first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionI have a New Year’s confession.I retweeted President Donald Trump with approval, not something I had expected to do, especially on the subject of Iran.But Trump has been right to get behind the brave Iranian protesters calling for political and economic change. These are the largest popular protests since the Iranian uprising in 2009 against a fraudulent election. I was in an enormous crowd (estimated in the millions) that marched from Tehran’s Enghelab (Revolution) Square to Azadi (Freedom) Square three days after the vote.Fear evaporated in that throng.I asked a young woman to whom I’d been talking what her name was. “My name is Iran,” she replied. The memory still gives me goose bumps.For a few days, the Islamic republic stood on a knife’s edge.I have often asked myself what would have happened if Mir Hussein Moussavi, the leader of the reformist Green Movement who was later placed under house arrest, had told that crowd to march on the seats of power in the name of the ballot box over theocratic whim.Signs of disarray were palpable before the regime led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cracked down through the thugs of the Basij militia. The tweet in question read:  As I wrote at the time, “There’s nothing more repugnant than seeing women being hit by big men armed with clubs and the license of the state.”In Tehran, then, the silence of the Obama White House was deafening: too little, too late. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed regret over this in 2014.Excessive caution was the mother of the Obama administration’s worst failures, not least in Syria.The slippery slope school of foreign policy has its limitations. Inaction, in the name of the ninth unanswerable “And then what?” question from the president, is as emphatic a statement as action.President Vladimir Putin, among other American rivals, took note.So Trump — even if he understands little or nothing of Iran, even if his talk of Iranian “human rights” sounds hollow from a sometime advocate of torture, even if his support of the Iranian people today is grotesque from the man who has wrongheadedly barred most Iranians from entering the United States — is right to speak up in solidarity and tweet that the “wealth of Iran is being looted” by a “brutal and corrupt Iranian regime.” It is.Given where American-Iranian relations stand, there is not much downside to this bluntness. The Revolution that promised Iranians freedom in 1979 has withered.The monopoly of force will probably be enough to sustain the Islamic republic.A crackdown is probable at some point. The real crisis of the regime will likely come at the moment of Khamenei’s succession.Still, the courage of Iranians should never be underestimated, nor the deep roots of their quest for freedom, and anything is possible.What has not changed since 2009 is the bravery of Iranians.I watched in awe as women stood their ground and faced down baton-wielding police officers.Today, protesters are chanting that Khamenei should go. They are chanting death to the Revolutionary Guards. They are chanting, “Independence, freedom, Iranian republic.” Among the most powerful slogans of demonstrators have been those expressing fury at money wasted in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere when President Hassan Rouhani had promised jobs, not more of the surrogate wars of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.The demonstrations, this time, are different.They are smaller, but more widespread. They reflect the economic woes of the working class more than middle-class disaffection.They are happening, as Karim Sadjadpour has pointed out in The Atlantic, in an Iran of 48 million smartphones, against fewer than 1 million in 2009 (which is why the regime is trying to block the hugely popular Telegram messaging app).They originated in Mashhad and went on to Qom, two traditional regime strongholds — a sign of the regime’s ideological bankruptcy.The West-leaning middle class, fed up with the hypocrisy of the mullahs, has long sought political change.But the working class has been a pillar of the regime — manipulated with handouts and slogans. If they have shifted now, all the aging Khamenei has left is the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij. Trump’s White House should keep up the pressure.It should bring European allies in behind its condemnation and warnings.It should stop berating the nuclear deal, which gave Iranians hope and deprives the regime of a convenient scapegoat (it could always say times were hard because of Western sanctions).It should not, whatever happens, impose new sanctions: They only benefit the Revolutionary Guards.And it should learn, finally, that Iran is not, as Steve Bannon told Joshua Green, “like the fifth century — completely primeval” — but rather a sophisticated society of deep culture full of unrealized promise better served by engagement than estrangement.Roger Cohen is an op-ed columnist with the International New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account press-freedom press-freedom-in-Indonesia omnibus-bill-on-job-creation Press-Council AJI Linkedin Forgot Password ? Media groups have questioned the proposed revisions to the Press Law set out in the omnibus bill on job creation, fearing that the new provisions will lead to a setback in press freedom.The Press Council said on Thursday that the government had not consulted them about the bill.“[The government] should have spoken with the Press Council and other stakeholders if they wanted to make a revision to the press law. But we have not been involved to date,” Press Council member in charge of complaint and press ethics enforcement Arif Zulkifli told The Jakarta Post Thursday.Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) advocacy chief Gading Yonggarditya said public participation was a legal aspect of the legislative process.The omnibus bill seeks to amend Article 11 and 18 of Law No. 40/1999 on the press.Article 11 of the Press Law states foreign investmen… Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe statement was made following the ministry’s decision to delay such a ban on major highways across the country. to January 2023 from its initial schedule of January 2021.Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said in Jakarta on Feb. 24 that the government postponed the ban following demands from the industrial sector as the country is facing an economic slowdown.“We actually wanted to impose the ODOL regulation. However, on the other hand, we are facing economic challenges due to the coronavirus epidemic that hit our industries,” the minister said according to a press release.Despite the delay, the director general warned that shipping companies, truck dealers and assembling companies would “suffer losses” if they keep producing and using oversized trucks. Overloaded and oversized freight trucks will be prohibited from using the toll roads between Jakarta and Bandung starting this month to reduce congestion and prevent damage to the roads, the Transportation Ministry has announced.The ministry’s land transportation director general, Budi Setiyadi, said the ban affected the Tanjung Priok toll road in North Jakarta and the Cikampek toll that links Jakarta and major industrial areas in West Java.“There should not be any ODOL [overloaded and oversized trucks] on toll roads between Jakarta and Bandung. We will discuss the technicalities today,” Budi said in Jakarta on Monday. “The [existing] vehicle could not be registered for periodic test, while we wouldn’t issue SRUT [for newly produced trucks], so they could not be registered with the police,” he said.SRUT is a license issued by the Transportation Ministry to vehicle manufacturers and assembling companies that certifies a vehicle’s roadworthiness and compliance with safety specifications.The license is mandatory for vehicle owners to obtain the registration certificate (STNK) and vehicle ownership documents (BPKB) from the police.Under Law No. 22/2009 on traffic and road transportation, drivers of oversized and overloaded trucks may be sentenced to two months in prison and fines of up to Rp 500,000 (US$34.76).Article 277 of the law also stipulates that truck manufacturers and assembly companies that create or modify trucks to alter the original specifications can be sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of up to Rp 24 million.However, weak law enforcement means many overloaded trucks are still on the roads.Citing data from the Public Works and Housing Ministry, Budi said the government had to spend Rp 43 trillion annually to repair roads prematurely damaged by overloaded and oversized trucks. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgBruins had said on Wednesday that he had “suffered from faintness from exhaustion and intensive weeks”, but that he was feeling better and would return to work.The government of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been under pressure over what critics called an initially slow response to the COVID-19 outbreak.Rutte has since ordered schools, bars and restaurants shut to respond to the crisis. The Netherlands has reported 2,460 cases including 76 deaths. The prime minister went to a supermarket on Thursday to promise Dutch people that there would be no shortages of one key commodity: toilet paper. The Dutch medical care minister resigned on Thursday after collapsing from what he said was exhaustion during a debate in parliament on the coronavirus outbreak.Bruno Bruins, whose responsibilities included dealing with the pandemic, fainted while standing at a lectern in parliament on Wednesday night and had to be helped to his feet.”The king has granted this resignation in the most honorable manner… with gratitude for the many and important services rendered” by Bruins, said a royal palace statement. “We have enough… we can all poop for ten years,” Rutte said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe National Clubs’ Commission, which represents the teams in the top four divisions, said that with Brazilian football suspended indefinitely the players should take time off between April 1 and 20.The players would be paid during that period but the commission said future salary reductions were possible if football does not restart soon.Topics : Footballers in Brazil were told to take a three-week paid holiday due to the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, with professional clubs asking them to return on April 20.All four divisions in Brazil’s national championships are due to start in early May. The state championships that began in January were suspended earlier this month.Brazil has reported 2,915 cases of the coronavirus, with 77 fatalities.last_img read more

first_imgTopics : The prisoners burned mattresses and hung signs demanding their release from the overcrowded prison out of fears they could contract the disease.Meanwhile on Tuesday, inmates at Lurigancho prison in the north of Lima — the country’s biggest — were staging a protest demanding effective protection measures against COVID-19.”We are dying. Don’t let us die infected. We need medicine,” a banner held up by some of the prisoners read.The notoriously overcrowded Lurigancho prison was built to house 2,500 inmates but is currently believed to have more than 10,000.The INPE said in a statement it would be “inflexible towards any act of indiscipline that violates the security of the prisons and exhorts the prison population to maintain a peaceful coexistence, especially as we find ourselves in a national emergency.” Nine inmates were killed and dozens of guards wounded when rioting broke out at a prison in Lima after two inmates died from COVID-19, authorities in Peru said Tuesday.The riot broke out on Monday at the city’s Castro Castro prison. By nightfall, authorities said the situation had been brought under control, giving an initial toll of three dead before gradually revising the figure upwards to nine.”As a result of the riot, the death of nine inmates and 67 wounded was recorded,” the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE) said in a statement.center_img It said police had been called in to help guards quell the riot, the objective of which was to “facilitate a mass breakout”.Many of the dead are believed to have suffered gunshot wounds. Police said their bodies had been taken to the city’s central morgue for examination.A total of 60 prison guards were wounded in the fighting, as well as five police officers and two inmates, the INPE said.The riot began after the death of two inmates from the coronavirus the previous day. last_img read more

first_imgDuring a search of her house, officers found the body of the younger child bound and gagged in a closet in her bedroom.Police claimed the junior high school student calmly said that she choked and drowned the 5-year-old in a tub and that she was “satisfied” with the killing.Officers also confiscated a number of drawings depicting disturbing images, such as a crying woman and a person bound by ropes, during the search. Investigators claimed they also found writings containing messages such as “I want to torture a baby, with pleasure or should I be ignorant” and “keep calm and don’t give me torture” and also a message on a whiteboard saying that the girl was disappointed with her family.According to the neighbors, the girl’s parents divorced when she was little and she lived with her father and stepmother.During the preliminary investigation, the police found that the teen liked to watch horror movies and “idolized” Chucky — the main character in Child’s Play, about a murderous, possessed doll.The teen’s confession led the police to suspect that her preference for horror movies could have driven her to commit the alleged murder. The police also surmised that the teen’s mental health was a major motivational factor, noting that she came from a broken home. They also discovered that she channeled her feelings into her drawings and writings.Read also: Movies not behind toddler’s murder, experts sayThe girl is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Handayani Children’s and Social Rehabilitation Center while awaiting trial.Harry expressed the hope that police officers could investigate the sexual abuse allegations to determine whether they were a factor in the motivation for the homicide.”The sexual-abuse allegations need to be investigated too to find a logical conclusion as to why [the suspect] committed the violence,” he said.Separately, Central Jakarta Police Criminal Unit head Adj. Sr. Comr. Tahan Marpaung said on Thursday that the police had arrested and named three male suspects for allegedly raping the girl.The three men are reportedly her two uncles and her boyfriend.Tahan said the girl told investigators during her questioning that the perpetrators had raped her several times. Her uncle had even threatened to disseminate a video of him raping her if she dared to report the crime, Tahan added.”The case dossier is P21 [complete]. We are now waiting for the trial,” Tahan said as quoted by Antara. (nal)Topics : A 15-year-old girl who is accused of killing her 5-year-old neighbor in a shocking murder case in March was allegedly the victim of sexual abuse and is currently 14 weeks pregnant, an official has said.The latest grim revelation in the case unfolded after the girl underwent physical and psychological examination at the Kramat Jati Police Hospital in East Jakarta.The Social Affairs Ministry’s Social Rehabilitation Director General Harry Hikmat confirmed the girl’s pregnancy and her circumstances on Thursday. “She’s in two positions at once; a murder suspect and a sexual-abuse victim,” Harry said, as quoted by kompas.com.”[The suspect] was sexually abused [allegedly] by three people very close to her, she is 14 weeks pregnant at the moment.”Read also: Residents in shock, fear as 5-year-old girl found murderedThe murder case was first revealed when the girl suddenly turned herself in on March 6 at the Taman Sari Police Station in West Jakarta, claiming that she had killed her 5-year-old neighbor the previous day.last_img read more

first_imgIndonesia has cancelled the haj pilgrimage this year for people in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation due to concerns over the coronavirus, the religious affairs minister said on Tuesday.Each year hundreds of thousands of Indonesians go on the haj to Saudi Arabia, where Islam’s two holiest sites — Mecca and Medina — are located. For many Indonesians, the religious pilgrimage is a once-in-a lifetime event, with the average wait time 20 years due to a quota system, according to the country’s cabinet secretariat.Saudi authorities have already said the haj and umrah pilgrimages — which attract millions of travellers from around the world — will remain suspended until further notice. Topics : Fachrul Razi, Indonesia’s religious affairs minister, said the decision to cancel hajj this year was made due to concerns over the coronavirus and ongoing travel restrictions.The quota for Indonesian pilgrims this year was 221,000, with more than 90 percent already registered to go, according to the religious affairs ministry website.Dewi, an employee of a telecommunications company in Jakarta and registered to perform the pilgrimage this year, told Reuters that while she had waited six years, she had made peace with the news.”If that is the decision, I will accept it,” said Dewi, who did not want to give her full name. “After all I believe that everything happens with God’s permission.” last_img read more

first_imgBangkok and Manila were also higher.In early trade, London, Paris and Frankfurt dropped on profit-taking after surging Friday. Sydney was closed for a holiday.”In the space of four weeks we’ve seen history made as the US economy posted a record number of job losses in one month, only to be followed by a record number of jobs gains in the following month,” said Michael Hewson at CMC Markets.But he added: “Despite all of the enthusiasm over last month’s jobs report it doesn’t change the fact that US unemployment is still well above post financial crisis levels, and is likely to remain so for quite some time.”‘Increased confidence’Jason Wong at BNZ markets added: “The data are consistent with activity indicators that show a recovery in activity as US lockdowns eased, following the big hole in the economy in April, and give increased confidence that activity is on a clear path upward from here as restrictions have eased further.”As Latin America experiences a spike in infections and deaths, Europe continues to reopen to some semblance of normality, providing a much-needed boost to the shattered tourism industry.Adding to the positive sentiment was news that major oil producers had agreed to extend output cuts of almost 10 million barrels a day for another month through to the end of July.The deal, which had been expected, provided further support to crude prices, which have surged over the past two months thanks to the cuts and the easing of lockdowns that has boosted demand.The agreement “is hugely positive for sentiment as the presumption is this clampdown will accelerate the rebalancing of supply and demand”, said AxiCorp’s Stephen Innes.”The recognition that the deep cuts need to continue for a month or perhaps longer shows that despite the recent surge in oil prices, the large producers remain worried about the fragile state of the oil markets.”Bloomberg News contributed to this storyTopics : Canada also reported a surprise increase in employment, confounding forecasts of a big drop.”While there are still significant uncertainties over the COVID-19 impact on corporate earnings, investors are encouraged by the reopening of economies that is likely to lead to a rebound in profitability later this year,” said Iyad Abu Hweij of Allied Investment Partners PJSC.Tokyo rose more than one percent, while Wellington surged more than three percent after New Zealand officials reported no active cases of coronavirus for the first time since the pandemic began, and said the country was free of the disease – adding that restrictions would be lifted.Hong Kong inched up for a sixth straight gain, Seoul added 0.1 percent, Shanghai closed up 0.2 percent, while Mumbai, Taipei and Singapore jumped more than one percent, with Jakarta three percent higher. A blockbuster United States jobs report that fanned optimism about the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis helped push Asian stock markets even higher Monday, while a decision to extend production cuts provided fresh support to oil prices.As countries continue to ease lockdown measures and with trillions of dollars in stimulus and central bank support pledged, equities across the planet have surged since hitting a trough in March.And the release of data Friday showing a staggering 2.5 million US jobs were created in May – compared with an expected loss of more than eight million – added to the optimism, pushing the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 on Wall Street to within spitting distance of record highs.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle Cloud announced the opening of its new Jakarta region on Wednesday, bringing services closer to its Indonesian and Southeast Asian consumers.The company’s Indonesia country director, Megawaty Khie, said the Jakarta region would allow businesses to comply with national regulations and ease recovery options for consumers.“We chose Jakarta as the next region because Indonesia has one of the highest gross domestic product growth [rates] in the region and is home to many of Asia’s unicorns,” she said in an online press conference, referring to large start-ups. Several companies in the country utilize Google Cloud services, including e-payment solution GoPay and telecommunication company XL Axiata.“Having Google Cloud available in the region means that we can comply with regional regulations and requirements. This also means that latency and traffic can be more manageable,” said XL Axiata chief information and digital officer Yessie Yosetya.Meanwhile, GoPay CEO Aldi Haryopratomo said the company utilized cloud computing to manage, analyze and capture data quickly for making data-driven decisions.According to a 2019 study by Boston Consulting Group BCG commissioned by Google Cloud, companies that use public cloud services could add around $36 billion to Indonesia’s GDP between 2019 and 2023. They could also create around 350,000 jobs across different industries.To help the country capture the potential, Google Cloud Indonesia plans to roll out 150,000 training labs in Indonesia this year to enable cloud computing training and certification for Indonesians.“Going into digital transformation era, Indonesia will see higher demand for digital talent, so we created this program along with other initiatives,” Megawaty said, adding that Google was also partnering with the Information and Communications Ministry in the latter’s Digital Talent Scholarship program.  Indonesia is currently home to two data centers from Alibaba Cloud and Google. Meanwhile, Amazon’s cloud subsidiary Amazon Web Services revealed that it would build a data center in 2022.Topics : Indonesia’s digital economy is well on track to dominate Southeast Asia as its market value is projected to triple to US$130 billion by 2025 from $40 billion in 2019, according to the latest “e-Conomy Southeast Asia” study.The newly launched cloud platform marks the first Google region in the country and the ninth in the Asia Pacific. In total, Google Cloud has 24 regions with 73 zones in 17 countries around the globe.Google first announced the plan to open Google Cloud in Indonesia during its Cloud Summit in 2018. It plans to launch two cloud regions Asia Pacific, namely in Delhi and Melbourne in the coming years.Google Cloud Platform offers cloud computing services, data analytics, machine learning and security and management tools for businesses.last_img read more

first_img“Being digital-ready will be more important than ever in the new normal. Grab can help businesses adapt by making the shift online through services like GrabFood and GrabKios,” Riyadi added.Earlier this month, Grab Indonesia introduced a new app called GrabMerchant, aimed as a one-stop service platform that allows micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), including those in food and beverage, to digitally manage their operational hours, orders, employees, as well as menus and promotions.Meanwhile, the head of the CSIS department of economics, Yose Rizal Damuri, noted that Grab, as a digital platform, played a supporting role during the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).“We see how digital platforms and gig work help logistics activities during the PSBB, like with the services offered by Grab with goods delivery,” he said.In a statement issued on May 5, Grab Indonesia reported a 22 percent and 21.5 percent increase in GrabMart and GrabExpress orders respectively from February to March, when people largely avoided going out. GrabMart is an online grocery shopping service and GrabExpress is a courier service.Tenggara Strategics researcher Stella Kusumawardhani said that, based on the 2019 findings, GrabFood also helped small businesses expand at minimal cost.“Unlike the conventional restaurant, where additional investment is required to increase capacity at their dine-in locations, we found that 48 percent of GrabFood merchants could increase their sales without the need to spend on additional costs,” Stella said.In 2019, the research found that GrabFood merchant-partners saw their monthly sales increase by 35 percent to Rp 49.6 million per month from the average of Rp 36.7 million per month in 2018. Grab Indonesia managing director Neneng Goenadi welcomed the study, stating that, with the current economic uncertainties, the company could help with the country’s economic recovery through the digitalization of MSMEs.“It is part of our commitment to support the prosperity of gig workers and the MSMEs joining our ecosystem, as well as benefitting the Indonesian people,” she said. “As Indonesia starts to move past COVID-19, we believe that platforms like Grab and the gig economy can support the country on its road to recovery,” said Riyadi Suparno, executive director of Tenggara Strategics, on Thursday.With the economic downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have warned that the country’s 70.49 million informal workers, the majority of the Indonesian workforce, are considered the most vulnerable. Motorcycle taxi drivers association Two-Wheeled Action Movement (Garda) reported a 70 percent decrease in drivers’ daily earnings during the pandemic.However, the research notes that Grab has provided earning opportunities for those dealing with unemployment, like in 2019, when 31 percent of GrabBike and 26 percent of GrabCar partners had no income prior to joining Grab.The company’s digital platform would also aid the merchant-partners’ transition to a post-pandemic economy, Riyadi stated. Ride-hailing firm Grab Indonesia contributed Rp 77.4 trillion (US$5.45 billion) to the Indonesian economy last year, largely thanks to its food delivery service, while providing gig work for the country’s informal workers, research released Thursday has shown.The research, conducted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Tenggara Strategics, revealed that the biggest source of Grab’s contributions to the economy came from its food delivery service GrabFood, which contributed Rp 37.3 trillion of the total Rp 77.4 trillion. The overall 2019 figure marks a 58.3 percent increase from the firm’s Rp 48.9 trillion in 2018.The data was calculated based on the incomes of more than 5,000 surveyed Grab partners and merchants before and after joining Grab, across its four services – motorcycle taxi service GrabBike, ride-hailing service GrabCar, GrabFood and merchant GrabKios.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgPresident Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s reluctance to take tougher measures earlier to halt the spread of the virus — bucking a regional trend — saw the socialist leader come under heavy criticism.Despite new cases and deaths still rising, the government began gradually reopening the economy on June 1.The capital Mexico City is still under a maximum lockdown, though. There have been more than 77,000 cases in the capital and its greater metropolitan region.Mexico has recorded 159 cases per 100,000 people, according to government figures presented on Thursday. Topics : Mexico has surpassed 25,000 COVID-19 deaths and 200,000 cases, the government said on Thursday.Jose Luis Alomia, head of epidemiology at the health secretariat, said the country of 127 million had reached 25,060 deaths and 202,951 cases since reporting its first infection almost four months ago.The first three cases were detected in the country on February 28 but it wasn’t until the final week of March that the government suspended all but non-essential economic activity.last_img read more

first_imgThe company’s biggest revenue-generating operations, which is its scheduled airline services, booked 29.23 percent less income in the first quarter at $654.53 million, down from $924.93 million. The company’s expenses, on the other hand, had not fallen as drastically. Its total operating expenses, which include costs for flight operations, maintenance and repairs, dropped by 9.92 percent to $945.71 million from $1.05 billion. Irfan explained, that despite a slight improvement in airline traffic in recent weeks following the easing of travel restrictions, the number of passengers was still down 90 percent, while 70 percent of its aircraft remained grounded.The coronavirus outbreak has devastated the aviation industry. The share of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) spent on air transportation is expected to be halved in 2020 at 0.5 percent of the global GDP or $434 billion, according to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) report released on June 9. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia booked a net loss of US$120 million in the first quarter of this year, in stark contrast to profitability achieved last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit travel-related industries hard.The publicly listed airline saw a 30 percent year-on-year slump in revenue to US$768.12 million in the first quarter from $1.1 billion in the same period last year. As a consequence, it booked a $120 million loss compared to $20.48 million profit in the January-March period of 2019.“This industry is indeed a very tough industry. We are talking about a single-digit margin. So, when a disruption happens, the implication to our bottom line, cash-wise, is immediate and drastic,” Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra said on Wednesday during Inventure’s Indonesia Brand Forum 2020 webinar. Topics :center_img As the number of airline passengers has plunged, airlines are forced into reducing flight routes and pursuing other measures to cut costs. “Passenger revenue contributes more than 80 percent of Garuda Indonesia’s total revenue. With the decline in traffic, there needs to be a strategy to reduce the flight variable costs,” the company wrote in a statement published by Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on May 29.According to the statement, written in response to the local bourse’s request from May 12 for information regarding the impact of the pandemic, the company continued to reduce flight routes, both domestic and international. Operations on international routes to the Middle East and China have been halted until further notice. Services on other international routes have been cut to around 60 percent to 80 percent against normal flight frequency. In a revised statement the company issued on June 15, Garuda reported it had laid off 18 employees due to the pandemic, while 825 were furloughed as of March 31. Meanwhile, Garuda Pilot Association (APG) chairperson Muzaeni told The Jakarta Post on June 2 that the airline had terminated the contracts of 180 pilots as a result of the cutbacks on flights.In an annual general shareholders meeting on June 5, Garuda shareholders agreed to fully utilize its 2019 net profit of US$6.98 million as the company’s reserved funds. Last year was the first time the company managed to booked profits after booking losses for two consecutive years — with net losses of $231.16 million in 2018 and $216.28 million in 2017. This year, however, analysts predict that COVID-19 will cause the company to suffer another net loss. “We firmly believe that the sluggish figures for March 2020 are not the end but, rather, the beginning,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia analysts Lee Young-jun wrote in a report published on May 18. “The management is trying to focus on cargo business and chartered flights while increasing efficiencies and lowering costs. However, none of these are effective and easy to make up [for] the losses,” he added.Going into the third quarter of the year, the postponement, or even cancellations, of haj fights will be the biggest risk factor for the airline, as these flights contributed about 5 percent to the company’s revenue in 2019, the analyst’s report says. On June 2, the Indonesian government officially announced that it had decided to cancel the 2020 haj.The airline’s stock, traded on the IDX under the ticker code GIAA, has lost about half of its value since the start of the year and closed at Rp 244 per share on Friday. That compares with the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index’s 21 percent drop so far this year.“Financially, 2020 will go down as the worst year in the history of aviation. On average, every day of this year will add US$230 million to industry losses,” IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement published on June 9. The IATA reports that airlines are expected to lose $84.3 billion this year.last_img read more

first_imgFrance accelerated plans on Thursday to make it compulsory to wear face masks in enclosed public spaces because of concerns about renewed flare-ups of COVID-19.President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that mask-wearing would be mandatory in places such as shops from Aug. 1, citing signs that the coronavirus was “coming back a bit”.But on Thursday Prime Minister Jean Castex said the order would take effect next week. Until now, it has been mandatory to wear face coverings only on public transport and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible. “We were considering implementing (this measure) on August 1,” Castex told the Senate. “I have heard and understood that this deadline appeared late or raised some questions, so the decree will come into force next week.”Health Minister Olivier Veran, speaking in the lower house of parliament, encouraged people to start wearing masks now, without waiting for the decree, calling wearing masks a matter of social responsibility.Official figures show the number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities has slowed in France since late May. The disease has killed more than 30,000 people in France and is spreading again in some areas.The Mayenne prefecture in the northwest said the wearing of face masks was now compulsory in its main city, Laval, and five other municipalities – Bonchamp-lès-Laval, Changé, L’Huisserie, Louverné and Saint-Berthevin.There has been a localized flare-up of COVID-19 cases in the region, and it has now been re-classified by the health ministry as a zone of heightened risk.Macron also said on Tuesday that he wanted coronavirus testing available for everyone, without having to be referred by a doctor. He said the expected job losses because of the pandemic posed a major challenge. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgFacebook on Monday said it is asking EU courts to review “exceptionally broad” requests by antitrust regulators there that would scoop up employees’ personal information.The US-based internet colossus maintained it has been cooperating with a European Commission antitrust investigation and will continue to do so, but that the wording of commission requests casts a net so wide it will haul in Facebook employees’ private messages and more.The leading social network expects to give the commission hundreds of thousands of documents, according to Facebook associate general counsel for competition Tim Lamb Topics : “The exceptionally broad nature of the commission’s requests means we would be required to turn over predominantly irrelevant documents that have nothing to do with the commission’s investigations,” Lamb said in response to an AFP inquiry.Those documents include “highly sensitive personal information such as employees’ medical information; personal financial documents, and private information about family members of employees.”Facebook thinks such requests should be reviewed by EU courts, according to Lamb, and is asking the court to weigh in on broad search terms such as “applause” or “for free” that could easily be found in personal email messages or other exchanges way beyond the scope of antitrust matters.Regulatory probes can involve requests for messages or documents bearing certain words or phrases, with those seeking information inclined to craft wide nets and those being queried wanting them narrowly targeted.center_img A highly anticipated US antitrust hearing, including top executives of four Big Tech firms, was originally set for Monday but has been postponed.A notice filed by the House Judiciary Committee set no new date for the hearing titled “Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.”The hearing would have conflicted with the memorial service for the late representative and civil rights leader John Lewis, who will lie in state in the US Capitol until Tuesday.The antitrust hearing was called amid rising concerns over Big Tech dominance, which has become even more pronounced during the coronavirus pandemic and coincides with investigations at the federal and state levels into the online giants. Chief executives Tim Cook of Apple, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google and its parent firm Alphabet had agreed to participate in the session.last_img read more

first_imgTopics : The government is pushing for digital transformation in a bid to boost efficiency and cut operational costs as it lags behind other countries in implementing digital regulations and services.The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the country’s digital transformation, according to Deputy Finance Minister Suahasil Nazara, who said that the government should make digital transformation its central agenda to reform the country’s governance.“The pandemic has presented us with the opportunity to speed up digital transformation by working virtually,” Suahasil said on Wednesday. “This will make the state budget more efficient and will reduce government spending for physical meetings or business trips.” The deputy finance minister said the government should work on several issues to embrace the digital era, including improving technological capabilities and creating new regulations to ensure sustainability and privacy.“We need new standard operational procedures to ensure privacy and sustainability,” he went on to say. “The budget cuts due to virtual work should be able to increase effectiveness.”Indonesia began lifting pandemic restrictions in early June to rescue the virus-battered economy after implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for more than three months to curb the coronavirus spread. During the PSBB period, the government required citizens to work, study and pray from home.However, the restrictions delivered a crushing blow to the country’s economy, which shrank by 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year, as many businesses were unprepared to conduct their businesses virtually.center_img Indonesia is lagging compared to other countries in implementing digital services, according to the E-Government Development Index (EGDI) survey by the United Nations.Indonesia ranked 88 of 193 countries across the globe and ranked seventh among its Southeast Asia peers, highlighting a lack of digital services provided by the government.“While e-government rankings tend to correlate with the income level of a country, financial resources are not the only critical factor in advancing digital government,” United Nations under‑secretary-general for economic and social affairs Liu Zhenmin said recently.“A country’s political will, strategic leadership and commitment to advance digital services, can improve its comparative ranking,” he went on to say.Indonesia is making progress toward digital transformation, according to the UN, as the country implemented digital social registry systems “to serve as gateways for social protection programs, with cash transfers and emergency assistance delivered straight to the intended households in need”.However, the UN highlighted gaps in regulatory and policy frameworks in Asia, including Indonesia, on rules regarding electronic transactions, data protection and cybercrime prevention.The data protection bill, which aims to create a comprehensive regulatory framework to ensure the safety of private data, is currently under deliberation at the House of Representatives and is expected to be passed into law by October this year.Critics of the bill, however, warn of the potential for abuse of power as the bill includes several problematic articles such as increasing the possibility of criminalization through the formulation of criminal sanctions.last_img read more

first_img“Hopefully, the regulation will transform personal mobility devices into first and last-mile feeders for other public transportation systems,” he said.While e-scooters have grown in popularity – partially as a result of an e-scooter rental application by ride-hailing firm Grab Indonesia called GrabWheels – safety regulations remain an issue. In late 2019, the Jakarta administration banned the use of GrabWheels electric scooters on the street following the deaths of two users in a traffic accident.The use of the e-scooter service was restricted to specific areas, such as the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex.Grab Indonesia president director Ridzki Kramadibrata told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that GrabWheels had deployed 10,000 e-scooters in Jakarta and had recorded more than 1 million users.“The response of users to the GrabWheels service has been very encouraging. We have served more than 1 million users, reduced carbon emissions by 200,000 tons and own the largest EV [electric vehicle] fleet in Indonesia,” Ridzki said in a written statement.A recent survey conducted by the Bandung Institute of Technology’s (ITB) School of Business Management shows the growing popularity of e-scooters.The survey, which was released on July 29, found that while only 8 percent of respondents had used e-scooter rental services, 35 percent of respondents said they would be willing to ride e-scooters in the future.Ridzki said GrabWheels was expanding its service in Greater Jakarta; Bandung, West Java; and Surabaya, East Java, among other cities.Regarding the Transportation Ministry regulation, he said the company had updated its safety features to comply with the regulation, including by installing transmitters in scooters to prevent users from riding them into restricted areas.“To align with the Transportation Ministry’s regulation, we have updated our safety features for our users,” he said in the statement.Read also: Back on the road: E-scooter service GrabWheels returns to Jakarta streetsTopics : Under the regulation, drivers of personal electric vehicles must be at least 12 years of age, and an adult must accompany drivers between 12 and 15 years old. The regulation also limits e-scooters’ speed to 6 kilometers per hour (km/h).“While we have issued a ministerial regulation on e-scooters, it only works as a guideline and provides basic requirements. Therefore, we need regulations on the local level that include sanction clauses enforceable by the Public Order Agency [Satpol PP],” Budi said during an online press conference.The regulation states that e-scooters should be used in bicycle lanes, in designated road lanes or on the sidewalk if such lanes are not unavailable.Budi said he hoped the regulation would protect users of e-scooters and support e-scooter rental services, which have seen significant growth over the past years. The Transportation Ministry has urged city and provincial administrations to regulate the use of electric scooters (e-scooters) and similar vehicles as their popularity grows.The local regulations should include sanctions for violations of e-scooter policies, said Budi Setiyadi, the ministry’s land transportation director general, on Monday.The ministry issued Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 45/2020 on electric vehicles in June to regulate the specifications and usage of e-scooters.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Diogo Dalot has been impressed by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s leadership (Getty Images)Diogo Dalot has credited Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with creating a more positive atmosphere at Manchester United as well as instructing his team to play with greater attacking freedom since taking charge in December.Solskjaer stretched his unbeaten record in the Premier League to ten games with a 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, while he has tasted defeat just once in 14 matches against PSG in the Champions League.Five of Dalot’s 11 appearances for Manchester United have come during Solskjaer’s time in charge, although the Portuguese right-back has found himself behind stand-in captain Ashley Young in recent games.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 19-year-old was signed by Jose Mourinho in a £17.5m deal from FC Porto last summer and while he appeared reluctant to criticise his former manager, he suggested that results on the pitch prove that United have got better under his successor.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CitySpeaking to Sky Sports, Dalot said: ‘The biggest difference was the atmosphere we had inside the locker room.‘I think the tactical parts too, the game we are playing, we play more to the forward part, so I think we changed a couple things and hopefully, we can still change a little bit more because we are not perfect.‘It wasn’t wrong [under Mourinho], but I think when you change coach there is something which changes for itself, it’s not something about the coach, something [you think]: ‘We changed the manager, OK, now we need to change ourselves, too.’‘I think we changed for better when we get the results we’ve got.’Under Solskjaer, United have revitalised their chances of finishing top-four and securing Champions League football for next season, although this weekend’s results mean they are currently a fifth and a point behind Arsenal in fourth.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Diogo Dalot highlights the two key differences at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Feb 2019 5:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link126Sharescenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool to miss out on Kai Havertz who ‘will go to Bayern Munich next year’ Phil HaighMonday 27 May 2019 10:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link106Shares Advertisement Kai Havertz is one of the most exciting talents in world football (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool and Arsenal are likely to be disappointed in their pursuit of German teenage sensation Kai Havertz, who is likely to join Bayern Munich from Bayer Leverkusen next year.The 19-year-old has quickly become one of the biggest stars in the Bundesliga since making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2016.The midfielder turns 20 in June and has already racked up over 100 appearances for Leverkusen and scored 17 Bundesliga goals this season – the most ever managed by a teenager.Unsurprisingly, the youngster’s efforts have attracted the attention of a wide range of clubs, but former Leverkusen sporting director Reiner Calmund believes that it will be Bayern who eventually win the race for his signature.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Kai Havertz will go to Bayern next year, not this year,’ Calmund told Bild. Comment Advertisement Havertz scored 17 Bundesliga goals this season (Picture: Getty Images)‘He will not move [this summer]. Leverkusen want to enjoy him a bit longer but he’ll move on. Hopefully, he stays in Germany, and the club that can do that is Bayern.’Calmund seems very confident about Havertz’s future, but it will ultimately come down to who can persuade the talented teen next summer and who flashes the most cash in his direction.Havertz is unlikely to make a move this summer as Leverkusen secured a return to Champions League football with a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga.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 CityManager Peter Bosz believes this should give them the bargaining power to keep hold of their big names, including both Havertz and another Premier League target, Julian Brandt.‘Yes, it’s a better chance [of Leverkusen keeping both players],’ said Bosz.‘I don’t know. Kai will stay, for sure. And Julian, I hope he will stay. Every player wants to play at the highest level and we have the chance next season to play at the highest level.‘We’re looking forward to it. Not only in the Champions League but also the Bundesliga.‘Our goal will be to be better than this season and therefore we have to work harder than this season and be more clear about how we want to play. It’s a big achievement.’MORE: Manchester United and Arsenal on alert as Jerome Boateng is told to leave Bayern MunichMORE: Jaap Stam warns Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United need a complete revamp this summerlast_img read more

first_imgManchester City star Sergio Aguero sends warning to Alan Shearer after breaking Thierry Henry’s record ‘Congratulations. We are congratulating him in the locker room because to score this amount of goals as a foreign player and this many hat-tricks (12) means you have done a lot of good things for many, many years.‘When you score this incredible amount of goals over that amount of years it’s because you have to be consistent.’ Advertisement Aguero, Jesus and Mahrez all netted at Villa Park (Picture: Getty)Guardiola says Aguero has already established himself as a ‘legend’ and passed on his congratulations to the City attacker after the final whistle.‘He’s a legend and the legend rose tonight,’ the City manager said.‘I think that Thierry Henry is one of the most incredible players that I’ve seen in this league and I think Titi will be proud.‘But Sergio is the guy, he broke his record. He [Henry] was a legend and Sergio is the same.Very very happy about this victory, and it’s truly moving to reach new milestones — standing alongside legends like @ThierryHenry, FrankLampard and @AlanShearer pic.twitter.com/KzlKpRtZ6C— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) January 12, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 Jan 2020 7:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Manchester City star Sergio Aguero scored a record-breaking hat-trick against Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)Sergio Aguero says he will aim to break Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League goalscoring record after overtaking Thierry Henry’s tally for an overseas player.The City striker stole the headlines with a sublime hat-trick as Guardiola’s champions put Aston Villa to the sword in a comprehensive 6-1 victory on Sunday evening.Riyad Mahrez scored a first-half brace and Gabriel Jesus also netted in an embarrassingly one-sided clash at Villa Park, with Anwar El Ghazi firing in a consolation goal from the penalty spot at the death.Aguero ‘s goals were his 175th, 176th and 177th goals in the English top flight and the 31-year-old now sits joint-fourth in the list of all-time goalscorers in the league, alongside Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.ADVERTISEMENT Aguero has scored the most Premier League goals of an overseas player (Picture: Getty)Only Andy Cole, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer have scored more goals than the Argentinian forward.AdvertisementAdvertisementFollowing City’s win, Aguero told Sky Sports: ‘I am so happy for the record but thank you to my team-mates because they help me.‘I am so happy. I want to keep scoring more goals but it all depends on my team-mates.’Asked whether he can break Shearer’s all-time record, Aguero replied: ‘I will try. He has too many goals so I don’t know. I will try.’ Comment Villa are languishing down in the relegation zone (Picture: Getty)Villa manager Dean Smith believes his side started ‘brightly’ before Mahrez opened the floodgates in the 18th minute.‘It’s tough when you come up against world class teams,’ Smith said.‘There’s a professional pride as a coach and a team and the third goal summed it up – they had about 20 passes without us laying a glove on them.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Up until that point we had contained them but Marhez has passed it in from eight yards and no one had a tackle on him.‘There was no physical contact for the first and third goal and we have also made mistakes that allowed them to get in.‘We did play a part. We had a game plan and we started off fairly brightly but we were giving them too much respect.’MORE: Chelsea to follow up Bryan Fiabema signing with move for compatriot Josef Baccay Advertisement Most Premier League goals Alan Shearer – 260 (441 appearances)Wayne Rooney – 208 (491)Andy Cole – 187 (414)Frank Lampard – 177 (609)Sergio Aguero – 177 (255)*Thierry Henry – 175 (258) last_img read more

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Feb 2020 9:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Sky Germany presenter: “Serge Gnabry has scored in his last six games in London. That’s crazy, right?”Thomas Müller: “Yeah, Arsenal are perhaps asking themselves that.” pic.twitter.com/2mn5rVfy0x— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) February 25, 2020 Thomas Muller pokes fun at Arsenal after Serge Gnabry’s double against Chelsea Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller combined to torment Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Thomas Muller took a cheeky swipe at Arsenal after Serge Gnabry maintained his phenomenal record in London with a terrific double in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea team managed to keep Bayern at bay until half-time but the floodgates opened after the break and Gnabry opened the scoring in the 51st minute thanks to an exquisite cut back from Robert Lewandowski.Gnabry doubled his tally with a composed finish just three minutes later before Lewandowski’s strike put Bayern within touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals.To add to Chelsea’s woes, Jorginho will be absent at the Allianz Arena after picking up a booking for dissent and Marcos Alonso’s red card – for striking Lewandowski with his arm – also rules him out of the second leg.ADVERTISEMENT Lampard: Bayern’s levels ‘fantastic’ as Chelsea trounced at homeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:52FullscreenLampard: Bayern’s levels ‘fantastic’ as Chelsea trounced at homehttps://metro.co.uk/video/lampard-bayerns-levels-fantastic-chelsea-trounced-home-2118546/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.But Tuesday evening undoubtedly belonged to Bayern and ex-Arsenal man Gnabry whose brace took him to 17 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementRemarkably, all five of his Champions League goals (four against Tottenham and two versus Chelsea) have come in London this season – that’s the same number Alexandre Lacazette has managed in the capital this campaign.After the game, Sky Germany asked Bayern forward Muller: ‘Serge Gnabry has scored in his last six games in London. That’s crazy, right?’Muller replied: ‘Yeah, Arsenal are perhaps asking themselves that!‘I’m happy he is scoring so much in London now and not five years ago, because if that were the case he probably wouldn’t be with us now.’ Advertisement Gnabry insists Bayern cannot afford to rest on their laurels but a three-goal buffer gives them ‘confidence’ ahead of the second leg.‘I certainly do [enjoy coming back to London]. I have a lot of friends here. A lot of them were in the stands tonight and I think they were giving me good power,’ the German told BT Sport.‘Three goals should give us a lot of confidence. We need to be prepared for the second leg and we can’t take it serious enough. It’s still open but I think we have a good advantage.‘I think we knew we had to be patient. We had the game under control in the first half I think we had a couple of chances with Lewa and Thomas and didn’t take them. But knowing we have to be patient and that we’d get our chances and in the end we took them.‘We saw last season with Liverpool beating Barcelona, we know we have to be careful and focus.’center_img Comment Advertisement After Bayern’s thumping victory, Arsene Wenger explained that Gnabry’s tendency to look for the ‘easy way’ was why he failed to make the grade at Arsenal.‘He has no real limitations it’s more how much does he want to suffer,’ the former Arsenal head coach said on beIN SPORTS.‘Because he has pace, power, technical ability, he’s very intelligent, sometimes he looks for the easy way in football. That’s what was his problem. He lacked a bit.‘I gave him to West Brom, it didn’t work out at all. In fairness I think we had an agreement with him but Bayern stole him away from Werder Bremen.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s a good player. He has individual ability and collective ability. We had an agreement with him but because he didn’t play at West Brom I let him go with the U21s in the summer with the German national team and he did very well of course.‘We had prepared him for us to sign his new contract but then suddenly he wanted to go to Werder Bremen.‘But it was not Werder Bremen that bought him it was Munich that bought him. Because six months or less than one year later he moved from Bremen to Bayern but it was a done deal before.‘He was at the end of his contract and we thought that he would stay because he told he would stay.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Michael Ballack sympathises with Mason Mount after Chelsea’s defeat to Bayern Munich London still red.. #FCB pic.twitter.com/3108THrtzv— Serge Gnabry (@SergeGnabry) February 25, 2020last_img read more

first_img Top articles / Read More 1 min. story Saka’s contact expires next year (Picture: Getty)Borussia Dortmund are reportedly ready to swoop for Saka, just as they did when they poached Jadon Sancho from Manchester City back in 2017. Manchester United and Liverpool are also believed to be keeping tabs on the situation.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling PLAY Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Ad Video Settings About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Bukayo Saka has been stalling over a new deal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)One of Arsenal’s top priorities over the last few months has been tying Bukayo Saka down with a new contract and many fans are convinced the youngster is finally on the brink of renewing after a ‘hint’ on the club’s Instagram page.Saka has been one of the shining lights in an otherwise mixed campaign for Arsenal and the north London giants have been sweating over the 18-year-old’s future considering he becomes a free agent in 2021.The England Under-19 international has established himself as one of the most exciting prospects in the country after racking up two goals and eight assists while playing out of position at left-back this term. Read More Arteta is desperate to keep hold of Saka (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Martin Keown has been just as desperate for Saka to renew and believes it would be a ‘massively important’ moment for other players coming through the academy. ‘We know the importance of it and you hope that his head isn’t turned, and that Arsenal is his club,’ the former Arsenal defender said on BT Sport.‘It is massively important for the youth system.‘He has come through the academy and you have got to have that light at the end of the tunnel for these youngsters.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘He is the one now, he is the talking point. [Gabriel] Martinelli has been brought in as a youngster, but Saka, with his intelligence of movement and the quality of the pass, that doesn’t grow on trees.‘They have got to nail the player down to a new deal as soon as possible.’Will Bukayo Saka sign a new contract at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal preparing to launch £20m bid for ‘next N’Golo Kante’MORE: Lukas Podolski sends message to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang transfer SPONSORED Coming Next Skip Read More Arsenal fans convinced club have dropped Bukayo Saka contract hint by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More 1/1 Read More Arsenal first-team stars Alexandre Lacazette and Bernd Leno have even pleaded with Saka to commit his future to the Gunners amid growing interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs.However, some supporters believe the teenager could be about to put pen to paper on a new contract after a post on the Gunners’ official page on Instagram. Saka has been the focus of Arsenal’s last three posts and the most recent – which claims the youngster is ‘just getting started’ – has been flooded with comments from Arsenal fans speculating that an announcement is imminent. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 19 May 2020 5:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares Full Screen ‘Does this mean he signing a new deal?!’ @zacklilleyy replied.‘New contract hint!😱😱👀👀,’ @arsenal.way responded.‘Contract extension incoming ;),’ @thearsenalrepublic said. ‘Oh he defo signed 😅,’ @daniel.cracknell responded. ‘Contract signed from the look of things 👀,’ @jdm.014 said. ‘Clearly hinting at something 😉😉,’ @alex.vale. responded.‘This better be a way of you telling us that he’s gonna sign a contract,’ @fred.300 replied.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement ‘I nearly fell off my chair!’ – Paul Merson backs Arsenal’s deadline day move for Thomas Partey Comment Arteta speaks after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheff Utd, praises SakaTo 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 14:00FullscreenArteta speaks after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheff Utd, praises Sakahttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-arsenals-2-1-win-sheff-utd-praises-saka-2262874/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.But the north London club have stepped up their interest once again and are plotting a last-ditch move to activate Partey’s £45m buyout clause. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTReacting to the latest reports, ex-Arsenal star Merson told Sky Sports News: ‘I think he’s a top drawer player. I nearly fell off my chair at that price! ‘At £45m, I don’t think that’s a lot of money at all for the quality of player you’re bringing in here.‘The one thing he brings as well is discipline. He’s played at Atletico Madrid who are probably one of the most disciplined teams in Europe and he will do that.‘He’s not a midfield player who will go running all over the place, where you’re thinking: “Where’s he gone?”‘He’s very disciplined, he plays in a disciplined team and I think he would be a great signing.’ Arsenal have revived their move for Thomas Partey on deadline day (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Thomas Partey would be a ‘great signing’ for Arsenal and admits he ‘nearly fell off his chair’ after discovering the midfielder could be set to join the club for a fee of just £45million on deadline day. Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta made it clear he was keen for reinforcements in the middle of the park at the start of the summer and identified Atletico Madrid’s Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar as his two top targets. Atleti have been insistent that Partey will only be allowed to leave if his release clause be paid in full which had been proving difficult for the Gunners, with an agreement for the Ghana international seemingly dead in the water. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Oct 2020 3:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link21.5kShares The Ghana midfielder has a £45m release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid (Picture: Getty)Merson added: ‘They’re not playing at the moment and he doesn’t want them around the club.‘He’s trying to get rid of them and I like that kind of business.‘You look at Manchester United and you think Phil Jones is still there and they’re not going to play. What are they still doing there?‘Fair play to the lads at Arsenal, they want to go and play football and saying they’ll go. They aren’t digging their heels in and saying, “You know what? I’ll stay here, I’m comfortable” and they want to play football.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‘It’s a short career so go and play football.‘There’s an identity now with Arsenal and you know what they’re trying to do.‘You know what they’re trying to do. I think they try and overplay a bit too much but when you get someone like Partey in and [Dani] Ceballos in who can play, I like what they’re doing.’AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m gonna say it, I think Manchester City are missing Arteta.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Piers Morgan fumes at Arsenal after club sack long-serving mascot Gunnersaurus in latest cost-cutting exerciseMORE: Arsenal’s hopes of signing a new midfielder fade as Chelsea rule out Jorginho deal Former Arsenal star Merson says Partey would be a ‘great signing’ at the Emirates (Picture: Sky Sports)Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira could both make way to make room for Partey and Merson praised the club’s no-nonsense approach with players failing to make the grade under Arteta.‘I like what Arteta’s doing, he’s trying to get rid of the players that are not involved,’ he said.‘You don’t want them hanging around and he wants them out and fair play.‘I like what they’re doing, Arsenal.’last_img read more

first_img May 30, 2017 Governor Wolf, PennDOT Announce 2017 Highway Improvements in Southeast Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Norristown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that over $550 million in highway and bridge improvements will begin or be bid across the Philadelphia region during the 2017 construction season, bringing the region’s total contract work this year to roughly 125 projects worth $2.2 billion.“The funding allocated for these projects not only reduces the backlog of Pennsylvania’s pavement and bridge demands, but significantly improves the growing need for better mobility and safety on our roadways,” Governor Wolf said. “This major investment in our infrastructure that will greatly improve our vast transportation network, enhance local communities and generate more robust economies across the state.”The announcement was made on a site within the Lafayette Street Extension Project, a $95 million project that will spur economic redevelopment in Norristown and strengthen one of Plymouth Township’s busy retail and industrial centers.Overall highlights in the 2017 construction season for PennDOT’s District 6 (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) include:approximately 235 miles of paving; andapproximately 33 bridges will be repaired or replaced.“The infusion of additional funding through Act 89 has allowed us to move critical projects into construction that will help extend the service life of our highways and bridges, improve safety and strengthen our infrastructure for future generations,” District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain said.Notable projects that have recently moved into construction include:I-95 Betsy Ross Ramps/Adams Avenue Connector in Philadelphia ($81 million);U.S. 322 widening in Delaware County ($62.6 million);U.S. 202 bridges over Amtrak in Chester County ($26.4 million);Route 452 bridge replacement in Delaware County ($19.9 million);I-95 overhead bridges in Delaware County ($16.6 million);JFK Boulevard bridge rehabilitations in Philadelphia ($15.9 million);Pottstown signal system improvements in Montgomery County ($13.3 million);U.S 13 (Bristol Pike) resurfacing in Bucks County ($3 million); andRoute 41/Newark Road Intersection improvement in Chester County ($1.4 million).Notable projects that are expected to be bid this year include:I-95 GR4 in Philadelphia (estimated $278 million);Chestnut Street bridges in Philadelphia (apparent low bid $103.5 million);U.S. 1 improvement in Bucks County (estimated $85 million);U.S. 422 reconstruction in Montgomery County (estimated $38 million);I-95 resurfacing in Bucks County (apparent low bid $29.6 million);Markley Street/U.S. 202 South improvement in Montgomery County (estimated $24 million);I-76 resurfacing in Montgomery County (apparent low bid $21.1 million);MacDade Boulevard improvement in Delaware County (estimated $5.5 million); and14 contracts to resurface 235 segment miles in the Philadelphia region.A map showing all contracted work that District 6 has underway or that will start or be bid this year is available at www.penndot.gov/district6 on the “Construction Projects/Roadwork” page.Serving as another example of transportation’s impact on communities, the three-phase Lafayette Street project is funded 80 percent by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and 20 percent by Montgomery County. Montgomery County initiated the project and manages it in partnership with PennDOT and the FHWA. The first phase, which extended Lafayette Street past its former limit at Ford Street into Plymouth Township, finished construction in early 2015. The second phase, completed in December 2016, improved local roads in preparation for the eventual interchange and includes widening Ridge Pike between Ross Street and School Lane; realigning, rebuilding, and signalizing Fairfield Road and Diamond Avenue; and connecting the extended Lafayette Street into Diamond Avenue.The third phase, estimated at $25 million, is on schedule to be bid this fall with construction expected to begin in the spring of 2018 and will widen and rebuild the existing Lafayette Street in downtown Norristown. The work will also improve mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians by installing a pedestrian crossing at the Norristown Transportation Center and connecting the Schuylkill River Trail and the Chester Valley Trail at DeKalb Street and Lafayette Street.The regional investments complement the department’s Road Maintenance and Preservation, or Road MaP, program, which Governor Wolf recently announced will invest $2.1 billion in maintenance and highway and bridge capital projects over the next 10 years. Of the investments, $1 billion will go to roadway maintenance and $1.1 billion will go to highway and bridge capital projects. Of the capital projects, $500 million will be allocated to an Interstate preservation and reconstruction program, bringing that total program, begun in 2016, to $1 billion over the next 10 years. Another $600 million will go toward rehabilitation and reconstruction needs identified through the department’s district and regional planning efforts.For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.last_img read more

first_img November 21, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEET From the Wolf Family Recipe Box: Magical Date Nut Bars By: First Lady Frances Wolf First Lady Frances Wolf,  Holidays,  The Blog This recipe from the bestselling book Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer was a favorite of my mother’s. She always and only served this nut bar treat during the holidays. The sugar on top made it seem magical and gave it that other worldly sense.We continue the tradition in our home for our children and family. This holiday season, we invite your family to try this Wolf family holiday tradition. Enjoy!P.S. See recipes we’ve shared from the past two Thanksgivings: Wolf Family Apple Crisp Recipe (2016) and Family Stuffing Recipe from Wolf and Donnelly Families (2015).Wolf Family Date Nut Bar Recipe1 cup of sugar3 eggs⅞ cups of all purpose flour1 teaspoon of double acting baking powder⅛ teaspoon of salt¼ teaspoon of ground cloves¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon of allspice1 teaspoon of vanilla extract2 cups of chopped dates1 cup broken nuts (choose your favorite)Confectioners’ sugarPreheat oven to 325°F. In a bowl, sift sugar. In another bowl beat 3 eggs until light. Mix sugar into egg mix.Then add 7/8 cup all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon double acting baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat all the ingredients until they are well blended.Now add 2 cups chopped dates and 1 cup broken nuts.Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9×13 inch pan. Bake for about 25 minutes.When the pan is cool, cut into bars. Finally, roll each bar in confectioners’ sugar and serve. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Whitehall, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined state and local leaders today to celebrate the success of a $400,000 PAsmart grant that is providing math and science education to 3,000 preschool students in western Pennsylvania. The governor visited the students at Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Head Start and PreK Counts Program in Baldwin High School.“These young students will experience tremendous technological advances in their lifetime and PAsmart is preparing them with the knowledge to thrive,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The Storytime STEM-packs funded by the PAsmart grant are a fun and innovative way to teach young children about math, science and literature.”The governor launched the groundbreaking workforce development PAsmart initiative two years ago. The program encourages partnerships between educators and private industry to strategically invest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, so students are prepared for the high-growth jobs of today and the future.“Pennsylvania must be a place where businesses want to move because we have the knowledgeable, skilled workforce they need,” said Governor Wolf. “The teachers and staff here are giving these children a step up by teaching STEM skills that are becoming essential in the modern workforce.”The Wolf administration awarded a $399,379 PAsmart Advancing Grant earlier this year to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Math & Science Collaborative to create a new round of Storytime STEM-packs. The materials combine children’s literature, robot challenges and math and science concepts in a fun and interactive STEM activity.Using the PAsmart grant, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will provide the Storytime STEM-packs to 40 preK-2 classrooms in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, 15 public libraries, 60 Head Start classrooms and 10 Diocese of Pittsburgh schools. The project will serve 192 educators and librarians and approximately 3,000 children this school year.“The work to enhance computer science and STEM education is an effort that involves many organizations,” said AIU interim executive director Rosanne Javorsky. “While school districts are at the forefront of implementing computer science instruction, many other groups are also involved, such as community libraries, centers of higher learning, businesses, non-profits and local foundations. Each organization represents one piece of the larger effort, and together we are preparing today’s students to succeed in the world of tomorrow.”The Baldwin-Whitehall School District also benefited from a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted grant to support computer science learning in three elementary schools.“The Baldwin-Whitehall School District has been making substantial investments in computer science education for all students,” said Superintendent Randal Lutz. “Through the awarding of the PA Smart Grant, we have been able to provide an introduction to computer science for all elementary children in grades K-5. As a recognized leader in public education, BWSD, with the support of Governor Wolf and PAsmart, continues to provide exceptional opportunities for all children to be prepared for what will come next.”PAsmart has made Pennsylvania a national leader in STEM and computer science education. Accomplishments under Governor Wolf include:Ranking second in the nation for investments in computer science education;Advancing Pennsylvania to third in the nation in the number of nationally-recognized STEM ecosystems and making the commonwealth the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates;Establishing standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools;Joining the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, a bipartisan initiative organized by Code.org, to advance policy, funding, and professional learning for computer science education.The State Board of Education recently directed the Department of Education to begin the process of updating Pennsylvania’s science standards.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart. November 22, 2019 Gov. Wolf Celebrates Success of PAsmart Investment in STEM Learning for 3,000 Preschool Studentscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img July 09, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Announces Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through Aug. 31center_img Economy,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today signed a new executive order that protects homeowners and renters from eviction or foreclosure until Aug. 31, if they have not received assistance from a new program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) or are not already receiving relief through one of several federal foreclosure moratorium programs or judicial orders. Lenders and property owners that receive funds through the PHFA program agree not pursue foreclosure or eviction actions as a condition of participation in the program.“I am taking this action to help families know they will have a roof over their heads and a place to live while all of us fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Wolf. “It takes one more burden off of people who are struggling and ensures that families can remain in their homes so they can protect their health and wellbeing.”The governor signed legislation in May providing $150 million for rental assistance and $25 million for mortgage assistance through PHFA with CARES Act funds. PHFA began accepting applications July 6.Eligibility information and applications for renters and homeowners is available on the PHFA website.See frequently asked questions about the executive order.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Housing Finance Agency, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have each extended eviction and foreclosure protections for housing under their authority to Aug. 31.In almost all circumstances, renters and homeowners are required to continue making monthly payments if they can. Pennsylvanians struggling to make monthly payments should contact their landlord or mortgage servicer immediately. The governor’s executive order does not apply to proceedings regarding property damage or illegal activity.The governor previously signed an executive order suspending evictions and foreclosures, which expires Friday. That action followed a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order which closed court eviction proceedings until May 11.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 29, 2020 Los organismos estatales y locales recuerdan a los residentes de Pennsylvania el papel que desempeñan en la mitigación de la COVID-19, aconsejan cómo informar las presuntas infraccionescenter_img Español,  Press Release,  PSA,  Public Health,  Public Safety En todo el estado, las empresas y los residentes de Pennsylvania están haciendo su parte para evitar la propagación de la COVID-19 y mantenerse a sí mismos, sus familias, sus clientes y sus comunidades a salvo, principalmente al usar máscaras en todos los negocios y cada vez que salen de casa. La Administración Wolf ha emitido una serie de órdenes desde marzo con el único objetivo de proteger a los habitantes de Pennsylvania de la COVID-19, que se ha cobrado más de 7,000 vidas en el estado.“Hemos tenido un enorme éxito en nuestra lucha contra la COVID-19 gracias al duro trabajo y a los sacrificios de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania”, dijo el Gobernador Tom Wolf. “Pero con el aumento reciente y continuo en los casos, debemos permanecer alerta, seguir escuchando a los profesionales de la salud y cada uno de nosotros debe hacer su parte para evitar que este virus peligroso se propague en nuestras comunidades”.La Administración Wolf ha destacado la importancia del uso de máscaras como la medida más importante para ayudar a detener la propagación de la COVID-19. Junto con el distanciamiento social, este simple acto puede proteger a las personas y a las empresas y ayudar a aumentar nuestras libertades.De acuerdo con la orden de la Secretaria de Salud, las empresas deben exigir a todos los clientes que usen máscaras mientras se encuentran en sus locales, y negar la entrada a las personas que no usan máscaras, a menos que la empresa proporcione medicamentos, insumos médicos o alimentos, en cuyo caso la empresa debe ofrecer métodos alternativos para recoger o entregar de tales artículos.Hay excepciones limitadas a la orden del uso máscaras, que incluyen a aquellos que no pueden usar una máscara debido a una afección, aquellos para quienes usar una máscara crearía una condición insegura, personas que no podrían quitarse una máscara sin ayuda, niños menores de dos años y personas que se comunican o buscan comunicarse con alguien que tiene problemas de audición o tiene otra discapacidad en la que la posibilidad de ver la boca es esencial para la comunicación.Queremos que los residentes de Pennsylvania hagan lo correcto. Todos aquellos que reclaman una excepción que no tienen, están poniendo potencialmente en riesgo la vida de las personas con quienes se encuentran. Usar una máscara es una declaración no partidista y no política que demuestra que le importan las personas con las que se encuentra y es un signo de amabilidad y respeto.Las actuales órdenes de mitigación vigentes incluyen la de Seguridad de los trabajadores, Seguridad en edificios, obligación de usar máscara y las órdenes de mitigación específicas del 15 de julio. Además de centrarse en el cumplimiento voluntario, varios organismos estatales y locales están a cargo de hacer cumplir estos importantes mandatos de salud y seguridad.Los residentes de Pennsylvania pueden contribuir al informar de manera apropiada las presuntas infracciones a estas órdenes implementadas para mantener a las personas a salvo.Las órdenes de la Secretaria de Salud se emitieron en virtud de la autoridad que le confiere la ley, y tienen la fuerza y el peso de la ley.Al igual que con todas las órdenes actuales, si se emitieran citaciones, se emitirían de conformidad con la Ley de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades de Pennsylvania de 1955, 35 P.S. § 521.20(a) y con el Código Administrativo de 1929, 71 P.S. § 1409, que son las mismas secciones estatutarias que se utilizaron para la aplicación del cierre de empresas.Definición de los estatutosLey de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades de Pennsylvania de 1955, 35 P.S. § 521.20(a): Toda persona que infrinja cualquiera de las disposiciones de esta ley o de cualquier regulación será, por cada delito, tras la condena en un procedimiento sumario ante cualquier magistrado, concejal o juez de paz en el condado donde se cometió el delito, condenada a pagar una multa de no menos de veinticinco dólares ($25) y no más de trescientos dólares ($300), junto con los costos, y ante la falta de pago de la multa y los costos, será encarcelada en la cárcel del condado por un período no mayor de treinta (30) días.Código Administrativo de 1929, 71 P.S. § 1409: Toda persona que infrinja cualquier orden o regulación del Departamento de Salud, o que se resista o interfiera con cualquier funcionario o agente del mismo en el desempeño de sus deberes de acuerdo con las regulaciones y órdenes del Departamento de Salud, tras ser declarada culpable en un procedimiento sumario ante un juez de paz, un concejal o un magistrado del condado en el que se comete la infracción o la ofensa, será condenada a pagar una multa de no menos de diez dólares ($10.00) y costos y no más de cincuenta dólares ($50.00) y costos, dicha multa deberá ser pagada al condado en el que se cometa la infracción o la ofensa. En caso de falta del pago de dicha multa y costos, el infractor será sentenciado a ser confinado en la cárcel del condado correspondiente por un período de 30 días.Fuerzas del orden públicoTodos los organismos locales de las fuerzas del orden público de Pennsylvania pueden hacer cumplir las órdenes de mitigación específicas del 15 de julio sobre la seguridad en edificios, el uso de máscaras y las medidas de seguridad y salud de los trabajadores. La Policía del Estado de Pennsylvania (PSP) ha emitido 52 advertencias relacionadas con las órdenes hasta la fecha.La Oficina de Control de Bebidas Alcohólicas de la Policía Estatal realiza cientos de controles de cumplimiento cada día en establecimientos habilitados para la venta de bebidas alcohólicas para garantizar que los licenciatarios cumplan con los requisitos de uso de máscaras, el distanciamiento social y otros requisitos, en particular, las órdenes de mitigación específicas del 15 de julio. Las actualizaciones periódicas se publican en psp.pa.gov.Junta de Control de Bebidas Alcohólicas de PennsylvaniaLa Junta de Control de Bebidas Alcohólicas de Pennsylvania ha brindado orientación a bares y restaurantes y se le notifica sobre las citaciones de la Policía del Estado de Pennsylvania. Según el nivel de infracción, la PLCB podría suspender la licencia de venta de bebidas alcohólicas de una empresa y una mayor aplicación podría poner la licencia en riesgo.Departamento de SaludEl Departamento de Salud cumple una función en la aplicación de todas las órdenes existentes para proteger la salud y la seguridad de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania.Las quejas o avisos de posibles infracciones recibidas de los residentes o del Departamento de Agricultura u otros denunciantes se examinan y envían a la autoridad correspondiente, generalmente la Policía del Estado de Pennsylvania o las fuerzas del orden público locales.Se recomienda a los trabajadores a comunicarse primero con su empleador si sienten que no están siendo protegidos correctamente en su lugar de trabajo. Si eso no produce el resultado deseado, el trabajador puede comunicarse directamente con las fuerzas del orden público locales a través de un número que no sea de emergencia, o con el Departamento de Salud y completar un formulario de queja sobre la COVID-19, disponible aquí. El departamento examina y realiza el seguimiento del formulario completo y, si corresponde, se envía a la PSP para su investigación. Si la ubicación de la empresa no está bajo la jurisdicción de la PSP, la PSP remite la queja a las fuerzas del orden público locales para su investigación.Toda persona que sienta que una empresa no cumple la orden de Seguridad del trabajador o la orden de Seguridad en edificios puede comunicarse con las autoridades locales o presentar una queja ante el departamento.Hasta la fecha, el departamento ha emitido cartas de advertencia que declaran que su plena autoridad incluye multas y cierres si no se siguen las órdenes. El departamento continúa recibiendo quejas y enviando cartas de advertencia a las empresas que no cumplen con las órdenes de mitigación.Departamento de AgriculturaEl Departamento de Agricultura de Pennsylvania hace cumplir la orden de la Secretaria de Salud en relación con los restaurantes y otros locales de venta minorista de alimentos, incluidas las prohibiciones o los límites respecto de los servicios para comer en el lugar y los requisitos del uso de máscaras mediante la emisión de advertencias y multas.Desde que se reanudaron los servicios para comer en los locales, el departamento ha recibido quejas relacionadas con el personal del restaurante que no usa máscaras según lo exigido, no cumple con el distanciamiento social y de otra manera no respeta las restricciones de salud pública para limitar la propagación de la COVID-19 de persona a persona.Cuando se reciben tales quejas, el departamento envía avisos al denunciante y a la empresa. Estas quejas también se remiten al Departamento de Salud de Pennsylvania para su cumplimiento. El Departamento de Agricultura envía inspectores para realizar el seguimiento y puede emitir advertencias y multas a los propietarios de restaurantes. Las quejas sobre inquietudes en restaurantes y locales minoristas de venta de alimentos pueden enviarse al departamento por Internet.Funcionarios localesLas fuerzas del orden público locales recibieron la guía sobre la aplicación de las diversas órdenes relativas a la COVID-19 vigentes de parte de la Policía del Estado de Pennsylvania a través de la Asociación de Jefes de Policía de Pennsylvania. Los departamentos de policía locales tienen la discreción de advertir o citar a una empresa por infringir las órdenes. Las citaciones pueden elaborarse conforme al Código Administrativo de 1929 71 P.S. § 1409 y/o la Ley de Prevención y Control de Enfermedades de 1955 35 P.S. § 521.20(a). La decisión de emitir una advertencia o una citación se toma caso por caso y se determina según las circunstancias únicas de cada encuentro.Enlaces importantesGuía y recursos sobre COVID-19Orden de seguridad del trabajadorOrden de seguridad en edificiosOrden sobre el uso de máscarasOrden de mitigación específica del 15 de julio – Gobernador WolfOrden de mitigación específica del 15 de julio – Secretaria LevinePreguntas frecuentes sobre el uso de máscarasFormulario de Internet del Departamento de Salud de Pennsylvania para presentar una queja sobre una empresa o un empleadorFormulario de Internet del Departamento de Agricultura de Pennsylvania para presentar una queja sobre un restaurante o un establecimiento minorista de alimentosView this information in English.last_img read more

first_imgOlder and larger logistics centres in Brisbane’s competitive warehouse market are being forced to undergo extensive refurbishments in order to contend against competitively priced new builds in emerging areas.Colliers International’s director of industrial Anthony White says there is an increasing trend for institutional owners to invest heavily in refurbishing their existing portfolios in order to increase their properties’ market relevance.“These owners are looking to attract new tenants to their buildings following existing tenants vacating, sometimes after leases which are on a term of 20 years or more,” White says.Read the full story on Commercial NewsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agolast_img read more

first_imgThe property features a tennis court and resort-style pool.The almost 800sq m home has all the trappings of the good life including a theatre room, library, games room, resort-style pool and tennis court, plus a separate pool house that can double as a self-contained guesthouse for visitors. The Baskerville’s home in Bridgeman Downs settled last week. Picture: SuppliedA HAMPTONS-style home sold in Brisbane’s north has fetched a suburb record price of $4.96 million for its very patient homeowners. Earl Baskerville in a file photo at his gardens in Bridgeman Downs. Picture: Peter WallisThe Retreat Street property in up-market Bridgeman Downs was owned by Brisbane businessman Earl Baskerville, a printing industry entrepreneur whose home was touted as “Brisbane’s answer to the prestigious US East Coast enclave of the Hamptons”.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 investor6 hours ago The home had been on and off the market since 2012.The suburb house price record for Bridgeman Downs was $4.5m previously, and the new sale price of $4.96 million was updated on property site CoreLogic over the weekend.center_img The home has four bedrooms.The Baskervilles have been very patient with the sale of this home, with 1.01 hectare estate having been on the market since 2012.Agent Sarah Hackett of Place listed it as “a palatial award winning estate on 2.5 acres of elevated, landscaped gardens with an architecturally-significant design by Richard Foley”. The pool house doubles as a self-contained guesthouse.The home also has in-built audio, security, three phase power, ducted air conditioning, vacuumaid, Dynalite Home Management System, irrigation and a three bay shed.last_img read more

first_img56 Nathan Tce, YeerongpillyJasper and Alicia Bienke bought their home at 56 Nathan Tce, Yeerongpilly two years ago and set about undertaking a major renovation.Mr Bienke said they had planned to stay in the home with their two children, but circumstances had changed and they were now planning to sell.The renovation work included the addition of bedrooms, a new bathroom and kitchen and an extension out the back of the home.The gardens were also extensively renovated. 56 Nathan Terrace Yeerongpilly“It had good bones but it just needed to be brought into this century,’’ Mr Bienke said.He said the kitchen was one of his favourite parts of the home as it opened straight out onto the balcony via bi-fold doors.“We sort of went over the top and put a massive big stone island bench in it.’’The home is on an 815sq m block.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 56 Nathan Tce, YeerongpillyThe four bedrooms are on the upper level of the home as well as a study and two new bathrooms.The main bedroom has a walk-in robe and an ensuite. This bedroom opens to the rear deck.There is ducted air conditioning in the living areas.The home has wide timber floorboards and high ceilings.On the lower level of the home is an area which would be suitable for a teenagers’ retreat or older parents. It has two-built in guest rooms, a new bathroom, laundry and kitchenette. There is bamboo flooring throughout this area.Another feature of the home is a media room.center_img 56 Nathan Tce, YeerongpillyThere is remote gated entry, a remote double-car garage and driveway space to house up to four extra vehicles.The home is within walking distance to park lands and the river.It is also close to public transport and hospitals.last_img read more

first_imgA million-dollar view. 2/102 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach sold at auction for $1.250 million.MOMENTUM from the Gold Coast’s biggest auction event has carried over with multiple million-dollar properties selling under the hammer in a separate run of auctions.Realestate.com.au has released its latest data of properties that sold at auction in the lead-up to the week ending Saturday, 3 February. Location, location, location. The townhouse is on an exclusive street.A kitchen, living zone and a bedroom with private courtyard are on the ground floor, and the upper level offers main living and dining rooms, a sunny alfresco deck, new stone kitchen with breakfast bar and a parents’ retreat.The highest auction transaction reported so far was the sale of a five-bedroom, four-bathroom Jacobs Well home for $1.6 million. 26607/2 Ephraim Island, Paradise Point sold at auction for $1.250 millionIt wasn’t just houses selling under the hammer — 26607/2 Ephraim Island, Paradise Point sold for $1.250 million. The corner apartment features views of the Broadwater, an L-shaped balcony, and modern finishes including a CBUS home system. A huge crowd turned out for “The Event” hosted by Ray White Surfers Paradise with 131 properties going to auction. Auctioneer Andrew Bell at work. Picture Glenn HampsonIt follows the success of Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s legendary annual The Event auction held last weekend at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Benowa. The Event is widely regarded as an indicator of the Gold Coast’s real estate economy.RWSP CEO Andrew Bell said the success of the auction showed confidence.A mix of more than 170 registered local and interstate buyers engaged in a bidding frenzy, resulting in $35.4 million worth of deals confirmed at the time of going to press — a figure likely to climb further as sales are finalised over coming weeks. The waterfront property has a pool and pontoon.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe property listing was described as “a golden opportunity to buy well below replacement cost”.Located in Calypso Bay Estate, the 742sq m house features a pontoon, separate media room and formal lounge with gas fireplace. The Palm Beach villa sold under the hammer on Saturday.A four-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse on prestigious Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach changed hands for $1.350 million. “Despite grey skies and rain, a crowd of about 50 saw five bidders battle it out until a couple from Geelong, Victoria won with the highest bid of $1,350,000 — well above the owners reserve,” said auctioneer Mitch Palmer, principal of Ray White Mermaid Waters.The highly-sought after location offers postcard views of the Pacific Ocean, while the residence is split over two levels. 57 Limetree Pde, Runaway Bay went under the hammer for $1.345 million. The “family apartment” is modern and spacious.The fully furnished, 233 sq metre apartment was described as “ideal for a family” with access to facilities including three swimming pools, shopping, a gym, day spa and marina.According to realestate.com.au there were 303 listings scheduled across Queensland last week. Preliminary results show a 48 per cent clearance rate out of 180 results available. The Coast’s auction clearance rate has been steadily tracking upwards from a low of about 30 per cent towards the tail end of 2017. It’s been recently repainted. 4 Abel Tasman Place, Hollywell sold for $1.325 million.While two houses were set to go to auction in Hollywell, one sold prior to auction, leaving an older-style four-bedroom, three-bathroom property on the market ahead of auction day.4 Abel Tasman Place sold successfully under the hammer for $1.325 million. The three-storey concrete residence is the only tri-level property on the street, allowing for views of surrounding canals, the Broadwater and Stradbroke Island to be captured with no interruption. The bathroom features are a stand-out.The sprawling home’s luxury finish is all about the smaller details with rain showers, free standing baths, frameless glass screens featured throughout from the bathrooms to the infinity pool, and dimmable LED lighting. Waterfront residences were hot property, with a recently repainted Runaway Bay house on 18.5 metres of water front selling for $1.345 under the hammer. 37 Marina Pde, Jacobs Well sold for $1.6 million.last_img read more

first_imgThe award-winning 14 Sandyoke Court, Mudgeeraba proved popular with potential buyers. Picture: realestate.com.auIn the dining space and living room is a tall limestone wall with an integrated fireplace. There are double height ceilings, travertine floor tiles and an enclosed outdoor dining and lounge area.There is a heated 20 metre lap pool, which sits below the roof line. The home is beautiful inside and out. This is the home more potential buyers looked at on line this week than any other.THIS luxury Southport home attracted more potential buyers than any other house in Australia this week.And with such high demand comes a big price tag, with the home at 1a Yacht St, listed for offers of more than $9.5 million.The five-bedroom, Hamptons style house, which has views to Surfers Paradise was the most viewed on realestate.com.au this week. With views like this, no wonder, 1a Yacht St, Southport was so popular.The 880sq m home has roof shingles shipped in from the Hamptons, and American Oak floorboards.On the downstairs level is a guest suite with a walk-in robe, ensuite with bath and its own lounge room. 1a Yacht St, Southport.The property has a floating pontoon which can accommodate a 65ft craft and a sandy strip of beach. In the same family for 73 years, this Kedron home is finally being offered for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is a pre-war triple gable home on a 607sq m block of land. Both the bedrooms, one in the sleep-out have airconditioning.It is listed through Nathan Johnson of LJ Hooker – Stafford. Beautiful Hampton’s styling throughout.The downstairs family room has a built-in gas fireplace.The waterfront house has a large dining room which leads out through bi-folds to a built-in barbecue, and undercover area. There is a swimming pool and artificial grass area as well.center_img More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago1a Yacht St, Southport.It is listed through Sam Guo and Julia Kuo of Ray White Broadbeach / Mermaid Waters.The second most viewed listing in Australia this week was also in Queensland.The four-bedroom house at 14 Sandyoke Court, Mudgeeraba is listed for $3.695 million. The award-winning home is in the Jabiru Estate. It has textured pivot screens, timber accents, and stonework. 28 First St, Camp Hill also appealed to potential buyers. Picture: realestate.com.auFour of the five bedrooms are on the upper level including the main bedroom which has a private front balcony.It is listed through James Curtain and Warren Walsh of Place – Bulimba.At Buderim on the Sunshine Coast was Queensland’s fourth most viewed property this week.The five-bedroom house at 5 Xanadu Grove, is listed for $1.295 million plus buyers.It has multiple living zones, a parents’ retreat, and large decks overlooking the lagoon pool, and fenced yard with a rainforest backdrop. Peaceful surrounds at 5 Xanadu Grove, Buderim. Picture: realestate.com.auThe main bedroom ensuite has a spa, dual vanities and a walk-in robe. There are Italian porcelain tiles and new carpets throughout the home. No need to worry about being sunburnt, it has a 20 metre heated pool under the roofline. Picture: realestate.com.auIt won the 2017 Master Builders Queensland Gold Coast award for a residential build and the Ron McMaster Memorial Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship.It is listed through Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal – Broadbeach.It was to suburban Camp Hill for the third most viewed listing in Queensland this week.The five-bedroom home, at 28 First, St Camp Hill, on 566sq m, has oak flooring. Upstairs is an open plan family area with the kitchen, study nook and dining and living area.This area opens onto a covered outdoor area and the pool area. The property at Buderim is really like a resort. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed through Jamie Holbrook of Property Today – Sunshine Coast.The fifth most viewed property this week was a house at 26 Castle St, Kedron.The two-bedroom home is listed for offers of more than $599,000 and is for sale for the first time in 73 years.last_img read more

first_imgEntertain on your waterfront deck.“The home is a sanctuary, a fun family home, a truly iconic property, an abundant outdoor lifestyle with environmental surroundings like nothing else this close to any two cities,” she said. “You will discover dolphins, dugong and turtles around your jetty and shy golden wallaby playing nearby.”And if that’s not enough, there is also 22km of beach to explore.Colleen Brunt and Amir Mian of Amir Main Prestige Property Agents are marketing the 724sq m property at $2.28 million. The kitchen opens up to the outdoor deck. Welcome to luxury – 12 Casuarina Drive, South Stradbroke Island.WELCOME to your private island sanctuary.Kathryn and Trevor Coomber say their South Stradbroke Island home is like nothing else in the world and are reluctantly putting it on the market. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThere’s even a library.No expense was spared in the design and build with natural elements including hardwood timber, stonework, marble, granite and copper used throughout the house.The outdoor area overlooking the water is a sight to behold — complete with coconut palms imported all the way from Far North Queensland. Entertain in style.When designing their house, they enlisted their friend and renowned Noosa designer Paul Clout to incorporate “tropical Queensland style with a resort feel”.“The design brief for this white sandy beach frontage land, was to offer a luxury oasis and escape from traffic, noise, hustle and bustle of the mainland,” she said.“Every inch of the home has been thought through in great detail paying homage to the environment it is surrounded by. No expense was spared in the design.There is a separate “pod” at one end of the home with its own staircase while a large self contained suite is at the other end — also with private staircase. Other features include a fireplace, cinema, library, study, wine cellar and cold room. The kitchen has Gaggenau and Miele appliances as well as a cappuccino machine, butler’s pantry and commercial grade ice maker. There is no shortage of space to relax and unwind.The couple bought the land 11 years ago after falling in love with the island.“The agent we bought our land from had long discovered the hidden secrets of the island and took us to spend time at his home here,” Mrs Coomber said. “We piled into his 4WD and headed through a gorgeous rainforest for mere minutes, opening out to 22km of uninhabited pristine beach. After all this time I still pinch myself at the sights, sounds and sheer joy of it.” Relax by the pool.The heated pool and spa feature glass mosaic tiles and a hand-sculpted feature wall with sandstone and granite sourced from Mount Warning.“The heated spa with wet edge is the perfect place to relax when returning from a campfire at the waters edge with friends at day’s end,” she said. “There’s a secret twinkle when the sun hits the water — we popped 14kt gold tiles in just for fun.” One of the bedrooms.last_img read more