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Barclays to raise £10m from redundant banks

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From official residences to low-cost apartments, Jakarta transforms into isolation city

first_imgLast month, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan instructed his city officials to submit a list of buildings readily available to be converted into isolation facilities.According to the Jakarta Governance Bureau, Jakarta’s five municipalities and its one regency have proposed a total of 253 sites that can be converted into communal isolation shelters.Officials have scoured the city for potential isolation houses to anticipate a lack of facilities, as the number of cases still climbs in the capital despite weak government claims of a leveling off in the rate of COVID-19 infections.The buildings range from official residences to sports fields and training centers, as well as schools and child-friendly public spaces (RPTRA). The heads of the Pela Mampang and Bangka subdistrict administrations, local authorities in leafy South Jakarta, have been forced to move back into their private homes.Their official residences, although newly renovated, cannot be used because medical workers have taken up occupancy there, said Mampang Prapatan district head Jaharudin.The houses, handily transformed into makeshift quarantine facilities, are just two of the many buildings being prepared by the Jakarta administration to temporarily house people who cannot self-isolate or are suspected of transmitting COVID-19. The move also follows a decision in March to convert Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, the former athletes village in Central Jakarta, into a makeshift hospital with a capacity to take in 3,000 patients who are asymptomatic or show only mild COVID-19 symptoms. As of Monday, Wisma Atlet had hosted over 850 patients.Jakarta has 714 intensive care units and 657 isolation wards spread across 190 hospitals. Of this figure, only 172 hospitals are allowed to take in suspected patients while only 100 hospitals qualify to care for confirmed cases.As of Tuesday, Jakarta had 4,687 cases with 409 deaths.The capital has recorded a cumulative total of 3,095 people who tested positive for COVID-19 and patients treated in hospital.The rest of the confirmed cases have gone into self-quarantine, while another 228 people are under surveillance, although their whereabouts and whether or not they have self-isolated are unknown.The Jakarta Health Agency will be examining the proposed sites to ensure they meet health standards for quarantine before use, while the administration continues to prioritize sending patients to referral hospitals and the Wisma Atlet facility.It remains unclear how many buildings have been given the green light, but the agency’s public health department head Fify Mulyani said that task forces had been set up to prepare sites in all areas except West Jakarta and the Thousand Islands regency.“[Preparations] are under way,” Fify told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Based on the agency-approved guidelines, a communal isolation house should either be a permanent or semi-permanent building equipped with bathroom and kitchen facilities, as well as adequate air circulation and access to electricity and clean water.Authorities must also have systems in place to keep the facility secure.Mampang Prapatan’s Jaharudin said medical workers were allowed to take up residency at the two official residences in Pela Mampang and Bangka because no local residents were flagged for isolation.Jaharudin had also put in a request to convert a local 360-room training facility under the government’s management.“It is important to have the building’s owner and the community from the surrounding area agree with the proposal,” he said.“It’s all about the stigma; some people think that the disease is transmitted through the air, but someone under quarantine is prohibited from going outside, right?”Densely populated Jakarta continues to be the national epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, helped along by minimal knowledge of the disease and a significant number of workers who cannot afford to shelter in place.Mayors in Jakarta have acknowledged the issue, saying public support is of utmost importance.In North Jakarta, the local government plans to convert a number of buildings, including two empty towers in the Nagrak low-cost rental apartment (Rusunawa) complex in Cilincing.Local officials have given an assurance that the intended isolation houses located 500 meters away from other occupied towers are far enough.“Even if there are empty units in other low-cost apartments, we wouldn’t recommend them to be used [as isolation rooms] so as to keep other tenants safe,” said Parjoko, the acting chief of the Jakarta Housing and Settlement Agency.Meanwhile, the city’s education agency has proposed the use of 136 school buildings, which has sparked criticism among Jakarta councillors.Council Speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) demanded that the administration pull the plug on that plan, fearing further viral transmission as many schools are located in residential areas.Only one school in Tidung Island in Thousand Islands has reportedly been used to house five people under surveillance.The city’s governance bureau head Premi Lasari acknowledged that there were objections at the neighborhood level.“There was some opposition, but we managed to disseminate information [about the plan] in a persuasive manner with the help of the authorities, local figures and community health center officers,” Premi said.The chairman of the Jakarta RT/RW Forum, Muhammad Irsyad, also played down objections at the community level, arguing that they mostly came down to a lack of knowledge about the disease.“There’s no need to worry because isolation shelters have their own health standards,” Irsyad insisted.“When there are no more [sheltering patients, authorities] will sterilize the property before returning it into its original state.”Topics :last_img read more

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COVID-19: Nearly 90,000 Indonesians return home after more than 700 infected abroad

first_imgRetno said 567 other crew members would arrive on three more ships, without mentioning the exact date of arrival.There are still other Indonesian citizens who are unable to come home, such as those stranded in India. Most of them are the members of Tablighi Jamaat.“The government is still finding a way to bring them home by coordinating with other countries whose citizens are experiencing similar obstacles, such as Bangladesh, Malaysia and others,” Retno added.India is one of many countries that have imposed strict lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has infected more than four million people globally and has caused more than 238,000 deaths.According to the Foreign Ministry, 734 Indonesians abroad had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday in at least 33 foreign territories and aboard 20 international cruise liners. About 300 are being treated, while more than 370 have recovered, and 41 have died.“All Indonesian diplomatic missions abroad are consistently coordinating with the respective countries to ensure [citizens abroad] receive good treatment,” Retno said.Read also: Nearly 100 foreigners currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Indonesia: Foreign MinisterThe government – with support from Indonesian civil society groups and local communities – is helping citizens abroad in need of assistance because of the pandemic.As of Monday, more than 375,000 aid packages had been distributed to affected citizens abroad.“We give our highest appreciation to the Indonesian communities abroad who have been tirelessly helping those in need,” said Retno.The government has guaranteed that the returning citizens will follow the standardized health protocols to ensure they are not carrying the virus.Retno concluded the briefing by urging regional administrations to be actively involved in handling the returning citizens, as collaboration between central and local government was vital to ensure citizens’ protection.Topics : Read also: COVID-19: Indonesians stranded abroad return home amid ‘mudik’ banOther citizens arrived from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria and Egypt, among others.“There will be more from Egypt and Oman in the near future,” Retno said in a press briefing from the COVID-19 task force headquarters in Jakarta on Monday. She added that dozens of citizens from Bangladesh were expected to arrive on Monday.According to the ministry, more than 14,200 Indonesian crew members have arrived in the country through four points of entry: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta and Benoa Port in Bali. While many countries are imposing strict lockdown policies, Indonesia has recorded an influx of citizens returning from abroad – nearly 90,000 as of Monday.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said 89,595 citizens had been repatriated as of Monday.Of the total, 72,966 citizens arrived from Malaysia. Most of the returnees were those who had been impacted by Malaysia’s movement control order (MCO), which is in place until June 9.last_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf solicita al USDA que brinde apoyo a los sectores agrícolas vitales de Pennsylvania

first_img April 15, 2020 Economy,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health ‘La industria y todos los que dependen de sus productos esperan un plan’Harrisburg, PA: El Gobernador Tom Wolf envió hoy una carta al Secretario del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA), Sonny Perdue, instándolo a publicar de inmediato un plan que apoye a los productores agrícolas, procesadores de alimentos, trabajadores y sistemas alimentarios locales, independientemente del tamaño de la producción. Los $9.5 mil millones incluidos en la Ley CARES (a discreción de Perdue para distribuir entre los sectores de productos lácteos, ganadería, de cultivos especializados, horticultura y restaurantes) tienen el potencial de garantizar que Pennsylvania siga siendo un líder nacional de la agricultura.“Necesitamos que el Secretario Perdue publique un plan que incluya recursos, orientación y protección para la industria que está trabajando para sustentar a los residentes de Pennsylvania y a los estadounidenses a pesar del riesgo, el estrés y la incertidumbre de nuestra pandemia actual”, dijo Wolf. “Las familias agricultoras de Pennsylvania están trabajando duro para sustentar la vida. Necesitamos una medida federal inmediata para sostener la agricultura porque dependemos de ella cada día.“Además del apoyo financiero crucial, la industria depende de la mano de obra calificada para realizar tareas esenciales y mantener la solidez de la cadena de suministro”, agregó Wolf. “No podemos permitir que los frutos de su trabajo se desperdicien en el momento en que muchas personas sufren inseguridad alimentaria mientras se quedan en casa para salvar vidas”.La carta completa es la siguiente:A medida que la COVID 19 continúa interrumpiendo todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas, escribo para solicitar una medida inmediata en nombre de las industrias agrícolas y alimentarias vitales dentro de Pennsylvania, al igual que para los tantos residentes de Pennsylvania que están sufriendo inseguridad alimentaria porque deben quedarse en casa para salvar vidas.Desde el primer momento en que mi administración comenzó a realizar los esfuerzos de mitigación de la COVID-19, designé a la agricultura y a toda la cadena de suministro de alimentos como esenciales y vitales. Como es el caso en todo el país, la industria agrícola, los procesadores y fabricantes de alimentos, y los trabajadores de las tiendas de alimentos de Pennsylvania se encuentran entre los muchos héroes que trabajan en la primera línea para mantener a Pennsylvania, a la nación y el mundo alimentados a pesar del gran riesgo, estrés e incertidumbre que están viviendo. Debemos unirnos como nación para vencer al virus y recuperarnos. Nuestra recuperación y nuestra seguridad nacional son imposibles sin la certeza de un suministro de alimentos seguro que esté a nuestra disposición.Solicito que el USDA tome medidas urgentes y decisivas para publicitar e implementar un plan para estabilizar de manera inmediata e igualitaria a la industria agrícola, y para apoyar a los productores agrícolas, procesadores de alimentos, trabajadores y sistemas alimentarios locales, independientemente del tamaño de la producción. Este plan debe incluir recursos, orientación y protección para estos trabajadores. La COVID-19 afecta negativamente a cada sector de la agricultura, el procesamiento de alimentos, la distribución, el comercio minorista, las tiendas de alimentos y los mercados de agricultores y todos ellos necesitan apoyo. Específicamente, le solicito que brinde apoyo inmediato de las siguientes maneras:Apoyo directo a través de la Ley CARESLos $9.5 mil millones incluidos en la Ley CARES (que quedan a su discreción para distribuir entre los sectores de productos lácteos, ganadería, cultivos especializados, industrias de horticultura y restaurantes) tienen el potencial de garantizar que Pennsylvania siga siendo un líder nacional de agricultura. Este fondo debe usarse con prudencia para mitigar la interrupción de las cadenas de suministro y los mercados para ayudar a nuestros agricultores, productores y procesadores de alimentos, que incluye que nuestras pequeñas empresas, familias agrícolas e industrias agrícolas puedan acceder de inmediato al capital. Las recomendaciones de Pennsylvania para el apoyo directo a través de la Ley CARES incluyen lo siguiente:Apoyo para el procesamiento de ganado, aves de corral, carne y alimentos:Pennsylvania es el hogar de muchos mercados de ganado, aves de corral y procesadores de carne, que procesan carne de res, aves y cerdos en nombre de los granjeros de Pennsylvania y los granjeros de muchos estados vecinos. También tenemos muchos procesadores de alimentos en todas las categorías que toman productos agrícolas crudos y los convierten en alimentos u otros productos importantes para una cadena de suministro de alimentos seguros. Estos procesadores necesitan apoyo inmediato para ayudar a cubrir los gastos que superan los costos operativos normales para que puedan brindar protecciones cruciales a sus trabajadores y modificar sus operaciones para continuar proporcionando alimentos a los Estados Unidos y un mercado para nuestros agricultores. Los ganaderos y avicultores que han sufrido interrupciones en el procesamiento deben recibir un reembolso inmediato por la pérdida de ingresos y el aumento de los gastos de mitigación.Productores y procesadores de lácteos:Pennsylvania y New York le presentaron una petición conjunta en nombre de nuestras industrias lácteas, ya que los productos lácteos representan el sector agrícola más grande de Pennsylvania. Nuestros productores y procesadores de lácteos estaban entre las primeras empresas de la agricultura que se vieron afectadas de manera más inmediata por las interrupciones en la cadena de suministro debido a la COVID-19. El apoyo inmediato a los productores de lácteos es crucial y debe incluir pagos directos a los agricultores, préstamos y apoyo a los procesadores de productos lácteos, compras inmediatas de productos lácteos y distribución a través del sistema de alimentos de caridad, y opciones de gestión de riesgos a través del Programa de Protección de Productos Lácteos. Mi administración y la Asamblea General de Pennsylvania han brindado apoyo bipartito a nuestra industria láctea para ayudar a sobrellevar los últimos cinco años de retos. Pennsylvania no puede permitirse perder a sus productores o procesadores de lácteos, y necesitamos su ayuda inmediata en nombre de esta industria.La horticultura y la industria verde:La industria de la horticultura, que incluye a los invernaderos, la floricultura y los centros de jardinería, se ha visto especialmente perjudicada por el momento en que se produjo la pandemia de COVID-19. Normalmente, la primavera es la temporada de siembra de los propietarios de viviendas y de los jardineros, igual que el momento en que muchos celebran fiestas religiosas con hermosos arreglos florales de alta calidad cultivados por pequeñas empresas en Pennsylvania. Las medidas de distanciamiento social de mitigación por la COVID-19 necesarias para salvar vidas y evitar que nuestro sistema de salud se sature han significado que muchas empresas en las industrias ecologistas y de la horticultura hayan tenido que cerrar inesperadamente sus operaciones físicas o la transición a modelos de entrega alternativos justo cuando estaban preparándose para comenzar la temporada más importante del año. Las ventas realizadas ahora son cruciales para mantener sus negocios durante todo el año. Estas pérdidas deben cubrirse de inmediato a través de la asistencia del USDA, y debe brindarse todo el apoyo a las pequeñas empresas que históricamente pueden no haber trabajado o no haberse beneficiado con los programas del USDA.Cultivos de especialidad:Compras inmediatas de cultivos de especialidad, como hongos, frutas, verduras y otros cultivos especiales para apoyar el sistema alimentario caritativo y garantizar que los alimentos no se desperdicien. Estos agricultores deben ser compensados por la pérdida de los cultivos debido a las interrupciones a causa de la COVID-19.Apoyo equitativo para mercados perdidos y apoyo técnico y financiero para la transición a modelos de entrega alternativos:El cierre necesario de las instituciones de servicios de alimentos y nuestra manera de vida en general ha interrumpido muchas de las empresas tradicionales dentro de la agricultura descritas anteriormente, pero también aquellas en mercados nuevos o de nicho como hidroponía, acuaponía, producción a pequeña escala de productos alimenticios de especialidad para restaurantes y mercados de agricultores, agroturismo, agricultura urbana y otras pequeñas empresas que apoyan los sistemas alimentarios locales. Es fundamental que el USDA brinde apoyo directo a aquellas empresas agrícolas y a los agricultores que usualmente no reciben ni buscan apoyo federal a través del USDA pero que son cruciales para las economías locales y estatales. También es imperativo que el USDA brinde apoyo a los mercados de baja gama para muchas empresas agrícolas, incluidos los restaurantes. Pennsylvania es el hogar de muchos restaurantes que ponen productos de la granja a la mesa y otras instituciones de servicio de alimentos que se enorgullecen de obtener productos de alta calidad, locales y de especialidad de nuestros agricultores de Pennsylvania. Nuestros agricultores también proporcionan estos productos a los mercados vecinos de New York, Washington D.C. y a todos los EE. UU. A medida que las pequeñas y grandes empresas se esfuerzan por reaccionar ante el mercado en constante cambio, el USDA debe proporcionar apoyo financiero y técnico para ayudar a las empresas agrícolas y a los agricultores a explorar a nuevos modelos de entrega y realizar la transición.Garantizar una fuerza laboral adecuadaAdemás del apoyo a través de la financiación, necesitamos su apoyo en el ámbito de nuestra fuerza laboral. Ahora más que nunca, las demandas laborales de la agricultura de Pennsylvania son altas. El programa H2A proporciona trabajadores calificados que sostienen el sector agrícola de Pennsylvania y realizan tareas esenciales que mantienen nuestra cadena de suministro de manera sólida. Le pido encarecidamente que no reduzca las tasas salariales de efectos adversos de estos trabajadores. En un momento en que muchos sectores cruciales de infraestructura están ofreciendo voluntariamente un pago adicional por peligrosidad en reconocimiento a los sacrificios heroicos de los empleados de primera línea dentro de los sectores de la alimentación y la agricultura, es más importante que nunca mantener los salarios dignos para todos los trabajadores de la agricultura. Además, en un momento de desempleo sin precedentes, la reducción de los salarios en el sector de la agricultura solo servirá para perjudicar a esta industria que busca contratar trabajadores adicionales y competir con otras industrias. Estoy orgulloso de esos empleadores de la agricultura y el procesamiento de alimentos en Pennsylvania que han estado pagando muy por encima del salario mínimo federal durante años, y muchos de ellos son empleadores que participan en el programa H2A. Es inconcebible considerar romper la tasa salarial convenida para los trabajadores que arriesgan sus vidas para cultivar y cosechar los alimentos en los que todos los estadounidenses dependen para sobrevivir.Proporcionar recursos para la salud mentalOtra manera en que el USDA puede apoyar a nuestra familia de agricultores y a la fuerza laboral de la industria agrícola es a través de recursos y servicios para la salud mental. La pandemia de COVID 19 ha reformado e interrumpido rápidamente nuestras rutinas diarias, cambiando casi todos los aspectos de la vida de los residentes de Pennsylvania. La comunidad agrícola continúa brindando un servicio permanente a esta nación, lo que agudiza el estrés y la ansiedad en este momento de incertidumbre. Solicito que haya fondos y recursos disponibles para los servicios de salud mental para los sectores agrícolas y de restaurantes autorizados en la Ley CARES, una necesidad crucial de asistir a aquellos que trabajan tan duramente para sustentarnos.Proteger a nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerablesA medida que buscamos apoyar a nuestros agricultores, el USDA debe brindar toda la flexibilidad posible dentro del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) para maximizar el poder de compra de los beneficiarios de SNAP. Más personas en la nación sufren inseguridad alimentaria como nunca antes. Mejorar los programas de nutrición existentes puede ayudar a abordar este problema al tiempo que crea una nueva salida al mercado para nuestros productos agrícolas. Con el fin de maximizar el poder de compra de los beneficiarios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP), el USDA debe reconsiderar su interpretación de la sección 2302 de la Ley Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus para permitir una asignación de emergencia adicional a todos los hogares hasta el máximo beneficio de acuerdo al tamaño del grupo familiar. Actualmente, el USDA sostiene que los hogares que reciben los máximos beneficios no recibirán la asistencia adicional del SNAP. Esto significa que casi el 40 % por ciento de los hogares del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria y aquellos con los ingresos más bajos no recibirán asistencia adicional a pesar de la necesidad real y de la disponibilidad de fondos.El USDA debe usar todas las herramientas en su poder para ayudar a nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerables que sufren aún más estrés debido a la COVID-19, al tiempo que ayuda a equilibrar la cadena de suministro de alimentos de acuerdo con la intención del Congreso por la Ley Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus. Durante un momento de crisis nacional, cuando nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerables se quedan sin nada mientras que los agricultores se ven obligados a tirar productos seguros y nutritivos debido a interrupciones en la cadena de suministro, es inconcebible considerar que se les retire la ayuda y el apoyo a los más necesitados cuando el USDA tiene la autoridad y la capacidad de ayudar a ambos.Gracias por su ayuda durante esta pandemia. Nuestra nación confía en una industria agrícola y alimentaria fuerte y vibrante, lo que se ha manifestado a través de esta emergencia de salud pública. Si bien estamos a la altura del desafío, el apoyo que se describe en esta carta es esencial para afrontar esta tormenta.El Departamento de Agricultura de Pennsylvania y el Departamento de Agricultura y Mercados de New York también presentaron recientemente una carta al Secretario Perdue urgiendo al USDA a utilizar fondos federales de estímulo para asistir a las industrias lácteas de los estados afectados por la COVID-19.“New York y Pennsylvania se mantienen firmes en nuestro compromiso de proteger a nuestros ciudadanos de la COVID-19 y de apoyar a nuestros productores y procesadores de productos lácteos, igual que al resto de la cadena de suministro de alimentos. Solicitamos que el USDA tome medidas inmediatas con el fin de garantizar que aquellos que pasan hambre porque se quedan en casa para salvar vidas puedan acceder a los alimentos que de otra forma se desperdiciarían innecesariamente. El USDA debe realizar una inversión inmediata en nuestras industrias lácteas hoy para garantizar que tengamos un suministro de alimentos en el futuro. Debemos unirnos para reconstruir nuestra nación, y nuestros agricultores deben recibir apoyo hoy para poder continuar alimentándonos en los años por venir”, escribieron el Secretario de Pennsylvania, Russell Redding, y el Comisionado de New York, Richard Ball.Ver la carta del Gobernador Wolf en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Ver la carta del Departamento de Agricultura en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Para obtener una lista completa de los documentos de guía e información relacionados con la agricultura durante la mitigación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania, visite agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. Para obtener la información más exacta y oportuna relacionada con la salud en Pennsylvania, visite on.pa.gov/coronavirus.Ver esta página en inglés. 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Upwards trajectory for housing market expected to continue in 2018

first_imgThis apartment at LGC 11 Hillside Cres is on the market in Hamilton, one of the inner north suburbs to see strong growth in 2017.BRISBANE’S inner-north housing market is expected to continue its strong performance in 2018 after all suburbs in the area recorded median-house-price growth in 2017.REMAX Integrity principal Nerina Sportelli said all levels of the house market, from entry-level through to prestigious, were performing well: “As in 2017, houses will keep increasing steadily in 2018 while apartments may still struggle a bit.“(The inner north) has ­always been a preferred ­residential area because of the proximity to the city, a good selection of state and private schools, reliable services and great lifestyle such as proximity to river walks, parks and shopping centres.”According to the latest data from property research company CoreLogic, Teneriffe was the top-performing suburb in the City North News catchment, with the median house prices shooting up 32.6 per cent in the year to September to sit at $2.585 million.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Windsor came in second, with the median house price up 13.2 per cent to $855,000, followed by Bowen Hills, up 12.3 per cent to $865,000.Ms Sportelli said while she would like to see more first-home buyers entering the house market in the area, it was unlikely to ­happen due to increasing prices.“In the more exclusive inner-city suburbs we are more likely to see families that are upgrading or upsizing as the entry level is not within the budget of most first-home buyers,” she said.“By the time a suburb has been identified as a ‘hot suburb’ it probably is already too late to be entering the suburb at a reasonable entry level.“It is best to pick a suburb that is ‘affordable and within our budget’ that is as close to the city and services as possible,” Ms Sportelli added.last_img read more

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Land in demand at North Shore

first_imgAndrew Astorquia, Stockland North Shore Project Director, pictured inside the sales office. Picture: Shae Beplate.NORTH Shore has released new land to the market as demand for homes in the masterplanned community continues.Following the recent Pasco release selling out they have now offered more land to buyers in their Tilbrook release.There is land from 560sq m to 684sq m with wide frontages starting at $165,000.Stockland is also trying to make it more affordable to build a home rather than buy by offering $10,000 off all residential lots across their Queensland communities until March 3.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020At North Shore there is also help available with the construction process, with up to $5000 available in bonuses from a selection of Stockland’s building partners including kitchen upgrades, solar packages, automation systems and landscaping.The builders at North Shore have also teamed up with Stockland to offer up to $15,000 in building bonuses and discounts on land to help sweeten the deal for new homebuyers. Stockland North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the savings would make buying a new home even more affordable for a full spectrum of customers, from first home buyers to families and downsizers.“Our communities are known for their value for money, focus on health and wellbeing and access to amenities including shops, schools, medical services, playgrounds and parks and transport and employment hubs,” he said.“We are pleased to offer homebuyers even more value with our Home Sweeter Home campaign including a saving of $10,000 off all North Shore lots plus a range of bonuses from participating builders.“The builder bonuses offer fantastic savings across a range of areas including kitchen upgrades, appliance discounts and fencing.”Eligible buyers can also gain the State Government’s first homeowners $15,000 grant.last_img read more

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Eni Restarts Goliat Oil Production

first_imgEni Norge has resumed production of oil on Goliat on December 17, 2017. Maintenance and modification work has been conducted during a planned campaign during this fall.Furthermore, Eni Norge said it has completed work following an order related to the electrical system issued by the petroleum authority in October this year.According to Eni, the work was completed successfully in strong collaboration between management, work force and relevant technical disciplines. The maintenance and modification campaign was planned with the use of a floatel to allow for extra manning, enabling additional work scope to be carried out compared to original maintenance plan.Eni Norge said it is working to further develop Goliat in order to maximise asset value. In 2017 the company developed and put in production the Snadd formation, adding 7,5 mboe and plans to drill two production wells as well as one appraisal well – Goliat West – in 2018 and has identified further exploration potential in the area. This should contribute to increased recovery rate, additional resources and further improve profitability of the Goliat field.last_img read more

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San Jose town soon to have sanitary landfill

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique– This capital town is planning to construct a sanitary landfill worth P20million near the old dumpsite area in Barangay Pantao.  Starting thisMarch, the local government unit (LGU) will strictly implement its ordinance onsolid waste management wherein unsegregated garbage will not be collected,Untaran added. Recently,Josephine Maguad of the Provincial Environment Management Office said LGUs inthe province were unable to establish their sanitary landfill because itentails cost and their proposed sites could hardly pass the criteria based onthe environmental and geological assessments.          “Putting up asanitary landfill really requires allocation,” added Maguad.(With a report from PNA/PN) “With strict wastesegregation by the households, we hope that half of the 16 tons of solid wasteswill be reduced,” Untaran said. “The old openregulated dumpsite in Pantao had already been there for decades,” Mayor ElmerUntaran said on Jan 10.  He added otherLGUs could possibly have a cluster and establish a common sanitary landfill. Around 16 tons ofsolid wastes are disposed of daily in the open dumpsite, which is nearly full,he said.      He added the fundwill come from the office of Antique Lone District Rep. Loren Legarda and theproject is expected to be finished within the year. Mayor Elmer Untaran of San Jose, Antique says the capital town will have its first sanitary landfill. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY “The barangayswill take charge of collecting garbage from the households to the materialsrecovery facility (MRF) in every barangay,” he said, adding the five garbagetrucks of the LGU will collect the garbage from the MRF to the sanitarylandfill.  last_img read more

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ABS-CBN boss says sorry to Duterte for not airing 2016 poll ads

first_img “Any politician who comes to our station with an ad that is legal and legitimate must be accommodated,” Katigbak said. “We continue to improve on our shortcomings. We hope we do a better job in the succeeding elections. ABS-CBN does not and will not have its own political agenda.” MANILA – ABS-CBN Corporation President and Chief Executive officer Carlo Katigbak  apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte for the latter’s claim that the network failed to air P7 million worth of his political ads during the 2016 national elections. “We acknowledge our shortcoming in our failure to release that refund in a timely manner,” Katigbak said. President Duterte threatened block the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. He also suggested to the Lopezes to just sell the network to a new owner as he would make sure that the TV station is out by 2020./PN Katigbak explained that slots for local ads were limited to just two minutes per hour, so the network could not find airtime for Duterte’s content by then. The ABS-CBN have also refunded about P4 million to the President, but got delayed in returning some P2.6 million to his camp. Katigbak made the statement on Monday during a Senate inquiry into the issues regarding the network’s franchise, which Solicitor General Jose Calida wants to revoke. “Our policy on all our ads is first-come, first-served. Many of these spots were ordered on May 3, and May 7 was the last day of the campaign period. There had been many previous telecast orders that came in ahead,” Katigbak said. President Duterte, in his previous speeches, aired his disgust on the network as it refused to carry his campaign commercials even if these have been already paid for which choosing to air political ads that were besmirching his name.center_img Katigbak said that the network initially rejected the first version of that ad, but was eventually cleared for airing after changes were made on what the two kids were doing in the video. “We are sorry if we offended the President. That was not the intention of the network. We felt that we were just abiding by regulations that surround the airing of political ads,” says ABS-CBN Corporation President and Chief Executive officer Carlo Katigbak. PCOO/CNN Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go questioned Katigbak as to why ABS-CBN agreed to air an opposition-funded video which questioned if a tough-talking, cursing politician would be a good fit to be Philippine president. “Hindi mababaw ang rason ng Pangulo sa kanyang grievances against the network. Nasaktan ang Presidente, nababoy ang Presidente. Hindi vindictive ang Pangulo but it is clear that someone went overboard to malign him,” Go said. “For me, this is very troublesome. Media networks are supposed to be neutral” Katigbak said that Duterte’s camp bought a total of P182 million in commercial spots, split into P117 million for national ads – which were all aired – and P65 million in local ads, which would target audience in a specific province. “We are sorry if we offended the President. That was not the intention of the network, we felt that we were just abiding by the laws and regulations that surround the airing of political ads,” Katigbak said.last_img read more

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Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony ruled out of World Cup

first_img “The coaches did meet this morning and discuss a number of different options.” Flanker O’Brien’s citing was confirmed by World Rugby on Monday evening, with a disciplinary hearing set for Tuesday lunchtime in London. Independent judicial officer Terry Willis will hear O’Brien’s case, with Ireland boss Joe Schmidt revealing hopes on Sunday that the combative Leinster flanker could avoid sanction. France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has branded O’Brien’s clash with Pape an “assault”, but Schmidt claimed his back-rower had connected with an “open hand”. Ireland’s chances of beating the ebullient Pumas would be sorely tested should Schmidt’s men be forced to cope without O’Brien, as well as O’Mahony and O’Connell. Ireland are yet to name a replacement for centre Jared Payne, but started their cavalry call by adding 24-year-old Ruddock to their ranks to offset the loss of O’Mahony. Andrew Trimble is in the frame to slot in for Payne, ruled out with a fractured foot, while Dan Tuohy could be lined up to slot in for O’Connell. O’Connell’s Test career appears to be at an end after 108 caps. The 35-year-old was due to retire from the Test arena at the end of the competition, but the severity of his injury will surely accelerate that process. The Toulon-bound second row beat the Millennium Stadium turf in anguish and anger after suffering his injury, before being carried off on a stretcher at half-time during Sunday’s France clash. Full-back Rob Kearney accepted O’Connell’s World Cup was effectively at an end, admitting Ireland will suffer in his absence. “There’s not much I can say here now in the next 30 seconds that can give testament to his contribution to Irish rugby and this World Cup,” Kearney said. “Of course if he is ruled out it’s going to be a monumental loss to us. “The form he’s in is superb. He looks as though he’s really enjoying his rugby too, and you always say when guys look like they’re really enjoying what they’re doing that’s generally when they get the best out of themselves. “If it is the case it would be massively gutting and disappointing, and we’d have lost one of our key players.” Kearney hailed O’Connell for “beaming ear to ear” at Ireland’s victory, despite fearing the worst on a personal front. “I suppose the fact that he’s been around more than any of us at World Cups, it is difficult for him,” Kearney said, accepting O’Connell’s fate. “We felt awful for him, but I think it was great to see the sheer delight on his face after the game in terms of what we’d achieved as opposed to feeling sorry for himself.” Press Association The staggering collateral damage from Sunday’s superlative 24-9 victory over France could see as many as three fresh faces join Ireland’s World Cup squad as injury replacements. O’Mahony flew home to Cork on Monday after suffering knee ligament damage, to be replaced by Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock, while O’Connell was awaiting merely the formalities of confirmation that both his tournament and Test career were over. Ireland captain O’Connell spent Sunday night in hospital with a “significant hamstring injury”, and flanker O’Brien was cited for appearing to punch France lock Pascal Pape. “Paul O’Connell appears to have suffered a significant hamstring injury and was hospitalised overnight. He’s having scans later today to clarify the extent of the injury,” team manager Mick Kearney said on Monday. “Peter O’Mahony has suffered a knee ligament injury and is returning to Dublin today for specialist opinion and will take no further part in the tournament. “Johnny Sexton suffered a groin injury, initial clinical assessment is encouraging and we await scanning later today. “After an incredibly physical encounter a host of players are reporting bumps and soreness and will have to be managed, but nothing more serious than that. “As soon as we have more clarity on the injury front we will be in a position to make decisions on replacement players. “At the moment, definitively, only Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out. Paul was in hospital overnight and he was obviously very sore. “In relation to Jared Payne’s replacement, that’s similar too. I’d be pretty sure that a decision would be made later today. Ireland will lose twin enforcers Peter O’Mahony and Paul O’Connell from their World Cup campaign to serious injury, while Sean O’Brien could miss the quarter-final with Argentina over disciplinary wrangles. last_img read more

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