first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island can expect up to another 5 inches of snow Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 during the morning commute. (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press)In what is becoming an all-too-real re-run of the plot to 1993’s Groundhog Day (and more than enough reason to seriously question the psychic abilities of our furry, somewhat cute meteorologists Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal), Long Islanders can again expect…wait for it…more snow.And this new snow will fall…wait for it…wait for it…just in time for tomorrow’s morning commute.The National Weather Service has issued yet another Winter Weather Advisory and Hazardous Weather Outlook for parts of Long Island and the region, in effect for Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 4 a.m. till 4 p.m., forecasting snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with as much as 3 to 5 inches possible.The snow will develop prior to daybreak Tuesday, it warns, and will fall moderately to locally heavy during the morning commute. The snow will gradually mix with and changeover to rain as the day progresses, it continues, before tapering off sometime in the afternoon.“Snowfall will make travel treacherous,” it states, “especially during the morning commute. In addition, heavy wet snow may cause some weak flat roof structures to collapse. Tree branches will also be susceptible to falling.”“A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties,” it explains. “Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.”The new storm rolls into the region on the heels of the last, which dumped up to 8 inches of the white slippery stuff on parts of the Island Saturday. Temperatures in the upper 40s and reaching even the low 50s are expected later in the week.How did that movie end, again? Guess it’s worth watching at least one more time.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A drug addict believed to be responsible for a spate of 18 knife-point robberies on Long Island over the past three months was arrested immediately after robbing another store in Huntington Station on Monday night, police said.Shane Cashmore, 30, who is homeless but has connections to Lake Ronkonkoma, will be arraigned in both Nassau and Suffolk counties on 18 counts of first-degree robbery, officials said. While being escorted out of the 2nd Precinct in Huntington Tuesday morning, Cashmore told reporters that he suffered from heroin addiction.“We have no doubt that Mr. Cashmore is responsible for these 18 robberies and we are glad to bring this spree to an end,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini during a joint press conference with acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter.Two other suspects were also arrested Monday night—Juliana Panteleone, 31, and Paul Drab, 26, both of Levittown—but authorities did not elaborate on their roles in the robberies. They were charged only for the Monday night robbery in Huntington Station in which they were described as getaway drivers.At the time of their arrest, Panteleone was preparing to inject herself with heroin, authorities said. Sini noted that there was evidence that suspects were suffering from substance abuse and “likely committing robberies to fuel their addiction.” The investigation is continuing.Cashmore is accused of robbing 18 businesses across the Island from Feb. 13 through May 1. Stores he allegedly hit included Carvel, Subway, Baskin Robin, TCBY, Dunkin’ Donuts, and The Barn, among others, police said.“Over these several months and weeks, small business owners and workers at these small businesses have been on edge, but today they can rest a little more peacefully,” said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.The big break in the case came in mid-April when investigators learned that Cashmore had been driving a rare Hyundai model called the Tiburon, which was only in production between 1999 and 2008.Police began looking into each of the 200 Tiburon’s registered in New York City and Long Island and were briefing individual officer’s when one came forward with information about an arrest he made in March that fit the description of the car, a 2006 version, in which Drab was driving. Drab was charged with possession of a controlled substance for that incident.The car, which was registered by Panteleone, was placed under around-the-clock surveillance, and authorities followed the car’s every movement: when the suspects took cans to scrap, to New York City, and to Panteleone’s place of work.Investigators followed that car Monday night to Oyster Bay, but the suspects became spooked by officers in the vicinity and instead drove to Huntington Station. After Cashmore allegedly committed his 18th robbery, he was immediately placed under arrest, police said.Krumpter said they were unable to prevent Sunday’s robbery in Lake Ronkonkoma because the car wasn’t used.Sini and Krumpter said their respective department’s willingness to work in tandem created an environment that contributed to Monday night’s arrests.The collaborative efforts of Nassau’s Robbery Squad and Suffolk’s Pattern Crime Unit is a “model” of how such investigations should work.In the first two cases attributed to the suspect, he allegedly robbed a Carvel in South Farmingdale 20 minutes after trying to rob a Dunkin’ Donuts five miles away in Seaford, police have said.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than 250 healthcare technology industry leaders will meet July 12 to discuss exciting and challenging new trends in their field, such as the digitalization and personalization of modern healthcare.The Health Tech 2.0 Summit brings together chief technology officers and other senior executives from prominent hospitals, health networks, and technology corporations, including leaders from private and public sectors. Dr. Purna Prasad, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Information Technology at Northwell Health — Long Island’s largest employer — is the featured keynote speaker, who will discussthe future of healthcare technology and its role in patient participation.“Patients traveling to a clinic to get their physiological [vitals] monitored is a thing of the past,” Dr. Prasad said. “Digital technology revolution commoditized medical equipment and made it affordable for the community to monitor themselves at home with acceptable clinical accuracy.”The panel agenda will cover healthcare innovation in the realms of tele-health systems, wellness apps, and cybersecurity. Speakers aim to navigate issues of commoditization in a more digital healthcare system, as well as the upcoming healthcare revolution as a result of emerging technologies.“The glut of monitoring, diagnostic and therapeutic gadgets in the hands of the consumer is confusing and overwhelming,” says Dr. Prasad. “A panel of experts will help unclog the complexity of these technologies and help consumers maintain a good quality of health.”The event is sponsored by SVAM International, the Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet), the Long Island Press and its parent company, Schneps Communications. It will begin with a breakfast and networking session from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with the panel scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.The Health Tech 2.0 Summit will be held 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12 at Simplay, which is located at 180 Commerce Dr. in Hauppauge. Parking is free. For more information on packages, sponsorships and tickets, contact Joanna Austin at 516-284-3331 x237 or jaustin@longislandpress.comlast_img read more

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rebecca Secor Rebecca Secor came to Member Loyalty Group from Educators Credit Union after developing their Net Promoter Program. During her time at Educators, she was a Marketing Specialist, Member Experience Auditor … Web: www.memberloyaltygroup.com Details How Customer Effort Scores Can Complement Your Member Feedback ProgramA number of credit unions have asked recently whether they should be measuring Customer Effort Score (CES) in their surveys. CES was introduced by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) in 2010 in a Harvard Business Review article. The methodology was revised by the CEB in 2013 after further research showed the need for adjustments to the question wording and scale.The essential idea behind CES is that reducing the effort required for your members to do business with you will result in fewer detractors and a better member experience, thus improving loyalty. How do you determine where you need to reduce effort? By asking members that recently interacted with you if you made it easy for them to handle your issue.The scores, especially when segmented by the types of interaction (question, problem, technical support, etc.) or channel (phone, web, mobile), can highlight the areas of your business where members have to put forth high effort to get what they need done. Think of those times when you’ve had to call a service provider back multiple times to get an issue resolved, or you try to find a solution on a website…but you’re forced to call in and try to use the touch tone phone tree. High effort erodes loyalty.Some may ask, is CES better than Net Promoter Score (NPS)? We think both metrics (and also Customer Satisfaction or CSAT) have merit when building a member feedback program. NPS is, by nature, a relationship-oriented metric. When members consider how likely they are to recommend the credit union, all of their past experiences are rolled into the rating they choose. As credit unions analyze NPS and the comments that go along with the scores members provide, they are often able to uncover the root cause of service issues and make adjustments.However, CES (or CSAT) can also be beneficial when used to measure member experience within a specific channel or touchpoint. Consider this, a member may have had a multitude of great experiences with the credit union and be highly likely to recommend. However, their recent experience with your online banking was very difficult and took way longer than they anticipated. This very loyal member, may indicate that they needed to put forth a lot of effort to use online banking. Imagine if this member continuously had issues with the online banking channel…one would guess that this would impact their overall loyalty at some point. CES (or CSAT) can be used as a spotlight to highlight current high effort experiences in your member journey. When used over time, it can provide an early warning signal to loyalty eroding, high effort interactions.The reality is… a metric alone cannot improve a credit union. It’s how you use the feedback and take action that creates the impressive results that NPS, CES or any other metric promises.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In one of her first public appearances since taking office February 18, Oregon Governor Kate Brown visited with advocates at Oregon Credit Union Day at the Capitol.“Congratulations,” said Governor Brown. “I understand we have 1.63 million members.”Credit union advocates are very familiar to Gov. Brown, who has served in state government roles since 1991. Prior to becoming Governor she served as Secretary of State, and as Majority Leader of the Oregon State Senate.When asked if she thought the state budget could be balanced without a tax increase, Governor Brown was quick to share her thoughts.“I think the short answer is no but I think they’re looking at some targeted price increases… We need additional resources for career and technical education,” she said, “so I think you may see some fee increases. I think you won’t see an entire overhaul of the Oregon tax system.” continue reading »last_img read more

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The new year marks an important turning point in the Fiserv history of delivering excellence to clients in the wealth management industry. As 2016 unfolds, look for additional timely information on The Point, including resources that drive results and improve relationships with your investment clients.To better serve you, our Investment Services division began a business transformation in 2015, revisiting everything we do and exploring how we can be more responsive to better serve and provide greater value for our clients. Revamping a business is complex; however, our mission is simple: leverage our leadership position in fintech innovation to deliver unequivocal first-in-class wealth management solutions.We are determined to bring our clients the best that technology can offer and recognize that innovations change at the speed of life. Consistently ranked among top technology partners to the financial services industry, the scale and leadership of Fiserv allows us to make unparalleled investments in our division from product research and development to client outreach and long-term strategy. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’ll admit that there is no such thing as a perfect financial plan. While it may be difficult to achieve perfection in our planning, there are things we can do to avoid making the big mistakes. Here are three examples of financial mistakes that people often spend decades trying to recover from: Thinking that you don’t need a budget (or it’s impossible to follow one for your situation)“I know that budgeting is important, it just hasn’t worked for me.”“It’s too hard to follow a budget.”“I have a general idea of where my money is going but not a written plan.”Similar statements are shared in financial planning meetings and during meaningful discussions between friends and family on a regular basis. We all have life goals and a vision for how we think our money should be aligned with those things that matter the most to us. The problem is that the lack of a budget is a major obstacle standing right there in the middle of our path. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Elry Armaza Elry Armaza is passionate about finding proactive solutions in a financial industry riddled with disruption. As Impact Director, he brings the best of Filene’s research and innovation into action. … Web: www.filene.org Details Have you noticed how much power the rating of an app has? Think about it, the last time you were looking for a GPS, exercise tracking, or mobile game. You likely based your decision to download the app (even at a cost) on its rating.We have grown comfortable relying on others’ opinions and we assume that these anonymous raters offer unbiased insights. After all, this is what we do with other experiences, from what restaurant to choose for dinner tonight to the hotel selection for your next family vacation.What about a mobile banking app?I have been investing much time lately (between November 2015 and February 2016 I studied 75 mobile banking apps) helping credit unions through the work we do at Filene with our Digital Strategies program. In that effort, I have uncovered a trend among app ratings in Apple’s App Store. The rating of the app had more to do with the users’ expectation rather than the app’s functionality.I found financial institutions with a robust app platform, built from scratch, offering good user experience, and with innovative features, with low ratings. In fact, the top 10 largest national banks averaged 3.1 stars out of 5. And the top 10 largest credit unions averaged 2.8 stars. If Angry Birds had this type of ratings, the world wouldn’t have experienced the eighteen versions that they since launched.At the other side of the spectrum, some medium size and small credit unions’ mobile banking apps with the highest ratings (4.5 stars and up) shared the same interface developer. The ratings are the complete opposite. The features perform well, but are rather basic, there are no bells and whistles here, and yet these apps enjoy high ratings.Why are mobile banking app ratings not directly tied to the innovative features or strongest and most robust experiences?My hypothesis based on the verbatim comments in the ratings is that we have one set of people rating the apps of the large and innovative financial institutions as if they were rating features in a luxury SUV, while a distinct group of people is rating the apps of the medium size credit unions as if they were rating features available in a small economy vehicle.Some of the harshest reviews given to the top 10 banks and credit unions are comparisons to other financials within this same group. They are based on advanced features like the ability for the mobile app to offer money management tools, predict future balances in real time, and activate and deactivate a card from the app. Members’ reviews given to the medium size or small credit unions for their app interface used phrases as “being easy to use,” “reliable,” and “meeting the expectations for everyday banking.”This ratings story emphasizes the importance of building for your members and solving their biggest problems and challenges. Also, who are building for? Is it the member of today or the member you want to attract for tomorrow? In either case, don’t let a positive rating “fool you” into believing that the mobile experience is exceptional. If your credit union is working on redesigning your mobile banking app and your goal is to offer innovative digital solutions to your members, let’s say closer to a “crossover vehicle” experience, pay close attention to members’ feedback. If you see a decline on your app’s rating with members pointing to new functionality that the app is missing, you might indeed be attracting a new segment of members. And that lower rating might be a positive indicator that your program is going in the right direction.last_img read more

first_imgA primary concern of credit unions and their 103 million members is ensuring that the nation’s retailers have the data and cyber security standards necessary to protect consumers’ information, wrote NAFCU’s Brad Thaler to House Small Business Committee leaders ahead of today’s hearing on cyber threats.Thaler, NAFCU’s vice president of legislative affairs, said NAFCU supports many of the efforts to strengthen existing cyber mechanisms, such as the work of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, both of which NAFCU is a member. However, Thaler said more needs to be done on the data security front.“Data security is an important part of the cyber security discussion,” Thaler wrote in his letter to committee Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y. “Every time a consumer uses a plastic card for payment at a register or makes online payments from their accounts, they unwittingly put themselves at risk.” continue reading » 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr An agreement between the Brookfield, Wis.-based core processor Fiserv and the San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco will enable integrated communications capabilities for financial institutions, allowing them to execute future branch strategies including virtual interaction and a universal banker model, the companies said.Fiserv said it plans to offer these hosted communications and infrastructure solutions through its portfolio of managed services, Sentry Performance Solutions. The portfolio includes network services, hosting services, network security services, hardware and software life cycle management, and unified communications services. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgOne of my pet peeves is when people arrive late – whether to a meeting or even a dinner reservation. I’m not sure if the same rings true for you, but I think most would agree that being late stalls productivity and can be just plain annoying.The Express Tribune’s Umnia Shahid recently published an article listing five habits of people who are never late. Habits include:1. They don’t blame their situations. “Being late is 100% your fault,” Shahid writes. “It’s always possible to be on time when it matters.”2. They value other people’s time. Being late is rude.3. They’re pessimistic about the clock. “Chronic latecomers abide by what are called time unicorns: unusual situations in which they made it somewhere or did something in record speed,” Shahid writes. “The solution: For various situations, set a timer from the moment you begin until the minute you finish.” continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A home is always a good investment. Several experts pointed to the notion that buying is better than renting as a bit of money wisdom everyone should ignore. “People think ‘if I rent, I’m a loser,’” says David Schneider, a certified financial planner at Schneider Wealth Strategies in New York City. On the contrary, renting can save money in the long run, says Pete Lang, an investment advisor and founder of Lang Capital in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Homes come with steep transaction costs and maintenance expenses. Plus, there is no guarantee they will appreciate in value. continue reading » You should always go for the highest return. Of course you want to make the most money possible off your investments, but going for the highest return isn’t always a smart strategy. “It may not necessarily suit your goals,” says Michelle Hutchison, money expert for personal finance site Finder.com. The risk on these investments may be too high, or they could come with significant fees.center_img Not all money advice is helpful. Some so-called tips could even set you up for financial failure. U.S. News spoke to five finance experts and asked them which money tips they think people are better off ignoring. Here’s what they said.last_img read more

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Happy Friday everyone! The Legislative Affairs team is taking over the Compliance Blog this morning to bring you updates on the Financial CHOICE Act – a piece of legislation that has gotten quite a bit of news recently. At nearly 600 pages, the Act contains dozens of detailed provisions – some NAFCU is in favor of, and some not. To save you the trouble of reading through the entire bill and enduring the portions that aren’t relevant to credit unions, I thought I’d write this blog to give you a brief summary of the salient parts, what to expect in the coming weeks, and what NAFCU is doing to make sure the bill helps your credit union.But before we get started, I want to provide a bit of context. First introduced and passed in the House Financial Services Committee last year, the CHOICE Act is designed to replace large portions of the Dodd-Frank Act. Although the bill passed Committee last year, it never made it to a full House vote. Fulfilling his promise in this new Congress, Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) reintroduced the CHOICE Act on Wednesday as H.R. 10. This version contains several changes to last year’s version – hence the informal moniker, CHOICE 2.0.NAFCU is supportive of the Financial CHOICE Act as it contains a number of regulatory relief provisions for credit unions.   Issues we are pleased to see covered in CHOICE 2.0 include: continue reading »last_img read more

first_img continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Credit Union Magazine announced today that James Schenck, President and CEO of PenFed Credit Union, will be honored as the 2017 Credit Union Hero of the Year. Schenck believes wholeheartedly in the cooperative spirit of the credit union movement.“It is an honor to receive this recognition on behalf of the 2,500 employees at PenFed,” said Schenck. “PenFed employees are the true heroes who are making a positive difference in the financial lives of our members every day—and who selflessly volunteer their time and resources to lead in their respective communities throughout the year. At PenFed, we are proud and honored to support the brave men and women who volunteer to fight and win our nation’s wars, our local communities, and the credit union community at large. There is no industry more noble or that does more good than America’s credit unions, and there is absolutely nothing more rewarding than joining together and helping others Do Better.”Since becoming CEO in April of 2014, Schenck has led PenFed’s asset growth from $17.6 billion to over $22.5 billion. A true believer in leading by example, he has expanded the reach and impact of the PenFed Foundation to address unmet needs facing our nation’s Veterans, active military and their families. One of its hallmark programs was raising funds to help the PenFed Foundation build the Defenders Lodge in Palo Alto, Calif., for former military personnel going to the Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center. Since it opened three years ago, the lodge has provided more than 75,000 bed nights at no cost to Veterans of all wars.last_img read more

first_img continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr New research shows the majority of small businesses are planning for growth, which they anticipate funding through lines of credit and business loans. According to the Raddon Research Insights: Winning Small Business Customers study, 79 percent of small businesses plan to grow over the long term, which could create lending opportunities for financial institutions.“When looking for a loan small businesses tend to look to their primary financial institution, so attracting small business deposit accounts can serve as the entry point for future loan business,” says Bill Handel, VP/research at Raddon, Lombard, Ill., a Fiserv, company. “Financial institutions can win small business customers by demonstrating that they understand business owners’ challenges, have the expertise these customers need, and can deliver the technology and service to help small businesses grow.”Small Business Growth Creates Lending OpportunitiesOf the 79 percent of small businesses planning for growth, about a third (38 percent) said they plan to use a business line of credit for funding, whereas 22 percent said they plan to use a business loan. These percentages rise to 50 percent for a business line of credit and 26 percent for a business loan among larger small businesses with $2 million to $10 million in annual sales.last_img read more

first_imgColumbus Day. I can say with certainty it’s kind of a joke holiday. I lease my land from the Cochiti Tribe. My title report had a copy of Abraham Lincoln’s signature on the land deed that gave the Cochiti BACK their land. Oops, my bad, you were here first. But it has become a popular day for credit unions to take advantage of the fact that no one “celebrates” this day, it’s not patriotic, religious or really significant so while the branch is closed (because the Fed is) let’s turn this into a day of learning, celebration, recreation and of course food.I have spoken every year for at least the last ten years and this year is no exception. I was asked to kick-off the event for Central Willamette CU in Albany, Oregon. The CEO is fairly new, and they will be going through the first core conversion in over 20 years – lots of change. These days don’t just “happen” they take a lot of coordination and imagination to have a good celebration! This is one of the best All Staff Days I’ve had the privilege to be a part of. My observation of the formula that works:Food. They had breakfast ready when employees arrived and a DJ in the lunch room to “pump things up” because it’s a Monday after all. They also have BOWLS of snacks in the conference room. Sugary, salty, nutty…..chocolate. All the food groups. Lunch was catered by a local favorite. 90 minute lunch with activities. This credit union had the most amazing diversity of activities during lunch:A representative from Costco (with cookies) so employees could sign up to become members…did I mention they brought cookies?The YMCA – again to sign up memberships. Encouraging wellnessFlu shots! Their insurance covers it so why not? Investment in attendanceSilent auction. Departments pooled together their money to create theme baskets to auction off with proceeds going to their foundation that supports charities like Credit Unions for Kids. 90% off the baskets contained liquor…..very popular. They raised $1,195.00! KITTENS!!! A local animal shelter brought a litter of kittens and a rescue pup for people to cuddle, play with and yes, two were adopted. The puppy was a bonus. So raise a glass to Christopher Columbus and even though we know you did not DISCOVER America, we are happy for the day off so we can keep America’s credit unions growing and staff motivated to continue to serve our members. Balance. Their agenda was a good balance between honoring their history (they showed a Legacy member video that brought me to tears), rewarding employees, and looking to the future (that conversion….) They are converting to Corelation’s Keystone product so after the presentation of timeline for training to conversion they played Bingo for Beer – The Bingo cards had key phrases used during conversion and the winner got a case of Keystone beer. center_img 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Denise Wymore Denise started her credit union career over 30 years ago as a Teller for Pacific NW Federal Credit Union in Portland, Oregon. She moved up and around the org. chart … Web: www.nacuso.org Detailslast_img read more

first_imgWomen’s Equality Day is celebrated on Aug. 26 each year. It commemorates the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote and has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1973. While much progress has been made in the area of gender equality since that time, digging a bit beneath the surface unearths some telling trends.The bad newsHere are some global stats, based on research conducted by Filene, to consider as it relates to gender parity:Women generate 65 percent of consumer discretionary spending, but their presence in the economy and representation in leadership roles remains unbalancedWomen are 20 percent less likely than men to have a formal bank account and often lack access to savings, credit and other financial servicesThe World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186When it comes to the credit union industry, some progress has been made, but not enough. Women are still very under represented in senior leadership positions within the industry, and the disparity becomes especially apparent when you look at credit union asset size. In the U.S., women make up 70 percent of credit union employees, yet only 53 percent of all federally insured credit unions have female CEOs and 20 percent have female board presidents. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are”- Max DepreeAre You the CEO of an Organization Seeking Transformation?  If yes, you must encourage data-driven dialogues and nurture dialogue-driven leaders on your teams.Organizations looking to transform themselves to address data-driven and technology-driven change need, more than ever, CEOs who are willing and able to adopt new ways of planning, acting, communicating and learning, with the goal of becoming both servant leaders and chief learning officers.CEOs Must “Learn and Serve” if They Wish to LeadCEOs must work to make their organizations’ strategic processes participatory, inviting employees’ input into the planning process to surface ideas and concerns, and to spot emerging threats and opportunities.  CEO’s must lead the building of teams composed of both learners and leaders who can adapt to externalities and adopt internal processes that promote agility.In the late 1980s Max DePree, Chairman and CEO of Herman Miller, wrote about the art of leadership and of the leader’s role as servant to those one wished to lead.  Today, more than ever, Max DePree’s ideas hold sway because information and change come at us faster than ever and no one person can effectively cope. Thus, CEOs must adopt a new role as Chief Learning Officer and chief mentor if they are to succeed at understanding the relevance and value of the changes happening around them.  And from this position, they must encourage the same behavior in their teams.  They have to show everyone the path to learning and adapting – the agile path. Only then can they serve, lead and succeed.Traditional Approaches to Planning Won’t WorkTraditional strategic and competitive planning (the purview of the CEO) focused on and put effort toward the puzzle pieces of organizations – company strengths, weaknesses and culture; customers; competitors; collaborators; and the context in which they all interacted.  Various consultants and management educators often advocated for one “C” category over another to differentiate their thinking or offering, or to show agility in the face of changing times. That agility has never been more necessary than it is today because data- and technology-driven disruption has created an evolving environment that demands agile, vigilant responses.Organizations faced with industry disruption must address first and foremost the wants and needs of their customers and, more than ever, their employees. They must address each of the above “C” categories, but with an emphasis on solving for the needs of their customers. And CEOs must add to their processes efforts to engage fully the people within their organizations.  To do this, CEOs must transform how they lead their organizations to think and act.In the face of digital and data disruption, CEOs can no longer focus solely on internal efficiencies and cost savings to promote profitability. Nor can they focus chiefly on branding or pricing to overcome their acknowledged competitors.  Instead, today’s organizations must compete within themselves to meet the needs of current and targeted customers; and they must work to “do it right” and not simply to “do it better.”  This means internal teams, departments and other groups must compete with each other and cooperate with each other to transform the customers’ experiences by empowering employees to think and act in ways that, ultimately, transform the organization itself.  And to do this, those teams need leadership from the top that promotes thinking critically, communicating transparently, and acting with agility.CEOs Need to Reinvent Planning and Decision-MakingThe changing role of the CEO includes promoting change to the organization’s planning processes.  Gone are annual planning cycles and 3-5 year roadmaps.  Organizations focused on traditional thinking and acting will not spot the opportunities available to them, nor the threats confronting them.  Today’s CEO must insist on continual strategy review, and put in place mechanisms, and digital tools, to gather “outside-in, real-time” intelligence from customers, competitors and employees.  CEOs must insist of themselves and others, that experience, not received opinion, will inform decision-making.CEOs Need to Communicate Strategies Holistically to Transform BusinessFor today’s CEOs, the challenge isn’t just to learn about digital disruption and technological change. The challenge is to act upon it without isolating it, without making it a “parallel path for planning and investing.”  They can’t think of digital strategy as something separate from the rest of their strategies and tactics, even if they give it more import.  Rather, they must find a way not to mention “digital.” Instead, they must lead their organizations to think and act holistically when describing market forces, evaluating capabilities and seeking new ways of working. When confronting digital disruption, CEOs must not focus their organizations on a narrow response to digital technology and disruption.  They must, instead, incorporate new ideas and technologies into their efforts to transform organizational structure, business practices, culture and leadership, with the goal of creating an adaptive, learning organization.CEOs Must Harness People if They Wish to Harness Digital TechnologiesTo help their organizations adapt, today’s CEOs must challenge their employees and themselves to understand customers’ needs and the power of technology to amplify customers’ influence on each other.  Technology provides valuable communication channels for both customers and employees, and CEOs must learn to use these channels to gain insights on what works, and what doesn’t.CEOs, as chief learners, need to work to fill their organization with leaders of teams that learn to problem solve based on information and interaction gained collectively.  It requires rewarding thoughtfulness and creativity; but it starts with hiring people different from those you sought before.  Look for creative types, and for people with experiences different from those already represented in your organization.  If you hire the right people, they will seek ownership of problems and solutions.  Let them have that ownership and let them create the teams needed to enact those solutions, learn from them, and grow with them.  As Max DePree said long ago “we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” 73SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgIt’s a truism that consumers tend to make health and physical fitness resolutions at the beginning of the year. But did you know that many of them also make financial resolutions? After more than a month of holiday spending, consumers are eager for ways to save and are open to new resources to learn how to. In fact, the first quarter of the year typically sees peak consumer interest around savings and retirement planning. For credit unions hoping to attract new account-holders and engage existing members in 2018, the timing of these New Year’s resolutions makes January the perfect month for engaging in a content marketing campaign around savings and retirement planning. And when it comes to content marketing for credit unions, there’s nothing more effective than financial education. Why? Let’s take a look. Consumers Struggle to Save—and Financial Institutions Can HelpCurrently, more than 50 percent of Americans have less than $1000 in their savings accounts. And nearly half of all Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, carrying credit card debt, car loans, and student loans that leave them tapped out at the end of the month. Consumers know they should be setting aside money for the unexpected, but they don’t know where to start. A National Foundation for Credit Counseling 2017 survey showed that 80 percent of Americans feel they would benefit from professional advice about basic financial issues. Consumers are displaying a strong need for financial education—and credit unions are in the perfect position to provide it. Empowered with quality financial education, consumers can take control of their finances, make more informed decisions, and, eventually, realize their financial potential. Consumers Aren’t Financially Prepared for RetirementLonger lifespans and increasing choice and control over financial services are also making retirement planning more complicated than ever before. In today’s workplace, many employees are offered the ability to participate in a 401k savings plan, in which they need to be able to contribute to the plan and make their own investment decisions over time. But many workers don’t understand what 401k plans are, or how and where to begin.A lack of knowledge about retirement planning and programs has led to a generation of retirees that just does not have enough saved. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average annual spending by retirement-age adults is roughly $47,000, but less than half of adults 55 and older surveyed have more than $50,000 saved.Adding to this problem is that fact that younger people are often unaware of the need to save for retirement, let alone how much to save or various strategies for doing so. Without financial education, this gap in consumer knowledge can be expected to worsen over time. A Complex Consumer Financial LandscapeCompounding the issues of savings and retirement planning, consumers today also face a bewildering array of financial options. Countless financial products vie for consumers’ assets and attention: banks, credit unions, brokerage firms, insurance firms, credit card companies, mortgage companies, online payment apps, financial planners, and more. In this complex landscape, consumers feel overwhelmed, lacking both the knowledge and time to research and select the best options. Financial Education as a Content Marketing ToolWhile today’s financial landscape is a fraught one for consumers, the good news is that with a foundation of even basic financial literacy, consumers are suddenly empowered to make much more informed choices about saving, retirement planning, investing, borrowing, and more. And as trusted institutions with track records in their communities, credit unions are in the perfect position to provide this much-needed financial education for consumers. To do so, institutions should leverage the best practices of content marketing and integrate financial education into their marketing strategy.At its most essential, content marketing is the practice of creating and distributing valuable content for the purpose of both educating and helping your target consumers. Because content marketing is so helpful and valuable to consumers, it works to establish trust and credibility in your brand over time—and this is especially true of content marketing programs that are educational. In fact, one study found that consumers who engage in online learning programs are 29 times more likely to buy a product from the program sponsor, while 94 percent said they now have a more positive impression of the sponsor’s brand.When creating content for your blogs, videos, articles, and emails, then, education should be a top priority. Where are the knowledge gaps in your own consumer base? What topics are your consumers desperate to learn about? From a series of blog posts on retirement savings to a “Mortgage 101” video, content marketing that offers concrete educational value will satisfy your consumers while increasing their likelihood of coming to you for answers—and products.  For credit unions, financial education represents a golden opportunity. By moving away from “salesy” marketing and product pushes and toward helping consumers develop financial skills, teaching them how to execute savings strategies, and inspiring them to make financial security a priority, financial institutions are not only helping create a stronger and healthier consumer population—they’re also building their own brands and attracting new, and more educated, account-holders. The final result is a powerful win that can’t be ignored. To learn more about how to create a strategic annual marketing plan that’s built around financial education, download The Ultimate Guide to Financial Marketing Success in 2018 here. 83SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Lovell Mike Lovell is the Vice President of Digital Marketing at EVERFI. In his role, he works directly with d credit unions to build and improve upon financial education and digital … Web: everfi.com Detailslast_img read more

first_img continue reading » It is normal and perfectly acceptable that credit unions should evolve, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Nussle responded to a letter Hatch sent NCUA Chair J. Mark McWatters last week with questions about the state of the credit union movement.“It is perfectly acceptable for credit unions to evolve – the whole financial services industry looks different than it did in 1934,” Nussle wrote. “Credit unions need to remain relevant to consumers in order to fulfill their mission, and they’re working to remain relevant within a charter that is overly restrictive and burdensome.”Nussle detailed the background behind credit unions’ tax status, and how that mission has not changed. He noted that credit unions’ expanding their product offerings reflects ongoing change in technology and the financial services marketplace.In the letter, Nussle also noted: 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgHolding oneself accountable is more than a slogan or bumper sticker. A fundamental tenet extraordinary leaders embrace is that the degree to which they hold themselves accountable dictates the extent of their empowerment and ability to effect positive change. When this perspective is primary, it forwards actions and builds trust. When it’s absent, it not only feeds a blame game but narrows executives’ perspectives about how to make an impact.This principle reverberates through many aspects of strategic execution. “So-and-so department is in charge of that project and we’re just waiting for them (to get their act together)” is a perspective that dictates a lack of empowerment. Contrast that with, “Yep, they’re assigned this project and yet I know they need help, so we will step in.”As a common yet largely underappreciated example, we hold that you are accountable for managing your mood. Period. It’s easy to rationalize a bad mood by pointing to a stressful work assignment, a pushy colleague or a harried commute. But that looming deadline and the driver who cut you off on the highway don’t have the authority to determine your emotional outlook and attitude for the rest of the day. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgCUNA staff will host a post-election webinar Thursday, where CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan, Chief Political Officer Richard Gose and Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Political Action Trey Hawkins will give a comprehensive breakdown on how the election results will shape CUNA advocacy efforts going forward.Registration is now open for the webinar, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET) Nov. 8, and is free for CUNA members.Items covered will include:CUNA’s political and grassroots efforts to secure a credit union-friendly majority in both chambers for the 116th Congress;How the results will impact credit union advocacy priorities, including potential leadership changes and new committee members. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Patronage dividends are a direct reflection of a credit union’s cooperative structure. Nowhere is that reflection brighter than at $6 billion asset CEFCU in Peoria, Ill., which lives by the words, “Not a Bank. Better.”The credit union distributed a record $50 million “Extraordinary Dividend” to members Nov. 30. The amount each member received was determined by dividends earned and interest paid during the first 11 months of the year.Among credit unions offering patronage dividends, the median amount is $316,000, according to June 2018 data reported by CUNA’s Member Benefits report. At that time, these payouts ranged from $1,200 to $40 million.Over the last 19 years, CEFCU has returned $280 million to members through Extraordinary Dividends.last_img read more

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Working from home has its perks—no commute, more family time and (possibly) fewer distractions. But it can also be difficult to lead a team that you don’t see in the office every day. Several leaders have expressed frustration that some of their team members aren’t as responsive or lack follow through since they have been working from home during the pandemic. The lack of personal interaction can make it more challenging to check in with team members who don’t seem to be pulling their weight.So how do you instill a sense of ownership and accountability in a virtual environment?Establish goals and outcomes. Although there may be fewer distractions—chatty coworkers, ad hoc meetings, etc.—when employees are working from home, it also can be challenging to focus. As a leader, it is important to set clear goals, outcomes and deadlines for projects and tasks so that each of your team members know exactly what your expectations are. Focusing on outcomes allows an employee to take ownership of a task or project and relieves you from having to micromanage the process. When setting a desired outcome, think about what the end result should look like and communicate that to the employee. At the beginning of the week, communicate exactly what you are expecting each team member to complete, the due date and how they should submit their work.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It will be theater in the ‘rough’ in more ways than one when Bonney/King Productions brings Lyle Kessler’s dark drama, “Orphans,” to Conklin Barn in Huntington for a two-week run opening Thursday.Hosting the show is the circa 1830 Conklin Barn, one of the few surviving hand-built shelters from the early days of the Long Island settlers, which was moved from Laurel Hollow to its present location in 1990. The rugged structure provides an intimate venue suited to theater in the round and for this drama, which explores the vagaries of the human soul and longings of individuals who are rough around the edges.“It is a diamond in the rough,” said Sean King of Smithtown, who co-produced and stars in the show as Harold, a complex father figure.The story line follows two brothers, Treat and Philip, orphaned at an early age, who are living in an unconventional world of their own creation in a dilapidated North Philly row house. Treat supports the pair through petty thievery while Philip, instilled by his brother with fear of the outside world, is a virtual shut-in. The dynamics shift when Treat brings home Harold, an inebriated businessman who has reasons of his own for assuming the uneasy role of surrogate father to the two dysfunctional young men.Treat, the volcanic brother, played by Aaron Dalla Villa, and the child-like, sensitive Philip, played by Jay William Thomas, were cast after 600 actors saw the ad in Backstage magazine, and turned out to audition in a Manhattan studio.“Orphans” is the second summer theater production that King and Jim Bonney of Huntington have staged at the Conklin Barn. Bonney is at the helm again as director.King and Bonney’s first production, “Prisoners and Criminals,” played to a sold-out house last summer. Based on an original script by Canadian playwright Jared Wright, “Prisoners and Criminals” garnered 2014 awards for Long Island’s Best Play, Actor and Director from Broadway World for Bonney and King.Following this triumph, Bonney—electrified after he saw the Broadway revival of “Orphans” with Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster—was determined to bring it to Huntington audiences.King, who has made a career of playing tormented souls, is equally excited about producing this show with Bonney.“’Orphans’ premiered on stage in Los Angeles in 1983 with Joe Pantoliano of Sopranos’ fame and the late Lane Smith, who starred as Richard Nixon in ‘The Final Days,’” King said. “‘Orphans’ went on to be produced all over the world, including a very successful London run. It was nominated for a Tony for Best Revival of a Play.”The story of lost boys who live on the outskirts of society, yet crave a normalcy, still resonates today, Bonney said of the drama with comic overtones.The basis for the 1987 film starring Albert Finney and Matthew Modine, King said that this hard-hitting drama established Kessler as a playwright and showcases some of his finest writing. The playwright will be in attendance at the Sept. 4 performance, which will be followed by a question and answer period.It is all part of King and Bonney’s vision to bring theater that takes audiences out of their comfort zones to Huntington.“Audiences need to be exposed to all kinds of theater,” Bonney said. “We want to create a theater collective, a space where new playwrights can see their work come to life.”The Conklin Barn is located at 2 High St. off New York Ave. in downtown Huntington. The show opens on Aug. 20 for a 12-performance run through Sept. 5. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After hours of contentious debate, Suffolk County Legislators approved a resolution Tuesday that encourages government entities to work together on large projects.The aim of the resolution, which was approved 10-7, is to speed up the process for Projects of Regional Significance, such as the Ronkonkoma Hub, because they affect more than one town and require cooperation among multiple government agencies to be successful.Opponents called it a power grab that would take zoning power away from local authorities and put it in the county’s hands.“No one is in favor of this,” exclaimed Legis. Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue). “It’s another layer of government imposed on planning and zoning initiatives. It’s red tape. It’s unnecessary.”The resolution encourages, but won’t require, town leaders to communicate and work together on Projects of Regional Significance. It requires membership in the Alliance in order to secure county funding for projects.Several lawmakers wondered if it’s necessary to pass a law that suggests officials talk to one another, and if they even had the authority to do so.Krupski also said the town supervisors that he spoke to about the proposal don’t support it. Legis. Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) shot back that if there are town supervisors against the resolution, it’s because they don’t understand it, they’re either misinformed, or uninformed.The resolution’s perceived vagueness was debated at length. Lawmakers called on Counsel to the Legislature, George M. Nolan, repeatedly to help them interpret certain sections’ meaning.Legis. William J. Lindsay, III (D-Holbrook) introduced the resolution in July to assist with the Suffolk County Master Plan. The Plan was adopted as a guide for future development and recognized that Projects of Regional Significance involve several levels of government entities.Proponents urged the Legislature to pass the bill as soon as possible to accelerate a billion dollars’ worth of projects already approved but awaiting funds to start work. Proponents contended that investors would rather spend their money in communities that can get projects done quickly, and that’s why Long Island’s willing investors are decreasing.The resolution’s other provision creates a list of prequalified consultants to perform work on the projects. This will eliminate the need for formal Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for such consultants.The bill now goes to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By John DundonThe Barclays has come and gone at Bethpage State Park. The Black’s reputation of being a tough play even for the world’s best golfers held true this past week. Perhaps the most talked about aspect of the tournament, aside from anything golf related, was the raucous crowd that flooded the out-of-bounds areas Thursday through Sunday for the PGA tournament.“[The crowd] was loud, it was a lot of fun. It felt like you were almost playing football, it just kind of sets the tone,” said tournament winner Patrick Reed after he completed his final round on Sunday. Golf traditionally hasn’t been known to be a sport where crowd noise is a factor. Exactly the opposite, actually. Fans are expected to respect the rules of the course—no talking, yelling or chanting while a player is over the ball. Comparing spectators at a golf tournament and fans at an NFL football game isn’t something that happens every day on the PGA tour. Reed wasn’t the only golfer who was outspoken on the topic last weekend. Needing a birdie to clinch a spot on the US Ryder Cup team, Rickie Fowler stepped up to the tee box on the 18th hole. “It was a little loud up there on 18,” Fowler said semi-seriously. The resulting drive ended up way right in the high fescue. It pretty much eliminated any hope of him birdieing the hole, and Fowlers shot at being a Ryder Cup lock slipped away. And don’t even get started on the hundreds of mustache jokes directed at Fowler Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Some golfers, like Phil Mickelson, relish the chance to play at the Black exactly for what makes it unique—the highly inebriated and very loud crowds. It’s become the identity of Long Island golf’s crown jewel. As one usher put it, “were you here for the US Open? Combine a New York crowd and beer, this is what you get. It isn’t like this in most places.”You’d be hard-pressed to find a golf course that plays host to rowdier fans in golf than Bethpage Black. And, yes, maybe it is a little annoying for those participating in the events. It’s also something the players, if they haven’t already, will need to learn to deal with. The majority of poorly timed, out of place shrieks and chants were committed by one particular demographic: young people. This is important to note because, whether golf wants to recognize it or not, the sport desperately needs to attract the interest of millennials to keep the industry alive.Before the Tiger Woods days that propelled golf into the most popular and profitable place it had ever been in, it was a boring game that was played almost exclusively by well-off white men. Since then though, the sport’s horizons have expanded exponentially. The industry is carried now not by old white dudes, but by a group of 20-something year-olds. In other words, the world’s best golfers right now are the same age as guys who are likely to get drunk, loud, and create lively atmospheres. In fact, many of the tour’s best and most popular golfers like Jordan Spieth, 23, Rory McIlroy, 27, and Jason Day, 28 are all under 30. It could be that golf needs more of this, not less. The loud crowds and football-like atmosphere make the game more exciting, and certainly more attractive to perspective beginners. Kids don’t want to sit still and quiet. They want to make noise and chant for their favorite golfer.We should welcome, not shun, the boisterous fans who line the fairways and greens. After all, it’s all about having fun. In the words of Jack Nicklaus: “This is a game, that’s all it is.” (Featured photo credit: John Dundon)last_img read more

first_imgThings are heating up at the American Legion Post 80 in Binghamton where the 30th year of the dinner will take place. “Over the course of those five days, we roast about 150 turkeys. Give or take, because it’s by pound. It’s about 3,000 pounds,” said Bandera. “Setting the stage so that volunteers have a clean place and a fun-filled place to help us do turkeys,” said Bandera. While the work leading up to Christmas can be a lot, it’s all worth it in the end. “People by hand are chopping 300 pounds of celery, 300 pounds of onions and that’s a whole day or day and a half process. And that gets sauteed and cooked so everything like that is a step. One step at a time and then we put it all together,” said Bandera. He says he wants everything to be perfect for when the day of the dinner comes. Each year, the Bandera Christmas Dinner also provides meals for delivery. “There’s something about this year being 30 that really speaks to my heart,” said organizer Bill Bandera. “Sometimes you get the feeling like, oh man two weeks of work and 20 minutes of eating and it’s over. But that 20 minutes lasts a lifetime for a lot of people and I say this all the time, it’s not just about the people we serve it’s about the people serving them. And it’s a win-win for everybody,” said Bandera.center_img Throughout the first five days, the focus is the main meal. “It’s a staple in this community now and I would feel like I’m letting them down if I wasn’t able to continue at the same level that we’ve done for the past 30 years,” said Bandera. Preps start so far out because everything is homemade. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — It’s that time of year again, with Christmas two weeks away, preparations are underway for the annual Bandera Family Christmas Dinner. Preparations take 10 to 12 days and it starts with cleaning up the locations where dinner is being served. This year dinner is being served at three locations including the American Legion Post 80 in Binghamton, the American Legion Post 189 in Norwich, and at the St. Ambrose Church in Endicott. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer, click here.last_img read more

first_imgNow General Manager Ryan Rennells is making a promise to the community Home Central has served for more than a decade. He says it’s too early for a timeline as to when the Vestal store will be rebuilt and back up and running, but they are currently working on picking up the pieces and sorting through what’s next. “We keep a warm room area for products that can’t freeze out in our warehouse, and we think it started there but we don’t know yet,” said Rennells. He says the people are a huge reason to stay positive. The blaze destroyed the store’s warehouse and took hours to put out. “We kind of pride ourselves to be that local hometown hardware store and so it’s important to us,” he said. “We wouldn’t be in business without the support of our community and we try a lot to give that support back out to them, so it means the world.” The cause of the fire is still under investigation. VESTAL (WBNG) — Late last week, flames ripped through the Vestal Home Central location on Stage Street. “It was really important that we had to go forward solution for them, so we brought all of the employees over here to Owego or our Candor location,” said Rennells. Now, Rennells and Home Central are vowing to give back. “They’ve got families to feed and we feel like we do good in the community.” The fire broke out Thursday afternoon. “It was a gut punch. It hurt. It didn’t seem real. I was actually out of town at the time at a buying show and you feel helpless, you’re so far away from home. We got back as quick as we could and started to take care of all of the pieces that we needed to to rebuild,” said Rennells. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. In the meantime, Rennells encourages people to come out to both the Owego and Candor locations. “We’re going to rebuild. We’ll be back. As quick as they let us,” said Rennells. While employees made it out safely, they were hit with the uncertainty of having a job.last_img read more

first_imgIf you don’t have many marketable skills, or would like to gain new ones for better jobs, the office can help you with that too. The Broome County Office of Employment and Training is still helping residents find employment by connecting them with local businesses and offering them training to get the job of their dream. As of Thursday afternoon, there are 430 openings in the Binghamton area in both the private and public sectors, all of which are looking to hire people right now for jobs like nurses, truck drivers, or cooks. The office, specifically the Broome-Tioga Workforce, works hand-in-hand with the state department of labor to find resources available and help the unemployed. “How to interact with, you know, prospective employers, but also providing services through let’s say BOCES training, training with SUNY Broome, and the Metrics, which is an online course we have now opened up to everyone in Broome County,” said Robert Murphy, the Executive Director of Broome-Tioga Workforce. For information on how to get started with the office and for more workforce resources, please call 607-778-2136, or visit their website. (WBNG) — Despite the large scale unemployment happening during the coronavirus crisis, there are resources available locally to help people find jobs.last_img read more

first_img“I kind of flipped and started making hand sanitizer for the local community,” said LizAnn Mcewen. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — When the coronavirus pandemic began, local vendor LizAnn Mcewen began to make sanitizer from her house. “In Waverly, we have an older folks home so that and the church I would donate as much as possible,” she explained. The owner of ‘Body Delights by LizAnn’ saw the need and wanted to make a difference, so she used ingredients in her house to make the product. Mcewen has been selling her product at the Broome County Farmer’s Market as well as donating it to people and places in need. center_img “When everything happened and everyone was buying up all the alcohol, there was nothing in the store, but I had a stock pile and I used it for the local community.” She has also kept the hand sanitizer off her website to be able to keep it in the community. Mcewen said it was a natural fit for her to be able to use her product to help the community she calls home.last_img read more

first_imgApproaching every one of those clients gives you support traffic for your website, especially for the new content you upload. At the point when you post another blog or update your website page, it can require a long time to get visitors with Google. That hints that not many clients will realize the new content is there on your website until whenever they’re looking for your product or services.Posting about it on social media gives tells your audience as well as potential visitors to know when your new website content is here and how to navigate to your website.What’s more, in light of the fact that those posts will fundamentally appear in the feeds of your followers and individuals loyal on your product, that traffic is regularly very focused on. It won’t simply increase your traffic numbers — it will tell you what sort of visitors you need to draw in.- Advertisement – In times like today, not having a social media presence can be harmful for your brand awareness. From building your brand loyalty to getting more sales, social media can do a lot for building your brand’s presence on the web. This blog highlights some of the main reasons why social media tools are important for your marketing campaigns.A research found out that 90% of all marketers say social media marketing has increased their business exposure. And 66% of marketers that spend at least 6 hours on social per week have seen more leads and hence more sales. No matter what you sell and who you sell it to, using social media as a marketing tool can help you grow your brand and generate more leads. But it’s also not limited to that! In times like these, not having an active social media presence is like wanting your business to stay behind in the market. If this pandemic has taught us anything it’s that having a social media is anything but not good for your business if you know what to post, how to post, as well as when to post. Here are some of the most compelling reasons why social media tools are extremely necessary and important for your campaign and brand:Social media brings in targeted trafficA recent study found that 68% of American who are adults have Facebook. Among 18 to 24-year-olds, 78% use Instagram and 45% are on Twitter. Indeed, even among Americans 65 and more years older, 37% are social media users. So, along these lines, whatever your business industry, section or audience, a generous bit of your audience and leads are on social media.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Madhurima Nag is the Head of Social Media at Gadget Flow. She side-hustles as a digital marketing lecturer/speaker and loves to voice her opinion on marketing, crowdfunding and gadgets (of course!) in general. center_img The traffic advantages of social media advertising can be very beneficial.Power of social media tools in marketing campaignsPower of social media tools in marketing campaignsIt helps your website SEO.Search engine crawlers realize which pages are reliably procuring traffic and which are simply skimming out there, overlooked and disregarded. In spite of the fact that your awesome content creating technique is the most significant factor in your SEO search rankings, directing people from social media to your optimized content will make them climb the search list a lot quicker.- Advertisement – A ton of times, this can be as basic as re-sharing evergreen content. Obviously, also sharing your new content when it goes live. You can upload about your website content updates in addition to redirecting your social audience on your website. With Facebook’s schedule tool or different scheduling apps for Twitter, Instagram, etc. you can set the posts of a whole month at the same time and you’re finished.It helps you to understand your audience.Part of what makes your social media like Twitter and Instagram compelling marketing tools is the connection you have with your audiences. By noticing their tweets as well as posts, you’ll gain bits of knowledge into their every day lives and buyer practices, and hence can answer questions like –What items they are purchasing and why?What leisure activities do they love?What sorts of posts do they love to share?What sites do they visit? Etc.These bits of knowledge have obvious marketing benefits. At the point when you understand your audience, you can compose better content and all the more convincing posts, which beings in more traffic. However, the advantages can once in a while go a long ways past marketing, helping you recognize client problem areas, improve sales transformation and even refine your product strategy.Social media marketing toolsSocial media marketing toolsIt helps to connect with your audienceConsumers see Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as social media, not promoting sites. They would prefer not to be pitched to — they want legitimate connection. You help your audience by responding to their enquiries, engaging and advising them with related content and also shaping bonds over shared interests.If you do follow social media marketing best practices, you’ll get a huge load of exposure. That exposure then gets new leads. After some time, those leads then become followers, followers become consumers and consumers become committed brand supporters, proceeding with the cycle. And after some time, you’ll become more than a brand — you’ll turn into a part of a community.But for that to happen, you need to remain active on your social media, fast client response time isn’t an option any longer. In an event that there’s an issue with your product or services, your clients expect that you should comprehend it immediately. But just a few businesses are meeting those desires.A study found that clients want reactions from social media business under four hours, yet the normal reaction time is 10 hours. This isn’t only a minor thing for your clients — it directly influences your profits because a Twitter study demonstrated that clients are happy to pay nearly $20 more for future tickets if aircrafts react to their tweets inside 6 minutes.Also, this isn’t it either. Study after study has demonstrated that buyers reward organizations that react to consumer complaints effectively. A strong and engaging social media presence will assist you with keeping consumers happy, and keep your brand image positive.Social media ads focus on targeting and re-targeting.Since social media platforms offer profoundly targeted promotions, which can be tweaked around your clients’ needs it’s essential to use it to your benefit. Facebook promotions, for instance, can target clients by factors like age, area, instruction level, industry and even client conduct — for example the pages a client has liked. Using an ads management tool will further broaden the insights into your advertisement campaigns. Interfacing your ads to a CRM will permit you to see precisely which advertisements are transforming leads into consumers.You can likewise introduce a Facebook pixel on your site to follow how your promotions influence client conduct, and re-target your advertisements in that manner. After some time, Facebook will realize which clients are bound to click your ad or purchase an item, showing your ads to the individuals who has a strong possibility to change over into a leads and hence increasing sales.It builds brand loyalty.A university report found that brands with good social media presence have more faithful consumers. It’s simple: when you’re drawing in people on social media, you’re building bonds and understanding. You’re setting aside the effort to give your followers valuable data, help and amusement, without asking for anything back.That shows clients you respect them, as a source of income, but also as individuals. Clients will start to think of you to be a person that thinks about them, and has qualities, character and vision. Also, in a cutthroat market, that can have a huge effect.Finding powerful client and subsequently getting more sales.Social media advertising lets you look out for clients searching for data related with your item — even if they aren’t aware with your organization. A study found that 70% of business-to-consumer advertisers have obtained clients through Facebook. Also, 84% of CEOs as well as VPs state they use social media to help create buying choices.Of course, when you remain in front of your client base, they’re bound to buy from you when they need the items you sell, yet social media advertising does more than increase brand presence. You can impact client buying choices at various points along the business funnel, from enhancing the reach of white papers and websites focusing top of the funnel, to responding to client questions and tackling pain points, to boosting buyers with coupon codes. We even believe it’s vital for real estate agents to jump on social media — and remain active!Conclusion.No promoting tool or procedure plays a greater part in affecting your brand view than social media. Hence, keeping your social media up to date with your company details and updates, new products and services available and what’s coming for consumers in the near future is important. Routinely engaging with followers, writers, idea and taste-creators can build your profile, improve your public picture and give your brand the sales it ought to have plus much more.So here were the 7 reasons why social media marketing tools are extremely necessary as well as important for your campaign. These tools can enhance your brand by a great deal. We hope this helped you!If you have know any other reasons why they are important, do let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

first_img2. Growing up, my family’s political connections didn’t extend to the local school board — I was the first senator I ever knew.3. One of my favorite jobs was working at a public pool in Wilmington, Delaware.4. I was elected to the Senate at age 29, but turned the constitutionally required age of 30 before being sworn in.- Advertisement – 5. I love baseball and football, and was one of the leading scorers on our undefeated football team during my senior year.6. If I had a different career — and the talent — I’d have been an architect.7. I love Corvettes and still own a 1967 Corvette that my dad financed for me as a wedding gift.- Advertisement – President-elect of the United States Joe Biden, the inaugural recipient of the Joyful Heart Foundation’s Finnegan Award in 2016 for his commitment to ending domestic violence, shared 25 interesting things about himself with Us Weekly.1. I had a debilitating stutter as a kid that I overcame by reading and reciting Irish poems.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – 8. One of my biggest accomplishments in the Senate was writing and passing the Violence Against Women Act.9. Some of my closest friends from the Senate have been Republicans — folks like Bob Dole and John McCain.Joe Biden John McCainJohannes Simon/Getty Images10. As the chairman or lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, I’ve overseen more Supreme Court nominations than any other living person.11. My biggest vice is chocolate chip ice cream, no mint.12. My wife, Jill [64], is a Philly girl and a die-hard Flyers fan.13. Jill and I have a German shepherd, Champ.14. I wear small rosary beads around my wrist, the ones my son Beau wore the day he passed.15. I’ve had a rule since the Senate: I will interrupt any meeting, even with the president, if my children or grandchildren call.16. I’ve been focused on foreign policy my whole career, and have flown more than 1.1 million miles on Air Force 2 since becoming VP.17. I not only serve with the president, but we are close personal friends — as are our families. His children and my grandchildren are best friends.18. I always have Ray-Ban aviators, which I’ve been wearing since I was a lifeguard in the ’60s, on me.Joe BidenKAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Image19. I like working out and try to do it regularly.20. My younger sister, Valerie, has managed all of my campaigns.21. My father said we must stand up to the worst sin: abuse of power. This has been the guiding principle of my career.22. I love meeting children when I’m on the road. It brightens my day!23. My favorite drink is orange Gatorade.24. My favorite meal is pasta.25. My biggest accomplishment is my family. Jill has taught community college full-time while serving as second lady. My daughter Ashley [34] has a master’s of social work and heads the largest criminal-justice nonprofit in Delaware. My son Hunter [46] is a lawyer and runs World Food Program USA. And my son Beau was attorney general of Delaware and a decorated war veteran.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

first_imgKick off 7:45pm The FA said in a statement: “We are pleased to confirm that following discussions with the relevant authorities next Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League fixture against Iceland will go ahead at Wembley Stadium.”The Department for Transport said in a statement: “The government has also announced a limited exemption for a small number of Danish and Icelandic national football players to travel from the UK to Copenhagen and back, without the need to self-isolate, to take part in upcoming international football fixtures. England will be allowed to play the UEFA Nations League match against Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday.The national stadium will host England’s final Group A2 game after the UK Government gave the Iceland squad “elite athlete exemption” to fulfil the fixture.- Advertisement – Entry from Denmark is currently banned for non-British residents after a new strain of coronavirus – thought to have originated in mink farms – was found in the country.The FA had lobbied the Government for “elite athlete exemption” on Iceland’s behalf, which will allow them to enter the UK under strict rules.Albania was another option put forward by UEFA, but the FA has confirmed the national stadium in London can now host the match.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – “This temporary and extremely limited exemption will allow the relevant players and essential staff support to be exempt from the new requirements and will help reduce any disruption for England’s upcoming Nations League fixtures.”- Advertisement – Wednesday 18th November 7:00pmlast_img read more

first_img“It hurts to announce that at this moment, we have mutually decided to separate,” the former reality stars wrote in their joint February statement. “Never did we imagine this scenario, but we’ve come to a point where we both need to work on ourselves. We are best friends that love and care for each other so deeply. We’ve appreciated everyone’s love and support so far throughout our journey and we just ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate through this.”Chris Randone Jokes About Divorce From Krystal Nielson After Her Pregnancy AnnouncementChris Randone and Krystal Nielson Broadimage/ShutterstockNielson filed for divorce in August, and she became Instagram official with her boyfriend, Miles Bowles, the following month. The Montana native announced in a Wednesday, November 11, YouTube video that she is pregnant with their first child.- Advertisement – Poking fun. Chris Randone responded to his ex-wife Krystal Nielson’s pregnancy news on Thursday, November 12.When fellow Bachelorette alum Dylan Barbour tweeted, “Y’all getting a house is insanely difficult lol,” Randone, 32, replied, “Try a divorce.”- Advertisement – “Awwww!! Omg we are BURSTING with joy to finally share this wonderful news!!,” the Bachelor alum went on to caption her Instagram baby bump debut alongside Bowles and her dogs. “I can’t believe it. I’m going be a MOMMY!!! Thank you all for being a part of my journey. Miles, Wayne, Chucky and I cannot WAIT to share this new chapter with you!!”Before she and Randone split, the former couple exclusively talked to Us Weekly about their future family plans. “She let it be known that she’s off birth control, and I didn’t know that,” the Dominant Sales Training founder said in August 2019.Nielson chimed in at the time: “We’re going to spend the rest of the year just detoxing, putting good stuff in our body. We want to start trying for a family at the beginning of the year. So we’re just using the rest of the year to get situated get our new home [and] take our honeymoon.”Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Barbour, 26, responded with muscle emojis, while another Twitter user added, “Omg this is the best response ever. Try getting a divorce and your ex-wife gets knocked up by her new boyfriend.”Randone replied to the tweet with a GIF of an athlete sitting on the sidelines of a game, shaking their head and shrugging while watching.The Florida native met and fell in love with Nielson, 33, on season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise. The exes got engaged on the ABC show and tied the knot in June 2019. They were married for eight months before calling it quits.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“Some US and Western elites are indeed behind the times in their way of thinking — they think of China as an ‘expansionist empire’ and see all China’s expanded cooperation with whichever country or region as part of its ‘expansion strategy.’ In fact, they have really misread China, the times as well as the world,” it added. China’s Premier Li Keqiang (center) looks on as Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan (right) signs the massive trade agreement, as seen on a TV monitor, during the ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit that was held online on Nov. 15, 2020.Nhac Nguyen | AFP | Getty Images Ideas such as so-called “decoupling” with China are nonsense, and the RCEP illustrates that nations who pursue such are likely to end up on the outside of the world’s economic gravity. The signing of the world’s largest trade deal proves that China is not the “expansionist empire” that the U.S. and some Western countries have made it out to be, said Chinese state-backed tabloid Global Times.Instead, the mega pact — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP — showed that China can work with other countries “in an effective and mutually beneficial way,” the tabloid said on Sunday.“This is the fundamental way for China’s development. China has been seeking a win-win and all-win mode from the very beginning and, like rolling snowballs, has accumulated a large number of common interests around the world,” said the Global Times in an opinion piece posted on its website.- Advertisement – Similarly, CGTN — the international arm of state-controlled broadcaster CCTV — said China defied the portrayal of “Western media” by showing that Beijing’s approach to the region is not “aggression,” but “well contemplated diplomacy.”Chinese state media often act as a mouthpiece for the Chinese government.“In addition, what the West should understand is that China is integral and core to the regional and global economy, and that this trade pact is an affirmation of that,” CGTN said in an opinion piece published Sunday on its website.“Ideas such as so-called ‘decoupling’ with China are nonsense, and the RCEP illustrates that nations who pursue such are likely to end up on the outside of the world’s economic gravity,” it added, making a reference to the U.S. and Chinese economies splitting due to their trade and tech conflict. RCEP, which covers nearly one-third of the global economy and the world’s population, was signed by China and 14 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday. The other 14 participating economies are the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.- Advertisement – CGTN highlighted other trade agreements that Beijing has negotiated since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January 2017. Under Trump, the U.S. slapped punitive tariffs on several of its major trading partners, including China, Canada and the European Union.In contrast to the U.S., China clinched new agreements with Cambodia as well as the Eurasian Economic Union comprising Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, said the broadcaster. China also upgraded existing trade deals with New Zealand and Singapore, it said in defense of Beijing.Those deals would “diminish American attempts to decouple China from the global economy,” it said.“China has in effect responded to the American challenge, not through confrontation as the media sensationalize it to be, but through deepening its integration with others and staking out its trade future,” said CGTN.“The RCEP includes multiple U.S. allies; their agreement to the deal is an affirmation that China will remain an intrinsic economic partner for them and that the region will ultimately work and cooperate together,” the state-owned broadcaster said. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img The contracts will launch the Atopic Dermatitis and Vaccinia Network (ADVN), consisting of two groups of medical institutions and one private research firm, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The Animal Studies Consortium will establish animal models of atopic dermatitis and study their immune responses to vaccinia and other skin viruses. Institutions and principal investigators in the Animal Studies Consortium include “Previous studies suggest that both innate and adaptive immunity are impaired in patients with atopic dermatitis, but the specific defects that increase the likelihood of eczema vaccinatum have yet to be explained,” said Daniel Rotrosen, MD, director of the NIAID’s Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation, in the news release. The research is expected to generate information that will “greatly influence the design of a safer smallpox vaccine.” May 20, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – An arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $40 million worth of contracts for research to reduce the risk of eczema vaccinatum (EV), a rare but severe complication of smallpox vaccination. EV, which can be fatal, occurs almost exclusively in people who have a history of atopic dermatitis, the chronic skin condition also called eczema. EV can occur when eczema patients are exposed to vaccinia virus by receiving a smallpox shot or coming in contact with someone who has recently had the shot. Children’s Hospital Boston; Raif Geha, MD, and Hans Oettgen, MD, PhD CDC fact sheet on adverse reactions to smallpox vaccinehttp://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/vaccination/reactions-vacc-clinic.asp May 19 NIAID news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2004/Pages/advn.aspx The Statistical and Data Coordinating Center will support the clinical and animal studies by analyzing research data, coordinating trials and regulatory activities, and developing a registry of atopic dermatitis patients, the NIAID reported. The center will be operated by Rho Federal Systems Inc. in Chapel Hill, N.C., with Susan Lieff, PhD, as the principal investigator. Current estimates are that about 3% to 5% of the general population have eczema, according to Bocek. Historically, 10 to 39 cases of EV occurred per million people receiving their first smallpox shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NIAID statement said eczema vaccinatum can be fatal in 1% to 6% of cases, and the death rate may range up to 30% in children under 2 years old. Current safety summary of US military smallpox vaccination programhttp://www.smallpox.mil/event/SPSafetySum.asp Bocek said the research contracts were awarded through a competitive process in which groups of institutions submitted proposals, which were evaluated by NIAID committees. University of Bonn, Germany; Thomas Bieber, MD, PhD Harvard Skin Disease Research Center, Boston; Thomas Kupper, MD, and Robert Fuhlbridge, MD The primary aim of the research program is to provide information that will help in the design of a safer smallpox vaccine, the NIAID said in a news release yesterday. National Jewish Medical and Research Center; Donald Leung, MD, PhD, and Erwin Gelfand, MD The clinical studies group will investigate why people with eczema are susceptible to EV by studying their immune responses after natural exposure to less harmful skin viruses such as herpes simplex, the NIAID said. The institutions and principal investigators in the Clinical Studies Consortium are Children’s Hospital Boston; Lynda Schneider, MD See also: Oregon Health and Science University, Portland; Jon Hanifin, MD The NIAID said the research network will consist of a Clinical Studies Consortium, an Animal Studies Consortium, and data coordinating center. The contracts cover a 5-year period, according to Petr Bocek, a medical officer in the NIAID Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation. Bocek told CIDRAP News the funding includes about $20 million for the clinical studies group, about $11 million for animal studies, and about $10 million for data coordination. In the US military smallpox vaccination program, no cases of EV have occurred among the more than 623,000 people vaccinated since December 2002, according to the latest Department of Defense safety report. The CDC reported no EV cases among the 39,213 civilian healthcare workers who received smallpox shots in 2003. Bocek noted that the criteria for excluding people from smallpox vaccination are much stricter today than in the past. Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, Baltimore; Lisa Beck, MD University of Illinois at Chicago; Lawrence Chan, MD La Jolla (Calif.) Institute for Allergy and Immunology; Toshiaki Kawakami, MD, PhD National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver; Donald Leung, MD, PhD University of California at San Diego; Richard Gallo, MD, PhDlast_img read more

first_imgDec 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Authorities from Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Egypt reported that the H5N1 avian influenza virus has struck poultry again, according to new reports.Kao Phal, an agriculture ministry official in Cambodia, said the virus was detected in poultry in a village in Kandal province, where a 19-year-old man got sick after handling a dead chicken, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. The outbreak is Cambodia’s first since April 2007, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The man’s illness was reported last week.The ministry said three ducks and one chicken tested positive for the H5N1 virus and that veterinarians have culled about 320 birds to stop the spread of the disease.Ly Sovann, an avian flu expert with Cambodia’s health ministry, told the AP that the man is recovering but remains hospitalized.Meanwhile, livestock officials in Bangladesh reported yesterday that the H5N1 virus struck two commercial poultry farms, one in Rajshahi district, in the northwestern part of the country near the border with India, and one about 30 miles northeast of Dhaka, the capital, according to a report from the OIE. The country’s last outbreak occurred in late September, striking a different poultry farm in Rajshahi.Veterinary workers culled 3,781 birds at the two farms to contain the outbreak.Elsewhere, animal health authorities in Egypt reported on Nov 27 that they had detected the virus in chickens in Minya governorate in central Egypt, according to a report that appeared today on the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) Web site. SAIDR is a Johns Hopkins University project designed to help Egypt coordinate avian flu efforts with its international partners.The outbreak involved 15 backyard birds in a village in Minya’s Beni Mazar district, according to the SAIDR report. The birds had been vaccinated in August.Though the H5N1 virus is endemic in Egypt, the country’s last reported outbreak occurred in mid-June among backyard birds in Luxor governorate, according to the OIE. The country’s most recent human case, in a 16-year-old girl whose death was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Dec 16, was in Asyut governorate, about 50 miles south of Minya.According to an incident report on the SAIDR Web site detailing the veterinary investigation that followed the girl’s death, several birds near her home had been sick or died before she got sick. Neighbors had discarded the dead birds in a nearby drainage ditch. The girl’s family said they had recently bought and eaten two ducks. After one of the ducks died, the family quickly slaughtered the second one.In other developments, animal health officials in India today said they sealed part of its border with Bangladesh to help control the spread of the H5N1 virus, according to a Reuters report. Anisur Rahman, animal resource minister of West Bengal state, told Reuters the border closure affects the crossing between Malda district, where authorities have culled about 10,000 birds following recent outbreaks, and Bangladesh.He said the virus could have been spread by chickens and ducks smuggled from Bangladesh, Reuters reported.India is also battling outbreaks in Assam state.Meanwhile, an official from Indonesia’s agriculture ministry told the Jakarta Post yesterday that the government plans intensive measures against avian flu for the next 3 years hopes to stamp it out by 2014, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday.Tjeppy D. Soedjana, the ministry’s director general for animal husbandry, told the Post, “If all goes well, the nation will be free of the highly pathogenic bird flu virus by 2014.”According to Xinhua, he said the ministry has stopped the spread of the virus in only two of its 33 provinces: Gorontalo, in North Sulawesi, and North Maluku..Agriculture ministry records show that 294 regencies in 31 provinces have had avian flu outbreaks so far this year, which is up from 158 regencies and 25 provinces hit by outbreaks last year, according to the Xinhua report.In other avian flu news, officials in Germany on Dec 12 reported an outbreak of a low-pathogenic H5N3 virus at a commercial turkey farm in Cloppenburg, in the northwestern part of the country, according to an OIE report. The virus sickened 45 birds, and 8,400 others were culled to control the outbreak.Authorities did not identify the source of the virus. In October an H5N3 virus was detected at a zoo and another site in Leipzig in eastern Germany, according to OIE reports.See also:Dec 17 OIE report on Bangladesh outbreakDec 12 OIE report on Germany’s low-path outbreaklast_img read more

first_imgAug 19, 2009New York state requires health workers to get flu immunizationsThe New York State Department of Health has adopted an emergency rule requiring healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients to be vaccinated against seasonal and novel H1N1 influenza, the New York Times reported yesterday. The rule affects hospitals, home health agencies, and hospices but not nursing homes. The state’s largest healthcare union protested the rule, saying the policy could become punitive for workers who shun vaccination for religious or cultural reasons.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/health/policy/19swine.htmlAug 18 New York Times storyH1N1 vaccine orders in northern hemisphere top 1 billion dosesA World Health Organization (WHO) official said yesterday that northern hemisphere countries have ordered more than 1 billion doses of H1N1 vaccines, Agence France-Presse reported. The WHO’s Melinda Henry said a few countries, such as Greece, Canada, and Israel, have ordered enough doses to cover their whole populations, while others, including the United States, have ordered less.http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gdBOZC-UGXAiFXfH-TLW4JcEV_zAAug 18 AFP storyAustralian government expects first H1N1 vaccine doses next weekThe Australian government expects to receive its first 2 million doses of H1N1 vaccine by the end of next week, the Adelaide Advertiser reported today. Pregnant women, health workers, and chronically ill people will be first in line for the vaccine. It is expected that immunizations could begin Sep 7, pending approval from national health authorities. They are awaiting safety data from the vaccine manufacturer, CSL, which is also making vaccine for the US government.NIAID to launch trials of H1N1 vaccine in childrenFollowing approval from a safety monitoring panel, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said it would launch two trials of novel H1N1 vaccines in children. Plans for the trials were announced in July. The safety committee reviewed data from two adult trials that started Aug 7 and found no problems that would preclude the tests in children. One trial will test two different doses of an H1N1 vaccine, and the other will involve giving an H1N1 vaccine with seasonal flu vaccine.http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/Pages/H1N1pedvax.aspxAug 18 NIAID announcementBritish agency says Tamiflu plus warfarin may increase stroke riskBritain’s Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is concerned that oseltamivir (Tamiflu) may interact with the anticoagulant warfarin to increase the risk of uncontrolled bleeding and stroke, according to a report by the Daily Mail newspaper. The agency has advised health professionals to be alert for such cases. The story said the MHRA has received reports of 12 suspected adverse reactions to oseltamivir that involved interactions with warfarin.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1207513/Tamiflu-puts-600-000-greater-risk-stroke.htmlAug 19 Daily Mail reportAustralian survives near-fatal H1N1 case with help of IV zanamivirA 20-year-old Australian who has asthma survived a nearly fatal case of H1N1 flu after he was treated with an experimental intravenous form of zanamivir (Relenza), the Adelaide Advertiser reported today. The man’s lungs had filled with mucus and his stomach had shut down, ruling out treatment with oral oseltamivir, the report said. So his doctors decided to try IV zanamivir, which had to be flown in from the United States. The drug is normally taken with an inhaler.last_img read more

first_imgThe proposed decisions on the adoption of the annual and three-year Concession Plan only plan the possibility of granting concessions on the beaches of Saccorgiana, Ferial Alliance, Ambrela, Punta Verudela, Splendid Zlatne stijene, Valkane and Stoja beach – without the possibility of closing the beaches or charging them. CITIZENS AND THEIR CHILDREN HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREE BEACHES – I Love Pula Initiative As they point out from the city of Pula, with the plans for annual and medium-term granting of concessions of the City of Pula, which are currently at a public consultation, the beaches remain open to all citizens and visitors to Pula. “This is ensured by the spatial plans of the City of Pula, which prohibit the fencing of beaches, so, as they have been so far, Pula’s beaches will be available to all visitors in the future. ” point out from the city of Pula in a statement and add that in the event that for an individual location is expressed interest in granting a concession, in accordance with the law, the City of Pula will again seek the opinion of the interested public. So last week, organized by the I Love Pula Citizens’ Initiative, over 300 people gathered for a public debate on whether the people of Pula want concessions on public city beaches at all. Initiative I love Pula: No concessions on Pula pages At the City Council session at the end of November, the Decision on the adoption of a medium-term (three-year) concession plan for the period 2019-2021, as well as the Decision on the adoption of the Concession Grant Plan for 2019 were to be adopted. However, as it is necessary to conduct a public consultation with the interested public before making such decisions, the I Love Pula Initiative was launched, which already held a small protest performance at the Forum during the session with beach towels and warned city leaders to skip this crucial step. before making such decisions at a City Council session. The City of Pula then withdrew the Decisions from the agenda, and launched an online consultation with the public on the plan to give Pula’s city beaches in concession for economic use, from 11 December 2018 to 11 January this year. All information, drafts of the proposed Decisions and explanations are available in the attachment. The consultation will take place in the period from 11 December 2018 to 11 January 2019, and the e-mail address to which comments from the interested public can be sent is: godisnji.plan@pula.hr or trogodisnji.plan@pula.hr. Cover photo: City of Pula You can watch the whole discussion at the public forum HEREcenter_img The tribune on behalf of the City of Pula was attended by Deputy Mayor Robert Cvek, who pointed out that the plans for annual and medium-term concessions of the City of Pula, which are currently in public consultation, the beaches remain open to all citizens and visitors to Pula.The spatial plans of the City of Pula prohibit any fencing of beaches. They have been open and free to use so far, and will continue to be so in the future”, Pointed out Cvek. Photo: Initiative I love Pula Draft proposal of the Decision on the adoption of the concession plan for 2019 “Then all citizens of Pula will have the opportunity to comment on each specific proposal and conditions of concession, when all the key parameters of potential concession location, such as coverage, activities, deadlines and more. Only after the citizens express their views for each individual location, the City Council of the City of Pula will decide by special decisions whether any of the mentioned beaches will really be given in concession and under what conditions.”The statement said. In accordance with the Law on the Right to Access Information, the City of Pula today started conducting a Consultation with the interested public with the aim of informing the general public and obtaining opinions, remarks and proposals on the Draft Proposal of the Decision on Concession Plan for 2019. As of 11 January 2019, a public consultation with the interested public on the Draft Proposal of the Decision on Adoption of the Concession Grant Plan for 2019 and the Draft Proposal of the Decision on Adoption of the Medium-Term (Three-Year) Concession Grant Plan for the Period 2019-2021 in the City of Pula . Side dish: Draft proposal of the Decision on the adoption of the concession plan for 2019 As they point out from the Initiative, the goal of the public tribune was the desire to inform as many citizens as possible about the planned concessions and to explain the way to send comments and objections to the city’s decisions on a kind. “For the first time in the history of Pula, it is planned to give such a large number of city beaches in concession, which represents a kind of privatization of the public good. In addition, the above decisions do not show the exact area planned for concession, land plots are not presented on the copy of the cadastral plan, it is not stated which part of the area refers to the sea and which to the land, and there is no reasonable explanation beaches generally plan to give in concession. It makes a big difference whether it is only concession approvals for parts of beaches or the sea, which in no way restricts or excludes the general use of these parts of beaches, or concessions for maritime property which excludes part or all of the area from general use and gives for special use or economic use ” said Dušica Radojčić from the I Love Pula Initiative for Glas Istre. last_img read more

first_imgIn the same period last year, a turnover of 21.545.079 vehicles was recorded, and tolls were collected in the amount of HRK 1.182.974.451,63 without VAT. Vehicle traffic increased by 3,81% while the amount of toll collected increased by3,08% compared to the same weekend last year. If we compare traffic and tolls on all highways from the beginning of the year to 15.9. turnover increased by 4,85% while tolls collected increased by 4,64% compared to the same period last year. The unit price of toll in the off-season period is reduced by 10% for vehicles IA, I. and II. groups (motorcycles, personal vehicles, personal vehicles with trailers and campers) or returns to the old price. From 15 September (from midnight from Saturday to Sunday) for motorcycles and personal vehicles begins the application of off-season toll prices on motorways managed by Hrvatske autoceste doo (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ).center_img OFF-SEASONAL TOLL PRICES APPLY FROM SUNDAY During the summer tourist season in the period from 15.6. – 15.09.2019. On all motorways under the jurisdiction of Hrvatske autoceste doo and Autoceste Rijeka – Zagreb dd, a turnover of 22.365.127 vehicles was recorded and a toll was collected in the amount of HRK 1.219.424.373,60 without VAT.last_img read more

first_imgCruise ships Thus, according to the data from the official website of the Port of Dubrovnik Authority, 58 ships will enter Dubrovnik in the mentioned period, which should bring about 70.000 passengers, or a tolerable 460 passengers on average per day. But let’s go in order. Image by Ivan Bagic from Pixabay Flights will not return to normal until March next year, when all seven destinations will re-establish continuity in rotations towards Dubrovnik. According to available information, out of a total of about 50 hotels, about 10 of them should be open in Dubrovnik during the winter, possibly slightly less, while the capacities in private accommodation will be mostly closed. The exception is about 10 days between Christmas and the Feast of the Three Kings, when better occupancy is expected, so in that period can be expected to put on the market a larger number of capacities in private accommodation. Dubrovnik is one of the Croatian destinations that has all the realistic prerequisites for extending the tourist season.  If there are no events in the destination, at least according to the state of the CALENDAR OF EVENTS at the end of November, then it is completely logical that there is no interest in the destination, which consequently leads to a lack of winter airlines. Also, why the CALENDAR OF EVENTS if it is not harmonized between the competent institutions? Although it is difficult to get accurate data, it is estimated that out of a total of more than 600 catering facilities, by the end of the DUBROVNIK WINTER FESTIVAL (November 30.11.2019, 06.01.2020 – January 50, XNUMX), a smaller number will be open. Thus, only about XNUMX restaurants should be open. It is also to be expected that after the end of the FESTIVAL, most of them will close their doors, mostly by the beginning of March next year. Just for comparison, Venice, with which Dubrovnik is often compared, will be directly connected to a total of 60 world destinations in the same period. The question arises, how should a casual traveler cope in such a confusing situation? Respecting the effort and effort that the City of Dubrovnik is investing in order to make positive changes, objectively there is still a lot of room for better winter business. The key lies in the agreement of the public and private sectors, their joint agreement on the strategic goal that Dubrovnik must have a year-round tourism business. Continuously. The action plan that would follow should define tasks, activities, mutual obligations with the corresponding schedule of activities… Honest approach to this issue, creating an experience in the destination and better air connectivity would, among other things, certainly create the preconditions for such, better winter business. Regarding the number of destinations with which Dubrovnik will be connected by direct flights during the winter period 2019/2020, it is a total of seven. Here we are talking about an identical number of destinations compared to last year, not a single new one, with the difference that Madrid was “dropped” from the list, but now Athens is appearing in Greece. However, what is worrying are the interruptions in rotations in the period when they should be the least, and that is the period of January and February. Namely, there were not so many long breaks last winter in the same period. Thus, Vueling from Barcelona interrupts its rotations towards Dubrovnik in the period 06.01.2020-15.02.2020, which makes a total of 41 days, then again British Airways in the period from 14.01.2020 – 11.02.2020, which makes a total of 29 days, Vueling from Athens in the period 05.01.2020 – 24.02.2020, ie a total of 50 days, while Vueling from Rome interrupts its rotations towards Dubrovnik in the period from 08.01.2020 – 15.02.2020, which makes a total of 38 days. Nominally, Dubrovnik will be connected to seven world destinations during the winter period 2019/2020, while in reality during November and December 2019 there will be occasional interruptions in rotations from several destinations, while during January and February next year the interruptions will be more significant. , so that in that period Dubrovnik will remain continuously connected by direct airlines with only 3 world destinations, namely Frankfurt, Istanbul and Warsaw. For cruises in the period November 2019 – March 2020, the ships will enter Dubrovnik with reduced intensity and no higher numbers are expected, which is expected for the mentioned period. Approaching the end of November, the question arises as to what and how much has been done in order to be as ready as possible for the Dubrovnik tourist winter. How many, in fact, new direct winter airlines have been established, how many hotels and restaurants will be open during the winter, how many and what kind of events, how many ships will dock for cruises during that period…? Photo: Pixabay.com Istanbul and Frankfurt are significant regional hubs (HUB network of lines), through which Dubrovnik is accessible to guests from remote parts of the world during the winter. However, compared to direct air connectivity, connectivity via such hubs implies, among other things, higher travel costs, which ultimately increases the cost of the overall arrangement per passenger. Photo: Pixabay.com According to all of the above, an average Dubrovnik tourist winter awaits us, without a dramatically larger increase in the volume of work compared to previous years. The greatest intensity of work should traditionally take place between Christmas and the Feast of the Three Kings, followed by a decline in the fact that the DUBROVNIK WINTER FESTIVAL will close its doors. Hotels Restaurants Given the already mentioned situation around direct winter lines and calendar of events, it remains to be seen how many winter physical indicators will be in question, and whether the planned number of beds will be sufficient to accommodate all guests who intend to visit Dubrovnik in winter. AUTHOR: Tonći Skvrce Direct winter flights Unfortunately, when it comes to winter direct air connectivity, another post-season was missed without concrete initiatives aimed at increasing the number of direct winter air routes, which objectively leaves no preconditions for a significant increase in physical and financial indicators. Following this, the City of Dubrovnik has designed a very clear CALENDAR OF EVENTS, which can be found on their website. However, although it is already the end of November, the CALENDAR OF EVENTS for the period 01.11. 2019 – 31.03. 2020 is still half empty, with the proviso that in the period from 05.01.2019 – 31.03.2019 there is not a single planned event. To make the confusion bigger, the CALENDAR OF EVENTS on the pages of the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik does not correspond to the one on the pages of the City of Dubrovnik, which is further confusing. It remains to be seen whether individual tour operators, as announced, will have a reason to “raise” charters to Dubrovnik, what volume will be discussed, and what can Dubrovnik expect from these operations at all? Calendar of winter events Until such an agreement is reached, we are left with missed opportunities for the realization of jobs of lower intensity during the winter, but jobs of continuity. Instead of better ones, half-results thus become generally accepted. What else to say but – a shame. It is to be hoped that the situation from previous years will not be repeated, when visitors to the historic core had problems finding open catering facilities during January and February. Conclusion Comparing the number of rotations, it is clear that November and December 2019 will have a slightly higher number of rotations compared to the same period in 2018, which is great. Namely, during the same period last year, Vueling from Barcelona had major interruptions in rotations, a total of 45 days in a “piece”, British Airlines from London a total of 35 days, and Vueling from Rome a total of 45 days. According to official data from the Dubrovnik Airport website, there will also be interruptions in rotations this November and December, but less. Thus, only British Airlines will have a longer break lasting a total of 32 days in a row (November 07.11 – December 08.12.2019, 10), while Vueling from Barcelona will have a break in rotations to Dubrovnik of XNUMX days in mid-November this year. As for the winter of 2019/2020, it is clear from all the above that the preconditions for better physical and financial results will only be partially met. As for open restaurants, it is expected that most of them will close as the year progresses, regardless of the stimulating decision of the City of Dubrovnik regarding the exemption from paying rent for public areas of caterers who are mainly engaged in serving food (restaurants, taverns, pizzerias) in the historic core, if they carry out their activities from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020. A prerequisite for any meaningful business during the winter period, in parallel with the establishment of a network of winter direct lines, should be quality programs, national and international cultural and other projects, which would be the reason for the arrival of guests at the destination. Cover photo: Jaxson Bryden from Pexels.comlast_img read more

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

first_imgThe programme will see Pantheon invest in primary buyout, growth equity and venture capital across developed and emerging markets, as well as secondary co-investment.BVK and Pantheon’s relationship dates back several years.The pension fund, which has its own in-house management team, lists Pantheon as one of its core managers, following a rationalisation of external resource in 2013.Elsewhere, multi-manager SEI has given Neuberger Berman a $220m (€161m) mandate for emerging market debt.Neuberger Berman is the latest manager to join SEI’s SGMF Emerging Markets Debt Fund, joining Investec Asset Management and Stone Harbour Investment Partners.It replaces Ashmore Investment Management.Finally, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has chosen software provider Misys to manage its trading and risk activities for fixed income and liability-driven investments.LGIM selected Misys Sophis VALUE software and will use it to address its enterprise portfolio and risk management requirements. The Wiltshire Pension Fund has awarded a £140m (€170m) multi-asset, global emerging market mandate to Investec Asset Management.The mandate will mainly focus on equities and bonds.The pension fund said Investec was chosen ahead of 16 other managers.In other news, Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK), Germany’s largest public pension fund, has entered an agreement with Pantheon for a new global private equity investment strategy.last_img read more

first_img“When will the EU learn to think longer term, and in the interest of the majority, and not the minority,” Smith said to delegates at the organisation’s annual Investment Conference in Edinburgh.Smith also said the NAPF remained concerned over the numerous European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) consultations on solvency requirements for pension schemes expected this year.However, he claimed victory for the NAPF over the delayed introduction of these requirements.“We are also concerned about the risk evaluation for pensions, and a mandatory, EU-wide, two-page benefit statement for members,” he said, referring to the level of prescription seen in the latest version of the European Commission’s IORP II Directive.“The European Commission keeps coming up with ideas that fail to address the real issues,” he said.Smith also argued that the increase in de-risking seen from UK defined benefit schemes was increasing demand for long-duration index-linked government bonds.Over the last five years, he pointed out, UK schemes have increased fixed income allocations from roughly 20% of portfolios to approximately 45%, despite low yields.“We need governments to issue more long-term index-linked debt,” he said. ”The demand is there, and it needs to be matched in supply.”The UK is to auction a 38-year, index-linked Gilt towards the end of this month.Smith also said, with an increasing number of schemes uprating pensions by the consumer prices index (CPI), the lobby group had entered discussions with the government and the Debt Management Office (DMO) over CPI-linked UK Gilts.Discussion over the concept of CPI-linked bonds has been ongoing for some time.However, speaking at an NAPF event in November, DMO chief executive Robert Stheeman said, while it would never rule out CPI-linked issuance, demand from pension funds was still “too sticky” for it to be cost effective for the UK government. The chair of the UK National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has criticised the regulatory bodies of the European Union, accusing them of having the wrong priorities.The lobby group’s chair, Ruston Smith, who took up his position in October last year, said a number of propositions out of Brussels and Frankfurt continued to be a source of real concern for the organisation.He said the NAPF, alongside the asset management industry and the UK government, would continue their fight against the controversial financial transaction tax (FTT), whilst conceding Brussels seemed determined to push ahead.This comes after the EU11, the name given to the 11 member states pushing for the introduction of the FTT, ramped up their attempts for implementation. last_img read more

first_imgThe €98bn asset manager F&C is to be taken over by BMO Europe, a subsidiary of the Canada-based Bank of Montreal, which intends to improve its foothold in Europe through the acquisition. On Monday, the shareholders of the Scottish asset manager voted in favour of a cash takeover for 120 pence (€1.44) a share, resulting in a total amount of £708m (€848m), F&C confirmed.According to Richard Wilson, F&C’s chief executive, BMO has emphasised that “it doesn’t expect that the deal will result in any material changes to F&C’s investment processes or investment team”. “The acquisition creates a global advantage for our clients and represents a unique opportunity in terms of products, and geographical and cultural fit of two growth-focused asset management businesses,” he said.  “F&C gains the strength of BMO’s strong balance sheet and diversified business lines, and we envisage the growth, with BMO, of a successful worldwide asset management business.”Ben Kramer, executive director at F&C Netherlands, added that both companies were complementary in terms of geographic activities, clients and offered products and services.“The takeover is aimed at growth, and not primarily at cost-cutting through synergy,” he said.F&C’s activities will become embedded in the organisation of BMO Financial Group, a €384bn financial services provider active in Canada and the US.Currently, the asset management activities of BMO Europa are limited to London-based Lloyd George Asset Management and Pyrford International.The acquisition is to be completed after a court hearing scheduled for 7 May.At the end of 2013, F&C reported assets under management of €98bn, down from €114bn in 2012, and with more than 80% of its AUM stemming from European institutional clients.In other news, Standard Life Investments (SLI) has confirmed its £390m acquisition of Ignis Asset Management, as consolidation in the market continues apace.Confirmation of talks between SLI and Ignis’s parent, Phoenix Group, surfaced earlier this week.The deal, which is to be funded through parent insurer, Standard Life’s internal cash resource, will also see an arrangement between SLI and Phoenix for asset management.Through a strategic alliance with Phoenix Group, SLI will now also provide services to Phoenix’s Life Company subsidiaries, including the potential to manage future books of assets that Phoenix may acquire.The acquisition of Ignis, which has around £69bn in AUM, will achieve around £50m in cost savings after intergration, SLI said.Keith Skeoch, chief executive at SLI, said: “Continuity of investment performance and commitment to client service and relationship management remain our key priorities.“Migration and integration of Ignis will take place in a controlled manner under unified management from day one.”Chris Samuel, chief executive at Ignis, added: “SLI will inherit a strong range of products and investment capabilities and a group of talented individuals who will be an asset to the merged business.”last_img read more

first_imgThe European Parliament has approved the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) after MEPs made a number of amendments to the proposal.Although the Budgets and Economic Monetary Affairs committees approved the EFSI, a cornerstone of the €315bn ‘Juncker Plan’, MEPs thwarted European Commission plans to cut back on other budgets to fund the vehicle.The Commission had hoped to reduce research and transport investment budgets to fund the EFSI’s guarantee fund, a buffer fund to help reduce the risk of losses to external investors.However, MEPs added legislation that called for budgets to be protected, as well as for the guarantee fund to be alternatively financed and gradually filled until it reaches €8bn size by 2022. Budgets Committee chair Jean Arthuis, a French MEP from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) party, said the Commission and Council’s proposal to finance the ‘Juncker Plan’ by cutting other “genuinely European”, trans-national projects was regrettable.“At a time when all member states recognise the need to relaunch investment in Europe, I invite them to directly provision the guarantee, as a token of trust and confidence,” he said. “Today, the Parliament was ambitious and creative. We hope the Council will follow suit, for the collective interest of Europe.”One amendment proposes that the ESFI’s guarantees to third-party investors should be “irrevocable and unconditional”, in order to reassure contributors.Other amendments included ensuring projects financed by the ESFI had a higher risk profile than those available to the European Investment Bank (EIB), thereby making them ineligible for direct EU budget or EIB finance.Further amendments included changes to the investment committee structure and voting rights, as well as ensuring the Parliament retains oversight of the fund.The Commission unveiled the European investment plan in November last year.It will see a €16bn contribution from the EU budget and €5bn from the EIB, with the ESFI issuing bonds to external investors, leveraging the fund to €315bn.Parliament passed the resolution and the mandate to negotiate with the Commission, which will begin on Thursday.The co-rapporteurs were José Manuel Fernandes, a Portuguese MEP from the European People’s Party, and Udo Bullmann, a German MEP for the Social Democrats.The amended agreement will now be voted on in June.European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen welcomed the parliamentary vote and said the plan could now enter its final stages.The former Finnish prime minister said arrangements were already being made to ensure EFSI funds were flowing into projects by September.“The Commission will assist the co-legislators during the trilogue negotiations to agree on a compromise text that ensures the EFSI is based on sound, stable and predictable foundations,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNippon Life Insurance Company is to hold a 5% stake in DWS once the asset manager is listed, Deutsche Bank said today.DWS and Nippon Life have also agreed a strategic partnership, which will include a contribution of assets under management to DWS, opportunities for distribution, and joint product development for an initial period of five years.A representative of the Japanese insurer will also be a member of DWS’s supervisory board.Nicolas Moreau, member of the management board of Deutsche Bank and CEO of DWS, said: “Our strategic alliance is consistent with, and will help accelerate, our focus on growing in the Asia region.” The plans were announced in a statement about the terms of listing DWS, which Deutsche Bank last month confirmed it would proceed with. DWS is the new brand for the asset manager, to be rolled out after the IPO.The bank today said it would sell 20% of DWS shares, with the possibility of increasing this to up to 25% in the event of particularly strong demand.The shares are to be offered at between €30 to €36 per share. Based on that price range, DWS’s market capitalisation would be between €6bn to €7.2bn.Commission ‘disappoints’ with CMU plans for investment funds European Commission (EC) plans to amend private equity and venture capital laws could make it harder for private equity fund managers to raise cross-border capital from EU investors, according to trade body Invest Europe.It said the Commission had proposed amendments that would prevent fund managers from sharing draft marketing materials with investors, which would impede their ability to negotiate a deal.“The Commission’s latest proposal goes against its good intentions for a Capital Markets Union that improves cross-border capital flows,” said Michael Collins, CEO of Invest Europe.The Commission today presented a package of proposals aimed at completing the Capital Markets Union (CMU) project. The sustainable finance action plan it presented on Thursday also came under the heading of the CMU, along with fintech proposals also revealed last week.Today the Commission presented three sets of proposals, one of which was for rules designed to eliminate barriers to the cross-border distribution of investment funds in the EU. Some of these rules were intended to facilitate pre-marketing activities by asset managers but Invest Europe was concerned the proposed wording could have the opposite effect.In seeking to come up with harmonised definition of pre-marketing for different types of funds, the Commission had not taken due account of the way in which private equity operated compared with other alternative funds or retail funds, Invest Europe said. Draft marketing materials were “an important part of the ongoing dialogue between fund managers and investors, including pension funds and insurers”, said Invest Europe’s CEO. The EC said easier cross-border distribution was expected to speed up growth of a single EU market for investment funds and boost competition between asset managers. Its proposal consists of a regulation and a directive, and “is designed to improve transparency, remove overly complex and burdensome requirements and harmonise diverging national rules,” it said. The German fund management association, BVI, said the Commission’s proposal was “disappointing” and created new obstacles rather than eliminating existing ones. BVI’s statement focused on provisions relating to the conditions a manager could de-register a fund in a given national market. Thomas Richter, CEO of BVI, said: “Instead of removing barriers to cross-border distribution the Commission would rather assign new powers to the European Securities and Markets Authority and scale back the powers of national supervisory authorities.”Costing the EC sustainable finance planAsset managers could face increased execution risk and higher costs as a consequence of EU legislation clarifying their duties with regard to sustainability, according to Moody’s.The rating agency was commenting on the EC’s sustainable finance action plan, which was unveiled last week.Asset managers would need greater environmental, social and governance (ESG) expertise if they were required to incorporate ESG considerations in every investment decision they made, the credit ratings agency said.“Finding consistent, high-quality data to guide ESG investing is a particular challenge, given a lack of universally accepted ESG definitions and standard reporting guidelines,” said Moody’s analysts.“As sustainability is not binary by nature, and its criteria are mostly qualitative, it is complex and costly to track, analyse and report. Firms that either lack this capability, or possess it only in rudimentary form, will need to acquire it or build it up internally.”Envisaged enhanced disclosure requirements would also entail additional costs as asset managers would need to explain how they take ESG factors into consideration and update their product offering and prospectuses accordingly. They would also need to expand internal systems to track compliance, because non-compliance could lead to fines.last_img read more

first_img“In particular younger colleagues, who have a long accrual period ahead of them, may ultimately lose out on a couple of hundred euros annually,” he argued.Alexander Kuipers, spokesman for Aegon, explained that the insurer had decided on a full merger with Optas for economic reasons.“The pension fund is dying out because no policyholders are joining,” he said.He added that the benefit for the port workers would be that their pensions would become part of a “much stronger pensions environment”.Kuipers, however, confirmed that the fiscal status of Optas Pensioenen would change and that the merger – scheduled for 1 January – could affect the returns on the workers’ pension assets.He emphasised that benefits would remain guaranteed, and that Aegon had offered a one-off contribution of €1.5m “as a gesture” to the pensions pot.Stam said this was not sufficient. History of conflict The Dutch trade union for port workers (FNV Havens) has called on 14,000 of its members to lobby the regulator over a planned merger between their pensions insurer Optas Pensioenen and its parent company Aegon.The union said it wanted to force Aegon to offer compensation for the loss of an entitlement to reclaim dividend tax.As the legal successor of the industry-wide pension fund PVH, Optas can reclaim dividend tax in a number of countries. However, this income source would disappear if Optas became part of Aegon Life.According to union trustee Niek Stam, the 14,000 Optas policyholders among its members feared missing out on between €550,000 and €700,000 annually from their current pensions pot of around €720m. Port of RotterdamThe port workers have a long history of conflict with Aegon, which acquired Optas Pensioenen from Optas Foundation in 2007 in a €1.5bn transaction. The commercial life insurer and pensions provider was established by PVH in 1998, with PVH subsequently merging with Optas.As part of the €1.5bn transaction Aegon obtained €770m of reserved assets which, in the opinion of the port workers, were meant for the improvement of their pensions.However, as there was no legal document to prove this, the port workers and the Optas Foundation settled in 2010, resulting in Optas paying €500m into the workers’ pensions pot. Aegon followed with an €188m contribution in 2015.The remaining €1bn stayed with Optas – in the meantime renamed as Ammodo – a foundation focusing on “financially supporting projects for arts and science”.The port workers accused Aegon of targeting the reserved assets and alleged that the insurer had acted “unethically”.In a position paper on the Optas issue at the time, Aegon highlighted that the reserved assets were for the purpose of “operating an insurance business related to the port and transport sector and related companies” and that the assets acted as “security for honouring the liabilities of an insurance company”.The insurer added that “the reserved assets did not carry claims or liabilities towards the insured or others” and that “there was no obligation to spend this part of the assets”.last_img read more

first_imgInformation about investments’ impact on society and the environment should be included in UK pension dashboards, a government-commissioned impact investing group has said.The Implementation Taskforce for social impact investing said the government could encourage engagement with their retirement savings – one of the intentions behind the dashboard – by telling consumers about aspects of their investments “to which they can easily relate and about which they care”.The suggestion was made by the body charged with following up on recommendations for “growing a culture of social impact investing” in the UK. These were made by an independent advisory group set up by the UK government in December 2016. Elizabeth Corley, former CEO of Allianz Global Investors, chaired the advisory group and was also asked to lead the “implementation taskforce”.In its response to the government’s consultation on the pension dashboards – which aim to collate individuals’ pension data in one place – the taskforce said there was a growing body of evidence showing that savers cared about the impact their money had on society and the environment. “We… think that communicating the real life relevance of people’s investments and their impact on society and the environment is a key way to encourage savers to engage with their savings and therefore should in time be included in the pensions dashboard,” it said. Elizabeth Corley, head of the UK’s social impact investing Implementation Taskforce“Once the technology has bedded in and the pensions and investment industry has had time to gather and feed in the appropriate data… steps should be taken to communicate impact to savers.”According to a recent report, most corporates do not provide information that allows investors to understand their impacts on society and the environment.Separately, academics and investors involved in another project, the Cambridge Impact Framework, have said that the data to properly assess the social and environmental impact of investment funds is missing. Using limited existing data, they developed a framework to help the investment industry assess funds against outcomes linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.Supporters of the impact investing implementation taskforce include NEST Corporation, the government-initiated auto-enrolment provider, and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.last_img read more

first_img“At the same time, we get a significantly better information platform, which will give members a better overview of their pensions.”A spokeswoman for Sampension confirmed to IPE that the customers’ existing pension savings would be transferred to the pension fund, but declined to give a value of the assets.This does mean, however, a large increase in Sampension’s public sector membership. It catered for 50,000 public sector workers, not including the second tranche of army staff. In total, the pension fund administrator had around 278,000 members at the end of 2018.Sampension chief executive Hasse Jørgensen said his firm had been chosen for its competencies including low costs, high returns, efficient service and good advice. Sampension has won the contract to provide pension services to around 11,000 part-time Danish military pension scheme members from rival Nordea.The labour-market pension provider and the soldiers’ trade union the Army Constables and Corporals Association (HKKF) announced the deal, citing Sampension’s capacity to provide advice to individuals as well as the superiority of its data platform as reasons for the win.Pensions for the 11,000 new customers will come under Sampension’s administration and investment management from 1 January 2020, alongside 2,000 long-term employed constables and corporals who joined the scheme from Velliv (formerly known as Nordea Liv & Pension Danmark) on 1 January this year.Johnny Thomsen, chairman of the board of directors of the HKKF Funds, said: “One of the really decisive reasons why we have chosen Sampension is that the agreement gives us access to a competent corps of advisers who can help our members with pension issues.last_img read more

first_imgYngve Slyngstad, outgoing chief executive officer of NBIMNBIM said its response to the dialogue’s consultation had called for consolidation of reporting standards.The investment manager also said in the report that it had stepped up its game in the field of responsible investment.“As we head into a new decade, we are working more systematically, we are prioritising more effectively, and we are asking better questions,” said chief corporate governance officer Carine Smith Ihenacho.In 2019, she said NBIM had expanded its evaluation of corporate reporting, and over time had seen companies improve their disclosure. “In 2019, we contacted a further 134 companies with poor reporting,” she said.Asked last year by the Norwegian finance ministry to review and describe its work on climate risk, NBIM replied in December that although data on companies’ carbon emissions and climate risks were critical for its portfolio analysis, the quality of corporate reporting was still inconsistent.In a section of its 2019 responsiblity report on how NBIM funds research to inform its investment strategy, the Oslo-based manager said two of the studies supported by Norges Bank’s Norwegian Finance Initiative (NFI) had revealed that markets were failing to reflect the impact of climate change.One of the studies in a research project led by professor Harrison Hong at Columbia University found that projections showing rising sea levels did not have much effect on property prices.Another study found that homes exposed to extreme weather sold for more in areas where inhabitants rejected the notion of anthropogenic climate change than in areas where inhabitants did not.“Taken together, these findings suggest that capital markets do not fully price climate risk,” NBIM said in the report. Norway’s NOK10trn (€969bn) oil fund is raising its voice about the need for better ESG corporate reporting, giving top billing in its newly-released annual responsibility report to an issue it has spoken out on before.Publishing the 104-page report, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) stated that: “Boards must ensure that companies regularly report relevant, quantitative and comparable information on environmental, social and governance issues.”Yngve Slyngstad, outgoing chief executive officer of NBIM – the central bank department that runs the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – said that in recent years his staff had asked companies to go from words to numbers in their sustainability reporting.“We wish to see more relevant and comparable reporting from companies, so that we, as an investor, can analyse the companies’ exposure to sustainability risks,” said Slyngstad, whose successor has not yet been announced. The fact that there were so many different standards for sustainability reporting was problematic both for companies and for investors, NBIM said in the 2019 responsibility report.“This reporting often requires considerable resources from companies, and different approaches and definitions mean that investors cannot yet use it in the same way as accounting data,” it said.For this reason, NBIM said it was supporting the Corporate Reporting Dialogue – a platform launched five years ago by the International Integrated Reporting Council – which was working on mapping and comparing different frameworks with a particular emphasis on climate disclosure.last_img read more

first_imgThis house at 21 Sinclair Drive, Ellen Grove, is on the market priced at $210,000-plus.Mr Lawless said the tighter credit environment was having an impact, as were affordability issues, reduced foreign investment and a rise in housing supply.Five of the eight capital cities recorded a fall in dwelling values over the month, including Brisbane (-0.2 per cent), Sydney (-0.3 per cent) and Melbourne (-0.6 per cent), though Brisbane was still in positive territory for the quarter (0.1 per cent) and annually (0.9 per cent) while the other two biggest capitals went backwards. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK 5 Cotswold Court, Rochedale, sold for $300,000 last week.“The trend towards more robust housing market conditions for affordable properties can be seen geographically as well, with the top ten capital city subregions, based on an annual capital gain, generally located in more affordable areas such as Hobart, the outskirts of Melbourne and parts of Brisbane and Adelaide,” he said.”Stronger market conditions across Australia’s more affordable areas are likely attributable to a rise of first home buyers in the market as well as changing credit policies focused on reducing exposure to high debt-to-income ratios. Win for buyers as units set to boom More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago Westpac triggers first rate rise for all homeowners A two-bedroom apartment at 4/68 Hassall Street, Corinda sold for $270,500. CoreLogic expects the more affordable end of the market to see strong growth.AFFORDABLE properties are set to spark a rise in demand in Brisbane with both lenders and buyers expected to turn more of their attention here, latest research has found. Nationally, the most inexpensive quarter of the market was the only segment to rise across the country over the past 12 months, according to industry research firm CoreLogic.CoreLogic research head Tim Lawless said the most inexpensive quarter of the market saw values rise 0.6 per cent in the past year, while the upper quarter logged a 5.4 per cent fall and the middle segments fell 0.5 per cent over the year. “In the higher value cities like Sydney and Melbourne, we’re seeing typical dwelling prices remain more than eight times higher than median household incomes, suggesting tighter credit conditions for borrowers with a high debt-to-income ratio will likely impact on demand more in these cities over others.”The comments come as the latest CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index saw national dwelling values fall for the eleventh consecutive month, dropping 0.3 per cent as the housing market continues its correction. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25last_img read more

first_img22/129 Mystic Ave, Balgal Beach, (circled), an 809sq m block of residential land, is on the market for $49,000.LOWEST MEDIAN PRICES IN THE COUNTRY:$25,000 Balgal Beach (Townsville, QLD) 11 units sold$30,000 Curlwaa (Wentworth, NSW) 18 houses soldMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020$30,000 Mount Magnet (Mount Magnet, WA) 11 houses sold$33,000 Morawa (Morawa, WA) 11 houses sold$35,000 Cunnamulla (Paroo, QLD) 13 houses sold(Source: CoreLogic)Ms Neilson also has the cheapest house currently listed in the suburb, located at 14 Tracey Street, priced in the “high $100,000s”.The two bedroom, single bathroom house was admittedly an “open plan shed-home”, which Ms Neilson said was “certified for accommodation by Townsville City Council”.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58“So yes — you can live in it. This gives you the amazing opportunity to either live there while you build your dream home, or keep your long term tenant there for some extra income. Or move in yourself.”With the beach down the road and the home airconditioned with carport and outdoor entertainment space, she listed it as “just a great spot to love living life”.14 Tracey St, Balgal Beach — a two bedroom house — is on the market for the high $100,000s.14 Tracey St, Balgal Beach, is an “open plan shed-home”.Stunning views stretching from the hills to the ocean.Among services in the Balgal Beach and nearby Rollingstone area was the Mystic Sands Golf and Bowling Club, high academic achieving school Rollingstone Primary, a modern playground and barbecue in a beachside park, a public boat ramp, Rollingstone Hotel, a medical centre and pharmacy, Fisherman’s Landing licensed kiosk, RSL, Lions and fishing clubs, Paluma rainforest, beaches, fishing, Crystal Creek waterfalls and freshwater creeks, a BP service station and a general store and post office.The CoreLogic data does not count suburbs where less than 10 properties sold within the year.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Balgal Beach, located north of Townsville, is the cheapest place to buy a property in the entire country.The cheapest suburb in Australia is by the beach on Queensland’s east coast, new sales data has found.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBeachside boxes you need in your life00:37Latest CoreLogic Market Trends data released this week showed the lowest median price of any suburb in the country last year was a $25,000 — recorded by Balgal Beach, north of Townsville. The figure was the median of 11 unit sales in the suburb in 2018.The CoreLogic data came off all suburbs in the country that recorded more than 10 property sales in the year to December 2018.Current listings on realestate.com.au show that the cheapest block of land in Balgal Beach right now was $49,000 for 809sq m at 22/129 Mystic Avenue.MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS:Broncos young guns’ big buyShack up with a coastal beautyHow a 1940s cottage transformedOpen space in demandServices at Balgal Beach include a modern playground and barbecue in a beachside park.The area also has bowling club.Robyn Neilson of My Property Agent described it as “one of the cheapest fully serviced blocks in Balgal Beach” with a motivated vendor who “requires immediate sale”.The block was close to the beach and a short walk to Mystic Sands Golf Resort.Around 1,500 people live in the Balgal Beach area, including Ms Neilson, who said she “wouldn’t live anywhere else”.“It didn’t flood. There are just magnificent sandy beaches and you can see the ocean from the Townsville mainland and Magnetic Island all the way up to Hinchinbrook Island, and you’ve got the beautiful rainforest mountains to the west as well.”Located 35 minutes to Townsville, the area attracts a lot of people who work in the army, the hospital and James Cook University as well as a lot of country and New South Wales retirees.last_img read more

first_imgFrench container shipping giant CMA CGM Group and specialised reefer transporter SEATRADE Group have joined forces on the creation of a new vessel sharing agreement.The deal would incorporate the services known by CMA CGM as PAD and by Seatrade as MERIDIAN, which will link Northern Europe, the East Coast of the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Caribbean on a weekly basis.This new service brings together CMA CGM, SEATRADE and MARFRET and improves their frequency and port coverage.The weekly service will have the following rotation: Zeebrugge, London Gateway, Rotterdam, Dunkerque, Le Havre; New York, Savannah; Kingston, Cartagena; Papeete, Noumea; Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne; Nelson, Napier, Tauranga; Pisco, Paita; Kingston, Philadelphia and Zeebrugge.CMA CGM said that the new line will be the only one in the market to offer such coverage on a weekly basis.It will provide a direct and weekly service to Papeete and Noumea from Northern Europe and the East Coast of the United States, and the only fast, direct, dedicated reefer service from New Zealand to the United States and Europe.The company added that the service, which is set to improve the supply of transport between Australia and the United States, will feature 13 ships with a nominal capacity between 2200 and 2500 TEUs.The launch of the service is scheduled in October 2017, subject to validation by the competent authorities.last_img read more

first_imgLauritzen Kosan, part of Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen, has reflagged two of its ships to Denmark for the first time since 2003.The ships in question are the 8,053 cbm Helena Kosan and the 3,666 cbm Linda Kosan.As informed, the registers of the two vessels have been changed to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) as they begin a period time charter which will require an EU flag.“The reflagging of these two gas carriers to Denmark is driven by commercial arguments, and it goes to show that the Danish flag is now very close to being as competitive as Malta, Singapore and the Isle of Man. There are still some challenges, but we very much appreciate the clear pro-business signals currently being sent by the Danish political system,” Mads P. Zacho, CEO of J. Lauritzen, commented.“We very much appreciate the efforts made by the Maritime Strategy Team initiated by the Danish government, which gave its recommendations in April 2017. The subsequent proposals put forward by a broad coalition in parliament with new and significant measures to increase the competitiveness of the Danish flag have clearly had an impact, shown by the reflagging of our two gas carriers to DIS,” Zacho added.Currently, Lauritzen Kosan’s fleet is comprised of 31 gas carriers.last_img read more

first_imgKW Designed Solutions has secured a further order from Balmoral Offshore Engineering for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of six manual chock closure pressure vessels. The vessels are rated with an operating pressure of 690 bar and with a bore size of Ø500mm x 2500mm depth. Two of the vessels feature additional temperature control capabilities of up to 50°C, KW explained.These vessels should further improve the capacity of the Balmoral Subsea Test Centre accompanying a number of other vessels already installed, of which seven were previously supplied by KW Designed Solutions.“KW Designed Solutions are extremely pleased to be continuing their support of the Balmoral business and especially the development of the Balmoral Subsea Test Centre,” the company said.last_img read more

first_imgOil major BP and Enpro Subsea have executed a global frame agreement aimed at providing an enhanced subsea architecture and smart standardization using Enpro’s patented Flow Access Module (FAM) technology.Enpro Subsea said on Tuesday it had supplied the FAM technology to BP on the Kepler K3 project in the Gulf of Mexico, enabling project specific technologies to be added to BP’s standard subsea trees and manifolds, reducing project costs and schedule, to support BP in achieving sanction to first oil in less than 12 months.According to Enpro, the patented Flow Access Module (FAM) technology enables fast track, capital efficient subsea tiebacks. It essentially creates an enhanced production ‘USB port’ within the jumper envelope. This allows the operator to use standard subsea trees and manifolds, with FAM and distributed manifold system providing life of field flexibility within the system design, delivering ‘Smart Standardization’ and the capability to maximize the ultimate recovery from subsea wells.On the K3 project, BP used FAM to install multi-phase metering, water cut metering and sand detection at the Xmas tree end of a 3.2km single spur tieback in addition to hydrate remediation and flow assurance hydraulic intervention module adjacent to the manifold, removing the cost, risk and schedule associated with modifying standard hardware or adopting the dual flow loop alternative.Following the success of the Kepler K3 project, Enpro and BP are now collaborating on follow up FAM projects, including BP’s Ariel 6 which is due to be installed later in 2019.Ian Donald, managing director of Enpro Subsea said: “We appreciate the opportunity to support the BP team in providing innovative field development solutions which encapsulate the benefits of standard subsea hardware and FAM flexibility to reduce cost, risk and time to first oil. We believe Enpro’s enhanced production technologies are fully aligned with BP’s strategy of improving operating performance of existing and new assets with capital efficient solutions.”last_img read more

first_imgNo new reports of impacted wildlife have been reported from the Hibernia platform oil spill offshore Newfoundland.A photo of the Hibernia slick shared on July 18 by CNLOPBIn a Wednesday update, HMDC, a platform operating Exxon-led consortium, said it was continuing response efforts following the 12,000-liter oil spill in the Atlantic Ocean on July 17.HMDC added that two vessels in the field were supporting response efforts while four third-party wildlife observers were continuing to monitor for wildlife from vessels and overflights with no new reports of impacted wildlife. To remind, Offshore Energy Today reported that five oiled birds had been spotted until July 29.In a later update, HMDC said that a sixth oiled bird, a Storm Petrel, was discovered on the platform on the morning of July 30. The bird did not survive.Observations from surveillance flights, satellite imagery, and the vessels over the past several days indicate concentrations of oil have decreased to the point that mechanical recovery and dispersion operations are no longer possible.According to the consortium, other response efforts will continue as needed. These include vessel and flight surveillance, satellite images, and tracker buoys to monitor for any presence of hydrocarbons.Demobilization of vessels continues, and production from the Hibernia platform remains shut-in while HMDC continues its investigation.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

first_imgStuff.co.nz 13 November 2012After hearing of a distraught schoolgirl forced to marry by her parents, Auckland-based National MP Jackie Blue knew she couldn’t stand by and do nothing. One hundred teenagers nationally, including  50 in Auckland, who marry each year would require a court’s permission to walk down the aisle under Blue’s proposed amendment to the Marriage Act. Marriage under the age of 16 years is illegal in New Zealand, but 16 and 17-year-olds can marry with parental consent. About 600 Aucklanders from the latter group gained consent to marry in the 10 years from 2001, making up 60 per cent of the national teenage marriage figures, according to Statistics New Zealand. Four out of five of those were female. Blue, who is the National list MP for Mt Roskill, said only a small number of teenage nuptials would be marriages forced upon girls for cultural reasons. “The majority are probably quite legitimate, but the majority of those minors are young girls. I can’t not do anything. If it saves one young girl it’s going to be worth it.” No data exists on how many people have been forced to marry as affected women are often hidden from the glare of social services. But while researching the issue Blue heard of a recent incident.  http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7939564/MP-acts-against-forced-marriagelast_img read more

first_img“It really worries me how narrow the definition of normal is becoming. We used to accept a wide range of behaviour from two-year-olds and talked about the terrible-twos. “Now a lack of concentration is a conduct disorder. Parents are scared their children are not going to function at school so they accept these labels.”The percentage of children with diagnosed mental health conditions jumped from 1.8% to 3.2% since 2007-08. Increasing numbers of children with anxiety, such as phobias, drove the increase, according to the Ministry of Health report.More than 15,500 children are diagnosed with anxiety, up from 2800 children five years ago.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/number-anxious-kids-skyrockets-5312650 ONE News 6 Jan 2013The rate of children diagnosed by a doctor with mental health conditions has almost doubled over the past five years.A suicide prevention advocate has slammed the results as bad science and says the definition of a “normal child” has narrowed too far.However, child psychology experts say the increasing rate could be a symptom of a more anxiety-driven society and improvements in the diagnosis of youngsters.About 25,000 children have been diagnosed with behavioural and emotional problems, with anxiety the fastest growing condition, according to the Ministry of Health’s latest children’s health report.Anxiety, ADHD and depression are the three most common disorders in children, and boys are twice as likely to be diagnosed with mental health problems.Casper chief executive Maria Bradshaw said she was horrified to hear of babies now being diagnosed as depressed.She founded suicide prevention group Casper after her teenage son took his life just two weeks after being prescribed prozac for depression.last_img read more

first_imgMovieGuide.org August 2014This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. It appears that poverty won that war.Jesus said you will always have the poor with you. He also said, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat….to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”In Christ’s day, Samaritans were half-breeds who were hated. To be called a Samaritan was an ethnic slur. Yet one day, Jesus told a parable where the hero was a good Samaritan. Jump forward to our day, and the term Samaritan is synonymous with a do-gooder.In 1964, LBJ initiated the War on Poverty to help millions of Americans “escape from squalor and misery and unemployment rolls where other citizens help to carry them.”It sounds good. In fact, a book written in 1968 by a prominent evangelical said: “For the Christian the ‘war on poverty’ is not a political option. It is a lifelong battle based on the mandate of Jesus Christ, who loved the poor.”In one sense, that quote is correct on the face of it. However, in the direct political sense, it is far from correct. As they say, hindsight is always 20/20. Who should help the poor? The church, the family, the individual? Yes. The government? No.Rather than alleviate poverty in America, the War on Poverty helped increase it in the long run.https://www.movieguide.org/news-articles/50-years-war-poverty.html#.U-q-D_4cSUklast_img read more

first_imgLifeSiteNews 3 November 2014If you want your children to be educated and wealthy, assure they grow up with two married parents, a new study says.“Growing up with both parents (in an intact family) is strongly associated with more education, work, and income among today’s young men and women,” says a new report on U.S. wage stagnation.For decades, policymakers and pundits have said that Americans’ wages have slowed or even stagnated. However, according to a new report from the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI), married heads of households have done much better than their unmarried counterparts.Family structure is one of the most important factors in whether a person will be educated, wealthy, and married, AEI found.Looking at 33 years of economic data, the report notes that married heads of households saw their incomes increase from approximately $63,000 per year in 1979 to $85,000 per year by 2012.Conversely, unmarried heads of households saw their incomes rise from $28,000 per year in 1979 to just $32,000 in 2012.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/children-raised-by-married-parents-are-wealthier-more-educated-than-their-plast_img read more

first_img3News 2 September 2015Last week Story investigated a Putaruru charity making loads of money from dairy farming. But it’s not the only big money-making enterprise that says it’s a charity so doesn’t pay tax.There are two sides to the story – the big guys you probably don’t even know are a charity, then the little guys being told they’re not charitable enough.Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is building houses for people who couldn’t otherwise afford to buy their own homes.“Tens of thousands of people who might be renting, who might live in something that’s old, cold and mouldy and charging them a lot – look, they really want to have their own place,” says CHA director Scott Figenshow.It sounds laudable, but one of the charities paying for the project might not be a charity for much longer. Its status is under review. It’s not looking good; a similar housing charity in Queenstown has already been deregistered.Apparently providing a home for a family isn’t work a charity should be doing.But the housing charities aren’t alone.“There was a charity in Palmerston North that was operating a food bank,” says lawyer Susan Barker. “Their registration was challenged because they couldn’t prove that the people who were coming to the food bank were poor.”Ms Barker says the people regulating charities are being too harsh. They’re deciding some of these organisations aren’t doing enough or any public good.She reckons of 27,000 registered charities, 5100 have been stripped of their status in the past three years. The most famous examples are Greenpeace and Family First – both of whom argued their way back.“One in five charities are being deregistered. That is enormous because deregistration is supposed to be used only in the most extreme circumstances; it’s the most extreme sanction for a charity.”http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/story/small-scale-charities-struggle-to-keep-status-2015090218#axzz3ke3nVyCDlast_img read more

first_imgRadio NZ News 21 December 2015An Auckland same-sex de facto couple has won an historic court ruling allowing them to apply to jointly adopt children.A High Court judge has agreed the phrase “two spouses” used in the 1955 Adoption Act should include same-sex de facto couples, not just those who are legally married.Lawyer Stewart Dalley said it ends the couple’s struggle, which started three years ago, initially before the Human Rights Commission, after a failed bid to jointly adopt their infant daughters.The ruling set a clear precedent for other same-sex couples, he said.“In the judgement, it clearly states that there is no justification for same-sex de facto couples, whether they’re male or female, not to be granted eligibility status to apply to jointly adopt children.”The adoption process was generally a two-step process, with applicants first needing to meet eligibility criteria, which used to be that they needed to be married – to jointly adopt – or be single, Mr Dalley said.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/292701/victory-for-same-sex-couples-wanting-to-adoptKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 17 August 2016Family First Comment: As we highlighted…“The Drug Foundation’s poll finds much less support (30 per cent) for legalising or decriminalising commercial sales of cannabis for any purpose and, oddly, even less support (20 per cent) for allowing small amounts to be grown and sold or given away to friends. Most of us, it seems, want any liberalisation of cannabis to ensure it strictly remains a personal and private activity for those who want it, not a substance for social sharing or commercial promotion.”But how do you regulate that? Remember synthetic cannabis? A disaster! The Prime Minister is unmoved by a poll for the Drug Foundation showing most New Zealanders now support legalising, or at least decriminalising, cannabis. His reluctance is understandable. The last time the Government went down this road, with synthetic cannabis, it got its fingers burned.It is easy to agree, as 64 per cent of those polled did, that possession for personal use should not be a crime. It is almost as easy to agree with the 52 per cent who would decriminalise its cultivation for personal use. But if the purpose is to save police time, it would probably do the reverse. How would police know a person found in possession of cannabis, or cultivating it, had no more than an amount permitted for personal use? And if cannabis was merely decriminalised, remaining illegal, what are police supposed to do about it? Their job is easier when crime is clearly defined.But ease of law enforcement is not the decisive consideration. The law should regulate drugs to the extent necessary to minimise the harm they can do.The case for relaxing the law against cannabis has been helped of late by cancer patients who find it an effective pain reliever. Unsurprisingly, more than 80 per cent of those polled agree cannabis should be permitted for pain relief but, again, changing the law is the easy part. How are people in pain going to be supplied? Must they all grow their own?The Drug Foundation’s poll finds much less support (30 per cent) for legalising or decriminalising commercial sales of cannabis for any purpose and, oddly, even less support (20 per cent) for allowing small amounts to be grown and sold or given away to friends. Most of us, it seems, want any liberalisation of cannabis to ensure it strictly remains a personal and private activity for those who want it, not a substance for social sharing or commercial promotion. But if it is going to be available for medical use it will need some sort of organised production and distribution.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11695124last_img read more

first_img18 May 2017The Department of Internal Affairs is maintaining its position that lobby group Family First isn’t a charity. But founder Bob McCoskrie tells us why it is.http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/201844172/family-first-not-a-charityAudio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

first_imgNBC 2 5 December 2017Family First Comment:  “This relationship was found to be especially strong among young people between the ages of 12 and 17. Nearly a third of traditional cigarette smokers in this age group said they also used cannabis day in and day out, the researchers say. In fact, young smokers were more than 50 times more likely to use cannabis daily than their nonsmoking peers.” www.SayNopeToDope.nz  Smoking cigarettes and daily use of cannabis are strongly linked in the United States, research says. Smokers, overall, are seven times more likely to use pot daily than non-smokers, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health.This relationship was found to be especially strong among young people between the ages of 12 and 17. Nearly a third of traditional cigarette smokers in this age group said they also used cannabis day in and day out, the researchers say. In fact, young smokers were more than 50 times more likely to use cannabis daily than their nonsmoking peers.Comparing the overall number of daily cannabis users in 2002 and 2014, the researchers saw another trend.“More people are smoking cannabis on a daily basis,” said Renee Goodwin, the lead investigator and an adjunct associate professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She said all the groups examined — smokers, former smokers and nonsmokers in the US — showed increasing rates of daily cannabis use.According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is the most commonly used “illicit” drug, used by about 22.2 million Americans. (The institute classifies marijuana as an illicit drug despite legislation in a few states that permits recreational use of this drug.) More men than women use the drug, a gender gap that widened even further between 2007 and 2014.READ MORE: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/36993719/smokers-are-7-times-more-likely-to-use-marijuana-daily-study-sayslast_img read more