to his legendary compatriot Ronaldo.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,’ Ronaldinho told The Mirror.‘He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: “who is this 18 year old Brazilian kid?”‘He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli.‘He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.’last_img read more

Martin Keown names two positives for Arsenal after Tottenham defeat

first_img Arteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against TottenhamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:05FullscreenArteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against Tottenhamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reacts-arsenal-sides-2-1-defeat-against-tottenham-2209436/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Both goals conceded by Arsenal could have been avoided. That’s the bottom line. Not for the first time, sloppiness was their undoing.‘It had looked like progress was being made of late, with Mikel Arteta’s men keeping three consecutive Premier League clean sheets. Were it not for Eddie Nketiah’s sending off — and then conceding a late equaliser against Leicester — it might have been four.‘But then they go and do this.  ‘Let’s start with the first goal — the equaliser which arrived three minutes after Alexandre Lacazette’s excellent opener. Sead Kolasinac had the ball and Kieran Tierney was open on the wing. But he didn’t pass to him.  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‘Instead, he looked backwards and opted for David Luiz. Yet rather than play it to Luiz’s left foot like he should have done, he went for his right. It gifted Son Heung-min a run on goal and Spurs were back in it.‘Arsenal had 76 per cent possession in the second half. They looked in control. But they were undone by a set piece.‘Tierney, 5ft 10in, marked 6ft 2in Toby Alderweireld. The Tottenham defender won and that was that.’MORE: Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli responds to Ronaldinho comparing him to RonaldoMORE: Arsenal could play in the Community Shield even if they lose to Manchester City in FA Cup semi-finalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Jul 2020 9:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisement Martin Keown names two positives for Arsenal after Tottenham defeat Comment Advertisement Keown says Arteta needs to work out his best system (Picture: Getty Images)Martin Keown says Dani Ceballos and Emiliano Martinez were the shining lights in Arsenal’s otherwise dismal performance in their 2-1 loss to Spurs on Sunday.After going a goal up through Alexandre Lacazette in the first half, a stray pass from Sead Kolasinac allowed Heung-Min Son to equalise just minutes later, before Toby Alderweireld headed in a late winner to seal all three points for Spurs.Martinez was once again in good form for the Gunners, making seven saves to keep the scoreline down, and Ceballos, who has also been in a rich vein of form since the restart, made Mikel Arteta’s side tick in midfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd while Arsenal legend Keown believes there were a few encouraging performances to take from the loss, he insists both goals could have been easily avoided.ADVERTISEMENT‘There were positives for Arsenal, Keown told the Daily Mail. ‘Dani Ceballos was promising in midfield, while keeper Emiliano Martinez was probably their best player. ‘But Arteta needs to decide which way he wants his team to play — three or four at the back — and buy players who suit his preferred system.‘Harry Kane and Son posed problems. We saw Shkodran Mustafi diving in — maybe that’s because he doesn’t feel he’s going to get cover from Luiz behind him.  ‘Choose your system, Arteta, and buy accordingly.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Naloxone Standing Order to Combat Heroin Epidemic (+ FAQs)

first_img 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, 2015last_img read more

Governor Wolf Praises Continued Use of Easton Plant for MLB Manufacturing

first_imgGovernor 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.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces Medical Marijuana Applications Available for Second Phase of Program

first_img 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 Programcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Pennsylvania’s New Online Absentee Ballot Application Launches Today

first_img 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, 2019center_img Pennsylvania’s New Online Absentee Ballot Application Launches Todaylast_img read more

If you only go to one auction on Saturday, make it this dream home

first_img27 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

Rasmussen is proving you can nab a family-friendly home for under $200,000

first_imgTHE 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.”last_img read more

New apartments a gem in Stones Corner crown

first_imgGemstone 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.”last_img read more

Million homes won’t be revalued after shock decision by Queensland’s Valuer-General

first_imgOnly 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.”last_img read more

Sales numbers may have slowed, but there is still property price growth in the regions

first_imgProperty 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 HERElast_img read more

Backed a winner? Where to spend those magic millions

first_imgThere 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

How far out from the Brisbane CBD do you need to go to spend less than $500,000 on a house?

first_imgMore 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.last_img read more